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 […]

Continue reading about Management of Change pt 4 – A sense of Urgency

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 […]

Continue reading about Management of Change pt 3 – Strategic Planning

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 […]

Continue reading about Management of Change pt 2 – Leadership Foundations

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 […]

Continue reading about Important Conferences – 1. Administration 2. The Poor

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 […]

Continue reading about Management of Change pt 1 – Change and Transformation

Nigel Ring on February 24th, 2016

I thought I had concluded this series but then received a helpful article from ‘Boomerang for Gmail’. I referred to this service last time. You can join here. The article made interesting reading so I am adding an appendix to my series. How to get a response They provided some interesting statistics which are well worth reading. […]

Continue reading about Your Questions answered 3… Emails Pt 6 – Getting a response

Nigel Ring on February 17th, 2016

Last time we saw the importance of being in control, not letting emails dictate your priorities. On reading it a friend kindly sent me details of Boomerang (for Gmail), which allows you to schedule messages to be sent or returned at a later date. This looks a really helpful app and may be particularly applicable to […]

Continue reading about Your Questions answered 3… Emails Pt 5 – Archiving emails

I have so far given you 7 tips for writing emails: Have separate email addresses for social and business communication Make the subject line work for you. Think carefully about how you word it Be as brief as possible without losing necessary content Make reading your emails a pleasant experience Proof read the email before sending […]

Continue reading about Your Questions answered 3… Emails Pt 4 – Time Manage your email activity

So far I have given you four tips for writing effective emails: Have separate email addresses for social and business communication Make the subject line work for you. Think carefully about how you word it Be as brief as possible without losing necessary content Make reading your emails a pleasant experience Now, here are three […]

Continue reading about Your Questions answered 3… Emails Pt 3 – Writing thoughtfully

Nigel Ring on January 27th, 2016

Writing emails Continuing the section on writing emails it is self evident that you are writing them so that they are read. How can you help your reader? 2. Subject line If I receive an email I want to know what it is about; ‘Hi!’ is not a very helpful subject line. Give the topic […]

Continue reading about Your Questions answered 3… Emails Pt 2 – Writing to be read