Leading Organizations

The Constancy of Change in the Midst of a Stable Ambiguity

Non-profits, manufacturing companies, government agencies, even churches exist within a context<. As that context changes–and it is changing at an unprecedented pace–we need creative people to help us address these changes. But can organizations develop creative people? In this post I want to share competencies to look for when looking to develop creative people. More than twenty years ago, Charles Handy pointed out that we can debate all day about the reasons for the accelerated…

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Grow Your Church by Multiplying Opportunities to Lead

Many things attract me to Jesus, but the most endearing quality for me is the way he included people. He was constantly including people that society discarded. For church leaders concerned about the health and growth of their congregations, inclusion could also be a key to success. The New Testament teaches inclusion from start to finish and one of the ways God includes people is by giving them spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12). The early…

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The Dark Side of Leadership Revisited

It has been twenty-two years since Jay Conger wrote “The Dark Side of Leadership,” an article that rocked the world of leadership studies. The premise of the article was that the very qualities that propel an individual into leadership also contain the seeds of destruction that, once germinated, can bring down both the leaders and the organizations for which they are responsible. Was Conger right? What do you think? The article focused on three major…

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William Hahn Going Home

Lone Rangers and Tribes: An Individualist Working in a Collectivist Culture

The Lone Ranger represents a deeply engrained Anglo-American value of rugged individualism. I think it is a great heritage to have and that it has contributed to the American success story. But it is not a very common perspective among the world’s cultures. In today’s global economy and diverse workplace, it is essential that you as a leader understand how individualist and collectivist cultures differ and how they can complement one another. Individualist cultures tend…

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Innovation and Empirical Residue

In my last post, I talked about a principle set forth by the philosopher, Bernard Lonergan, called Inverse Insight. In this post, I want to borrow a related concept that Lonergan calls Empirical Residue and use it to as a window to understanding innovation.* I am using Lonergan’s concept to describe the way we naturally leave out evidence that doesn’t fit our theories. We simply don’t see it or don’t believe it is important or…

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  • Galatians 5:16 January 16, 2022
    “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
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