Keith Knight has a background in communications that spans more than 30 years, working as editor of various daily and weekly newspapers and religious magazines in Ontario. He served as Communication Director of The Christian Reformed Church in North America and The Presbyterian Church of Canada before serving as interim editor of The Anglican Journal.

The Canadian Christian Business Federation is 34 years old, connecting Christian business owners, Christian...

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Keith Knight has a background in communications that spans more than 30 years, working as editor of various daily and weekly newspapers and religious magazines in Ontario. He served as Communication Director of The Christian Reformed Church in North America and The Presbyterian Church of Canada before serving as interim editor of The Anglican Journal.

The Canadian Christian Business Federation is 34 years old, connecting Christian business owners, Christian non-profits and Christian universities in a national network of about 50 local chapters. Groups meet monthly, generally over breakfast, to connect their faith to their vocation using a proven five-year curriculum of biblically-based leadership-focused discussion materials.

The national network consists of about 5,500 men and women from all three sectors -- business, non-profits and universities. Those numbers grow daily.

To learn more and to join as a member, go to www.ccbf.org . Membership is $200 a year.

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    In our view, the primary distinction between a corporate fraud and an employee fraud is that the law views the senior management of a corporation as being in a fiduciary...
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    In our view, the primary distinction between a corporate fraud and an employee fraud is that the law views the senior management of a corporation as being in a fiduciary relationship with the company, whereas lower level management and mere employees are generally not held to be fiduciaries. A finding of whether a corporate officer or senior management employee holds a fiduciary position in a company is important, in part, to determine the availability of recovery tools such as equitable asset tracing, freezing, and preservation orders. If a court finds an employment relationship is merely an employment contract, injunctive and equitable remedies may not be immediately available.

    The variations in the types of employee frauds are numerous.  In each case there is an element of a breach of trust, either by omission or by fraudulent misrepresentation.  Occasionally, the omission is as simple as the theft of company property. In other cases, the omissions and misrepresentations are complex accounting schemes that are disguised so well that the victim corporation does not discover them for years.  In the case of a complex fraudulent scheme where an employer holds an employee in a position of trust for a specific purpose, the Court may acknowledge that the employee stands as a fiduciary to his or her employer-company.

    We have handled numerous recovery files against miscreant employees of client-companies. One such example was when a retailer’s cash manager perpetrated a cash skimming scheme over a four-year period. In this case, the cash manager would review the cash bags turned in daily from the cashiers and, in order to maintain the balance of funds received as reported by the cashiers, he would replace cash with the recycled or unused vouchers and gift certificates that were available to him. The downfall of the wayward cash manager resulted from his taking a mental health leave to address his alcoholism.  During this period, the losses stopped. When he returned to work, he continued his scheme, resulting in the internal auditor’s noticing a sizeable difference in voucher and gift certificate use.  Covert surveillance was installed in the cash manager’s office, confirming the suspected cash skimming scam.

    Fortunately, in this case, the law recognized that an employee who handles corporate money occupies a position of trust, and that this trust imposes a fiduciary duty on him to deal properly with his employer’s money. It was because the Court recognized this low level manager was a fiduciary for this limited purpose that it granted our client a Mareva injunction (asset freezing order), and a Certificate of Pending Litigation (a lien on the employee’s home). The imposition of the asset freezing order and the property lien were significant factors in motivating the wayward cash manager to consent to a significant recovery being made.  Criminal proceedings were also instigated in this case so that our client could obtain a public denunciation of their employee’s conduct.

    At Investigation Counsel, we are familiar with investigating and litigating many forms of employee fraud. Contact us at ngroot@investigationcounsel.com

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    CCBF member Michael Thiessen has a passion for stories and profiles.

    He regularly interviews CCBF members; leaders in business.

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    CCBF member Michael Thiessen has a passion for stories and profiles.

    He regularly interviews CCBF members; leaders in business.

    Go go Marketplace Disciples to read some of those profiles

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    Dear Friends of the CCBF,

     

    Greetings in the Lord! My name is Calvin Smith and I am the Executive Director and...

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    Dear Friends of the CCBF,

     

    Greetings in the Lord! My name is Calvin Smith and I am the Executive Director and Speaker for Answers in Genesis Canada. AiG Canada just launched in 2018, and so to further impact Canada for Christ, we have partnered with the CCBF to share the ministries presence here in Canada and wanted to bless the CCBF members in a special way.

     

    We are offering all CCBF members to be part of a special trip to the fantastic Creation Museum (world-class displays showing biblical history) and Ark Encounter (life-size Noah’s Ark) in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area for a private behind-the-scenes event. The dates are Thursday July 18 (evening) - Saturday July 20, 2019.

     

    Included in this trip are;

    -two free tickets to visit the Creation Museum

    -two free tickets to the Ark Encounter

    -free dinner at the Emzara’s Buffet restaurant on-site at the Ark Encounter

    -a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ararat Zoo and Horticultural Centre

    -a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ark Encounter

    -a private presentation from our Founder Ken Ham

    -V.I.P. early admittance to the Ark Encounter on Friday morning (1 hour early/avoid lines)

    -free lunch at the Creation Museum

    -special events at the Creation Museum on Saturday

     

    Since opening in July of 2016, over 1 million guests have come from around the world to visit the Ark Encounter.  Overtly Gospel themed, at peak season, Ark Encounter regularly gets over 6,000 people per day coming to visit (and this has provided a dramatic increase in attendance at the Creation Museum- more than double!), and we estimate 30% are unsaved.  So, we praise the Lord for His provision and making these evangelistic outreach attractions a reality!  We remain continually amazed and humbled by the number of souls we can impact for the Lord through these two amazing attractions. 

     

    This private behind-the-scenes experience for CCBF members will be an exciting time of fellowship along with:

    • Special guests and presentations
    • Self-paced tour time
    • Behind-the-scenes tours and activities
    • Cutting edge ministry partnership opportunities

     

    I’ll also be there to share an “insider report” about how the Lord has allowed tremendous growth and impact in the Canadian ministry landscape already, our future expansion plans and much more! I will also be sharing more details about the great opportunities to further partner with us on the expanding evangelistic outreaches across Canada.  Enclosed you will find a tentative itinerary of our plans for this amazing weekend together!   

     

    Participants will need to arrange their own transportation, accommodations and other meals (other than Friday evening and Saturday lunch). We have a block of rooms reserved at Marriott Cincinnati Airport 2395 Progress Drive Hebron, KY 41048, please call and reference ‘AiG CCBF trip’ for your preferred rate. Your can also visit https://arkencounter.com/visit/for other hotels and helpful ideas to plan your trip.

    To RSVP for this private, behind the scenes event, please go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/aigccbf-trip-tickets-54850251579 (please do not sign up unless you are sure you would like to participate [barring a last-minute emergency] as we will need to know exact numbers to facilitate meals and passes etc.). 

     

    To ask questions, please contact me via email: calvins@answersingenesis.org. I hope you can join me for this truly memorable experience.

     

    Sincerely in Christ,

    Calvin Smith

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    Thursday July 18

    Marriot Cincinnati Airport Hotel 2395 Progress Dr Hebron, KY 41048

     

    7:00pm   International Room

    Meet and Greet

    Presentation by CCBF Executive Director Keith...

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    Thursday July 18

    Marriot Cincinnati Airport Hotel 2395 Progress Dr Hebron, KY 41048

     

    7:00pm   International Room

    Meet and Greet

    Presentation by CCBF Executive Director Keith Knight

     

    Friday July 19

    The Ark Encounter 1 Ark Encounter Drive Williamstown, KY 41097

     

    7:45am                 Arrive at Ark Encounter

    7:50am                 Distribute Wristbands

    7:55am                 Board Ark bus to landing

    8:10am                 Tour Ark Encounter

    11:30am               Lunch (on your own) Emzara’s Buffet or outdoor options

    1:00pm                 BTS Ararat Ridge Zoo Tour

    2:00pm                 Horticulture Center Tour

    5:00pm                 BTS 4th Deck Tour w/Ken Ham

    6:00pm                 Dinner

    7:15pm                 Ken Ham speaks

    8:15pm                 Calvin Smith speaks

    9:00pm                 Depart for busses

     

    Saturday July 20

    Creation Museum 2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd Petersburg, KY 41080

     

    7:45am                 Arrive at Creation Museum – shuttle from parking area

    7:50am                 Main Entrance

    8:00am                 Private Planetarium Showing – Created Cosmos

    8:30am                 Private 4D showing – In Six Days

    9:00am                 Answers in Genesis Office Tour

    9:30am                 Creation Museum

    12:00pm               Lunch

    1:15pm                 Depart for Design Studio/Fulfillment Centre

    2:45pm                 Depart for Creation Museum

    3:00pm                 Workshop

    6:00pm                 Depart Creation Museum

     

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    Following is a list of books recommended for leadership reading, study and analysis.

    The books selected, represent current leadership literature and...

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    Following is a list of books recommended for leadership reading, study and analysis.

    The books selected, represent current leadership literature and scholarship, and are drawn from a review of approximately 5,500 books.

    To aid in the selection of a book, chapter contents have been provided for most of the books listed, with special comments added when it has been considered beneficial.

    In order to reduce the number of books to a workable size, the following criteria, or grid, has been employed:

    1. The author will have written at least one book on leadership within the past five years.
    2. To guarantee a high level of scholarship, where possible, the author will have earned a PhD.  
    3. The author will have produced recognized leaders.
    4. He will have worked both nationally, and internationally, in the field of leadership.
    5. He will be recognized, by his peers, as an expert in the field of leadership.
    6. Where the areas of values and worldview are discussed, the authors chosen write from the perspective of the historic, Judeo-Christian religion.

    1.  Leadership 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know. Author: Dr. John Maxwell.

         Part 1. The Development of a Leader.

         1. Why Should I Grow as a Leader?

         2. How Can I Grow as a Leader?

         Part 2. The Traits of a Leader.

