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Paparazzi in the Hands of an Angry God: The Great Awakening and the Birth of American Celebrity Culture

January 20, 2017

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Think the fiery Puritan who preached America’s most famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of Angry God,” would threaten to dangle celebrities over the pit of hell? Think again.

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LOST Lessons of Leadership 3: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – Authoritarian Leadership Learns to Serve

June 18, 2014

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The second season of LOST introduces yet a third approach to leadership in the person of Dr. Benjamin Linus. As evidenced in the clip below, Ben is the most dangerous type of leader in the postmodern world—a pseudo servant leader, or “power broker.”

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LOST Lessons of Leadership 2: Jack’s Position of Power – Service for the Common Good

June 17, 2014

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In contrast to the “asshole” style of leadership evidenced by Sawyer and his gun (see, Lesson 1), the first season of LOST open’s with a compelling story of a radically different approach: service.

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LOST Lessons of Leadership: What the Island Taught Me About Heroic Character

June 16, 2014

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Like all authoritarian leaders, Sawyer understood that a leadership position is often wielded very much like a gun. One of the key storylines of LOST’s first season is the tension between Jack (Matthew Fox) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) for leadership of the small band of plane crash survivors desperately seeking to balance the twin goals […]

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Leading in a Dysfunctional System #4: Push Toward Your Strengths, by @drtoddwhall

June 6, 2012

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90% of all workers think improving their weaknesses is the best way to improve their performance. They are wrong. Dysfunctionally  wrong! Part 4 in series: Leading in a Dysfunctional System. by Todd W. Hall, PhD This is the fourth entry in this series on leading in a dysfunctional system. As I mentioned in the last post, developing […]

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Leading in a Dysfunctional System 3: Move Toward Your Strengths

May 21, 2012

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Instead of allowing yourself to be pulled by the uncoordinated demands of a dysfunctional system, you need to push, gradually and incrementally, toward your strengths. Part 3 in series: Leading in a Dysfunctional System. by Todd W. Hall, PhD This is the third entry in this series on leading in a dysfunctional system. Secure leaders make […]

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Staying Above the Fray: Leading in a Dysfunctional System, Part 2: by Todd W. Hall, PhD

May 9, 2012

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Part 2 in series Leading in a Dysfunctional System. It’s natural in a dysfunctional system to respond to negative emotions with anger and frustration. This leads to a counter-productive focus on the negatives. Insecure leaders often don’t see the horizon of possible solutions because they are too caught up in the negative emotion of the […]

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Leading in a Dysfunctional System, by Todd W. Hall, PhD

April 16, 2012

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Understanding your own underlying connection strategies can make or break survival in a dysfunctional working environment by Todd W. Hall, PhD Recently, I met with a manager I’ve been working with who is working in a very dysfunctional system. Two executives are in a political battle for the area in which she works and she […]

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Seven Ways Leaders Lose Authority with Students, by Tim Elmore

March 2, 2011

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Seven Ways Leaders Lose Authority with Students, by   Tim Elmore

Ongoing Series: Two Handed Warrior Authors and Leaders you should know Dr. Tim Elmore is the founder and president of Growing Leaders, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization created to develop emerging leaders. Through Growing Leaders, he and his team provide public schools, state universities, civic organizations and corporations with the tools they need to help develop young […]

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Leading Artists and Musicians, in @CatalystLeader

February 14, 2011

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Directing artists requires a unique approach to leadership, whether it’s musicians, or designers, or writers, or entertainers, or worship leaders, or those who sketch/paint/draw.

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Jay Barnes, President of Bethel University, on “The Influencers Who Influenced Me”

February 10, 2011

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ay Barnes, President of Bethel University and Consummate Servant Leader, shares “the influencers who influenced me.”

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Teen Role Models: Who They Are, Why They Matter, by David Kinnaman

February 9, 2011

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Part of ongoing series: Paparazzi in the Hands of an Angry God: Servant Leadership in an Age of Self-Promotion. (Note please pray for David, Dan Allender and I as we speak to the National Student Leaders Network in Orlando later this month.) David Kinnaman is President of the Barna Group and quickly becoming one of the […]

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Pseudo Servant Leadership and Pseudo Celebrity: Manipulating the Paradox of Power

February 7, 2011

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There is something in the very nature of leadership that implies service.  True leaders, those who people follow because they want to not because they have to, always begin with and return to the needs of their followers.

There is something in the very nature of leadership that implies service. True leaders, those who people follow because they want to not because they have to, always begin with and return to the needs of their followers.

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LOST: Servant Leadership in Jack’s “Live Together or Die Alone” Speech

February 4, 2011

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Short clip of Jack’s pivotal speech to the survivor’s of Oceanic flight 815.

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Top Posts of the Year: Paparazzi in the Hands of an Angry God

December 31, 2010

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Responses to THW’s #2 Blog Post of the Year–Paparazzi in the Hands of an Angry God–revealed the depth of angst out there balance the desire to maximize the potentialities of the electronic age without being drawn into the “dark side” of self-promotion.

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