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  1. The First Job In Any Organization Is To Make Top Management Effective

    Week 13: The First Job In Any Organization Is To Make Top Management Effective

    Week 13 of 52. Welcome to Drucker Mondays, a 52-week journey through the new book, A Year with Peter Drucker: 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness, by Joseph A. Maciariello. Each Monday, we'll feature a Drucker fan and his or her favorite snippet from the week's topic. (Subscribe on this page.) Elliott Snuggs is our guest writer today.

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    The Big Idea from the Book

    In this four-week segment on “Management in a Pluralistic Society of Organizations,” we learn about Drucker’s emphasis on top management. Maciariello summarizes it this way, “Without effective top management [Elliott’s emphasis] you cannot sustain a spirit of performance, and entropic processes will set in at an organization and eventually destroy it.” Thus, the first job in any organization is to make top management effective.

    Elliott Snuggs' Favorite Drucker Insights from Week 13, pages 104-110:
       • “...yet [emerging leader’s] growth into effective executives within the organization will be stymied unless they are given executive responsibility for decision-making and are allowed to make and learn from their own mistakes.”
       • “Establishing an organization’s unique personality may be the most important task of top management… Establishing a new corporate persona calls for a change in the corporation’s values. And that may well be the most important task for top management.”
       • Top management is responsible for designing the organizational structure and for making key appointments at the level right below top management.
       • “The CEO in the new millennium has six specific tasks.” (Read them on page 108!)

    Elliott Snuggs' Color Commentary 

    Peter Drucker understood the information society long before Google came along. And he understood just how important managing that information was to success. For him top management was the central hub. Top management’s responsibilities then include direction, strategy, values and principles. It is the core out of which a ministry, movement or enterprise can flow.

    Most importantly, top management establishes the “DNA” of the organization, its unique personality and core values. Further, the organization’s performance depends on an effective top management setting the example of performance. Finally, he gives the sagely advice that top management must rest on a spiritual foundation or it has “nothing.” Jesus put it this way, “apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

    If you are a CEO, reflect on Drucker’s list of the six tasks of a CEO in the new millennium. It begins with defining the “meaningful outside of the organization.” Wow! And the next five are just as meaty.

    This Week's Quotes & Commentary by Elliott Snuggs

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    R. Elliott Snuggs is the Executive Vice President of Asian Access, Cerritos, Calif. He studied under Peter Drucker at Claremont Graduate University from 1997–2000 in the Executive Management program. He currently enjoys applying Drucker’s thinking to strategic planning in nonprofit organizations.


    To-Do Today: 

    • Drucker says that the key activities of an organization must be identified (maybe thinking “core competencies” will help) and each activity should be assigned to a specific member of the top management team. Work through that with your team.
    • Evaluate if your top management team fosters a spirit of performance?
    • Are there any structures in your organization that are inhibiting growth and performance? Try to bring change to these toxic structures.


    This blog entry is reposted with permission from John Pearson and was first published here: http://urgentink.typepad.com/drucker_mondays/2015/03/week-13-the-first-job-in-any-organization-is-to-make-top-management-effective.html


  2. Asians Giving to Asia: $4K still needed by 31-March

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    Rev. Samuel Chiang

    "Asian Access has not only equipped indigenous leaders to speak effectively into their communities, but also developed local ownership with profound transformative and sustainable changes. Their results are astounding!

    – Rev. Samuel E. Chiang
    Executive Director, International Orality Network


    The opportunity in Asia for the Gospel is huge! And there is just 1 more day to meet the next deadline. Your gift to Asian Access will help meet a $1 million giving challenge to accelerate the advance of the Gospel in Asia.


    From Asia, for Asia

    A foundation that prefers to remain anonymous has offered Asian Access a giving challenge. Through 31-December 2015, Asian Access needs to raise $1,000,000. But we must reach $500,000 by midnight on 31-March, 2015.

    If you live in, or were born in, Asia, your gift of $100, $500, $1,000 or more to Asian Access will be vital in helping us to keep pace.

    So far, we have seen $496,591 given toward this giving challenge.

    $496,591 met of $1m goal

    Your gift enables Asian Access to expand the work of A2 in the two most populated countries in the world, open A2’s ministry in two new countries, and launch our new marketplace enterprise program.


    Will you help us to meet this historic challenge?

    To give online in US$, click the red “Give Now!” button below or click here. Be sure to choose "Asia Giving Challenge" on the Designation drop-down menu. (Or if you want to give in SING$ or JPY¥, click the respective link below.)