         1. How Can I Become Disciplined?

         2. How Should I Prioritize My Life?

         3. How Do I Develop Trust?

         4. How Can I Effectively Cast a Vision?

         Part 3. The Impact of a Leader.

         1. Why is Influence Important?

         2. How Does Influence Work?

         3. How Can I Extend My Influence?

         4. How Can I Make My Influence Last?

         Easy to read, very practical, and possibly one of the best books to start with.

     

    2. The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will   

         Want to Follow. Author: Dr. John H. Maxwell. 160 pages.

         1. Character: Be a Piece of the Rock.

         2. Charisma: The First Impression Can Seal the Deal.

         3. Commitment: It Separates Doers from Dreamers.

         4. Communication: Without it, You Travel Alone.

         5. Competence: If You Build It, They Will Come.

         6. Courage: One Person with Courage is a Majority.     

         7. Discernment: Put an End to Unsolved Mysteries.

         8. Focus: The Sharper it is, the Sharper You Are.

         9. Generosity: Your Candle Loses Nothing, When it Lights Another.

       10. Initiative: You Won’t Leave Home Without It.

       11. Listening: To Connect With Their Hearts, Use Your Ears.

       12. Passion: Take This Life and Love It.

       13. Positive Attitude: If You Believe You Can, You Can.

       14. Problem Solving: You Can’t Let Your Problems Be a Problem.

       15. Relationships: If You Get Along, They’ll Go Along.

       16. Responsibility: If You Won’t Carry the Ball, You Can’t Lead the Team.

       17. Security: Competence Never Compensates for Insecurity.

       18. Self-Discipline: The First Person You Lead is You.

       19. Servanthood: To Get Ahead, Put Others First.

       20. Vision: You Can Seize Only What You Can See.

       A “must read.” Written by someone who has read everything on the subject.

     

     

    3.  Post-Modernism 101. Author: Dr. Heath White. 165 pages.

         This is an excellent introduction towards an understanding of a difficult area.

         White is especially helpful in outlining the shift from Pre-Modern to Modern, to   

         Post-modern ways of thinking. He includes practical questions for group dis-

         cussion at the end of each chapter.    

     

    4.  Why Great Men Fail. Author: Dr. Wayne Goodall. 160 pages.

         1. Why Great Men Fail.

         2. Entitlement.

         3. Entrepreneurs Without Balance.

         4. Compartmentalization.

         5. Expectation of Silence.

         6. The Sex Issue-A Magnet for Women.

         7. Integrity.

         8. Anger.

         9. Accountability-Egos in Check.

      10. Conscience Compromise.

      11. Mentors and Coaches.

      12. Ethics.

      13. Stress and Pressure.

      14. Money.

      15. Depression and Moods.

      16. The One Who Can Keep You From Falling.

     

    5.  How Successful People Think. Author: Dr. John C. Maxwell. 128 pages.

         1. Cultivate Big-Picture Thinking.

         2. Engage in Focused Thinking.

         3. Harness Creative Thinking.

         4. Employ Realistic Thinking.

         5. Utilize Strategic Thinking.

         6. Explore Possibility Thinking.

         7. Learn From Reflective Thinking.

         8. Question Popular Thinking.

         9. Benefit From Shared Thinking.

       10. Practice Unselfish Thinking.

       11. Rely on Bottom-Line Thinking.

     

    6.  The Leadership Challenge. 4th Edition. Authors: Dr. James M. Kouzes and Dr.  

         Barry Z. Posner. 389 pages.

         Section One. What Leaders Do and What Constituents Expect.

         1. The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.

         2. Credibility is the Foundation of Leadership.

         Section Two. Model the Way.

         1. Clarify Values.

         2. Set the Example.

         Section Three. Inspire a Shared Vision.

         1. Envision the Future.

         2. Enlist Others.

         Section Four. Challenge the Process.

         1. Search for Opportunities.

         2. Experiment and Take Risks.

         Section Five. Enable Others to Act.

         1. Foster Collaboration.

         2. Strengthen Others.

         Section Six. Encourage the Heart.

         1. Recognize Contributions.

         2. Celebrate the Values and Victories.

         Section Seven. Leadership is for Everyone.

         1. Leadership is Everyone’s Business.

     

    7.  Leadership is an Art. Author: Max DePree. 176 pages.

         1. Stimulate effectiveness by enabling others to reach both their personal

         potential and their institutional potential. 

         2. Take a role in developing, expressing, and defending civility and values.

         3. Nurture new leaders and ensure the continuation of the corporate culture.

         A favorite of Ray Metcalfe’s. By a man who runs what is consistently one of the

         most admired corporations in America

     

    8.  The Effective Executive. Author: Dr. Peter Drucker. 175 pages.

         1. Effectiveness Can Be Learned.  

         2. Know Thy Time.

         3. What Can I Contribute?

         4. Making Strength Productive.

         5. First Things First.

         6. Effective Decisions.

     

    9.  The Soul of a Leader. Author: Margaret Benefiel. 192  pages.

         Valuable lessons from a variety of recognized leadership experts.

     

    10. The Secrets to Becoming a Leader: Discover a Lifetime of Lessons Learned on  

           and off the Field. Author: Tom Osborne. 128 pages.

           1. Leadership Styles.

           2. Transformational Leadership.

           3. Empowerment.

           4. Unity.

           5. Make a Difference.

           6. Dealing with Adversity.

           7. What Matters Most.

           8. Leaving a Legacy.

     

    11. Leadership and Performance Beyond Expectations. Author: Dr. Bernard Bass.      

           224 pages.

           Teaches a Transformational Leadership Model.

           Written by the Guru of Leadership. Should be read by all.

     

    12. Reflections on Leadership: How Robert K. Greenleaf’s Theory of Servant

          Leadership Influenced Today’s Top Management Thinkers. Author: Dr. Larry

          Spears. 338 pages.

          Should be read by all students of leadership.

     

    13. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High

           Performance and Personal Renewal. Authors: Dr. Jim Loehr and Dr. Tony

           Schwartz. 256 pages.

           1. Mobilize Four Key Sources of Energy.

           2. Balance Energy Expenditure with Intermittent Energy Renewal. 

           3. Create Highly Specific, Positive Energy Management Rituals.

     

    14. The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make. Author: Dr. Hans Frizel. 256 pages.

          1. The Top-Down Attitude.

          2. Putting Paperwork Ahead of People Work.

          3. The Absence of Affirmation.

          4. No Room for Mavericks.

          5. Decision Making.

          6. Dirty Delegation.

          7. Communication Chaos.

          8. Missing the Clues of Corporate Culture.

          9. Success without Successors.

          A work strongly recommended by Dr. John C. Maxwell.

     

    15. Mentoring 101. Author: Dr. John C. Maxwell. 96 pages.

          1. Getting Ready to Mentor: What Do I Need to Know?

          2. How Do I Adopt a Mentor’s Mind-Set?

          3. Engaging in the Mentoring Process: Whom Should I Mentor?

          4. How Can I Set Them Up for Success? How Do I Help Them to Do Better

              Work?

          5. How Do I Create the Right Environment?

          6. Taking People Higher: How Do I Help Them to Become Better People?

          7. What Should I Do if They Pass Me By?

     

    16. Failing Forward. Author: Dr. John C. Maxwell. 237 pages.

          1. Preface. 1. What is the Main Difference Between People who Achieve and

                                   People who are Average?

          2. Section 1. Redefining Failure and Success.

                             2. Get a New Definition of Failure and Success.

                             3. If You’ve Failed are You a Failure?

                             4. You’re too Old to Cry but it Hurts too Much to Laugh.

                             5. Find the Exit off the Failure Freeway.

          3. Section 2. Do You Mind Changing Your Mind?

                             1. No Matter What Happens to You, Failure is an Inside Job.

                             2. Is the Past Holding Your Life Hostage?

                             3. Who is This Person Making These Mistakes?

                             4. Get Over Yourself-Everyone Else Has.

           4. Section 3. Embracing Failure as a Friend.

                             1. Grasp the Positive Benefits of Negative Experiences.

                             2. Take a Risk-There’s No Other Way to Fail Forward.

                             3. Making Failure Your Best Friend.

          5. Section 4. Increasing Your Odds for Success.

                             1. Avoiding the Top Ten Reasons People Fail.

                             2. The Little Difference Between Failure and Success Makes a Big

                                 Difference.

                             3. It’s What You Do After You Get Back Up That Counts.

                             4. Now You’re Ready to Fail Forward.

     

    17. Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do.

          Author: Dr. John C. Maxwell. 262 pages.

          Section 1. Connecting Principles.

                        1. Connecting Increases Your Influence Every Time.

                        2. Connecting is all about Others.

                        3. Connecting Goes Beyond Words.

                        4. Connecting Always Requires Energy.

                        5. Connecting is More Skill than Natural Talent.

          Section 2. Connecting Practices.

                        1. Connectors Connect on Common Ground.

                        2. Connectors Do the Difficult Work of Keeping it Simple.

                        3. Connectors Create an Experience Everyone Enjoys.

                        4. Connectors Inspire People.

                      10. Connectors Live What They Communicate.

           An exceptional book on a difficult topic, which should be read by all leaders.

           Communication skills, at a high level, is a constant among all Elite Performers.

     

    18. Worldview: The History of a Concept. Author: Dr. David K. Naugle. 356 pages.

          Section 1. The Wonder of Worldview. Protestant Evangelicalism.

          Section 2. The Wonder of Worldview. Roman Catholicism and Eastern

                             Orthodoxy.

          Section 3. A Philological History of “Worldview.”

          Section 4. A Philosophical History of “Worldview.” The 19th Century.

          Section 5. A Philosophical History of “Worldview.” The 20th Century.

          Section 6. A Philosophical History of “Worldview.” The 20th Century cont’d.

          Section 7. A Disciplinary History of “Worldview.” The Natural Sciences.

          Section 8. A Disciplinary History of “Worldview.” The Social Sciences.

