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Tod Bolsinger

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Episode 224: Tod Bolsinger makes surviving sabotage simple

Leading Simple with Rusty George

How can you prepare for sabotage?What does it look like to build resilience as a leader in a time of conflict and controversy? Tod Bolsinger explores these questions and more in his book Tempered Resilience, which I loved. Now, I hadn’t had the chance to meet Tod before we recorded this episode, but I learned so much from his input into how people can lead through uncertainty. Tod is a seminary professor, author, and leads a leadership coaching and consulting firm dedicated to helping faith leaders thrive as change leaders. That passion is evident in our conversation, and I’m so glad we had a chance to sit down together.Let me know in the comments how you’ve been leading your church or your family through the unfamiliar. I’d love to hear some of your stories.Special thanks to Serve HQ for sponsoring this week’s episode!HighlightsAbout Tod Bolsinger - 1:26 How Tod started in ministry The differences in ministry when Tod started versus now. Digging into Tod’s books - 15:45 Tod asks the question: how do you lead when you can’t rely on the old maps?  How to prepare for sabotage. How to lead people through the unfamiliar. Leading from the Center - 28:56 How to disappoint people at a rate they can absorb. Where Tod see the church going ten years from now. What Tod would say to people in the church who are frustrated right now.


26 Oct 2022

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132. The Role of Nostalgia in Spiritual Leadership, with Mark Roberts and Tod Bolsinger

Spiritual Life and Leadership

Mark Roberts is the former Executive Director of Fuller Seminary’s DePree Center for Leadership.  Mark now leads the Third Third Initiative at the DePree Center.In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson discuss three clips from a recent webinar by Mark Roberts on the topic of nostalgia.  We learn about the difference between historical nostalgia and personal nostalgia.  We discuss the positive effects of nostalgia.  And then we reflect on how to lead people pastorally through the experience of nostalgia. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:Tod Bolsinger is the Executive Director of Fuller Seminary’s Church Leadership Institute and the author of Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resilience.Mark Roberts is the former Executive Director of Fuller Seminary’s DePree Center for Leadership.  Mark now leads the Third Third Initiative at the DePree Center.Mark Roberts and Tod Bolsinger have been friends for a long time.  The topic of this podcast episode came about as they were talking over dinner about the value of nostaligia.Mark Roberts, Clip 1:  The difference between historical nostalgia and personal nostalgia.Historical nostalgia has to do with thinking the past is better than the present.Many churches are in decline.  If they try to go back to the glory days, they decline even faster.Mark Roberts, Clip 2:  The Positive Effects of NostalgiaPersonal nostalgia is a bittersweet yearning for the past.Part of personal nostalgia is knowing you can’t go back; so it’s not trying to go back.Nostalgia shouldn’t make you go back to the past.  It should energize you to live more fully in the present.There is something lifegiving about nostalgia.Reframing the values of the past to be the healthiest expression of the future is what is lifegiving to a church.Churches have to help people grieve that we’re never going to go back to the past.Mark Roberts, Clip 3:  Two Pastoral Responses to NostalgiaWhen people feel nostalgic about their church, the pastor can 1) turn the nostalgia to gratitude or 2) acknowledge the bittersweetness of remembering the pastGratitude is critical in a healthy, mature organization.Gratitude reminds us that God was faithful in the past and will be faithful as we move into the future.Attunement accelerates change.Attunement is what happens when people empathize with each other and their brains start firing together.The Church Leadership Institute’s Adaptive Church Leadership Cohort is designed to help churches respond to nostalgia in a healthy way so that they can navigate and lead change in a healthy way as they move into the future.RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS:Church Leadership InstituteAdaptive Church Leadership CohortDePree Center for LeadershipThird Third InitiativeBooks mentioned:Canoeing the Mountains, by Tod BolsingerTempered Resilience, by Tod Bolsinger


5 Jul 2022

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Ep. 57 Tod Bolsinger - Leading Towards Adaptive Change

Shifting Culture

In this episode, Tod Bolsinger helps us navigate through an unknown future with leadership that brings adaptive change and transforms the world around us. With humility and the posture of a learner, Tod inspires us to think differently around what it's going to take to navigate the world ahead of us.Tod Bolsinger is Co-Founder and Principal of AE Sloan Leadership and the Exec Director of the Church Leadership Institute at Fuller Seminary. Tod's Books:Amazon Author PageTod's Recommendation:Think Again by Adam GrantThis episode was sponsored by:All Nations Kansas CityThe mX PlatformConnect with Joshua: jjohnson@allnations.usGo to www.shiftingculturepodcast.com to interact and donate. Every donation helps to produce more podcasts for you to enjoy.Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/shiftingculturepodcastSupport the show


31 May 2022

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Tod Bolsinger - Why Is Leadership So Hard?

Why God Why?

Tod Bolsinger - Why Is Leadership So Hard? by Browncroft Community Church


7 Apr 2022

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109 | Resilient Leadership – Tod Bolsinger

The Impact of Leadership

Too much stress and the tool will look strong but be brittle under the surface. Too little heat and you’ll be using much more force to get the metal to take shape. And it’ll ultimately fail under pressure as well.Let’s get into it; the intro to “Tempered Resilience: How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change.”


