Never Blink in a Hailstorm by David L. McKenna

For several reasons, I love working in higher education. I plan on working in higher education for the rest of my working life and I love chatting with men and women who have served in higher education for many years. I have been very fortunate to have some great conversations with some very wise men and women. Their stories energize me and remind me of why I got into this field.

When you read Never Blink in a Hailstorm it feels like you just had coffee with David McKenna.

David McKenna became a college president at the tender age of thirty, thus he has spent a lifetime enduring the trials and tribulations of being a leader. In this book McKenna offers timeless advice summed up by twelve short adages.

With ever adage starting with the word “never,” the book at first glance seems like it will be very negative, but as McKenna concludes, “Nothing is worse than trying to leave when the boundaries are hidden or freedom is fuzzy.”

The book contains interesting stories, funny anecdotes, and most importantly solid wisdom. I felt like I received a lot more wisdom from this small book than the other leadership volumes I have read. Anyone interested in working in Christian higher education administration will enjoy this work.

“If you can’t stand loneliness, stay away from leadership.”

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