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Jesus as Global Leader (Part VI)—Systems Thinker

“Systems Thinking” is Marquardt and Berger’s sixth essential competency for global leadership. Before we can assess Jesus on this criterion, we should define what we mean by “systems thinking” and being a “systems” thinker. Organizations, communities, nations, and the physical universe itself contain many elements that interact with one another to produce an overall effect. How well these various elements align themselves with one another influences the effectiveness of the system. When systems become out…

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Jesus as Global Leader (Part V)—Technologist

In my recent series of posts, I have been taking Michael Marquardt and Nancy Berger’s eight competencies of a global leader and applying them to Jesus Christ. So far, I have shown that Jesus fares well. With this sixth competency, the task becomes more difficult. In the book, Where To Find It In the Bible, with over 3,700 entries, “technology” does not appear. A word search of any English translation of the Bible will show…

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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 can incorporate to the benefit of today’s global organizations. Jesus ignited a movement that would encompass the entire Mediterranean world in less than 100 years…

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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. It’s a good image because it depicts an experience all of us has had in life. We have all had times when we were not…

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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 should we want to. But change can be less painful and channeled toward more positive outcomes by developing change management skills. There are two basic…

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  • Psalm 25:14-15 October 17, 2021
    “The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”
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