Leading Organizations

The Color of Organizational Culture

One way to describe organizations is to refer to their culture. Organizational culture is a set of behaviors and beliefs members of an organization share as a result of having worked together over a period of years. Being able to see patterns of organizational culture is a core competency for leadership. How are your skills at identifying corporate culture? Are you able to spot the signs of culture that give clues about the beliefs driving…

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Systems Thinking and Wicked Problems

The term “systemic thinking” is a fancy way to say that all of life’s things—both visible and invisible—constantly bump into one another causing reverberations that expand out and affect every other thing. Take, for instance, the iPhone—an intelligent phone—a simple idea that had a revolutionary impact on many levels. This one thing has increased the production and sharing of information to a place where more information is produced in one day than was produced in…

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Photos of ants working as a team

How To Turn a Group into a Team

Have you ever said something like, “Remember, we’re a team.” What did you mean? Most so-called “teams” are not teams at all, and usually when we hear words like “teamwork” or “team spirit,” we have in mind certain behaviors and attitudes that are helpful, but that don’t define a team. Qualities like the ability to listen and empathize with others, mutual respect, openness, and dialog are all important, but they don’t make a team. All…

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7 Ways to Influence Indirectly

You want to make a positive change. You attack the problem head-on, thinking you will solve it quickly but things get worse. You try harder but, instead of making progress, people get more resistant, the situation more tense, and the change more distant. So, you decide to give it everything you’ve got by confronting the resistance and forcing radical changes. The situation explodes in your face. Bad feelings, people taking sides, and the original goal…

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Team Capability: Do You Have It?

People think about organizations the way they think about buildings and machines. They make drawings that show how people are supposed to relate to one another on the job. These charts often use boxes stacked in the shape of a pyramid. They tell everyone in the company who is in charge and who answers to whom. But, in today’s world of instant communication and customer-designed products, we need ways to create organizations that are more…

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  • 2 Peter 3:10-11 November 30, 2021
    “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought […]
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