STRATEGY & Three Factors of a Good Strategy by Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker in his book Non-profit Management points to the three elements of a good strategy:

“To work systematically on the productivity of an institution, one needs a strategy …. The first factor is always the people. It’s not a matter of working harder; we learned that long ago. It’s a matter of working smarter, and above all, of placing people where they can really produce. The second universal factor is money. How do we get a little more out of the money that we have? It’s always scarce. And the third factor is time.” (Drucker, 1990)

LEADERSHIP & Favorite 25 Leadership Quotes of Thom Rainer

by Thom Rainer, 10/9/13, retrieved from http://thomrainer.com/2013/10/09/top-25-leadership-quotes/ including:

2.    Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations. —Peter Drucker

3.    The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree

10.    If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. —John Quincy Adams

16.    The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. —Theodore Roosevelt

17.    Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. —Brian Tracy

22.    Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. —Norman Schwarzkopf

And 19 more, read more at … http://thomrainer.com/2013/10/09/top-25-leadership-quotes/

INNOVATION & 3 Ways to Measure Bold Ideas

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “Deciding to implement a new idea based upon its financial bottom-line is shown to usually undercut innovation as well as long-term organizational health.”

3 Ways to Measure Success by Ilan Mochari, Inc. Magazine, 4/24/14

Read more at … http://www.inc.com/ilan-mochari/measure-bold-ideas.html

ASSERTIVENESS & How to Be Assertive (Without Losing Yourself)

by Amy Gallo, Harvard Business Review

“Managers need some degree of self-confidence to be effective. “The right amount of assertiveness, respect for others, and intelligence is what makes a great leader,” says Lauren Zander, co-founder and chairman of the Handel Group, an executive coaching firm in New York City, and author of “Designing Your Life,” a course taught through MIT. Yet, there needs to be a balance. “There’s a sweet spot for assertiveness. If you’re below the range, you’re not going to get your way. If you’re above it, you’re not getting along with others,” says Daniel Ames, a professor of management at Columbia Business School and author of “Pushing Up to a Point: Assertiveness and Effectiveness in Leadership and Interpersonal Dynamics.” The good news is, “Being shy is not a permanent condition. Assertiveness can be learned,” says Zander. The key is to understand the context, assess your behavior, and then make the appropriate adjustments.”

Read more at… http://blogs.hbr.org/2012/08/how-to-be-assertive-without-lo/

INNOVATION & How to Keep Your Idea Champions

How to Keep Your Star Performers in Trying Times
by Amy Gallo, Harvard Business Review

Call them “star performers” (Gallo) or “idea champions” (Bornstein) ministry organizations need to keep their best and brightest to expand ministry impact.

http://blogs.hbr.org/2009/12/retaining-star-performers-in-t/