          Section 9. Theological Reflections on “Worldview.”

          Section10. Philosophical Reflections on “Worldview.”

          Section11. Concluding Reflections.

          A PhD-based dissertation. Not an easy read, but for those willing to put in the

          time, this may be the best book in print on the topic of Worldview.

          A Christianity Today book of the year award winner.

     

    19. Developing the Leaders around You: How to Help Others Reach Their Full

          Potential. Author: Dr. John C. Maxwell. 224 pages.

          1. The Leader’s Key Question: Am I Raising Up Potential Leaders?

          2. The Leader’s Toughest Challenges: Creating a Climate for Potential Leaders.

          3. The Leader’s Primary Responsibility: Identifying Leaders.

          4. The Leader’s Crucial Task: Nurturing Potential Leaders.

          5. The Leader’s Daily Requirement: Equipping Potential Leaders.

          6. The Leader’s Lifelong Commitment: Developing Potential Leaders.

          7. The Leader’s Highest Return: Forming a Dream Team of Leaders.

          8. The Leader’s Greatest Joy: Coaching a Dream Team of Leaders.

          9. The Leader’s Finest Hour: Realizing Value to and from Leadership.

        10. The Leader’s Lasting Contribution: Reproducing Generations of Leaders.

              The best book on an area of leadership too often ignored, namely, the

              responsibility of a leader to identify, and to develop, future leaders.

     

    20. The Leadership Wisdom of Solomon: 28 Essential Strategies for Leading with

           Integrity. Authors: Pat Williams and Jim Denny. 208 pages.

          1. Wisdom.

          2. Who’s Following?

          3. The Leader as Motivator.

          4. The Leader’s Moral Foundation.

          5. Truth, Inc.

          6. “My Boss is a Madman!”

          7. “My Boss is a Prince!”

          8. The Communicator-in-Chief.

          9. The Leader and Anger.

        10. How to Handle an Angry Boss.

        11. Quality and Excellence.

        12. The Leader and His Team.

         13. Leading Through Love.

         14. The Spiritual Dimension of Leadership.

         15. How to Reach the Heart of a Leader.

         16. Respect: Paving the Way to Your Future.

         17. The Breadth and Depth of a Great Leader.

         18. When Leaders Go Bad.

         19. Leadership in Times of Crisis.

         20 Avoiding the Fall.

         21. A Leader of Good Judgment.

         22. “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

         23. The Compassion and Fairness of a Great Leader.

         24. The Limits of Leadership.

         25. Leadership Wisdom from Nature.

         26. The Leader and Sexual Temptation.

         27. The Leader and Addiction.

         28. The Leader’s Reputation.

     

    21. The Trust Edge. Author: Dr. David Horsager. 331 pages.

           1. Part 1. The Case for Trust.

                        1. The Trust Edge.

                        2. The Impact of Trust.

                        3. Barriers to Overcome.

           2. Part 2. The Eight Pillars of Trust.

                        1. Pillar One: Clarity.

                        2. Pillar Two: Compassion.

                        3. Pillar Three: Character.

                        4. Pillar Four: Competency.

                        5. Pillar Five: Commitment.

                        6. Pillar Six: Connection.

                        7. Pillar Seven: Contribution.

                        8. Pillar Eight: Consistency.

           3. Part 3. Transforming Trust.

                        1. Extending Trust.

                        2. Rebuilding Trust.

           4. Part 4. Deep Trust in a Flat World.

                        1. Globalization and Trust.

                        2. Trust in the Online Age.

          5. Part 5. Courageous Trust.

                       1. A Sharp and Lasting Edge.

             An excellent book on a strength of all Elite Performers.

     

    22. Unshakeable Foundations. Authors: Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Peter

           Bocchino. 403 pages.

          1. Questions about Logic.

          2. Questions about Truth.

          3. Questions about Worldview.

          4. Questions about Science.

          5. Questions about the Cosmos.

          6. Questions about the Origin of Life.

          7. Questions about Macroevolution.

          8. Questions about Intelligent Design.

          9. Questions about the Law.

        10. Questions about Justice.

        11. Questions about God and Evil.

        12. Questions about History and Jesus.

        13. Questions about the Deity of Jesus Christ.

        14. Questions about Ethics and Morals.

        15. Questions about True Meaning and Heaven.

        16. Questions about True Misery and Hell.

        Appendix: First Principle Responses to Ethical Questions.

        Whereas Naugle, by design, restricts himself to the area of Worldview, Geisler

        and Bocchino assist in the development of a personal Worldview. A strongly

        recommended book.

     

    23. Come, Let Us Reason: An Introduction to Logical Thinking. Authors: Dr.

          Norman L. Geisler and Dr. Ronald Brooks. 232 pages.

          1. The “What’s” and “Why’s” of Logic.

          2. Building Blocks.

          3. Basic Logical Structures.  

          4. Other Types of Syllogisms.

          5. Formal Fallacies.

          6. Informal Fallacies.

          7. Uncovering Logic in Literature.

          8. Introduction to Induction.

          9. Scientific Thinking.

        10. Fallacies in Scientific Thinking.

              “It is the function of the wise man to know Order.” Aristotle.

     

    24. Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better Life.

          1. Building Block 1. Part 1. Industriousness. (Hard Work).

          2. Building Block 1. Part 2. Industriousness. (Planning).

          3. Building Block 2. Enthusiasm.

          4. Building Block 3. Friendship.

          5. Building Block 4. Cooperation.

          6. Building Block 5. Loyalty.

          7. Building Block 6. Self-Control.

          8. Building Block 7. Alertness.

          9. Building Block 8. Initiative.

        10. Building Block 9. Intentness.

        11. Building Block 10. Condition.

        12. Building Block 11. Skill.

        13. Building Block 12. Team Spirit.

        14. Building Block 13. Poise.

        15. Building Block 14. Confidence.

        16. Building Block 15. Competitive Greatness.

        Mortar Quality 1. Ambition.

        Mortar Quality 2. Sincerity.

        Mortar Quality 3. Adaptability.

        Mortar Quality 4. Honesty.

        Mortar Quality 5. Resourcefulness.    

        Mortar Quality 6. Reliability.

        Mortar Quality 7. Fight.

        Mortar Quality 8. Integrity.

        Mortar Quality 9. Patience.

        Mortar Quality 10. Faith.

        Wooden may be the greatest sports Coach of all time. He is in the Basketball

        Hall of Fame, and once had a UCLA team that won 88 straight games without a   

        loss. He has produced many Elite Performing Leaders, within both the world of

        Sports, as well as within the world of traditional Business.

     

     

    25. Winning with People: Discovering the People Principles that Work for You

           Every Time. Author: Dr. John C. Maxwell. 272 pages.  

           Section 1. The Readiness Question: Are We Prepared for Relationships?

                          1. The Lens Principle.

                          2. The Mirror Principle.

                          3. The Pain Principle.

                          4. The Hammer Principle.

                          5. The Elevator Principle.

           Section 2. The Connection Question: Are We Willing to Focus on Others?

                          1. The Big Picture.

                          2. The Exchange Principle.

                          3. The Learning Principle.

                          4. The Charisma Principle.

                          5. The Number 10 Principle.

                          6. The Confrontation Principle.

          Section 3.The Trust Question: Can We Build Mutual Trust?

                          1. The Bedrock Principle.

                          2. The Situation Principle.

                          3. The Bob Principle.

                          4. The Approachability Principle.

                          5. The Foxhole Principle.

          Section 4. The Investment Question: Are We Willing to Invest in Others?

                          1. The Gardening Principle.

                          2. The 101 Percent Principle.

                          3. The Patience Principle.

                          4. The Celebration Principle.

                          5. The High Road Principle.

          Section 5. The Synergy Question: Can We Create a Win-Win Situation?   

                          1. The Boomerang Principle.

                          2. The Friendship Principle.

                          3. The Partnership Principle.

                          4. The Satisfaction Principle.

     

    26. Leading from the Inside Out. Author: Dr. Samuel D. Rima. 256 pages.

           Section 1. Foundations for Self-Leadership.

                           1. Why Self-Leadership?

                           2. Articulating and Embracing Your Life’s Values.

                           3. Connecting with Your Life’s Calling.

                           4. Laying Out Your Life’s Goals.

                           5. Measuring Your Life’s Motivation.

           Section 2. The Venues of Self-Leadership.

                           1. Spiritual Self-Leadership: Personal Soul Care.

                           2. Physical Self-Leadership: Personal Resource Management.

                           3. Emotional Self-Leadership: Mastering Our Moods.

                           4. Intellectual Self-Leadership: Personal Lifelong Learning.

           Section 3. Group Study Guides and Appendices.

     

    27. Organizational Change through Effective Leadership. Author: Dr. Robert H.

           Guest. 240 pages.

           This will be a compilation of forthcoming articles written by recognized

           authorities within the field of Leadership.

     

    28. Visionary Leadership. Author: Dr. Burt Nanus. 240 pages.

           Several chapters teach the value, practice, and importance of Visioning.

           Dr. Nanus was formerly the Director of Research, at the University of South

          Carolina’s Leadership Institute.

     

    29. The Mentor Leader. Authors: Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker. 229 pages.

          1. The Mandate of a Mentor Leader.

          2. The Mindset of a Mentor Leader.

          3. The Maturity of a Mentor Leader.

          4. The Marks of a Mentor Leader.

          5. The Moments of a Mentor Leader.

          6. The Model of a Mentor Leader.

          7. The Means of a Mentor Leader.

          8. The Methods of a Mentor Leader.

          9. The Measure of a Mentor Leader.

          Tony Dungy is the only NFL Coach to take teams into the Playoffs in 10 consecutive years. He is a master in the area of practical Leadership.

     

     

    30. Make Today Count: The Secret of Your Success is Determined by Your Daily

           Agenda. Author: Dr. John C. Maxwell. 128 pages.

