Honored to Embark on Year 5

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It is a very exciting time at Triune Leadership Services. We are preparing to embark on our 5th Year of Leadership Roundtable, which kicks off with Introductory Sessions in four different MN Communities during the second and third week of March.

Five years ago, three Executive Board Members of the Alexandria Unity Foundation had a vision for creating an opportunity for leaders to learn about servant leadership looking to Jesus as the ultimate model of leadership. Fundamentally that is how Triune Leadership Services, LLC got its start.

I was honored to have the opportunity to take on that challenge and develop the Leadership Roundtable (LRT). Since starting in Alexandria, MN with a core group of 15 leaders, participation in the LRT has grown steadily each year. Last year we had 166 participants in 4 communities, Alexandria, Willmar, Marshall, and Minneapolis.

What has led to this significant interest in the Leadership Roundtable? I believe that some of the factors are as follows:

  • It is God’s desire that we look to his son Jesus as the model for leadership.
  • Leaders are attracted to a setting where they can learn these principles, and develop relationships with others to help them develop and be held accountable for their progress.
  • Leaders learn principles that are applicable both in their personal and professional lives.
  • Individual’s lives and families are transformed when they get intentional about leading a purpose-driven, values-based life based on timeless principles laid out so clearly for us in the Bible.
  • Businesses are seeing their culture move in a positive direction as leaders embark on serving others, building purpose-driven, values-based, high performing teams.
  • Communities are being transformed as leaders across all sectors such as business, education, non-profits, government, healthcare, and churches come together with a common purpose and values-based focus on servant leadership.

Scheduled Year 1 Leadership Roundtable Groups starting March 2015:

  • Alexandria – 2nd Tuesday of each month
  • Willmar – 2nd Friday of each month
  • Cloud – 2nd Wednesday of each month
  • Fergus Falls – 3rd Tuesday of each month
  • Marshall – TBD (Starts late summer)

If you happen to live within the vicinity of any of these MN locations we would love to have you join one of these groups. In the past we have had people drive up to 120 miles to attend a group. In many cases that is how we ended up starting in new markets as leaders were exposed to the experience and they generated the necessary amount of interest to start one in their own community.

This link, 2015 Leadership Roundtable, will provide more information on the upcoming year of LRT. You can also contact me directly at Mark Deterding, with any other questions you may have, or to register for an Introductory Session in March at any of the locations.

I am consistently inspired by LRT participants and their continued development as proficient servant leaders. They are making a significant positive impact within their spheres of influence. Here is one testimony of what the LRT experience has meant to them as a leader:

When first presented with the opportunity to be a part of Leadership Roundtable, I was hesitant as to whether I had the time to commit.  What a mistake that would have been, to NOT be part of this amazing journey.  Leadership Roundtable has shaped my leadership point of view, has provided greater direction and accountability in both my work and personal life and has strengthened my relationship with the Lord.  The opportunity to grow with, and learn from other leaders in our community was beyond my expectations.  If you are looking to take your leadership to the next level, Leadership Roundtable is the ticket!” – Business Owner in Alexandria, MN

It is a privilege for my partner, Dr. Mark Herringshaw, and me to have the opportunity to work with people who have a desire to serve and lead based on principles laid out for us by Jesus. We can’t wait to get started, and we hope to see you as a participant in 2015!


As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

How Do You Ensure Daily Personal Development?

Mark's Top 5

Servant leaders are passionate about building their personal performance. I read a lot of blogs to help me continually advance my performance and service to my clients. I have been asked a number of times recently to list my top 5 most influential leadership blogs?

That is a great question, in that there are days that I have to prioritize my reading to keep my schedule under control. But even on busy days, I will not miss reading my Top 5.

Loving Your Neighbor Starts With You!

Not Just A 'Work Thing'

Servant leadership is not just a “work thing”. Servant leaders are the same person all the time. Your purpose, vision, and values should always be consistent whether at work, at home, out with friends, or whatever setting you find yourself in. The desire to serve, and help others become their very best, should not stop when you leave the office. 

I often talk about the importance of “Building Relationships” for a servant leader.  At work the benefits may seem obvious:

Who’s Your Main Coach?

When Nothing is Going Your Way Who do

I had the opportunity to attend the opening round of the Phoenix Open last Thursday. There was a great deal of excitement on the course with Tiger’s return to the tournament after a 15-year absence. There were 118,000 fans at the tournament that day, and Tiger’s group had the biggest following by far.

As you know if you followed the tournament Tiger had a rough couple of days. He finished dead last. On the second day he had his worst score in his tournament career. So Tiger has gone from the best golfer in the world a number of years ago, to the worst this week.

Are You Willing to Print Your Values on Your Shirt?

If you were to print your values on your

I am always on the lookout for purpose-driven, values-based organizations or individuals. You usually spot this by people’s actions, not by words hanging on a wall. However I witnessed both at a restaurant that I visited last week for the first time.

The Haymaker Restaurant Co. is a locally owned restaurant in Peoria, AZ. From the outside you would just think it is another local bar restaurant in a strip mall type area of Arizona. Once you go in however you notice a very unique atmosphere. Their walls are lined with wooden plaques that are mostly patriotic and Christian themed values. The picture is an actual photo of a wall in the restaurant.

How Are You Doing With Patience?

In a World Obsessed With Instant

Patience is hard!  Everywhere you look there seems to be demand for instant gratification.  From binge watching the latest TV series on Netflix, to Amazon working on same day shipping with drones, it is becoming quite apparent that patience is rare if not dead these days.

When I talk to leaders about the 8 behaviors of love outlined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and their importance in developing relationships, they often indicate one of the toughest for them is patience.  High performing leaders want results now! With a purpose and well-articulated vision, they expect results. That desire and drive for instant gratification often leads to a lack of patience resulting in the following:

Use Passion to Change the World

It is Up to Us!Get Passionate to Change

I love organizations that rally around a great purpose/mission. The church we attend while we spend time in Arizona is a perfect example. Their purpose is:  “To follow Jesus on the bold, daring, reckless adventure of bringing grace to the world”.

The pastor of this congregation takes this mission very serious, as evidence by every activity of the congregation.  This week his sermon was directed to the Baby Boomer Generation. He challenged us to step up and take a leadership role in that mission. Not only in the local church, but the church at large as well.

Servant Leadership……So What?

So What-

Last week I had a leader who I respect, tell me that servant leadership would not be well received or even accepted where he works. Interesting!

As a servant leader heading into 2015, how would you answer if someone asks you “So What”? In other words, they challenged you about your focus on serving as a leader.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

Top 10 Triune Leadership Services Blog

At the end of each year I evaluate my performance to learn what I need to do in the upcoming year to enhance my offerings for those that I serve.

One of the ways that I do that is to evaluate the popularity of my blog posts to understand what resonates most with the followers of Triune Leadership Services. I constantly strive to provide value that can be used to enhance people’s leadership skills and help them to make a positive impact on this world.

Focus On Building Team Chemistry


The team with the most talent doesn’t always win. I’m not a huge NBA fan, but we can look there for proof. This year in the first 12 games of the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the best player in the world, Lebron James, won only 5 games and lost 7. 

Lebron’s supporting cast includes all-stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving which made it even more perplexing as to how they could be a sub .500 team. However, because they were playing together for the first time this season, they were missing a key “X Factor” that can transform a team from good to exceptional: