SERVANT LEADERSHIP & What St. Nicholas Can Teach Us About Leadership

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., Dec. 17, 2020.

This five minute video was created for a group of secular Vietnamese business leaders. Though they are very interested in Christmas, they want to know more about the stories behind Christmas icons, such as Santa. I explain that …

Every time we see Santa Claus … we should think about

the real St. Nicholas and how he became famous

because he exemplified God’s character of giving.

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CHANGE & the Strategy PowerPoint – John P. Kotter

The Big Opportunity Graphicby John P. Kotter, Harvard Business Review, April 22, 2014

“…Briefly, here is the idea: a Big Opportunity articulates in language that is analytically accurate and emotionally compelling an opportunity that will move an organization forward in a substantial way. It is that exciting possibility which, if you can capitalize on it, will place you into a prosperous, winning future. It is related to vision and strategy in a very straightforward way: a strategy shows you what you need to get to a vision; a vision shows you what you will be doing if you get to, and are able to capitalize on, a big opportunity.


A written statement of a Big Opportunity can be a very useful tool. It is short, like a vision statement, and unlike a strategy description which is often much longer. “Short” usually means about half a page long. The crisp clarity of it is one of its advantages. Another is its tone. Both strategies and visions can sound like: OK, this is what top management has decided and now you will go do it. Effective Big Opportunity statements direct attention to an inspiring rainbow outside; they don’t feel like a finger pointing out what the managerial and employee children should be doing inside the organization…”

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