Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Episode 62 Dr Tod Bolsinger on How to Become an Adaptive Leader in an Age of Uncertainty

Dr. Tod Bollinger talks about navigating uncertainty and change using the principles of adaptive leadership taught in his books Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change. 


Tod Bolsinger (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is a speaker, executive coach, former pastor, and author who serves as associate professor of leadership formation and senior fellow for the De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary. He is the author of Tempered Resilience and Canoeing the Mountains, which was named Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year in Pastoral Leadership, as well as the Christianity Today Award of Merit recipient It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian.

A frequent speaker and consultant, he serves as an executive coach for corporate, nonprofit, educational, and church organizations in transformational leadership. For seventeen years, he was the senior pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church in San Clemente, California, after serving for ten years at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Tod and his wife, Beth, have two children.

Books by Tod: 


Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory 

Tempered Resilience: How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change 

It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian 

Books Recommended by Tod:

Ronald Heifetz The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World 

Edwin Friedman Failure of Nerve 

Jonathan Sacks Lessons in Leadership. Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible 

Connect with Tod Bollinger:

Text “Change” to 66866 

Twitter: @todbol

De Pree Center at Fuller Seminary: Church Leadership Institute 

Connect with Brian Russell:

Information about Brian’s Fall 2021 book Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life or preorder: 

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Coaching for Pastors:

Business and Life Coaching: 

Brian Russell’s Book on the Missional Interpretation of Scripture:

(Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World

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