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Posted by on Jan 7, 2022 in Faith and Work Movement, vocation, Work | 0 comments

A Season of Change: Denver Institute CEO Transition Planned for 2022

A Season of Change: Denver Institute CEO Transition Planned for 2022

Today I announced to the DIFW community that this will be my last year as the CEO. Here’s what we wrote on the transition website: “Denver Institute for Faith & Work’s board of directors announced January 7, 2022, that Jeff Haanen will transition the CEO role to a new leader in 2022. This leadership handoff was initiated by Jeff and comes after 10 years of dedicated service to the organization. The DIFW board will immediately begin preparing to conduct a search for the next leader. Jeff will continue as CEO until a successor is named later in 2022.“ I also composed a letter to the DIFW community, which I’ve included below. For more information, see our CEO Transition web page. Dear Denver Institute Community, I write today to share the news that after much conversation, reflection, and prayer with the board of directors, I’ve decided to step down as CEO of Denver Institute for Faith & Work at the end of 2022. It has been a privilege and honor founding...

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Art, Work | 0 comments

Why Leaders Need Literature

Why Leaders Need Literature

  5 Book Recommendations to Rekindle Your Imagination and Impact When I walk through the door on Friday evening, I can usually feel a slight tingling sensation on my scalp. The speed of the work day – meetings, phone calls, emails, tweets, tasks, problems and exhilarating opportunities – is almost addictive. I can feel my heart rate slightly elevated and my words rushing through my house like a gust of wind. The pain of shutting down my smartphone for Saturday feels like I’m putting down the ring of power. In the early morning hours, as I sip coffee before my children awake, I wonder who I’m becoming. I find it difficult to carefully listen to those whose lives are vastly different from my own. I find it difficult to consider the pilgrimage of my soul amidst the whir of leadership. I find it difficult to be dazzled by adventure as I was as a child; to laugh and to delight in the tall tales of giants and men; to...

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Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

12 Leadership Lessons

12 Leadership Lessons

  Occasionally I sit down with a cup of coffee and try to distill the leadership lessons I’ve personally learned over the past few years. Here’s what I came up with this morning: 1. Do not be caught without vision when God decides to provide the money. 2. Quality systems build trust; a lack of systems sows distrust. 3. Don’t try to fit a round peg in a square hole; don’t try to get somebody to do what they’re not fit for. 4. Listen to others, even their harsh complaints; and then give them hope. 5. Focus on quality, not quantity. Thriving organizations grow from a “hot center.” 6. Trying to influence people’s actions is futile; influence their vision and actions will follow. 7. Many have vision. Unfortunately, it’s not very specific. 8. Prayer is a strategy, perhaps the most important strategy. 9. Spend half your time on what’s urgent, not “important;” the other half of your time on what’s urgent and important. Try to ignore the rest. 10....

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