Redemptive Leader

A Redemptive Leader affects incremental change for the long term.  You discover you are one when your choices surprise you and others, and the results come in unexpected ways.

I’ve come to understand myself as a redemptive leader over many years. In the process, I’ve learned a great deal about myself and other leaders who have faced this challenge before and in different ways.

What I’ve learned boils down to three simple steps:

I’ve captured these steps in a quick, interactive process I call the Redemptive Onramp.  Give it a try!

Living in Crisis Mode

 Crisis mode is a good way to get things done.  But do we understand what it costs us?  How does crisis mode affect you and those around you, and what you can do about living in crisis mode?

Crises is everywhere these days. We hear about war and humanitarian crises around the world. And we live with crises in government, the economy, and our sense of well-being at home.

Crisis creates an emotional reaction in us.  It gives us a jolt of nervous energy to jump into action. But we can also get numb to that reaction, so the crises have to become greater for us to have the same reaction.

This numbness does not mean we’re immune. Rather, we’re numb because we’re already in crisis mode. Continue reading “Living in Crisis Mode”

See New Opportunities

Our world is connected like never before. The flow of information is non-stop, and sources and interpretations of that information are ever-increasing.  But there are ways to see new opportunities in this new world.

In the midst of this always-connected information, we are increasingly disconnected from each other. Since we can find everything we need online and have it streamed or delivered to our homes, we depend on fewer people.

We may prefer to enjoy the convenience of not depending on anyone else. But that lack of meaningful interaction leaves us isolated from one another.

We live in an informationally connected, but relationally disconnected world. Continue reading “See New Opportunities”

Looking At Change

Looking at change can happen in two different ways: what actually changes and how we experience that change.

Things are changing all the time that we don’t notice, and other things don’t seem to change at all, and it frustrates us. The difference is, do we have a picture or vision of what our lives will be like on the other side of that change?

We might, but not realize it, or be too afraid of it to acknowledge it. Or we might not, and our minds are constantly looking for, and evaluating the possibilities, or we are just stuck.

Any of those experiences will be bad, even if the change isn’t.  So the question is, how do we get out of that? Continue reading “Looking At Change”