          1. Attitude.

          2. Priorities.

          3. Health.

          4. Family.

          5. Thinking.

          6. Commitment.

          7. Finances.

          8. Faith.

          9. Relationships.

        10. Generosity.

        11. Values.

        12. Growth.

     

    31. The Leader as Communicator: Strategies and Tactics to Build Loyalty, Focus

           Effort, and Spark Creativity. Authors: Dr. Robert Mai and Dr. Alan Akerson.

           272 pages.

          Both authors write for the American Management Association, and both write 

          and teach in the area of Communication effectiveness.

     

    32. Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge. Author: Dr. Warren G. Bennis.

          256 pages.

          1. Attention through Vision.

          2. Meaning through Communication.

          3. Trust through Positioning.

          4. Deployment of the Self.

     

    33. Top Performance: How to Develop Excellence in Yourself and Others. (Revised

          Edition). Authors: Zig Ziglar, Krish Dhanam, and Bryan Flanagan. 240 pages.

          Part 1. Building a Foundation.

          1. The Art of Top Performance.

          2. Choosing to be a Top Performer.

          3. Causing Others to want Your Headship.

          4. Look for the Good.

          5. Expect the Best.

          6. “Wait for Me, I’m Your Leader!”

           7. “People Just Don’t Care…”

           Part 2. The Science of Top Performance.

           1. “But I Thought You Said…”

           2. Recognizing, Rewarding and Role Modeling for Top Performance.

           3. “Getting to Know You…and Me Too!”

          4. Management Gems.

          Part 3. Motivating the Top Performer.

          1. A Formula for Motivation.

          2. Why You Manage…Why They Follow.

          3. Managing Productivity.

          4. Education to Overcome Management Paralysis.

          5. The Secret of Management Motivation.

          6. It Takes Time.

          One of only a few books dealing, specifically, with high-end performance.

     

    34. The Leadership Pill: The Missing Ingredient in Motivating People Today.

          Authors: Dr. Ken Blanchard and Dr. Mark Muchnick. 112 pages.

          1. The Discovery.

          2. The Press Conference.

          3. The Surge.

          4. The Challenge.

          5. The Preparation.

          6. The Secret Brand.

          7. The Search for Integrity.

          8. The Partnership Imperative.

          9. The Art of Affirmation.

        10. Perfecting the Blend.

        11. The End of a Beginning.

        A  Parable about the competition between two Leaders with totally different

        Leadership Styles.

     

     

    35. Executive Values: A Christian Approach to Organizational Leadership.

          Author: Dr. Kurt Senske. 166 pages.

          1. Follow the Golden Rule of Leadership.

          2. Create an Effective Organizational Culture.

          3. Do the Right Thing.

          4. Values-Based Strategic Planning.

          5. Develop and Mentor a Leadership Team.

          6. Balancing Family and Professional Life.

     

    36. Character all Leaders Must Have. Author: Dr. Frank Damazio. 112 pages.

          1. Fulfilling or Forfeiting Your Calling.

          2. Committed to Personal Character Development.

          3. The Character Qualifications of Leadership.

          4. Living a Life of Moral Purity.

     

    37. In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best Run Companies.

          Author: Dr. Tom Peters. 360 pages.

          Teaches 8 basic principles of Management, based upon a validated Study of

          43 of Americas’ best-run companies.

          Written by the “father of the Post Modern Corporation “

     

    38. Reviewing Leadership: A Christian Evaluation of Current Approaches.

          Authors: Dr. Robert J. Banks and Dr. Bernice M. Ledbetter. 240 pages.

          1. The Growing Interest in Leadership Today.

          2. Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary Perspectives on Leadership.

          3. The Emerging Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Leadership.

          4. Popular and More Substantial, Faith-Based Approaches to Leadership.

          5. Practicing Leadership through Integrity, Faithfulness, and Service.

          6. Christian Leadership in Action: Some Exemplary Case Studies.

          This is by far the best introduction to Christian, Leadership Studies.

     

    39. The Heart of Mentoring: Ten Proven Principles for Developing People to their

           Fullest Potential. Authors: Dr. David A. Stoddard and Dr. Robert Tamasy.

           224 pages.

           1. It Starts with the Heart.

           2. It’s the Journey that Counts.

           3. Into their World through Yours.

           4. Aligning Passion with Work.

           5. Advancing through Adversity.

           6. Let Your Values Filter be Your Guide.

           7. The Substance of Mentoring.

           8. The Fuel that Drives the Engine.

           9. The Vision: Focusing on the Future.

         10. It’s Never too Early or too Late to Start.

     

    40. The Military Leadership Handbook. Authors: Bernd Horn and Robert W.

           Walker. 560 pages.

           The authors stress that leadership is about influencing people to achieve

           Objectives which are important to the Leader, the Group, and the

           Organization.

           1. Motivation.

           2. Inspiring Others.

           3. Cohesion.

           4. Command.

           5. Cultural Intelligence.

           6. Discipline.

           7. Fear.

           8. Trust.

     

    41. Mentoring Leaders: Wisdom for Developing Character, Calling and

          Competency. Author: Carson Pue. 240 pages.

          Carson teaches a 5-Phase approach to Mentoring.

          1. Self-Awareness.

          2. Freeing Up.

          3. Visioneering.

          4. Implementing.

          5. Sustaining.

          Written with Pastors and Church work in mind. However, the principles

          taught, are easily translated into Corporate application and use.   

     

    42. Leadership Beyond Reason: How Great Leaders Succeed by Harnessing the  

          Power of their Values, Feelings, and Intuition. Author: Dr. John Townsend.

          224 pages.

          With revolutionary insight into why some succeed and others fail, Dr.

          Townsend reveals how your internal world-Passions, Emotions, Intuition

          and Values, play such a critical role in creating a respected Leader.

          “When it comes to being a Leader, what you know about yourself, is more

          important than your management skills, or job knowledge.” Dr. Townsend.

          Written by a respected Psychologist, Business Consultant, and Leadership

          Coach.     

     

    43. The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders. Author: Dr. Roger Parrott.

           224 pages.

          1. Lead as if You’ll Be There Forever.

          2. Deflate Your Ego to Expand Your Influence.

          3. Applause Lasts for a Moment, but Leadership is for a Lifetime.

          4. Vulnerability May Get You in, but Humility Keeps You There.

          5. Renewal: The Energy Drink of Lasting Leadership.

          6. The Bookends of a Leader’s Character: Evaluation and Accountability.

          7. Preempting the Stickiest Challenge of Long-Term Leadership.

          8. Planning will Drain the Life from Your Ministry.

          9. Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon, and in the Rearview Mirror.

        10. Shepherding a Vision without Scaring Away the Flock.

        11. Good Ideas Stand Up in the Light of Day.

        12. Creating a Longview Culture.

        13. Catching the Wind of God.

        Practical and proven Leadership principles from a seasoned, College President.

     

    44. Trust: The One Thing That Makes or Breaks a Leader. Author: Dr. Less T.

           Csorba. 304 pages.

          A former advisor to President Bush, and a Leadership authority, writes on an

          area of Leadership often neglected.

     

    45. Thinking About Leadership. Author: Dr. Nannerl O. Keohane. 192 pages.

           The former President of Wellesley College and Duke University teaches:

          1. How Leaders relate to Followers.

          2. The Role of Gender in Leadership.

          3. The Complex Ambiguities of Ethics.

          4. The Unique Challenges of Democracy and Leadership.

     

    46. The Influential Leader: 12 Steps to igniting Visionary Thinking. Author: Dr.

          John Edmund Haggai. 256 pages.

          1. Decide to Define Your Vision.

          2. Decide to Achieve What You Aim For.

          3. Decide to Prove Love Works.

          4. Decide to Be Humble and Right.

          5. Decide to Love Without Compromise.

          6. Decide to Persuade and Win.

          7. Decide to Invest Fearlessly.  

          8. Decide to Profit from the Impossible.

          9. Decide to Go Further, Faster.

        10. Decide to Be There at the End.

        11. Decide to Lead With Effortless Grace.

        12. Decide to Thrive on Ambiguity.

     

    47. The Master Leader: Revealing Conversations with 30 Leadership Greats.

           Authors: Dr. George Barna and Dr. Bill Dallas. 227 pages.

          1. Unexpected Discoveries.

          2. Defining and Evaluating Real Leadership.

          3. Vision and Values.

          4. Creating Culture.

          5. Developing Leaders.

          6. Hiring the Right People.

          7. Leading Well.

          8. Earning and Maintaining Trust.

          9. Confrontation and Conflict.

        10. Character.

        11. Following.

        12. Team-Building.

        13. Faith and Morals. 

        14. Power.

        15. Criticism and Pressure.

        16. Skills and Discipline.

        “Leadership is not about one’s position, as much as it’s based on who you are

          as a person, and the capabilities you demonstrate.”

     

    48. The 10 Laws of Enduring Success. Author: Maria Bartiromo. 286 pages.

          1. Self-Knowledge.

          2. Vision.

          3. Initiative.

          4. Courage.

          5. Integrity.

          6. Adaptability.

          7. Humility.

          8. Endurance.

          9. Purpose.

        10. Resilience.

     

    49. A New Breed of Leader: 8 Leadership Qualities that Matter Most in the Real

          World. Author: Dr. Sheila Murray Bethel. 374 pages.

          1. Competence: Building Purpose.

          2. Accountability: Fostering Trust.

          3. Openness: Generating Integrity.

          4. Language: Connecting Relationships.

          5. Values: Forging Communities.

          6. Perspective: Establishing Balance. 

          7. Power: Mastering Influence.

          8. Humility: Inspiring Authenticity.

          An internationally- recognized expert on Leadership, Dr. Bethel has spoken to  

           more than 2 million people, in 20 different countries. A book that should be

          read by the serious student of Leadership.

     

    50. Leading at a Higher Level. Author: Dr. Ken Blanchard. 384 pages.

          “Respect and integrity are not just pleasant-sounding words, but are critical

            to higher levels of success. They enable leaders to be more people-oriented,

            customer-centered, and performance-driven.” Dr. Ken Blanchard.

