Shifting approaches to follow where God leads can also mean that leaders have to risk confronting cherished tradition, which Bishop Paul Morton calls “frozen success.” But shifting to meet new opportunities is also a delicate balance that acknowledges history while also being sensitive to those loyal people who have sustained the organization to this point. Effective leadership does not impose new ideas upon old systems without a strategy that enables everyone in the organization moving forward together. It’s not simply, “out with the old and in with the new.” Successful organizations do not forget their history, but they commit themselves to using it as a bridge to propel them to their destiny.
“Shift Happens!” You’ve seen bumper stickers with slight variations. But when it happens it feels like internal whiplash. Often it feels like a free fall—that never ends. And when it does end, the residual effects seem to linger like a skunk that’s been run over. In LeaderShifts, my friend Bishop Joseph Walker will shock you with his transparency, guide you in your free fall, and sustain you with God’s faithfulness. This book will give you an overdose of encouragement.
– Dr. Samuel R. Chand, Author of Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code (www.samchand.com)
This book is so important because it’s easy to miss the shift because of past success. Getting stuck in tradition is nothing but frozen success. From one of the most successful leaders of our time, Bishop Joseph W Walker, you will learn keys on how to shift at the right time. I have been successful through many decades, but even I have learned so much from this awesome leader. He's called me a teacher in his life and it's a great honor when the student teaches the teacher how to shift. I have learned so much from him. So will you I promise! I am honored to call him my successor in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship and I believe he is a premier voice for the next generation. If you desire the next level, this is a must read.
-- Paul S. Morton Sr., Presiding Bishop, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship