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Number of Pages: 166
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2003
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Author: Kurt Senske
Located in: Austin, Texas
Submitted: December 16, 2002
Tell us a little about yourself. Dr. Senske is President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of the South, a multi-faceted social service agency that serves over 35,000 clients each year. During his tenure at LSS, he has been responsible for more than doubling the size of the agency and steering the once-troubled agency back to financial stability.
Dr. Senske holds an acccounting degree from Valparaiso University, a law degree from University of Illinois, and a Ph.D in Government from the University of Texas.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 300 financial services organization. He also serves on the Thrivent Financial Foundation and as Chair of the Board for Human Care Ministries of the Lutheran-Church Missouri Synod.
Previously, Dr. Senske served as Assistant to the President at Concordia University at Austin and also practiced law for several different law firms in Chicago. In addition, he has worked as a political consultant and senior staff member for candidates and government leaders at local, state, and national levels.
A gifted public speaker, Dr. Senske has also been a guest columnist on a variety of issues for newspapers and magazines. He can be contacted at Senske@ExecutiveValues.com
Dr. Senske, his wife Laurie, and their daughter Sydney, live in Austin, Texas.
What was your motivation behind this project? What has been missing in the literature is a Christ based "how to" book that demonstrates that we as Christians don't have to check our values at the door when we go to work in order to succeed both professionally and at home. During my 18 years of experience I learned first- hand that by following the golden rule of leadership we as Christian leaders can in fact succeed through the implementation of our Christ- based values. Executive Values goes beyond theory to practical, everyday advice and insight for implementing faith in effective leadership. It demonstrates how Christian values provide a basis for attracting and retaining good employees; creating a Christ-based, effective organizational culture; implementing a successful vision and strategic plan; and successfully balancing career and family life.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? This is a book that is useful for leaders of any organization - for-profits, non-profits, schools, universities, and churches. Readers will be given a comprehensive framework that allows them to make decisions in specific situations - like whether to lay off five, 50, or even 5000 employees in order to increase shareholder value, or how to fire an ineffective employee whose spouse is ailing with cancer. Leaders face such decisions everyday. Do I accept the job offer from another company, and the $50,000 pay increase that comes with it, or do I stay in my present position, where I have been for less than one year? Where do I find the courage to make tough decisions now, when the organization is doing well, even though I know that the picture will not be so rosy in the years ahead? How do I choose between going on vacation with my family and handling the emergency that came up at work? The fundamental purpose of Executive Values is to provide a framework and blueprint for decision- making that reflects Christian values in the carrying out of day-to-day responsibilities both at work and home.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? During my professional career I have been influenced by both secular and Christian business writers. Christian writers include Laurie Beth Jones, Gene Wilkes, Ken Blanchard, James Hunter, and Bob Buford. Secular business writers include Jim Collins, Richard Leider, Peter Drucker, John Kotter, and Ronald Heifetz. What I have attempted to do in Executive Values is combine the best of the best from both the Christian and Secular world so that we as Christian business leaders can in fact do well by doing good.