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Fairness Is Overrated

By February 17, 2015 No Comments

My good friend, Tim Stevens, just wrote a new book that I commend: Fairness Is Overrated: And 51 Other Leadership Principles to Revolutionize Your Workplace. He writes from the wisdom gleaned while serving for 20 years as executive pastor at Granger Community Church near South Bend, Indiana. During his time there, the congregation grew from 300 to more than 5,000; from a staff of 5 to more than 130. The church houses a preschool, restaurant, three campuses and has planted more than 1,800 new churches in southern India.

Stevens divides his book into four pillars that he believes hold up every successful leader: 1) Be a person of integrity 2) Identify the right people around you 3) Build a great culture 4) Lead through crisis. Each point is presented practically and without fluff, through short, easy-to-read chapters. Chapters can be read in succession, or in any order you like. Actionable discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter to help you get right on your way to “revolutionizing your work place.”

tim stevens picTim has also written other very helpful books, such as Vision: Lost and Found, Simply Strategic Volunteers, and Pop Goes the Church. You can find him at leadingsmart.com and follow him on Twitter, @timastevens, for his latest updates.

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Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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