4 Apr 2022

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Tod Bolsinger - Adaptive Leadership

Multiply Podcast

Recorded at the latest Leading, Planting, Pioneering (LPP) event, this podcast features a session on Adaptive Leadership where Tod Bosinger talks about how we can remain agile in our leadership. Tod is an author and theology professor who specialises in the area of adaptive and transformational leadership.


31 Mar 2022

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Tod Bolsinger on Leading with Tempered Resilience

Leading Forward: Building Healthy Leaders for Healthy Organizations

Leading organizations through change is essential to leadership but also one of the hardest things to do. Eventually, too many leaders succumb to a failure of nerve or of heart.On this episode, Matt and Ben interview Tod Bolsinger, author of Tempered Resilience: How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change, about the how leaders are formed and shaped in the stresses of organizational change. Links from this episode:AE Sloan LeadershipTempered Resilience: How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change (Tod Bolsinger)Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory (Tod Bolsinger)@TodBol (Twitter)Tod Bolsinger (LinkedIn)Review Leading Forward in Apple Podcasts and let us know what you think of the show.Keep up with the show on social media: Twitter // Facebook // Instagram


14 Mar 2022

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Tod Bolsinger: Tempered Resilience - How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change

We Are Vineyard

In this episode of We Are Vineyard, Jay Pathak and Tod Bolsinger discuss adaptive change in the church. Tod speaks about how his passion for studying change and helping “faith leaders thrive as change leaders” developed, and the role of the pastor as a steady force in the midst of crisis and anxiety. Tod and Jay also talk about what we learned from the crucible of change that was the pandemic.Tod Bolsinger, MDiv, PhD, the co-owner and principal of AE Sloan Leadership, Inc, an executive coaching and consulting firm that works with church, non-profit, and marketplace leaders in leading change. He is also the Executive Director of the De Pree Center Church Leadership Institute, a Senior Fellow of the De Pree Center for Leadership, Associate Professor of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary, was the founder of the Fuller Leadership Platform, and served as a Vice President of Fuller Seminary for six years. Prior to his educational career, he served as a pastor for 27 years.  He is the author of five books, including the Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year in pastoral leadership, Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, Leadership for a Time of Pandemic: Practicing Resilience and most recently, Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change.Show Notes:Tempered Resilience by Tod BolsingerVineyard USA's recommended reading for Februaryhttps://amzn.to/3LEdIV8Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsingerhttps://amzn.to/3oT6fb7Reach us at:VineyardUSA.orgFacebook, Instagram and Twitter: @VineyardUSA


23 Feb 2022

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Adaptive Leadership with Tod Bolsinger

Watermark's Church Leadership Podcast

On this special, 100th episode of the Church Leadership Podcast, John McGee is joined in the studio by Tod Bolsinger (professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, author of several excellent books, and experienced church leader). Together, they discuss the importance of adaptive leadership and how it can help organizations lead effectively through change. For show notes, resources, Tod's books, and more, visit https://www.watermarkresources.com/clp/8843-adaptive-leadership


25 Jan 2022

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120. Forming Leadership Resilience, with Tod Bolsinger, Executive Director of the Church Leadership Institute

Spiritual Life and Leadership

Leadership resilience is about maintaining one's core purpose and identity while the world changes around us.  It is especially important for those of us in ministry leadership as we navigate this rapidly changing and disruptive world in which we live.In this episode, Tod Bolsinger discusses three things we can do to grow our leadership resilience.THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:Tod Bolsinger is the Executive Director of the Church Leadership Institute and author of Tempered Resilience.According to David Whyte, “The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.” (Crossing the Unknown Sea)We are facing four crises at once: a health crisis, an economic crisis, a crisis of social injustice, and a political crisis.We are also facing a pastoral crisis.  Many pastors are considering leaving the ministry.According to Andrew Zolli, resilience is the capacity to “maintain core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances.” (Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back)Strengthen your pastoral and leadership resilience by doing three things:Clarify your “core purpose.”Commit to a safe place for vulnerable self-reflection.Create a playful experiment for even more learning.Purpose brings leadership resilience.Learning brings leadership resilience.Adaptability brings leadership resilience.RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS:Church Leadership InstituteBooks Mentioned:Tempered Resilience by Tod BolsingerCrossing the Unknown Sea by David WhyteResilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew ZolliRelated episodes:Ep 16: Canoeing the Mountains, with Tod BolsingerEp 83: Disorientation and Spiritual Leadership, with Tod BolsingerEp 100: The Spiritual Life of a Leader, with Tod BolsingerEp 108: Leadership as Learning, Part 1: Context and Creativity, with Tod BolsingerEp 109: Leadership as Learning, Part 2: Coaches and Cohorts, with Tod BolsingerRhythms of Leadership, Ep 2: The Challenge of Leadership is Emotional, with Tod Bolsinger


18 Jan 2022