    Thank you for your prayers and financial support for Asian Access!

    For His Kingdom,

    Joseph W. Handley, Jr.
    President – Asian Access


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    "Asian Access strategically and effectively equips pastoral leaders in needy regions so churches can grow to be spiritually healthy. I am honored to serve on their reference council."

    – Dr. Ramesh Richard
    President, Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Health, RREACH
    ProfessorDallas Theological Seminary
    Founder, Trainers of Pastors International Coalition [TOPIC]


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  3. An Amazing Legacy, A Devastating Setback...

    And Still Making A Difference—With A Paintbrush


    Ron McMahon is a world changer.

    A Southern California native and USC graduate, Ron launched his own architectural and planning firm, then moved into real estate development. His business achievements have spanned several decades and have covered the globe.

    But Ron has also been committed to his community—and to Jesus. He has served on many boards, including the YMCA and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation. But what we like best is that he devoted more than 30 years of his life to the board of Asian Access. For 23 of those years, he served as board chairman, and now serves as lifetime honorary chairman. The benefits that A2 has gained from Ron’s wisdom, godly leadership, and Kingdom heart are incalculable.

    In 2012, Ron suffered a major stroke. Ron is taking on the biggest challenge of his life as he works his way back from the damage that the stroke inflicted. He has made tremendous progress, but it remains a long road.

    “One of the biggest challenges I face is to figure out how I can still make a difference,” Ron told me. So how does a difference-maker keep making a difference when his left side is now paralyzed? By picking up a paintbrush.

    Some of Ron’s friends arranged to get Ron started on painting lessons. It is of course great physical and mental therapy… but leave it to Ron to turn it into a difference-making opportunity as well.


    Ron has already completed more than a 20 paintings—and they are good, as you can see from the photos. What next? “I want to raise money with my paintings,” he told me. “With those funds, I can support three causes that I really believe in.” Ron is doing just that—through his website, www.ronmcmahonart.com.


    You can go onto his site and choose from any of 23 available paintings (and counting). There is a suggested donation for each—or you can always donate more. We are especially pleased that Ron has designated Asian Access as one of the three causes you can choose to receive your donation.


    Ron McMahon is showing us that no matter what we face, we can make a difference—now, and into the future. Like I said… he’s a world changer.

    Noel Becchetti


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    • A2 Board of Directors
    • If you would like to donate to Asian Access and receive a painting:
      1. Go to this site to see Ron's paintings: http://www.ronmcmahonart.com/#!art/cee5
      2. Make checks payable to, and can be directly mailed to:
        • Asian Access | PO Box 3307 | Cerritos, CA 90703
        • In the memo portion note "Ron McMahon Art Donation." Please include a current phone # and e-mail address on a separate piece of paper where you can be contacted by Ron McMahon.
  4. Turning 50: Life-on-Life Mentoring

    "And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." - 2 Tim. 2:2

    As I approach my 50th birthday this week, I am grateful for those who have invested in me. This week I'll be reaching out to 50 people who have made a significant impact on my life. These are, roughly speaking, the top 50 people who have taken the time to help shape me into the person and leader that I am today.

    Some of these 50 are like the Apostle Paul in my life. They came alongside of me as an emerging young leader, a leader with potential, and spent time helping me grow into the person I am today. Others are more like Barnabas who are roughly in my same life-stage or sphere of influence and we have walked deeply together or influenced each other along the way. Some, are more like Timothy that I have invested in but in many ways they have shaped me as reverse mentors.

    We at Asian Access believe that all of these roles are important in the emergence of a leader. Each of us should have a Paul, a Barnabas, and a Timothy in our lives. I hope you do. It's part of what we at A2 see as critical in leader formation, life-on-life mentoring.

    Life-on-Life Mentoring

    It's not just a matter of giving leaders the right input. To develop leaders, God uses circumstances, events and other leaders in their lives. So in our model, life-on-life experiences are as important as solid training material. Mentoring and coaching are as essential as great curriculum and excellent faculty.


    This week I celebrate these people for the impact they have made on me. They are a treasure trove of wisdom and I am grateful for each and everyone of them.

    • Who is your Paul?
    • Who is your Barnabas?
    • Who is your Timothy?

    Contact them today and say: "Thank you for investing in me!"

    "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." — John F. Kennedy

    Joe Handley

  5. The Japanese Church: change is the key

    Japan (MNN) — Change is hard, but without change, it’s easy to get stuck.

