Leading Organizations

Career Development Systems

One way to lead change is to set up a Career Development System. Such a system could enable your organization to prepare needed skills and capabilities for its desired state and could, at the same time, enable employees to grow into their life purpose. How can an organization accomplish this? Step One: Define the purpose of your organization. Once you have identified your purpose, communicate it to the whole organization. Let everyone know, both individually and…

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New Wineskins for New Wine

All organizations — whether for-profit or non-profit, secular or sacred — need a plan for interacting with a competitive environment to achieve their goals and serve their values. Due to rapidly changing environments, strategy must change. If structure does not change with it, both strategy and structure are wasted. Often, however, organizations get stuck into patterns that are resistant to change, long after those patterns have lost their functionality. Yesterday’s solutions are no longer meeting…

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The Problem with Close Social Networks

When organizations overemphasize unity at the cost of diversity, they are in danger of self-destructing.  The very strength of their relational networks becomes weakness as they face a changing world. I can think of five dangers related to high-density social networks; perhaps you can think of more and can share them with us in the comments section at the end of this post. Or, better yet, perhaps you can suggest some ways to overcome these dangers.…

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Social Networks and Structural Holes

I am fascinated by the way people connect and form groups.  I recently looked into some of the current research on social networks and want to share some of the things I’m learning. Structural Holes To understand a social network, we have to look not only at the connections between people, but also at the points in the network where this connection is lacking. These structural holes in the social network provide potential for organizational growth…

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Organizational Ripple

Social networks: what are they, why are they important, and how do they work? I’ve been reading up on social networking theory and in this post, I share some of my notes thus far. This is the first part of a two-part post. In this post, we’ll look at five principles that seem to dominate the scholarly discussions about social networks: (a) the connection principle, (b) the pattern principle, (c) the systems principle, (d) the…

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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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