Orange leadership lessons

VdVaart I had planned to post a blog on ‘Orange Leadership Lessons’ last week, when things were still very different from today. This is what I would have come up with:

The Dutch stun the world… with a sudden, unexpected performance at the Euro 2008 soccer championship. What is their secret? Is there anything to learn from this experience?

Most answers I heard to this question had something to do with the team-element. And I agree – I think the fact that the Dutch were actually acting as a team was very crucial. It was almost the same group of players as in the months before, and those that were expelled from the team were so precisely because of their (alleged) non-contribution to the team.

So, let’s see what a succesful team is. Within Agapè, we use Pat McMillan’s ‘The Performance Factor’ to improve ourselves. McMillan comes up with a model that consists of 6 key factors that determine team succes: Lees verder “Orange leadership lessons”

No Opwekking

This year no Opwekking conference for me (I wasn’t a regular visitor anyway). I’ll take off for London this afternoon for a consultation on reaching leaders… sounds impressive, especially when you see the website ( But seriously, I’m looking forward to meeting with good folk and learn about ‘bothering with leaders‘… Lees verder No Opwekking

The leader’s dilemma’s

Had an interesting meeting today with a so-called Christian Leadership Council, with about 60 people from different areas of society (business, non-profit, politics, academia). Cees Boele, Chairman of christian college CHE in Ede, hosted the event. He shared some interesting thoughts and observations about education and personal development, as well as a personal evaluation of the dilemma’s he faces as a leader: Lees verder “The leader’s dilemma’s”

Next Generation Leader Development

Last week Marc van der Woude and myself were invited to give some input at an Agape Europe meeting concerning Leader Development. Marc made some great comments on the basics of leader development: Nothing can replace living/walking with Christ. People who breathe the presence of Christ impart even without teaching. Train with multiplication in mind and expect leaders to multiply themselves in others and make … Lees verder Next Generation Leader Development

Honoring the Founding Father

Yesterday we said goodbye to Jan Kits, founding father of Agapè in The Netherlands. Almost 40 years ago he met Bill Bright, who challenged him to come and help change the world, and so Jan did… Agapè was founded in 1969 as ‘Campus Crusade for Christ’, and Jan led the ministry as a National Director until 1977. Under his leadership a movement among students in … Lees verder Honoring the Founding Father

Good news, only good news

Back after another event… this time the Rafael Almere leadership retreat. We were with some 50 people in Nunspeet for a long weekend to seek God, share vision, be trained and go out… The topic was The Great Commission, and Mira and I had the opportunity to share some (many) things around evangelism and discipleship. If you’re interested: Powerpoints and some other materials are on … Lees verder Good news, only good news

Touching base… and off again

It has been silent on this blog, and it probably will be for another while. Last week I was at Mallorca, attending the Agape Europe Leadership Forum. Yes, one of those suffering for the Lord occasions… but seriously, it was hard work. We had a two day intensive team training followed by a three day leadership forum. Great stuff altogether, but I was quite exhausted … Lees verder Touching base… and off again