Jack Kemp is one of The Center's newest consultants and leads The Center's Atlanta office! We asked him the following six questions to give him the opportunity to share about himself, share about his experience in executive and non-profit leadership, and give some practical tips for businesses and organizations that want to improve in health and effectiveness. He even addresses the biggest mistake he sees Christian leaders make!
1. Can you share a little about yourself?
My bride, our 5 incredible kids and I live in the Atlanta area. Along the trail, I have been blessed by life-changing leadership adventures, military service, global travel and wide-scale ministry. I have a passion for servant leadership, outdoor adventure, and extreme fitness.
2. What are some of the experiences and training that you have acquired to help you be a great consultant?
As a practicing lawyer, I learned incredible truths about people and behaviors while intermediating difficult situations and focusing on healthy outcomes. In executive and non-profit leadership, I embraced the critical nature of adding value to those you lead and those your organization serves. Today, I leverage this fluency to guide purpose-driven leaders and organizations, pointing to grace and calling as persistent plumb lines in our work.
3. What kind of projects do you enjoy most?
Guiding organizations to the summit of flourishing culture. Encouraging the discouraged and impacting world-changing purpose. Aligning mission-driven, determined teams. Playing a distinctive role in guiding cultural health and organizational ascent. All of these represent a challenging and God-honoring climb with others - and I love being part of the summit team.
4. What are some of the biggest mistakes that you see Christian leaders make?
Failing to understand that culture will ALWAYS banquet at the table of strategy. Allowing granular distraction to supersede wide angle focus. Not "visioning" their organizations from the inside out. Failing to steward the intrinsic value in an organization’s greatest asset - its people.
5. What is something simple that Christian leaders /organizations could initiate now that would make a big difference?
Stop taking culture for granted and steward your teams. Execute a credible survey and assessment strategy to generate a baseline - then begin your ascent! You can start with The Center assessment tools and begin the process of discernment... discover the health of your organization, board, staff or leadership.
6. Why do you believe that a Christian leader of a business, nonprofit, or church should consider outside support?
Fresh eyes and objective discovery can create a portal into culture and leader dynamics that otherwise remain unseen or untapped. Over and over, I have witnessed this level of intentionality catalyze a pivot toward robust culture and the nurturing of trust - the foundation of cohesive teams and organizational health.
Contact us to learn more about how Jack can assist you and your organization!
Jack Kemp is former military, an attorney, business leader, non-profit executive, organizational coach, connector and collaborator. He presently serves as Managing Principal for PrimAscend, LLC, and previously as Divisional President of a large US non-profit. He has also served on church leadership, for-profit and non-profit advisory boards and committees. Jack’s degrees include a B.S. and J.D., and he has experience in organizational assessment, strategic planning, leadership coaching, risk mitigation and crisis management.