Leading Organizations

Tolerance for Ambiguity

The creative impulse can be channeled into productive ideas and products to the benefit of the organization. Do you possess the qualities needed to lead a creative team? One of those qualities is tolerance for ambiguity. Ambiguity is what you have when outcomes are doubtful and paths are uncertain, when the meaning of events is confusing and the data are unclear. All organizations face ambiguity to some degree every day of their existence; sometimes the…

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My Favorite Greenleaf Quotes

I first ran into Robert Greenleaf’s writings in the 90s. I knew there was something truly insightful in his approach to leadership. In fact, he started a whole leadership model that continues to have ardent adherents today. I would like to take this opportunity to list four of my favorite Greenleaf quotes. I hope you can add some more to this list in the comments sections below. Foresight is the ‘lead’ in leadership. Once leaders…

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Alignment Infographic

In this infographic, I attempt to describe the process of bringing an organization into alignment with its purpose and values. (If you are using the Google Docs Viewer as an extension in your browser, you may just see a bunch of code when you click the link above. If that happens, just click the “download” button and it should straighten out.) I would love to hear your feedback about the infographic. Please click comments below…

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A Strategic Visioning Infographic

This is my first attempt at creating an infographic. I did it using Microsoft Visio 2010. I tried to save it as a JPG and as a PNG graphics file, but I didn’t like the quality. So, I saved it as a PDF. The infographic gives a simple overview of the strategic planning process. To see it in full screen, click the image above outward pointing arrows in the lower right hand of the window…

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New Words, New Culture

“Say what?” That’s the expression we use when we don’t understand something someone has said and we suspect that, if we did understand it, we wouldn’t like it. Language is essential to organizational culture. Fortunately, words provide us with some handles we can use to influence an organization’s culture. Leadership is all about culture development and transformation. In his excellent book, Organizational Culture and Leadership, Edgar Schein says that the processes of culture creation and…

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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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