           Dr. Blanchard teaches Situational Leadership, with a three-pronged base of:

           Corporate Individuals, Clients, and Performance, as foundational to success. 

     

    51. People Skills: How to Assess Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts.

          Author: Dr. Robert Bolton. 280 pages.

          1. Skills for Bridging the Interpersonal Gap.

          2. Barriers to Communication.

          3. Listening is More than Merely Hearing.

          4. Four Skills of Reflective Listening.

          5. Why Reflective Responses Work.

          6. Reading Body Language.

          7. Improving Your Reflective Skills.

          8. Three Approaches to Relationships.

          9. Developing Three-Part Assertion Messages.

        10. Handling the Push-Push Back Phenomenon.

        11. Increasing Your Assertive Options

        12. Conflict Prevention and Control.

        13. Handling the Emotional Components of Conflict.

        14. Collaborative Problem-Solving: Seeking an Elegant Solution.

        15. Three Essentials for Effective Communication.

        “Still the best, easy-to-read, general introduction to communication skills in the

          Self-help Market. ” The American Psychological Association. 

          Dr. Bolton specializes in high-end performance, and teaches Communication

          Skills internationally.

     

    52. The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. Author: Dr. Ken Blanchard. 144

           pages.

           In this brief book, Dr. Blanchard answers the ultimate question most Leaders

           ask themselves, at some point: “What do I need to do to be a great Leader?”

     

    53. Focus on Leadership: Servant-Leadership for the 21st Century. Editors: Dr.

          Larry C. Spears and Dr. Michele Lawrence. 416 pages.

          1. Essentials of Servant-Leadership and the Individual. Robert K. Greenleaf.

          2. Servant-Leadership and Community Leadership in the 21st Century.

              Dr. Stephen R. Covey.

          3. Servant-Leadership and the Imaginative Life. Michael Jones.

          4. Leadership as Partnership. Russ. S. Moxley.

          5. Teaching Servant-Leadership. Hamilton Beazley and Julie Beggs.

          6. Fannie Lou Hamer, Servant of the People. Lea Z. Williams.

          7. Servant-Leadership: Three Things Necessary. Max DePree.

          8. Become a Tomorrow Leader. Dr. Warren Bennis.

          9. Servant-Leadership and Rewiring the Corporate Brain. Danah Zohar.

        10. Servant-Leadership and the Best Companies to Work for in America.

              Dr. Nancy Larner Ruschman.

        11. From Hero-as-Leader to Servant-as-Leader. Dr. Ann McGee-Cooper and

              Dr. Duane Trammell.

        12. The Business Case for Servant-Leadership. Dr. James D. Showkeir.

        13. On the Right Side of History. John C. Bogle.

        14. The Unique Double Servant-Leader Role of the Board Chair. Dr. John Carver.

        15. Servant-Leadership in Community Colleges. Ruth Mercedes Smith and Kent

               A. Farnsworth.

        16. Servant-Leadership and Philharmonic Institutions. Dr. John Buckhardt and

              Dr. Larry C. Spears.

        17. Foresight: The Lead that the Leader Has. David C. Young.

        18. Servant-Leadership and Creativity. Dr. Tamyra L. Freeman, Dr. Scott G.

              Isaksen and K. Brian Dorval.

        19. Table for Six Billion, Please. Judy Wirks.

        20. Synchronicity and Servant-Leadership. Dr. Joseph Jaworski.

        21. Servant-Leadership: Leading in Today’s Military. Rubye Howard Braye.

        22. Leadership and the Chaordic Age. Dee Hock.

        23. Servant-Leadership, Public Leadership: Wrestling with an American Paradox.

              Dr. Scott W. Webster.

        24. Servant-Leadership and the New Economy. Dr. John P. Schuster.

        25. The Work of the Servant-Leader. Margaret Wheatley.

               A “must read” on the fastest-growing model of Leadership today.

               Dr. Spears is the Executive Director of the Greenleaf Center for Servant

               Leadership.

    54. Leadership: 50 Points of Wisdom for Today’s Leaders. Author: General Rick       

          Hillier. 272 pages.

          “Leadership is all about people: embracing those in your charge and winning

           over those you need to work with; not about being risk averse, or about

           embracing management fads. Leaders think long and have a vision.  Their

           actions speak, not their words. Leaders also act out of moral courage, accept

          failure, and take advantage of crisis, and are perpetually optimistic.”

          General Rick Hillier, formerly Commander of the Canadian Forces,      

          Commander, International Security Assistance Force, Kabul, Afghanistan, and

          Formerly, Chief of Defense, Canadian Forces.

     

    55. Built on Values. Author: Ann Rhoades. 256 pages.

          Demonstrates how Corporate values should be a critical component of a

          well-run company.

          Ann Rhoades is a woman who specializes in the area of Corporate values, and

          has had great success working with such Corporations as: Jet Blue, Southwest

          Airlines, Disney, Doubletree Hotels, and Jupiter Networks. She is one of five

          founders of the Jet Blue Airlines. 

     

    56. Conversations on Leadership. Editor: Lan Liu. 272 pages.

          A compilation of articles written by a list of “Who’s Who” in the area of

          Leadership. Contributors include such luminaries as: Dr. Warren Bennis, Dr.

          John Kouzes, Dr. Noel Tichy and Dr. Peter Senge.

     

    57. Winston Churchill, CEO: 25 Lessons for Bold Business Leaders. Author: Alan

          Axelrod. 288 pages.

          Axelrod shows how the quintessential leader of the 20th century converted

          crisis into victory, and made the boldest of visions seem attainable. This is

          done through exploring 25 key facets of Churchill’s Leadership and decision-

          making approach.

          The author has also written award-winning books on Elizabeth 1, and “Patton  

          on Leadership.”

     

    58. Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge. Author: Dr. Warren G. Bennis.

          256 pages.

          Dr. Bennis teaches 4 key Principles he feels every Leader should practice.

          1. Attention through Vision.

          2. Meaning through Communication.

          3. Trust through Positioning.

          4. The Deployment of the Self.

     

    59. The Choice is Yours: Today’s Decisions for the Rest of Your Life. Author: Dr.

          John C. Maxwell. 137 pages.

          1. Attitude is a Choice.

          2. Character is a Choice.

          3. Values is a Choice.

          4. Self-Discipline is a Choice.

          5. Commitment is a Choice.

          6. Teachability is a Choice.

          7. Initiative is a Choice.

          8. Passion is a Choice.

          9. Courage is a Choice.

        10. Responsibility is a Choice.

        11. Growth is a Choice.

        12. Relationships are a Choice.

        13. Communication is a Choice.

        14. Encouragement is a Choice.

        15. Servanthood is a Choice.

        16. Love is a Choice.

         Dr. Maxwell demonstrates the fact that Leadership success is a cluster of

         proactive choices in critical areas of performance.

     

    60. Your Road Map for Success: You Can Get There from Here. Author: Dr. John C.

          Maxwell. 256 pages.

          1. The Journey is More Fun if You Know Where You’re Going.

          2. Where Would I Like to Go?

          3. How Far Can I Go?

          4. How Do I Get There from Here?

          5. What Should I Pack in My Suitcase?

          6. How Do I Handle the Detours?

          7. Are We There Yet?

          8. Is it a Family Trip?

          9. Who Else Should I Take with Me?

        10. What Should We Do Along the Way?

     

    61. Truth or Consequences: The Promise and Perils of Postmodernism. Author: Dr.

          Millard J. Erickson. 288 pages.

          1. An Introduction to Postmodernism: Three Sketches.

          2. Pre-Modernism.

          3. Modernism.

          4. Nineteenth Century Precursors to Postmodernism.

          5. Twentieth Century Transitions to Postmodernism.

          6. Jacques Derrida.

          7. Michel Foucault.

          8. Richard Rorty.

          9. Stanley Fish.

        10. Positive Evaluations of Postmodernism.

        11. Negative Evaluations of Postmodernism.

        12. The Nature of Truth.

        13. Assessing the Truth.

        14. The Christian Story of Metanarrative.

        15. The Kingdom of God as Ultimate Community.

        16. Making the Transition to Postmodernism.

     

    62. The One Minute Manager. Authors: Dr. Ken Blanchard and Dr. Spencer

          Johnson. 112 pages.

          The authors show One Minute Goals, One Minute Praises, and Reprimands.

          In a unique section, they provide Medical and Behavioral Studies which 

          explain, and support, the methods discussed.

     

    63. Listening and Caring Skills. Author: Dr. John Savage. 150 pages.

          1. Paraphrase.

          2. Productive Questions.

          3. Perception Check.

          4. Expression of Feelings and Emotions.

          5. Fogging.

          6. Negative Inquiry.

          7. Behavior Description.

          8. Story Listening.

          9. Story Polarization.

        10. Life Commandments.

        11. The Linguistic Bridge.

          “The secret to Leadership transformation of a group, or of another person, is

            the quality of the relationship one person has with another.” Dr. John Savage.

            Written by an international Leadership expert, with over 200 trainers using

            his method worldwide.

     

    64. Rethink Your Life. Author: Stan Toler. 288 pages.

          1. Surrender Control.

          2. Detoxify Your Mind.

          3. Consider a New View of You.

          4. Make Mass Media Your Friend.

          5. Surround Yourself with Positive People.

          6. Create a Circle of Accountability.

          7. Cultivate an Attitude of Prayer.

          8. Stretch Your Thinking.

          9. Challenge Your Mind.

          For those who like the idea of Mentoring, Stan Toler was Mentored by Dr.

          John C. Maxwell. Stan has authored 70 books, and specializes in Leadership.

     

     

    65. The Making of a Mentor: Nine Essential Characteristics of Influential Christian

          Leaders. Authors: Dr. Ted W. Engstrom and Dr. Ron Jenson 304 pages.

