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3 Leadership Lessons from the “Failed” Australian Census

3 Leadership Lessons from the “Failed” Australian Census

 

The evening of Tuesday, the 9th of August 2016 was Australian Census night. For the first time, we took the census online and, as things turned out, it was an unmitigated disaster (if you believe the press, the politicians and social media).

So, what lessons are there in that for you and me, about conspicuous failure?

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Brexit – A Disaster or an Opportunity?

Brexit – A Disaster or an Opportunity?

 

With the unexpected outcome of the Brexit referendum fresh in people’s minds just now, uncertainty seems to be reigning supreme – across the United Kingdom, across Europe … indeed around the globe. And the truth is that most people simply don’t cope all that well with the fear of uncertainty. But therein lies an enormous opportunity. Here’s why:

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Did Rick Warren Get it Wrong with Elton John?

Did Rick Warren Get it Wrong with Elton John?

 

Pastor Rick Warren is a man who has done many powerful and amazing things in furthering the Gospel and seeing lives changed. Of that, there can be no doubt. But recently, his behaviour with singing legend Elton John has caused a media furore.  Question is, did he get it wrong?

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The Missional Power of Generosity

The Missional Power of Generosity

 

If I were to ask you, “How much does the Bible talk on the subject of generosity,” what would your answer be? Just a little, a moderate amount, or a lot? If you went with either of those first two options, you’d be way off the mark. In fact, there are more verses on generosity, than on faith, hope and love combined.

And there’s a reason for that:

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A Happy Mother’s Day?

A Happy Mother’s Day?

 

All the advertising and hype that surrounds Mother’s Day – well, it’s about soft fluffy slippers, pink dressing gowns, happy, well-adjusted children bouncing in on Mum’s bed on Sunday morning, with the very present that she’s been wanting. And that’s all great. But what if … your relationship with your mother ain’t all that the advertising industry tells you it should be?

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Christmas – A Family Affair?

Christmas – A Family Affair?

 

As we head to Christmas, New Year and for us in the Southern Hemisphere, summer holidays, our thoughts turn very much to spending time with our families. All the ads on the TV use happy, well-adjusted families as the backdrop – smiling kids and teenagers; happy mums and dads, silver-haired grandparents – as their backdrops to advertise everything from Christmas hampers, to BBQs to suntan lotion.

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