Nigel Ring on June 21st, 2017

‘Kotter’s 8 Step Process for Leading Change’ was introduced last week as a helpful model for understanding and managing change, particularly when used in conjunction with a Strategic Planning Process and associated Strategic Plan. It’s important to reiterate that while Kotter’s steps appear linear, there needs to be concurrent/parallel activity which is overlaid and aligned […]

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Nigel Ring on June 13th, 2017

Where are you going? A successful change or transformation programme has many components. However, unless leadership provides clarity on what a programme seeks to achieve, there is unlikely ever to be more than loose directional alignment and half-hearted commitment. Many organisations, including churches, have no clear framework within which they dream or deliver, preferring to […]

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Nigel Ring on June 6th, 2017

I continue the series on Management of Change by guest writer Gary Borland. Enthusiasm and Optimism are not enough Like change management, the bookshelves, libraries and online resources offer so much (at times apparently conflicting) material and advice that many simply don’t use any of it. Combine that with coaches, mentors and consultancy firms promising […]

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Nigel Ring on June 1st, 2017

Bookings have recently opened for two very important conferences. Please book now to get the benefit of discounted rates Mastering Kingdom Administration Sept 25th – 28th 2017 Milton Keynes, UK This is a special event: three days of equipping for those involved in any aspect of administration and the final day for them to attend the […]

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Nigel Ring on May 31st, 2017

But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand (Isaiah 32:8) Introduction The local church is frequently undergoing change, yet the skills needed to carry out these changes do not come into the normal training packages of leaders in the Newfrontiers family. With this in mind I invited Gary Borland to write a […]

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Nigel Ring on May 4th, 2016

So far we have considered strategies for handling distractions related to technology and environment. Now I want to help you anticipate your reactions to distractions. 5. Priorities Recently I was reminded of a song we used to sing in the 80s ‘I want to serve the purpose of God in my generation’ written by Mark […]

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Nigel Ring on April 26th, 2016

Last time we looked at strategies for taking control of your technology. Now we will consider the environment. 3. Environment Your normal environment, whether home of office, is full of things that are calling for your attention. Whether it is a photo of the family, a book you are reading, some unfinished piece of work or […]

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Nigel Ring on April 20th, 2016

So far we have considered what constitutes a distraction and have looked at some of the things that cause distractions. We could extend that list but there is little benefit. The important part of this series is to suggest solutions and strategies for handling distractions. I am going to suggest several possible solutions for you […]

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Nigel Ring on April 13th, 2016

Last time we saw that we have the option of taking control when distractions might throw us off course. Now let’s look at what some of those distractions are. 1. Communication devices There are many sources of potential distraction, but the main one nowadays seems to be so-called communication devices (which so often hinder quality […]

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Nigel Ring on April 8th, 2016

As I sat down to write this blog the mail arrived. I recognised one letter and knew I was interested in the contents. Should I open it or set it aside? I set it aside. Had I opened it I knew I would be tempted to respond – but I had determined to write this […]

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