Leading Organizations

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Problem-Solving and Inverse Insight

What do you do when you run up against a problem that refuses to be resolved? Maybe we can get by with a little help from our philosophers. One of my favorite philosophers is Bernard Lonergan. In volume three of his monumental Collected Works, Lonergan explores the concept of Insight, which he defines as the “act of understanding.” But what caught my attention this week was not insight itself, but rather Lonergan’s idea of “Inverse…

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Spilled Coffee

Sunday night I spilled half a cup of cold coffee directly onto my brand new HP Envy 14 notebook. Today is Tuesday and—using an external keyboard—I am transferring as many critical files from the now wounded computer over to another computer that I will have to use for a couple weeks. Fortunately, I purchased the extended warranty and spills are covered (so much for those who say these warranties are not worth it). I thought…

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The Value of Trust

When people experience a failure of trust, they can easily develop a cynical perspective about humanity, never to trust again. This state of bitterness poisons many people’s efforts at leadership, causing them to crash after a few bad experiences. The more productive approach is to choose a life of trust. On the other hand, we have the option of choosing to continue trusting as our primary mode of operation. In this way, though others have…

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Management-Leadership: Not an Either-Or Proposition

Is there really a difference between Management and Leadership? Yes. But the difference should not be understood as leadership versus management, as though one were superior to the other. They are different, often conflicting, yet complementary functions in any organization. Here are some metaphors describing the difference between management and leadership: Management Leadership looks for calm waters rides the wave of the future shows us how to climb ladders makes sure the ladder is leaning…

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Wisdom: The Missing Link in Understanding

Knowledge management, information technology, data architecture: these are the hot topics of our technology-driven age. This brave new world has been described as a “Knowledge Economy” and as suffering from “Information Overload”. In the scramble to stay ahead of the game, is it possible that we have forgotten a deeper level of understanding? I am referring to the kind of understanding that the philosophers of old used to call “wisdom.” I propose four levels of…

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  • 1 Chronicles 16:8 November 28, 2021
    “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”
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