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

Nancy Ortberg

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Format: Hardcover, 272pp.
ISBN: 9781414321646
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Pub. Date: July 9, 2008

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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 before! At times challenging, at times candid, but always inspiring, Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands will bring out the best in even the most seasoned leaders.


A refreshing and delightful departure from the top-down, out-of-touch drivel of management books. Rubber bands are in and T-shirts are out—read the book to find out why.
—Guy Kawasaki, cofounder of alltop.com, author of The Art of the Start

Stretch without breaking—every good leader lives in that tension, and makes sure followers do too. Nancy Ortberg’s combination of practical experience and communication skills makes her a leader worth listening to. This book is not just moving—it will help you move your team to a higher level.
—Bill Hybels, senior pastor, Willow Creek Community Church; chairman of the board, Willow Creek Association

If you are looking for a book that will guide you in polishing your leadership instincts and skills, you have found it. Nancy Ortberg has given us an exciting and authentic look at right leadership.
—Max DePree, chairman emeritus of Herman Miller, Inc.; author of Leadership Jazz

Good leaders get results. Great leaders get results and develop people. Nancy Ortberg is a great leader. She gets it! She knows what it takes to get something done while doing something great in people. Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands is an authentic, practical, and compelling look at what it takes to do that with excellence. If you lead people, ignore this book at your own risk . . . or theirs.
—Jim Mellado, president, Willow Creek Association

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Nancy Ortberg served as a teaching pastor for eight years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. During that time she led Network, a ministry that helps people identify their spiritual gifts and find a place of service in the church, and Axis, a weekly gathering for the eighteen- to twenty-something generation.

She is a founding partner of TeamWorx2, a business and leadership consulting firm that provides fast-paced, practical, and compelling sessions to leaders and their teams. TeamWorx2 works with businesses, schools, nonprofits, and churches to address issues of organizational effectiveness and teamwork. She and her husband, John, live in the Bay Area and have three children: Laura, Mallory, and Johnny.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Patrick Lencionixi
Author’s Notexiii
Rubber Bands1
The Core of Leadership7
The Problem with T-shirts17
Stone Ships27
Rock, Paper, Scissors55
Rubber Bands II71
Defining Moments81
Bad Person . . . Bad Fit . . . Big Difference97
Teamwork Is a Strategy, Not a Slogan113
The Hardest Person to Lead123
T-shirts, Redux135
What You May Not Know about Mongooses149
What’s Barcelona Got to Do with It?165
Ch . . . Ch . . . Ch . . . Changes177
When to Worry189
Promises 207
Rubber Bands III219
Understatement of the Year227
About the Author241

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