Leading Others

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Qualities of an Effective Agent of Change

In my studies of leadership, the phrase I have come across more often than any other is, “We are living in times of unprecedented change,” or something like that. The phrase has been used so often it has become a cliché. So, I will not say it in this post. One thing I will say, though, is that leadership is always about change. Leaders are always trying to move either organizations or individuals or perhaps…

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Greenleaf’s Legacy

With his essay, “Essentials of Servant Leadership,” written in 1958, Robert K. Greenleaf launched what was to become one of the most important leadership models of the 20th century. Prior to this time — and sadly too often even today — leadership was seen strictly as a power over people, to dominate and coerce into submission to the leader’s goals. His call for change, was not based on any sense of the superior ethics of…

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Negotiation: What If They Don’t Play Fair?

One of the signs of a healthy society is that people are able to negotiate their differences in a civil manner. One of the ways to do this is to focus on principles rather that positions. Once you take a position, then it becomes a kind of war because you have to defend your position. Focusing on principles frees you up to consider alternatives solutions, the idea being that, in a successful negotiation, both parties…

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What’s Dialogue Got To Do With It?

My wife and I went to see and hear Phantom of the Opera. We had to wait in the hallway because we arrived early and the seating area was not yet open. There were others there, too. I couldn’t help but noticing an elderly lady standing next to a young lady in her 20s. They looked like they could have been grandmother and granddaughter. I was thinking, what a perfect opportunity to talk, but the…

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The Transforming Power of Relationships

In the literature on newcomer assimilation, experts and academics talk about the importance of relationships. Human learning occurs in community. Ok, enough with the academic jargon. What does this mean? How does it work? Let’s assume that your organization has a well-defined set of values and, unlike some organizations, takes them seriously. You want your newcomers to adopt these values—or at least, if they find out they are incompatible with them, to know this upfront.…

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  • Colossians 3:15 November 22, 2019
    “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
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