          1. Encouragement.

          2. Self-Discipline.

          3. Gentleness.

          4. Affection.

          5. Communication.

          6. Honesty.

          7. Servanthood.

          8. Godliness.

          9. Confrontation.

        10. Now What?

          Written by two global Leadership experts, teaching the qualities of high-end

          Leadership Mentors. Includes valuable Mentoring Charts. Highly

          recommended.

     

    66. Words that Work. Author: Dr. Frank Luntz. 320 pages.

          Written by an expert on Communication, and one of the youngest PhD

          graduates of Oxford University. Contents include such areas as “the 21 Words

          and Phrases for the 21st Century,” and “The ten rules of Successful Com-

          munication.”

     

    67. Understanding Leadership. Author: Dr. Thom Marshall. 224 pages.

          1. Foresight-The Leader’s Edge.

          2. Goals-The Leader’s Aim.

          3. The Question of Timing.

          4. Imparting the Vision.

          5. Danger-Power at Work.

          6. The Redemption of Power.

          7. The Redemption of Leadership.

          8. How to Become a Servant-Leader.

          9. The Status Syndrome.

        10. Coping with Criticism.

        11. Authority-The Leader’s Mantle.

        12. Biblical Stress Management.

        13. Relationships-The Leader’s Network.

        14. Trust-The Cost of Commitment.

     

        15. Who Cares? Love and Leadership.

        16. Made for Honor.

        17. Understanding, Understanding.

        18. Meet the Corporation.

        19. The City Revisited.

        20. When Leaders Fail.

     

    68. Derailed: Lessons Learned from Catastrophic Failures of Leadership.

          Author: Dr. Timothy Irwin. 240 pages.

          Section 1. Running Off the Rails.

          Chapter 1. Derailment.

          Section 2. Profiles in Derailment.

          Profile 1. Robert Nardelli.

          Profile 2. Carly Fiorina.

          Profile 3. Durk Jager.

          Profile 4. Steve Heyer.

          Profile 5. Frank Raines.

          Profile 6. Dick Fuld.

          Section 3. Derailment in Slow Motion.

          Chapter 1. Derailment is a Process.

          Section 4. Staying on the Rails: What’s Your Character Quotient?

          The Real Deal: Get Ahold of Yourself!

          The Star of Your Own Show, An Amazing Ordinary Hero.

          Section 5. On track for the Long Haul: Five Critical Lessons.

          Habits of the Heart to Stay on Track.

          A topic that should be studied by all Leaders, and those who work with them.

          Dr. Irwin is both a Psychologist, and an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist.

          He has worked throughout North America, as well as within 25 foreign

          countries.

     

    69. A Master Plan for Leaders: A Biblical Perspective. Author: Dr. Gilbert A.

          Peterson.

          1. Personal Leadership.

          2. Organizational Leadership.

          3. Leadership Potholes and Pitfalls.

          4. Participatory Leadership.

          5. How to Hire the Best Employees.

          6. Leadership and Communication.

          7. Building an Organization on Trust.

     

    70. Leadership Mastery: How to Challenge Yourself and Others to Greatness.

          Author: Dale Carnegie Training. 256 pages.

          1. What Leaders Do.

          2. Communication and Expectation.

          3. Motivation that Empowers.

          4. Mentoring that Makes a Difference.

          5. The Hallmarks of Leadership Talent.

          6. The Four Qualities of Leadership Masters.

          7. Embracing Risk.

          8. Confronting Risk Aversion.

          9. Inspirational Leadership.

        10. A Profile of the Inspirational Leader.

        11. Organizational Leadership.

        12. The Tactics of Great Organizational Leaders.

        13. Finding Your Leadership Style.

        14. Continuing to Discover Your Leadership Style.

        15. Leadership in Balance: Whole Health.

        16. Leadership in Balance: Time and Family.

        17. Leadership in the New Workplace.

        18. Diversifying and Humanizing Your Organization.

        19. Practical Tactics and Techniques.

        20. Consistency, Competence, and Phone Communication.

        21. Dealing with Crisis: The Truest Test of Leadership Mastery.

        22. Managing Crisis Management.

        23. Building a Firm Foundation for an Unpredictable Future.

        24. Putting it all Together.

     

    71. Relationships 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know. Author: Dr. John C    

          Maxwell. 96 pages.

          Part 1. The Nature of Relationships.

          1. Why are Relationships Important to Success?

          2. What Do I Need to Know About Others?

          Part 2. The Building Blocks of Relationships.

          1. How Can I Encourage Others?

          2. How Can I Connect with People?

          3. How Can I Become a Better Listener?

          Part 3. The Growth of Relationships.

          1. How Can I Build Trust with Others?

          2. What is My Most Important Relationship?

          3. How Can I Serve and Lead People at the Same Time?

          While small, in terms of number of pages, this is possibly the best introduction

          on Relationships in print.

     

    72. The Right to Lead: Learning Leadership Through Character and Courage.

          Author: Dr. John C. Maxwell. 122 pages.

          1. Action.

          2. Vision.

          3. Sacrifice.

          4. Risk.

          5. Determination.

          6. Service.

          7. Integrity.

     

    73. The Servant-Leader Within: A Transformative Path. Author: Dr. Robert K.

          Greenleaf. 272 pages.

          1. Introduction: Understanding the Growing Impact of Servant-Leadership.

          2. The Servant as Leader.

          3. The Teacher as Servant.

          4. Life’s Choices and Markers.

          5. A Greenleaf Bibliography.

     

    74. The Painful Side of Leadership: Moving Forward Even When it Hurts.

          Author: Dr. Jeff Jorg. 288 pages.

          Section 1. Introduction.

          Chapter 1. Why Leading Christians is Painful.

          Chapter 2. General Strategies for Managing Painful Situations.

          Section 2. Painful Circumstances.

          Chapter 1. Dealing with Disappointment.

          Chapter 2. Resolving Your Mistakes.

          Chapter 3. Coping with Loneliness.

          Chapter 4. Living in the Spotlight.

          Section 3. Painful Relationships.

          Chapter 1. Understanding Criticism.

          Chapter 2. Handling Criticism.

          Chapter 3. Managing Followers in Conflict.

          Chapter 4. Terminating Someone from Your Team.

          Section 4. Painful Choices.

          Chapter 1. Taking a Courageous Stand.

          Chapter 2. Leading a Significant Change.

          Chapter 3. Modeling a Challenging Commitment.

          Chapter 4. Moving to a New Position.

          Section 5. Conclusion.

          Chapter 1. Hope-God’s Gift to Hurting Leaders.

          This book is the result of 20 years of Leadership interviews, and 30 years of

          experience consulting with, and developing, Leaders internationally.

          Written by the President of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

     

    75. Servant-Leadership: A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and

          Greatness. Author: Dr. Robert K. Greenleaf. 369 pages.

          1. The Servant as Leader.

          2. The Institution as Leader.

          3. Trustees as Servants.

          4. Servant-Leadership in Business.

          5. Servant-Leadership in Education.    

          6. Servant-Leadership in Foundations.

          7. Servant-Leadership in Churches.

          8. Servant-Leaders.

          9. Servant Responsibility in a Bureaucratic Society.

        10. America and World Leadership.

        11. An Inward Journey.

        12. Postscript.

              This book should be read by all Leaders, and Leadership Consultants. Dr.

              Robert K. Greenleaf coined the term, “Servant-Leader” and was unsurpassed

              in his development of the concept. Dr. Greenleaf worked in the area of

              Management Research and Development for AT&T, then became a visiting

              Lecturer at MIT’S Sloan School of Management, and later taught Leadership

              Studies at Harvard Business School. Now deceased, he concluded his

              career at the Greenleaf Institute, the premier developer, and source of

              knowledge for the area of Servant-Leadership.

     

    76. Building Leaders the West Point Way: Ten Principles from the Nation’s Most

          Powerful Leadership Laboratory. Author: Major General Joseph P. Franklin.

          224 pages.

          Principle 1. Duty.

          Principle 2. Honor.

          Principle 3. Faith.

          Principle 4. Courage.

          Principle 5. Perseverance.

          Principle 6. Confidence.

          Principle 7. Approachability.

          Principle 8. Adaptability.

          Principle 9. Compassion.

          Principle 10. Vision.

          “Everything I am as an adult goes back to my days at West Point.” The Author.

     

    77. Leading in a Culture of Change. Author: Dr. Michael Fullam. 176 pages.

          1. A Remarkable Convergence.

          2. Moral Purpose.

          3. Understanding Change.

          4. Relationships.

          5. Knowledge-Building.

          6. Coherence Making.

          7. The Hare and the Tortoise.

          Written by the former Dean, Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education

          (OISE), University of Toronto.

    78. High-Performance Ethics: 10 Timeless Principles for Next-Generation Leader-

          ship. Authors: Dr. Wes Wantrell and Dr. James R. Lucas 250 pages.

          Teaches 10 Principles the authors feel produce Leadership Ethics and high-

          level Performance.

          Principle 1. First Things Only. “You Can Be Great with the Right Priorities.”

          Principle 2. Ditch the Distractions. “You’ve Got to Keep Your Eye On the Ball

                               Game, Not the Score.”

          Principle 3. Align with Reality. “Never Claim Support for a Bad Cause.”

          Principle 4. Find Symmetry. “Without Whole-Life Symmetry, Your Life is on a

                               Crash Course.”

          Principle 5. Respect the Wise. “If You Can’t Honor the Savvy, You’re in the

                               Wrong Organization.”

          Principle 6. Protect the Souls. “You Can’t Climb Very High on the Backs of

                               Others.”

          Principle 7. Commit to the Relationships. “Without Your Partners, big Wins

                               are a Pipe Dream.”  

          Principle 8. Spread the Wealth. “If You Take Theirs, You’ll Lose Yours.”

          Principle 9. Speak the Truth. “You Can’t Place a Premium on Truth and Kill   

                               the Grapevine.” 

          Principle 10. Limit Your Desires. “You Can Find a Greener Pasture, But it May

                                 Be Artificial Turf.”

