Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Longview- press release

The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders
Author Roger Parrott explains why leaders need measure lasting outcomes as well as immediate results

We live in a quick-fix, immediate-impact, short-view world. But we serve a longview God.

We need to return to a biblical model of leadership that values transformation over turnaround and measures eternal outcomes as well as immediate effectiveness. In his book, The Longview, Dr. Roger Parrott offers a guide to a leadership lifestyle of lasting significance that will revolutionize the way you lead, and provide you practical tools to lead for the longview.

Chapters of the book present hard hitting revolutionary leadership thinking, such as:

·         Planning Will Drain the Life from Your Ministry
·         Deflate Your Ego to Expand Your Influence
·         Preempting the Stickiest Challenge of Long-Term Leadership
·         Shepherding a Vision Without Scaring Away the Flock
·         Lead As If You’ll Be There Forever

For three decades our culture has increasingly valued short-term producers-from stockbrokers to college coaches-as leaders at every level have indoctrinated us to believe immediate gains trump long-term consequences. And the Church has been swept up into this same leadership pattern, hiring and rewarding people who promote Band-Aid fixes as monumental solutions, creating plans that promise the moon and always come up short, raising funds from unrealistically compressed donor relationships, and touting to boards and constituencies those results that can most easily be measured and applauded.

From health care and the global financial crisis, to the needs of a businesses, local churches, or community based ministries, Dr. Parrott calls leaders to tackle the foundational eroding of leadership.  Christian leaders in the marketplace and in ministry need to courageously break the short-view pattern leadership that has kept us on a course of disappointing results and blocks us from capturing God’s best.

Text Box: The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders is endorsed by leaders such as Neil Nicoll (president and CEO of the YMCA of the USA) and Steve Douglass (president of Campus Crusade for Christ).

“Leaders everywhere are realizing that short-term thinking doesn’t work. The Longview is essential medicine for today’s hurry-up, quick-fix lifestyle. This book makes the connection between long-term vision and lasting value.” ~ Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Lead Like Jesus

“Roger Parrott provides weathered advice to young men and women on leading with honesty and truthfulness.” ~ Joni Eareckson Tada, JAF International Disability Center

“Leaders in the United States have needed to heed the message of this book for years. Roger Parrott explains how leaders can best serve their people and the organizations they lead. Leading others is like running a marathon, not a sprint, and Roger Parrott is a leadership marathoner par excellence!” ~ D. Michael Lindsay, author of Faith in the Halls of Power

The Longview by Roger Parrott, Ph.D.
David C Cook/October 2009/ISBN: 978-1-4347-6749-3/hardcover/255 pages/$16.99
Visit to listen to an interview with the author.

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