    We spoke to Gary Bauman of Asian Access about changes taking place in the evangelical Japanese Church.


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    Traditionally, leadership in the church has come from within. While this has been effective, it’s become more difficult to motivate members in the church to become leaders.

    Bauman says, “In Japan, the Church is so small that there just aren’t very many people to come up into leadership.”

    The existing leaders are older, many of them having started in ministry after WWII. The younger generation of men is more concerned about their careers in the business world.

    Pastors and leaders are saying there is a different future for how leadership is raised for the Church–one that will help the Church ultimately grow.

    When Bauman met with the general director of the Japan Evangelical Association, the director said, “The leaders of the Church community in Japan need to come outside of the Church community.”

    When Bauman asked him what he meant, the general director explained that leaders coming from the outside not only provide more possibilities, but they would also have the potential to bring the outside community in to the Church.

    Japan is seeing some interesting trends outside of the Church that go against centuries of tradition, says Bauman.

    “Japan has built right into the culture the whole sense of apprenticeship, and historically in the working world there would be an understudy.”

    While this still takes place within the church, many younger leaders are taking charge in the workplace, in relief efforts, and the like.


    Dangers of the Christian subculture

    If new leaders are not found for the existing churches in Japan, growth could halt. There is also a disconnect between the Church and the world around them. While it’s true Christians are called to be set apart from the world, they are also called to go and make disciples and share the Good News of Jesus. They can’t effectively do that if they are not involved in their community.

    Bauman puts it this way: “We need the new leaders coming in from outside because there is very definitely a Christian subculture in Japan. In many cases, it can be disjointed from what’s happening in the general Japanese world.”

    This disconnect has forced a sort of paradigm shift when it comes to the way new leaders are found.

    Many churches are realizing the benefits of getting involved in community events.

    Bauman says there are some dangers of getting in a strong groove within the church.

    “As a Christian community, we become comfortable with each other, and we start losing connections to people that we knew and enjoyed and had a lot of good times with before we became a Christian.”

    If people could stay more connected in an effort to share the new life they’ve found, it could in effect bring many more people to Christ. After all, as Bauman reminds us, often new Christians are the most effective evangelists.


    Background on A2 training in Japan

    For the first year of their pastoral ministry, pastors meet up with a network of pastors every three months for a few days to discuss relevant topics and ways to implement useful knowledge.

    These meetings are a seminar-workshop combination.

    Throughout every area of their ministry, Asian Access is very careful about one thing. Bauman says, “The key thing is that we aren’t coming in as an outside organization telling the Japanese churches and pastors what to do.” He says the motto of Asian Access today is that of the ministry’s founder almost 50 years ago: “My vision is to help you fulfill your vision.

    In other words, “In partnership, we serve together,” Bauman says. Asian Access therefore becomes a catalyst, not an organization asking churches to be modeled in western styles. Bauman says the greatest challenge for them in Japan is learning patience. When new ideas are brought up, there is usually a long period of discussion and re-discussion. He says this can be frustrating for a westerner accustomed to fast-paced decision making. How should we pray? “The main way to pray is that there would really be a movement of God to impress upon any younger people within the church the need to do Kingdom work– to be involved in full-time ministry, so to speak, and to really commit themselves to that.”

    Listen to the broadcast (story starts at 2:31)


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  6. How does Jesus do mission?

    Meng Aun Hour shares about Jesus on Mission


    A few weeks ago, my colleague and friend Meng Aun Hour, A2/Cambodia National Director preached a great sermon at Life on the Hill in Rolling Hills Estates CA. It is a fabulous sermon dealing with Jesus take on mission and Meng did a terrific job of sharing the correlation to how this is similar to our mutual work with Asian Access.

    To hear the sermon in full, click on this link to listen or download the MP3 file.


    Meng shared from Mark 3:13-15

    "Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons."

    Meng made four great points from this passage but you really should listen to his illustrations to capture the full essence of his sharing.

    • Each of us were chosen as part of God's mission — v. 13-14 (We were called and appointed)
    • We were chosen first to "be with him" - v. 14
    • We were also chosen to be "sent" - v. 14
    • Finally, as he sent us, we are given "authority" - v. 15

    Meng used a number of powerful illustrations to make these points and he shared how this is directly in line with Asian Access mission: "To identify, develop, and release emerging kingdom leaders"

    • God identifies leaders — We have been chosen!
    • God wants us to be with him — He develops us!
    • God sends us out — He releases us for ministry!

