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Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands: Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership

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Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands is an engaging and insightful look into the qualities, attributes, and practices that turn ordinary leaders into extraordinary ones. Nancy Ortberg's unique twist on vision casting; managing tensions; nurturing healthy conflict; motivating those around you; fostering creativity, passion, and trust is unlike anything you've ever read befo ...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 8th 2008)
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Bruce Baker
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed her perspectives, illustrations and insight into leadership. Recommended for new and experienced leaders. Ortberg is fun to read.
Joe Oaster
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I read this because I love Nancy's husband John's books. I was amazed at the great writing and simplicity of her tips. This is a book I will surely keep as a reference.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Core of leadership is hope. (to change, dispel fear, redeem mistakes, breeds confidence and contagious). What is right and real
Leader is both/and (innovation and infrastructure)
Vision and communicating it, "does this activity move us toward our vision?"
teams, let people do their work, appreciate work
Managing tensions,
create, develop, maintain; ask questions
change from past in present to future
Steven Bullmer
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my second time through this book. I read it again because I had a nagging feeling that I missed some important stuff the first time through. I was right. Had I understood the importance of what Ortberg was saying and could have applied her leadership principles to my ministry, I would have saved my staff, my people, and myself a lot of unnecessary grief as I stumbled and bumbled my way through things. I take little comfort that Ortberg says when you try to be a change agent, expect resi ...more
Dec 04, 2008 rated it liked it
This started out as many leadership books. There were quite a few good examples of how a good leader can make a difference.

As the book progressed there seemed to be more and more of a religious influence to the point of quoting scripture with the verse citation. More and more of the examples began to relate to the author's experience in a ministry.

If you were looking for a leadership book with a decidedly Christian influence, this would be the book for you. If you were looking for a book to hel
Feb 11, 2009 rated it liked it
I liked this book overall. Her style and honesty are refreshing. The tone is unapologetically Christian, but not condemning. There are a few gems to glean from it but large it is the rehashing of leadership stories retold. I did refer to this book as a leadership book for the ADHD because the book itself flows nicely, it seems to be jumping from topic to topic. All in all a good read and I'm glad to have it in my collection.
Jan 11, 2013 added it
As a leader, I struggled. I wasn't always ready to lead. I've gotten better, but have been looking for a book to help me as I lead in various ways. This book gave me so many lessons and ways to improve as a leader that I'm so glad I read this book.
Feb 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of rhetoric and general thoughts, but probably worth the read just for the rubberband illustration.
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Nancy Ortberg is the Director of Leadership Development at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, in Northern California, and the author of Seeing in the Dark: Finding God's Light in the Most Unexpected Places and Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands, Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership. A highly sought-after speaker, Nancy has been a featured presenter at the Catalyst and Orange conferences, and has been a ...more
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