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Leaders influence people at every level. Some lead thousands or even millions, others lead one or two. The success of their leadership isn’t found in the number of people in their “chain of command”, but how they influence those for whom they are responsible.
In 1989, I attended a Pastor’s conference at Muskoka Baptist Conference, two hours north of Toronto. At the time, I was an Associate Pastor in a church in Toronto, ON. The speaker was the pastor of a growing church in La Mesa, CA. I’d never heard of him but I remember one of the first things he said: Leadership is Influence. Period.
At a glance, “Leadership” seems to be a vast and complex topic. Its been the foundation of thousands of studies, hundreds of thousands of articles and more than a few hours in classrooms from MBA’s to Seminaries. Opinions on what leadership is, how to exercise it and how to “fix” it abound. In the words of General Stanley McChrystal – “‘Leadership’ was the single biggest reason organizations succeeded or failed.”
I’ve been reading a lot about non-profit boards lately. I’ve participated in several and I was just elected to the Open Source Matters board which oversees aspects the Joomla! project.
Imagine 30 years of notes, files, academic papers, articles and other miscellaneous paper. Imagine the drawers of filing cabinets and boxes piled up in the attic. Imagine the receipts and paperwork that accumulated just last year with almost 85,000 miles of air travel and over 100 nights in hotels.
In my travels I teach both Joomla! and Drupal. Even though the two content management systems are pretty different, people sometimes struggle to get a handle on both of them. So here are my thoughts on understanding Joomla! in five easy steps.
These are the pdf’s for the presentation on the book of Revelation – presented at 1st Baptist Church, Aurora IN on 2/23/14.