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As the voice of the cause, consider:
-If this is our organization, what is our actual cause?
-Given our cause, what is our purpose?
-Given our purpose, what is our mission?

You are the Voice of the Cause

A colleague asked: “Is it more important for people to believe in the cause or the individual?” My response: “Every cause needs a voice; every organization needs a face.”   We all know dynamic, inspirational figures that lead organizations we support or serve in. We follow pastors, executive directors, presidents, and other leaders who speak […]

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Awareness of opportunities and threats is foundational to strategic plans

Retrenchment and Renewal in Christian Post-Secondary Education

What some have called a “perfect storm” of disruptive circumstances has impacted all of post-secondary education in both Canada and the United States for the last five years. The result has been two interrelated trends that have especially shaped Christian colleges and universities: a more constrained enrollment on the one hand and a creative approach […]

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We may not know the future leaders of our school, but we can do much to prevent future mission drift.  
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Shoot the Pirates: And Three Other Strategies for Safeguarding Your School’s Mission (Part 2)

What do Christian colleges have in common with corporate America? Mission drift. So pervasive is this problem that it got the attention of the witty writers at The Onion, a satirical “news” publication. In a 2012 article, a fictitious CEO explains that his “company was built on tradition—a set of values systematically phased out the […]

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Shoot the Pirates: And Three Other Strategies for Safeguarding Your School’s Mission (Part 1)

Safeguarding against Mission Drift In the Middle Ages, kind-hearted Franciscan monks developed a charity model to make sure the poor could buy food and wisely manage their money. This model, called Montes Pietatius, was also intended to help protect the poor from people who would take advantage of them (e.g., loan sharks). The Montes Pietatius […]

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educational vouchers

Educational Vouchers: A Strategic Opportunity for Christian Colleges

“As your President, I will be the nation’s biggest cheerleader for school choice.”  – Donald Trump Were these just words? Not anymore. Our 45th president nominated Betsy DeVos to head the U.S. Department of Education. The daughter-in-Law of billionaire Richard DeVos Sr., who co-founded Amway, she and her husband Richard DeVos Jr. have stewarded the […]

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The planning process is more important than the plan itself.  Plan with Objectivity, Vision and Flexibility

It’s the Leadership Process, Not the Plan

On October 17, 1777, English General, Gentlemen Johnny Burgoyne, surrendered an entire British Army to Horatio Gates, commander of the American forces at Saratoga, New York. If the battle of Lexington produced the “shot heard round the world” then Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga produced the “shock heard round the world.” At Saratoga the unthinkable happened. […]

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The role of a Chief Business Officer  involves more than numbers.

Character vs. Conscience: Understanding the Role of a Chief Business Officer and a President

College presidents represent the character and imagination of the schools they serve. They set the tone; they cast the vision. Chief Business Officers (CBOs) also have a distinct role. They represent the conscience of the school; their voice is essential. Without it, we have character without conscience, which will diminish the effectiveness of the president […]

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