     

    79. Next Generation Leaders. Author: Andy Stanley. 163 pages.

          Section 1. Competence: Do Less, Accomplish More.

          1. You are Doing Too Much!

          2. Doing the Right Things.

          3. Finding Your Groove.

          Section 2. Courage: Courage Establishes Leadership.

          1. First In.

          2. Just a Stone’s Throw Away.

          3. Three Expressions of Courage.

          Section 3. Clarity: Uncertainty Demands Clarity.

          1. Leading in the Shadow of Uncertainty.

          2. I’ll Tell You When I Get There.

          3. Managing Your Uncertainty.

          Section 4. Coaching: Coaching Enables a Leader to go Farther, Faster.

          Section 5. Character: Character Determines the Leader’s Legacy.

          1. A Nonessential.

          2. The King Who Followed.

          3. The Leader Worth Following.

     

    80. The Winner’s Manual. Author’s: Jim Tressel and Chris Fabry. 308 pages

          Part 1. The Game Plan.

          1. The Journey of Success.

          2. The Block “O” of Life.

          Part 2. The Big Ten Fundamentals.

          1. Attitude.

          2. Discipline.

          3. Excellence.

          4. Faith and Belief.

          5. Work.

          6. Handling Adversity and Success.

          7. Love.

          8. Responsibility.

          9. Team.

          10. Hope.

          Part 3. Game Changers.

          1. Heroes and Winners.

          This book is co-authored by the head football Coach of the Ohio State Buckeye 

          football team, a man who has become internationally known for his ability to

          develop Leaders both on, and off, of the field.

     

    81. Leadership Smarts: Inspiration and Wisdom from the Heart of a Leader.

          Author: Dr. Ken Blanchard. 160 pages.

          1. Striving for Excellence.

          2. Developing Values.

          3. Maintaining Integrity.

          4. Dealing with Constant Change.

          5. Helping Others Achieve Their Potential.

     

    82. The Little Book of Coaching. Authors: Don Shula and Dr. Ken Blanchard.

          144 pages.

          1. Be Conviction-Driven.

          2. Overlearn: Practice Until it is Perfect.

          3. Be Audible-Ready. Know when to Change.

          4. Have Consistency. Respond Predictably in Your Performance.

          5. Be Honesty-Based. Walk Your Talk.

          Don Shula has won more football games than any Coach in NFL history. Since

          leaving football, he has become a wealthy businessman, and a highly

          respected developer of high-end talent.

          A brief book, but well worth spending some time reading. A great book to

          give to the busy Client.

     

    83. Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration. Author: Dr. Warren

          Bennis. 256 pages.

          A forthcoming book. Dr. Bennis will examine six of the Century’s most  

          respected Organizations, and will do so in a Case Study manner.

     

    84. The Future of Leadership: Today’s Top Leadership Thinkers Speak to Tomor-

          row’s Leaders. Authors: Dr. Warren Bennis, Dr. Gretchen M. Spreitzer, and

          Dr. Thomas C. Cummings. 352 pages.

          Nineteen Chapters by celebrated Leaders of business discuss the future of

          Leadership, and the “new” Economy.

          Contributors include: Charles Handy, Tom Peters, Edward Lawler, Jim Kouzes,

          Barry Posner etc.

     

    85. Churchill on Leadership. Author: Steven Hayward. 224 pages.

          “Perhaps the finest book on practical Leadership ever written.” Brian Tracy.

     

    86. Leader to Leader: Enduring Insights on Leadership from the Drucker

          Foundation’s Award-Winning Journal. Editors: Dr. Francis Hesselbein and

          Dr. Paul M. Cohen. 416 pages.

          “A first-collection of articles from the widely acclaimed Journal brings together

          the timely wisdom of world-renowned Leaders, best-selling writers,

          legendary thinkers, and esteemed Philosophers.” The Editors.

     

     

    87. The Leader of the Future: New Visions, Strategies, and Practices, for the Next

          Era. Editors: Dr. Francis Hesselbein, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, and Dr. Richard

          Beckard. 352 pages.

          This work includes a number of essays, not previously published, which

          discuss a number of “cutting edge” Leadership issues.

          Contributors include: Dr. Stephen Covey, Dr. Ken Blanchard, Dr. Peter Senge,

          Dr. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, et.al.

     

    88. Presidential Leadership: Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House.

          Editors: James Taranto and Leonard Leo. 320 pages.

          Weighed against a common grid, a collection of respected Presidential

          Journalists, Historians, Lawyers, and Political Science experts, critique the

          Leadership strengths, and weaknesses, of America’s Presidents.

     

    89. Black Leadership in America. Author: Dr. John White. 240 pages.

          A forthcoming book, which will deal with Black Leadership within the context

          of Black, American history.

     

    90. Coaching Your Kids to Be Leaders: The Keys to Unlocking Their Potential.

          Author: Pat Williams. 277 pages.

          Part 1. To Build Leaders, Start Early.

          1. Urgently Needed: Young Leaders.

          2. Leadership Training Starts at Home.

          3. The Nature of Leadership.

          4. How to Identify Young Leaders.

          Part 2. The Seven Keys to Effective Leadership.

          1. First Key: See a Vision.

          2. Second Key: Be a Communicator.

          3. Third Key: Build Good People Skills.

          4. Fourth Key: Build Good Character.

          5. Fifth Key: Build Competence.

          6. Sixth Key: Be Bold.

          7. Seventh Key: Be a Servant.

          Part 3. How to Mentor and Motivate.

          1. How to Be a Hero.

          2. How to Motivate Kids to Lead.

          Written by the Senior Vice-President of the Orlando Magic Basketball Team.

    91. The Dream Cycle: Leveraging the Power of Personal Growth. Author: Dr. Steve

          Moore. 224 pages.

          Part 1. The Power of Dreaming.

          1. Personal Capacity: The Power to Realize Your Dreams.

          2. The Dream Cycle: Listening for the Future.

          3. Beneath the Surface.

          4. Change Dynamics: Breaking the Status Quo.

          5. The Dream Team: Learning from Historical Mentors.

          Part 2. The Power of Growing.

          1. Fostering Your Energy: Characteristics of a Healthy Growth Plan.

          2. Generating Momentum: A Repeatable Cycle for Personal Growth.

          3. Taking Inventory: Doing a Personal Growth Assessment.

          4. A Bridge to Your Dreams: Developing a Plan of Action.

          5. A Chord of Three Strands: Forming Accountability Partnerships.

          6. Keeping Score: Appraising the Process of Personal Growth.

          Part 3. The Power of Multiplying.

          1. Dreaming Times Ten: Cultivating Personal Growth in Relationships.

          2. Dreaming Times One Hundred: Cultivating Personal Growth in

              Organizations.

          A good introduction to the concept of Personal Capacity. Only one of a few

          who discuss this important topic. Should be read.

     

    92. Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, and Why People Demand It.

          Authors: Dr. James M. Kouzes and Dr. Barry Z. Posner. 384 pages.

          1. Leadership is a Relationship.

          2. Credibility Makes a Difference.

          3. Discovering Your Self.

          4. Appreciating Constituents and Their Diversity.

          5. Affirming Shared Values.

          6. Developing Capacity.

          7. Serving a Purpose.

          8. Sustaining Hope.

          9. The Struggle to be Human.

          This is another book which addresses the critical topic of Capacity.

          Dr. Kouzes is a Professor of Leadership, at the Leavey School of Business.

          Dr. Posner is the Dean, at the Leavey School of Business. Both are considered

          to be among the most learned in the field of contemporary Leadership.

     

    93. Followership: How Followers are Creating Change and Changing Leaders.

          Author: Dr. Barbara Kellerman. 305 pages.

          “Provides the first sweeping view of followers in relation to their Leaders.

           Deliberately departs from the typical Leader-Centered approach that

           dominates our thinking about Leadership.” The Editor.

           While some conclusions drawn may not fit with the Elite Performer Research,

           this book should be read by all Leaders. It will likely become a foundational

           work, as it deals with an almost totally neglected area of Leadership studies.

           Dr. Kellerman is the Research Director, Center for Public Leadership, and

           Lecturer in Public Policy, at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard

           University.

     

    94. The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Create Great Leaders and

          Organizations. Author: Dr. Ronald E. Riggio and Dr. Ira Chaleff. 416 pages.

          Similar to the book listed above, the authors explore the issue of Followership,

          and its importance in the creation of successful Leaders.

          Dr. Ronald E. Riggio, is Director of the Henry R. Kravis Leadership Institute, at

          Claremont McKenna College.

          Dr. Ira Chaleff, is President of Executive Coaching and Consulting Associates,

          and an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.

          Another book which should be read by all Leaders.

     

    95. Encouraging the Heart. Authors: Dr. James M. Kouzes and Dr. Barry Z. Posner.

          240 pages.

          Part 1.

          1. The Heart of Leadership.

          2. The Seven Essentials of Encouraging.

          3. The Encouragement Index.

          Part 2.

          1. The First Essential: Set Clear Standards.

          2. The Second Essential: Expect the Best.

          3. The Third Essential: Pay Attention.

          4. The Fourth Essential: Personalize Recognition.

          5. The Fifth Essential: Tell the Story.

          6. The Sixth Essential: Celebrate Together.

          7. The Seventh Essential: Set the Example. 

          Part 3.

          1. Finding Your Voice.

          2. 150 Ways to Encourage the Heart.

          Anything written by these two men should be read.

     

    96. The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching: 50 Top Executive Coaches Reveal

          Their Secrets. Editors: Dr. Howard Morgan, Dr. Phil Harkins and Dr. Marshall

          Goldsmith. 304 pages.

          This book presents a variety of perspectives, and best practice information, on

          what the most knowledgeable, and most successful, Executive Coaches      

          are doing in today’s climate.