    And, in order to do this well, one must be given authority. If you are given responsibility without authority, you'll not be able to accomplish much. But, when you are given authority along with that responsibility, God can use you exponentially.

    Meng shared the Mission of Asian Access so well: "To identify, develop, and release emerging kingdom leaders [who will] unite the Church, multiply leaders and congregations, and extend the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

    Thank you Meng for such a powerful message!

    How do you respond to Meng's message? Listen to it and let me know...

    Joe Handley

    Jhandley@asianaccess.org | @jwhandley

  7. Healing continues for Japan

    Healing continues for JapanJapan (MNN) — Four years after the worst peacetime disaster to strike Japan, there are still some injuries and scars that are fresh.

    In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude undersea quake struck Japan, triggering a massive tsunami off the Central and Northeast side of the island nation. Within moments, walls of water erased whole towns in the Tohoku region. The force of the tsunami damaged nuclear reactors and set in motion a catastrophic meltdown in Fukushima. That kind of damage can’t happen and be fixed in months: it will take years for those wounds to heal.

    The anniversary comes at a time when post-quake reconstruction in hard-hit Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures remains incomplete. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised a five-year reconstruction plan for the areas still devastated by the disaster.

    However, Takeshi Takazawa with Asian Accesssays, “A sobering reality is: 230,000 people are still displaced or evacuated from a disaster-hit area.” It also means “all the debris has been cleaned up, but the government has been quite slow in re-developing the infrastructure of this area. Another reason is the radiation contamination.”

    Healing continues for JapanContamination in the nuclear zone means that “out of 230,000, 120,000 are from the Fukushima area. Most likely those people will not be able to go back to their home permanently during their lifetime,” says Takazawa. That realization is devastating. Loss of community in a people built on the concept of community is shattering.

    At the same time, it is a time to begin healing and rebuilding with purpose. A2 mobilized a team: half of their missionaries moved to the disaster area. Takazawa says the ministry raised money for humanitarian aid and sent it to local pastors, for this purpose: “All the church got together in unity and tangibly showed people the love of Jesus Christ–not just the relief goods or cleanup of the disaster-hit area, but really coming alongside people and recreating the community.” The hope they brought to the people was incredible. Many have found new life in Christ. For those who haven’t yet, they recognize something very different.

    Healing continues for JapanTakazawa shares a story about one family they helped where the team understood they were the manifestation of Jesus Christ. “[A] young boy said, ‘Grandma! Grandma! Jesus People are doing the barbeque! Jesus People are doing the concert! Jesus People are doing the hand massage! Jesus People are doing the café!'”

    Not only did his observation reveal how many different ways A2 was helping to rebuild community, but also that A2’s workers were genuine in what they had to share. “They need to feel tangibly that somebody cared enough to sit with you, listen to you, come alongside of you–and that’s the key component. Then God gives the opportunity to share who Jesus is in that relationship.”

    Long after everyone else packed up and left, it’s been the Church and groups like A2 who are there for the long haul, helping to salve wounds, bringing hope for healing. “Continue to remember and pray for the people to really sense the hope that is in Christ Jesus,” Takazawa asks, adding that if you know Japanese nationals, be sure to let them share their stories and pray with them. It’s one way to heal old wounds, friend to friend. Learn more about this at http://go2japan.org.

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  8. Triple disaster in Japan remembered

    Triple disaster in Japan rememberedBelievers pray as 4th anniversary of Japan’s triple disaster is remembered.

    Japan (MNN) — Yesterday marked four years since Japan saw the worst triple disaster in the nation’s history.

    The country had a moment of silence yesterday, March 11 at 2:46 p.m. (0546 UTC), the exact moment a 9.0-magnitude undersea quake hit the northeast coast of Japan. Remembrance ceremonies were held near the devastated cities and villages on the country’s northeast coast. Many joined hands in prayer or bowed their heads during the national minute of silence.

    In Japan’s capital, Tokyo, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko also led tributes to those who died in Japan’s worst peace-time disaster.

    President of Asian Access Joe Handley was in Japan when the quake hit. “Four years ago today, [my wife] Silk and I were in Karuizawa, Japan, with most of our Japan staff and Asian Access/Japan National Leadership. It is a day that I will never forget.”

    He remembers, “Being well acquainted with earthquakes growing up in Southern California, I wasn’t concerned at first. But as the earthquake kept going minute by minute and getting stronger by the moment, I began to worry.”

