Leading Organizations

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…

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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…

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Leadership as Architecture

Metaphors are a powerful tool for conveying meaning to an audience. A simple metaphor can do more to communicate an idea than reams of literal verbiage. Metaphors not only help to communicate the content of an idea but they also help us remember that content. They serve as hooks upon…

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Jesus as Global Leader (Part I)

Western culture has segregated Jesus Christ to the religious realm, denying him entrance into the world of organizational management. I believe, however, that—apart from one’s religious view of Jesus—his life exhibits the traits of a global leader and that his example as a leader provides valuable insights that leaders today…

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Welcome to the Fold

As I wrote the title of this post, my mind pictured someone with arms open wide standing in front of a group of people gathered behind him as I walk toward them. The phrase comes from the imagery of a flock of sheep and a shepherd welcoming a new entry.…

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The Main Job of the Leader

Leaders are always agents of change, individuals whose role it is to guide an organization, or a particular subgroup within that organization, through the process of change. Leaders must prepare both themselves and others for inevitable changes the organization will face. Change is a given. We cannot avoid it nor…

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  • Luke 1:30-33 December 15, 2018
    “But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne […]
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