Tom Harper / Tom Harper is president of Networld Media Group, a publisher of online trade journals and events for the banking, retail, restaurant and church leadership markets. He is the author of Leading from the Lions' Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible (B&H).
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August 27, 2015   Tom Harper

How to keep your body language from betraying your thoughts

Leadership Principle #58:  The leader who consciously manages his thought life will rarely be betrayed by his body language. “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword … it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.”  – Heb 4:12 ...
March 09, 2015   Tom Harper

Mediate conflict by playing ping pong

Leadership Principle #57:  When resolving conflict among team members, ping-pong between authority and relationship. “Since I am confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.”  – Phm 1:21 Philemon was a new Christian convert and dear friend of Paul. ...
November 13, 2014   Tom Harper

Five things to do in your 2015 personal planning

I wish I had planned more when I was a young man. I treated each year pretty much like the one before, living life in one long stream of consciousness. Before I knew it, several years passed, and some of my dreams still seemed distant. I can see now that ...
October 22, 2014   Tom Harper

Encourage healthy debate

Leadership Principle #56:  Focus on the positive while managing the negative. “But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning…” – Titus 3:9-10 Have you ever been in a team meeting where ...
September 26, 2014   Tom Harper

Leaders should be farmers

Like a farmer, the successful leader understands the seasons of his or her organization and capitalizes on its rhythm.
September 02, 2014   Tom Harper

Leaders, beat this travel horror story

The more you travel, the more chances you have for bad experiences. My latest trip on United Airlines was my most horrifying story ever - it was so bad, and the airline's response so unsatisfactory, that I had to share. Read this as part entertainment, part warning. And part rant.
August 14, 2014   Tom Harper

Throw new leaders into the lair

Leadership Principle #54:  Tested, battle-weary leaders are the ones people follow. "[T]hey must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons."  - 1 Ti 3:10 In 1755, during the French and Indian War, George Washington served under proud British veteran General Braddock. When Washington ...
July 28, 2014   Tom Harper

Lead like a Pauline hybrid

Leadership Principle #53:  The hybrid leader diagnoses a situation, discerns the required leadership style, and applies it to the best of his or her ability. “Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, either by our message or by our letter.” – 2 Th 2:15 In ...
June 06, 2014   Tom Harper

The Maturity Matrix - where does your church fall?

Aligning your primary ministries with maturity characteristics reveals the path of spiritual maturity for your members. (Aubrey Malphurs leading a Society for Church Consulting training session)
May 27, 2014   Tom Harper

Build focused energy by spreading peace

Paul exhorted the Thessalonian church to enforce peace utilizing several tactics. Here's how we can apply his to-do list to our own organizations and multiply everyone's energy through a bond of peace.
May 19, 2014   Tom Harper

Don’t fall for every wise word you hear

Leadership Principle #51:  Don’t idolize the human wisdom you read, hear, or experience. Be enough of a leader to question it or only apply a piece of it.“I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments.”  – Col 2:4Have you ever read a leadership bestseller, ...
April 17, 2014   Tom Harper

Build leaders who build leaders

Leadership Principle #50:  Before hiring a star no one knows, look for people already on board who have a reputation for helping others succeed. “Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.”  – Php 2:3Looking for the next star performer to ...
March 27, 2014   Tom Harper

Soak your shield before battle

Leadership Principle #49:  Plan your responses to disasters and crime before they happen.     “In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.” – Eph 6:16What are the uncontrollable threats to your organization? Have you ...
February 26, 2014   Tom Harper

Christian CEOs: Don’t settle for giving money

Leadership Principle #48:  The best kind of corporate giving is when it’s part of your strategic model and not simply an investment in positive PR.    “They asked only that we would remember the poor, which I made every effort to do.”  – Gal. 2:10In 1789, young William Wilberforce forfeited ...
February 03, 2014   Tom Harper

When problems multiply, steal and pluck

Leadership Principle #47:  When vast operational problems threaten to sink the ship, the leader must force people to help each other and ruthlessly remove inefficiencies. “[A]t the present time your surplus is [available] for their need, so that their abundance may also become [available] for your need, that there may ...
January 09, 2014   Tom Harper

Make big decisions using strategic foolishness

Leadership Principle #46:  Because our decisions are marred by subjectivity, and we can’t know all the facts, we shouldn’t be afraid of looking foolish by following gut instinct.“Instead, God has chosen the world’s foolish things to shame the wise, and God has chosen the world’s weak things to shame the ...
December 11, 2013   Tom Harper

Help the competition

Leadership Principle #45:  Partnering with competitors in the short term is the simplest way to win in the long term.“But if your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.”  – ...
November 25, 2013   Tom Harper

Build energy before growth

Leadership Principle #44:  The first step toward organizational growth is to build energy in a team of deeply connected people.“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of his possessions was his own, but instead they held everything in ...
November 11, 2013   Tom Harper

The church should be a house of submission

In Ephesians chapter five, Paul explains that marriage is a mysterious relationship of submission. In verse 22 he says, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.”Why? 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, ...
October 10, 2013   Tom Harper

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