Author Archives: Keith Starcher

The Leader’s Seven Essential Behaviors

“And whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord…” (Col. 3:23a New Heart English Bible) What is it about leaders who execute that makes them different from those who don’t?  For…

Continue reading

Getting Things Done

In the book titled Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, Bossidy, Charan and Burck (2011) argue that “Execution is the great unaddressed issue in the business world today.  Its absence is…

Continue reading

Entrepreneurial Faith

There’s a poster that shows a beautiful sailboat on a choppy sea.  The caption reads, “A boat in a harbor is safe—but that is not what boats are built for.”  No one…

Continue reading

The Ultimate Entrepreneur

Caldwell, Kallestad, and Sorensen (2014) claim that Jesus was the Ultimate Entrepreneur because He looked at the way things were and refused to allow them to remain that way.  He set the…

Continue reading

What Does an Effective Executive Do?

According to Peter Drucker, effective executives get the right things done.  Is there a secret ingredient to being an effective executive?  Dr. Drucker found little correlation between an executive’s effectiveness and her…

Continue reading

Feedback and Humility

The manila envelope is staring me in the face, almost daring me to open it.  Final exams are over.  I’ve completed my grading and submitted the students’ final grades to the Registrar’s…

Continue reading

Communication—Or, “Did I really say that?”

It is somewhat ironic that leaders, who usually consider themselves outstanding communicators, are many times at the core of “communication problems” within an organization.[i]   This message is for leaders. I’ve been taught…

Continue reading

Star Performers: The Answer to Talent Gap

Competition is alive and well within the higher education industry, and the key competitive resource is employee talent.  That is, all other things being equal, schools with higher levels of talent (at…

Continue reading

A Sabbath in Name Only

‘Some anthropologist said that one definition of happiness is to have as little gap as possible between your work and your play’ – that was the wisdom of US author and comedian…

Continue reading

Impact Your Organization: Gather Real-Time Information

Today, consumers benefit from the ubiquity of information: · Increase in choices.  The buyer can now make more informed choices. · Increase in the demand for value.  The increasingly knowledgeable consumer has…

Continue reading