     

    97. Beyond Talent. Author: Dr. John C. Maxwell. 304 pages.

          1. Belief Lifts Your Talent.

          2. Initiative Activates Your Talent.

          3. Focus Directs Your Talent.

          4. Preparation Positions Your Talent.

          5. Practice Sharpens Your Talent.

          6. Perseverance Sustains Your Talent.

          7. Character Protects Your Talent.

     

    98. Collaborative Leadership and Global Transformation: Developing Leaders and

          High-Synergy Organizations. Author: Dr. Timothy Stagich. 264 pages.

          “Collaborative Leadership is about achieving results across boundaries. The

           nature of the boundary is important. Whether it’s a formal contract, or an

           informal agreement, between two parties, who work together for a common

           aim. Getting value from difference is at the heart of the collaborative Leader’s

           task.” The Author.

           A thought-provoking read, but well worth the time spent.

     

     

    99. Force for Change: How Leadership Differs from Management. Author: Dr.

          John Kotter. 192 pages.

          “Leadership is a process that creates change-a process that often involves

           hundreds, or even thousands, of “little acts of Leadership”, orchestrated by

           people who have the profound insight to realize this.” The Publishers.

           Written by an award-winning author, and Professor of Organizational

           Behavior, at the Harvard Business School.

           This is one of the best works dealing with the complex issue of contemporary

           change.

     

    100. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t.

             Author: Dr. Jim Collins. 320 pages.

            1. Good is the Enemy of Great.

            2. Level 5 Leadership.

            3. First Who…Then What.

            4. Confront the Brutal Facts.

            5. The Hedgehog Concept.

            6. A Culture of Discipline.

            7. Technology Accelerators.

            8. The Flywheel and the Doom Loop.

            9. From Good to Great to Built to Last.

            Written by a former Faculty Member of the Stanford University School of

            Business.

            A very influential book and one that should be read by all Leaders.

     

    101. My Dream Map. Author: Dr. John C. Maxwell. 196 pages.

            1. The Ownership Question.

            2. The Clarity Question.

            3. The Reality Question.

            4. The Passion Question.

            5. The Pathway Question.

            6. The People Question.

            7. The Cost Question.

            8. The Tenacity Question.

            9. The Fulfillment Question.

          10. The Significance Question.

             

    102. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow them and People will Follow     

             You. Author: Dr. John C. Maxwell. 231 pages.

            1. The Law of the Lid: Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of

                Effectiveness.

            2. The Law of Influence: The True Measure of Leadership is Influence.

            3. The Law of Process: Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day.

            4. The Law of Navigation: Anyone Can Steer the Ship, but it Takes a Leader to

                Chart the Course.

            5. The Law of E.F. Hutton: When the Real Leader Speaks, People Listen.

            6. The Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the Foundation of Leadership.

            7. The Law of Respect: People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger than Them-

                selves.         

            8. The Law of Intuition: Leaders Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias.

            9. The Law of Magnetism: Who You are is Who You Attract.

          10. The Law of Connection: Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a

                 Head.

          11. The Law of the Inner Circle: A Leader’s Potential is Determined by Those

                 Closest to Him.

          12. The Law of Empowerment: Only Secure Leaders Give Power to Others.

          13. The Law of Reproduction: It Takes a Leader to Raise Up a Leader.

          14. The Law of Buy-In: People Buy Into the Leader, then the Vision.

          15. The Law of Victory: Leaders Find a Way for the Team to Win.

          16. The Law of the Big Mo: Momentum is the Leader’s Best Friend.

          17. The Law of Priorities: Leaders Understand that Activity is not Necessarily

                 Accomplishment.

          18. The Law of Sacrifice: A Leader Must Give Up to Get Up.

          19. The Law of Timing: When to Lead is as Important as What to Do and

                 Where to Go.

          20. The Law of Explosive Growth: To Add Growth, Lead Followers-To Multiply,

                 Lead Leaders.

          21. The Law of Legacy: A Leader’s Lasting Value is Measured by Succession.   

                 Written by a man who has dedicated his life to reading, studying, under-

                 standing, and developing Leaders. This is Dr. Maxwell’s best-known work.

     

     

    103. Ethics 101: There’s Only One Rule for Making Decisions. Author: Dr. John C.

             Maxwell. 160 pages.

            1. Whatever Happened to Business Ethics?

            2. Why This Rule is Golden.

            3. The Golden Rule Begins with You.

            4. Living a 24-Karat Gold Life.

            5. Five Factors that Can Tarnish the Golden Rule.

            6. Seizing Your Golden Opportunity.

            7. How to Develop the Midas Touch.

            Dr. Maxwell includes a valuable Barna Chart, on the Public’s view of morally

            appropriate decisions, by Leaders in various Professions. 

     

     

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    Political leaders and well-known personalities seem to be falling like flies these days, the result of various accusations of sexual misconduct, harassment or verbal abuse. Sins of youth are being remembered and broadcast across national media.

    Christians are not immune. In fact, Christian leaders are Satan’s preferred target. There is nothing that gives him greater delight than to see Christian leaders fall from grace through scandal, whether it’s sexual misconduct or issues related to fraud or theft. A lifetime of godly living and a reputation of being a person of integrity can come crashing down in a moment through a momentary lapse of judgment.

    Christian leaders need to live lives of integrity if they expect others to follow them, whether that’s in church, in politics or in business. If people are going to follow someone, they want the assurance that their leader can be trusted. They want to know that he or she will keep their promises and follow through with their commitments.

    Samuel’s ‘farewell speech’ as he approached retirement (I Samuel 12) is probably the envy of every Christian leader today. As he addressed the nation in his State of the Union address, he said: “Here I stand. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bride to make me shut my eyes?  If I have done any of these, I will make it right.”

    The reply from that massive crowd, as they reflected on Samuel’s long reign, is incredible by today’s standards. “You have not cheated or oppressed us. You have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.”

    That’s the standard of integrity by which we should all live and guide our actions. Samuel was a great leader because he understood leadership as an opportunity to serve people and add quality to their life. He detested a leadership model that used its power to exploit those he led for personal gain and position.

    Jesus regularly addressed the integrity issue during his brief ministry. He referred to Pharisees as hypocrites, usually preceding his rebuke with a “Woe to you.” Hypocrisy is the polar opposite of integrity. Pharisees didn’t live up to that standard. When we talk about integrity today, we generally use other, closely related terms such as ethics and morality.

    So, using Samuel as a model of integrity, how are you doing? And while it’s a question that all of us need to answer, it’s addressed especially to Christian men and women involved in business or the professions.

    Are you dealing ethically with your customers? Do you provide them with a quality product or service? Do you provide your employees with a fair wage and benefits, and do you treat them as fellow image-bearers of Christ?

    When it comes to stewardship, do you treat your budget and your bottom line with integrity? Do you support Christian charities, including your local church. Is Christ reflected in the way you run your business?
    This office receives occasional phone calls from people who wonder if the Canadian Christian Business Federation (CCBF) is like a "Christian Better Business Bureau" because they have a few issues with a business owner whose ethics don't match up to his or her profession as a Christian. Those callers are encouraged to contact that business owner’s local church. That’s where accountability and integrity starts and ends.

    For all of us who call ourselves 'Christian', we are called to live up to our name. To do otherwise would be a slap in the face of our Lord.  May we all come to the end of our lives with the same level of integrity that Samuel experienced.

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    By Keith Knight

    There is this gorgeous mansion sitting high on a hill in Guatemala. People can see it from miles around. The master of that mansion is always well-dressed and he has a huge staff of servants.

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    By Keith Knight

    There is this gorgeous mansion sitting high on a hill in Guatemala. People can see it from miles around. The master of that mansion is always well-dressed and he has a huge staff of servants.

    One of the servants is named Jose and it is his job twice a day to haul water from a stream at the bottom of the hill. The water is used mainly for cooking and bathing.

    It is actually a prestigious job. It gives Jose a chance to get outside twice a day. In fact, Jose inherited this job from his father. It’s been in the family for a while – this water-hauling. Jose’s father actually made a number of clay jars on a potter’s wheel.  But even though there were four or five of those clay jars in the storage room, Jose’s father always used the same two jars. And when he passed on the task to his young son he encouraged Jose to use those same two jars.

    And so Jose would fasten those jars by rope to a long pole that he carried across his shoulders, and he would walk down the stoney path to the river where he would fill them up with water and then climb back up the hill to the mansion where he would carefully empty them into large containers.

    They were precious old clay jars but one of them was cracked. It had a hairline crack across the top half of the jar so that by the time he got back to the mansion, the jar was half empty.

    Even though there were several perfectly good clay jars back in the mansion, Jose knew that these two were his dad’s most favorite … so he carried on the tradition.

    Jose made that trip down to the river twice a day .. through the cool winter months, through spring and into summer.

    One day, as he was bending down by the river to fill those jars, the cracked jar spoke. It said: “Wait a minute. Why are you doing this? Why do you fill me up every day with water, knowing full well that I will be half empty by the time I get back to the mansion? Why not simply throw me onto that stone path, crush me to pieces, and walk on me?”

    Jose spoke. He told the cracked jar to take notice of the path as he walked back up the hill. “Look at your side of the path”, he said. “I knew full well that you were cracked and that you were dripping water as I walked along that path. Last winter I spread some good soil on your side of the path and then planted some flower seeds. You have unknowingly been sprinkling them with water twice a day, enough to keep the ground moist. Enough to allow the seeds to sprout. They are in full bloom now. Your side of the path is like a quilt of color. The other side of the path consists of dirt and rock.”

    “In fact”, said Jose, “I picked a few of those flowers and they are sitting on the master’s dining table right now.”

    I am not sure what the clay jar’s reaction was but I do imagine that it may have held its head a bit higher – if jars can do that. It may even have squirted an extra bit of water out through the cracks now and then .. just to make a point.

    I feel like that cracked jar now and then; filled with imperfections. But I imagine that a bit of ‘good’ seeps through now and then, touching people’s lives, making a difference. How about you?

     

    Keith Knight is executive director of the Canadian Christian Business Federation.

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