President Obama and Productivity
Oct01

President Obama and Productivity

Mixing two of my interests (Presidential History and productivity), I was intrigued by this Vanity Fair article on President Obama. I’m quite sure it was part of the 2012 election public relations strategy, but I did find a few interesting approaches from the current President to streamline decision making, keep himself focused, structure meetings, and working with people. Just two short excerpts: Routine and Its Impact on...

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Cap-Quotes: Leadership Habits from President Reagan
Sep04

Cap-Quotes: Leadership Habits from President Reagan

Over the past two weeks I’ve been reading through Richard Reeve’s, President Reagan. Reeve is an accomplished presidential biographer. While no friend to Reagan’s political philosophy, Reeve does paint a more objective picture than many of the former president’s detractors. Typically when I am reading a presidential biography I am mostly on the hunt for the habits that mark his leadership style.  Here are a few I have marked in regard...

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The Effective Use of the President’s Time – Part 3 Pastoral Reflections
Apr02

The Effective Use of the President’s Time – Part 3 Pastoral Reflections

What should an ordinary pastor glean from how the President”™s office was organized and functioned? The pastorate is not a political machine like the White House, so many issues are simply inappropriate and unnecessary.  But I can find a number of helpful points to consider when thinking through how a pastor should think about how to make the best use of his time. A pastor can”™t run ministry on his own, but needs key and...

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The Effective Use of the President’s Time – Part 2
Apr01

The Effective Use of the President’s Time – Part 2

Richard Nixon”™s approach to running the West Wing reshaped the role of the Chief of Staff to the point that it is still largely used to this day in the Office of the President.  Interestingly, Eisenhower had a Chief of Staff, but most decisions were made by Cabinet Secretaries.  Kennedy did not have a Chief of Staff and operated in a more free style with no intentional chain of command as to how decisions were made.  Nixon...

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The Effective Use of the President’s Time
Mar29

The Effective Use of the President’s Time

Last year on President”™s Day, Kelly and I took a trip down to Yorba Linda and the Richard Nixon Library and Foundation.  Admission was free, so we joined some 5,000 other people taking advantage of the opportunity.  The highlight of the day was the panel lecture on “The Effective Use of the President”™s Time.”  The panel was made up of four men who served in the West Wing of the White House and, more...

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Presidential Media and the Modern Church
Feb28

Presidential Media and the Modern Church

Regardless of what you think of our President’s policies, Barak Obama‘s team is doing an excellent job in its use of media, particularly social media. Technology is enhancing how we communicate our messages and priorities, and the Obama White House has a firm handle on how to do it well.  From the first days after his election and as the President-elect, Barak Obama began weekly video addresses (in addition to the...

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Teleprompters & Preachers

Josh Harris posts some good food for thought for preachers in light of Michael Gerson’s recent article on President’s, teleprompters, and well-crafted words.  Gerson argues that teleprompters have increased a President’s disciplined thought and communication.  Josh Harris says preachers should learn from this and pursue a more disciplined approach to communicating Scripture.  I don’t think we’ll see...

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Bush’s personality shapes his legacy

By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer Ben Feller, Associated Press WASHINGTON ““ President George W. Bush will be judged on what he did. He will also be remembered for what he’s like: a fast-moving, phrase-mangling Texan who stays upbeat even though his country is not. For eight years, the nation has been led by a guy who relaxes by clearing brush in scorching heat and taking breakneck bike rides through the woods. He...

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Rick Warren, Obama and the Left – WSJ.com

Interesting take on Rick Warren’s Invocation broohaha. Rick Warren, Obama and the Left – WSJ.com

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Obama is Time Person of Year

Certainly this is not shocking news. Obama is Time Person of Year; who are runners-up? – Yahoo! News

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