Leadership

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Open-Minded Thinking: A Key to Learning and Discipleship

“Certainty and routine breed complacency.” So wrote James Kouzes and Barry Posner in their celebrated book, “The Leadership Challenge.” If this is true, then we are in trouble, because churches love their routines. In this post, I want to explore the concept of open-minded thinking and how it might help us break out of the soul-crushing rut of routine. Churches should be learning communities, able to envision and implement effective strategies for reaching a rapidly…

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Appreciate Differences

Brian Herbert, son of science fiction author Frank Herbert and a prolific author of science fiction himself, once said: “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” This is not only true for individuals but also for organizations. Organizations must learn and they must learn to learn, if they are to survive in a changing world. For this to occur, there has…

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Keep it Secret. Keep it Safe.

It happened during a workshop I was leading on creativity for a board of trustees at a small college. A suggestion came up—and I don’t even remember what it was—that was new. It was something this group had never contemplated. As the group discussed the idea, one could sense a growing enthusiasm. Then one of the senior members of the group hopped out of his chair and, through clenched teeth, declared, “I will NEVER go…

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Diversity of Groups or Diversity of Ideas?

We have all heard the chorus of experts telling us that business success depends on our diversity policies. The champions of diversity tell us diversity must be central to our strategy and organizational culture. The reason given is that as companies become more global, we must reflect a more global perspective. While I agree with the basic concept of the value of diversity, I think there are dangers here that we should consider. But first,…

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The Learning Leader

I think a lot about learning. I suppose that is because learning is central to what I do as a professor. I wonder how people learn. I am intrigued by the different levels of learning. There is superficial learning that is easy because it does not challenge our core assumptions. Then there is deep learning that is difficult because it challenges our self conception. How we learn should be a concern of all leaders. Learning,…

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  • Joel 2:23 September 20, 2019
    “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.”
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