Valued Leadership Stories

Karen Lehman, President/CEO, MHS “Many years ago I was part of a group interested in starting an elder college concept. The variety of ideas, the willingness to listen to each other, and the openness of all the participants to providing… Continue Reading…

Valued Leadership Stories

Tim Wiens,Executive Director, Jubilee Association of Maryland “Jubilee has always been known as a Mennonite organization, but in recent years we have become more explicit in talking to potential and existing employees about our identity as a faith-based organization and… Continue Reading…

Valued Leadership Stories

Patricia Y. Leaman,Board Chair, Mennonite Home Communities, Lancaster, PA “About 5 years ago at a retreat our board of directors learned about the home-based model of care for residents in skilled nursing. We were in the process of remodeling our… Continue Reading…

Valued Leadership Stories

Curt Stutzman,Curt Stutzman, President/CEO, Messiah Lifeways, Mechanicsburg, PA “Soon after entering the senior living field 18 years ago, at a previous organization we began a campus expansion that resulted in significant financial pressure. As a result, we had to modify resident… Continue Reading…

Valued Leadership Stories

Rod Mason,Executive Director, Swiss Village, Berne, IN “As a leader within a faith-based organization, I truly feel that I have been ‘called’ to this ministry. Because of that calling, I firmly believe that leaders have a due responsibility to test… Continue Reading…

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When your organization is one person, there is a lot of freedom, but there is also a lot on the line. Vision, direction, motivation, practices and sensibilities all rest on your own shoulders. It’s all you. So, how to find… Continue Reading…

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A conversation about change and culture with Jeremy Kaufman VL: The word we’ve chosen to talk about today is change. Jeremy: Yes, we’re focusing on change, but in some ways you can’t ignore the culture aspect. You have to be… Continue Reading…

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Slowing down to connect A conversation about culture with Mark Leinbach VL: Can you describe a time when different rituals, values, images, roles, customs, foods, or expectations needed to be understood in order to work together? In my current role… Continue Reading…

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A conversation on collaboration with Amy Bennett from Adriel School. Adriel School Inc., the ministry is, in actuality, a social service agency for children, rather than an educational institution. Adriel serves the whole child with foster care, independent living, adoption,… Continue Reading…

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A discussion on character with Rachel Swartzendruber Miller…….. VL: What do you believe are a few character traits that describe your organization, Hesston College? Rachel: Nurturing, friendly, supportive. This flows right out of our mission statement. Including the word ‘nurture’… Continue Reading…

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Long before I became a leader in the Anabaptist community, the story of the My Lai massacre shaped my philosophy of leadership. There are several things I learned from this tragic military event. The true character of a leader is… Continue Reading…

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When I was a young man on the staff of Young Life, a para-church organization dedicated to reaching unchurched teenagers with the message of Jesus Christ, I first heard the concept of an ‘abundance mentality.’   In a divisional meeting of… Continue Reading…

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“The next ten years will prove to be the most challenging in our history…they always do.”  Author Unknown  The above quote has a wry ring of truth about the realities facing all organizations, industries, and movements seeking to meet the… Continue Reading…

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I think Character might be the most important of the 4Cs. Before I tell you why I think that, let me take you to a Biblical story that you might not have thought of for a perspective on leadership. The… Continue Reading…

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First, the Anabaptists are not the anti-Baptists, nor was their founder “Anna Baptist.” I have heard or seen both of these references to the Anabaptists. It is not surprising that many have not heard of the Anabaptists or misrepresent them…. Continue Reading…

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I love reading life stories. No matter how dramatic or mundane, personal stories touch our souls and create human connections. A life story told well invites us to honor the experiences described while seeing beyond literal happenings to reflect on… Continue Reading…

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The tides of life take us many places. Often we are in such a hurry we miss opportunities to seriously ponder where we can make the greatest impact in the lives of others and in the organizations we lead. Sometimes… Continue Reading…

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I was asked to write one of the keynote (inaugural) Valued Leadership blog posts for this program. “Program” is probably not the right metaphor. It’s perhaps more of a learning platform or a context for peer leadership enrichment. Join me… Continue Reading…