Learn to Re-invent Yourself, and Become a Legend


Remember some of the great bands of the 60’s and 70’s?  Three Dog Night, Led Zepplin, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rare Earth, and even the Monkees? What songs do you remember? Probably, songs they recorded during that specific period. Then think about the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Elton John, or Dylan, and what do you remember? Chances are, you remember something much more recent. That’s because most of the great bands of the 60’s and 70’s got stuck. They couldn’t break out of the era of their initial success. Sure they continue to play, but while they used to pack any arena in America, today you’ll probably find them


When Legends Leave


The death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has made me think more and more about how organizations transition from strong, charismatic leaders.  Looking at how companies transitioned from men like Walt Disney, Sam Walton, Bill Gates, and now Steve Jobs has many implications for nonprofit and ministry organizations as well.  Right now, the Christian community is experiencing a huge period of transitions from founders of extraordinarily large ministries.  Men like Bill Bright, Jerry Falwell, and Oral Roberts have passed away, and others like Robert Schuller, Pat Robertson, Paul Crouch Sr, James Dobson, Billy Graham and many others are either retiring or in semi-retirement.   So far, the scorecard on how many of these organizations are doing isn’t very good.  Rakesh Khurana, professor at Harvard Business School has said: “The difference between a cult and a religion is that