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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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

Three ways to (humbly) grow your influence as a leader

Leadership Principle #43:  A leader’s standing improves when he or she keeps promises, speaks to individuals over groups, and graciously accepts humiliation.“He must increase, but I must decrease.”  – John 3:30The Bible teaches the right way to build a personal leadership reputation. If you feel you need more credibility, or ...
October 02, 2013   Tom Harper

Discover someone’s true character with two tests

Leadership Principle #42:  Leaders learn the true character of their people by watching them deal with responsibility and hardship.“Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much.”  – Lk 16:10What does “good character” mean to you? ...
September 17, 2013   Tom Harper

Jesus’ strategy for reaching your community without advertising

Leadership Principle #41:  The most valuable and effective PR is tempered by honesty, humility, and downplay.“Then He ordered them to tell no one, but the more He would order them, the more they would proclaim it.”  – Mk 7:36While engaged in his trial for multimillion-dollar corporate larceny, former Tyco CEO ...
September 09, 2013   Tom Harper

Effective leaders hate “honesty” and love truth

“Let me be honest with you.”“Honestly, here’s why it won’t work.”Enough with the “honesty” thing! When someone tells me they’re being honest, I have my cue to dig deeper for real truth.Sometimes the word is synonymous with “really,” or simply an emphatic yet meaningless adjective, like saying “Look, here’s what ...
August 23, 2013   Tom Harper

Should you be more than a servant leader?

Leaders often struggle with how they can be most effective in their position of authority. I know I do. But I’ve learned that leadership is least about being the one in authority. It is a lot about fulfilling the needs and demands of the organization.Sometimes the demands are obvious: Refresh ...
August 09, 2013   Tom Harper

How to multiply your people’s long-term satisfaction

Leadership Principle #40:  Remember the Golden Rule for leadership: If you want people to care about their job and the organization, treat them like treasure.“‘Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them — this is the Law and the Prophets.’”  – Mt 7:12In ...
July 22, 2013   Tom Harper

Four reasons small organizations grow

You know that feeling around the office when an organization is growing? Everyone smiles more, kids around, lingers in each other’s cubes. “Vision” becomes a keyword in every staff meeting. Conflicts are rare.When you’re in the middle of growth, work becomes intensely fun. It’s a good busy, not a stressful ...
June 27, 2013   Tom Harper

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