    Handley says A2 was able to mobilize their team. “Half of our missionaries moved to the disaster area, and tons of aid was raised and sent to local pastors. The stories of Japanese churches and local pastors standing in the gap was–and continues to be–powerful. The hope they brought to the people was incredible. Many have found new life in Christ, yet others are still stuck in temporary shelters, displaced from their homes.”

    A2 also remembered the devastating quake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant meltdown through prayer. Handley is also asking believers to pray. “The people of Japan are hungry for hope, and your prayers and support can go a long ways.” He adds, “Consider going to serve in Japan to bring hope and health to the people.”

    During this tragic time in Japan’s history, many people came to know Jesus and are now attending church.


    Listen to the broadcast (story starts at 1:50)


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  9. Business leaders request training

    Business leaders request trainingAsian Access launched it’s first two-year cohort in business leadership in South Korea.

    South Korea (MNN) — Christian business leaders in South Korea are now pioneers in Christian leadership training from Asian Access. How did all start?

    Four years ago, President of Asian Access was sharing the ministry’s vision for pastoral leadership training. That’s when a Christian business leader said,

    “Joe, what you raise money to do for pastors,
    I will pay you to do for me.”

    That got the ball rolling. Handley says, “For the last four years, we have been incubating an idea of converting what we do successfully with pastors, to the marketplace sector.”

    Business leaders request training

    What do they do? A2’s vision is to see a vibrant community of servant leaders with vision, character, and competence leading the church across Asia. Pastors and lay leaders have been their focus. Now, they’re not A2’s only focus.

    This is the first cohort involved in A2’s newest business leadership training in South Korea.

    “This past weekend in Seoul, we launched our first cohort training which will be a 2-year training module with CEOs in the city of Seoul,” says Handley.

    It’s interesting what’s driving these leaders. Handley says,

    “Many of them [have] a passion not only for Korea, but for the nations. They look to North Korea. They look to China. They look to the Muslim world as key areas where they would like to invest their lives in.”

    While pastors are needed to help churches grow, sometimes business leaders can help get the Gospel into difficult areas.

    Mission organizations have tried mastering Business as Mission, or Kingdom business. Some have succeeded, but Handley says studies suggest that “those that are doing mission in the midst of their business are actually proving to be quite successful. Whereas, those of us that have been more in the missionary game trying to do business have been less effective.”

    The bottom line is: they’re learning to be better Christian business leaders and missional entrepreneurs–business leaders engaged in mission.

    Handley says they’re planning to launch similar programs in China and India, which could have a profound impact on the church. “We’re looking for venture philanthropy gifts to get this set up and running.”

    If you’d like to invest in this program financially or with your expertise, click here.

    Listen to the broadcast... (story starts at 2:38)

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  10. A Day I'll Never Forget!

    Four years ago today, Silk and I were in Karuizawa, Japan with most of our Japan staff and Asian Access/Japan National Leadership. It is a day that I will never forget.

    That afternoon, while sitting in the Megumi Chalet chapel, the 9.1 earthquake hit. Being well acquainted with earthquakes growing up in Southern California, I wasn't concerned at first. But, as the earthquake kept going minute by minute and getting stronger by the moment, I began to worry.

    Soon, we evacuated the building and then learned about the terrible devastation that struck North Eastern Japan.



    It all came back as I read the news today!


    The memories of those ensuing hours and days are overwhelming. Seeing the devastation of the tsunami and nuclear disaster struck home. 

    We mobilized our team: half of our missionaries moved to the disaster area and tons of aid was raised and sent to local pastors. The stories of Japanese churches and local pastors standing in the gap was—and continues to be—powerful. The hope they brought to the people was incredible. Many have found new life in Christ yet others are still stuck in temporary shelters, displaced from their homes.

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    I learned of one pastor from Fukushima who shared recently that he realizes that he will never get to return to his home. How devastating!


    A Call to Pray... and to Go...

    Our team has called for your prayers, and I hope you'll join us. The people of Japan are hungry for hope and your prayers and support can go a long ways. I trust you'll join us in prayer this day and consider going to serve in Japan to bring hope and health to the people. Learn more about this at http://go2japan.org


    Join us this day in praying for this day that I will never forget!

    • Call to Prayer - a prayer vigil is going on right now in Ishinomaki. Let's join them...


    Thank you for your support, and let's keep praying for the people of Japan. May the hope of Christ be found by those who are still displaced, lost and hurting from the loss of all they have ever known: their homes, families, communities, and entire livelihoods.

    Joe Handley


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