Leading Others

The Scourge of Discouragement

The economy continues to crawl like a slug with the flu. The Middle East is crashing and burning. Even the national crime rate rose a whopping 17 percent (after several years of decline) according to the latest figures. In these times it’s easy to get discouraged and many of our…

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Alternatives to Obligation

Do not leave this page! How did that feel? If you’re like me, your reaction to the first sentence was something like, “Oh yeah! Just watch me.” Allow me to rephrase it: “If you read the rest of this article, you will find some practical ways to improve the motivational…

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Values: Ethics in Action

Values are the beliefs that lie behind, support, and energize the things we do and the goals we try to achieve. We get values from being a member of a community, from having good models we love and respect, and from an open dialogue with these models about what is…

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Working with Uncertainty

We have been exploring the ways that cultures differ from one another. Understanding these differences and knowing how to work with them is a key skill for any leader working in a cross-cultural environment. In this post, I look at uncertainty avoidance. Different cultures respond differently to uncertainty. Some cultures…

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Hidden Rules of Culture

If you are an American who has taken an assignment in another part of the world, you may be unaware of the rules that govern how people interact in that culture. That lack of awareness could lead to serious misunderstandings and even sabotage the launch of an important international project.…

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The Ambivalence of Influence

Leadership is all about influence, but the pursuit of influence, for its own sake, can be disastrous to the soul of the leader. It’s important to understand the nature of influence because it is a core component of leadership–but it’s also important to understand the dangers of pursuing influence as…

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Do You Choose Trust?

The story is told of funambulist Charles Blondin crossing the Niagara Falls on a tight rope and then asking the cheering crowds whether they trusted him. “Yes,” they cried. He then grabbed a wheelbarrow and wheeled it out onto the cable that was stretched over the raging waters and again…

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Do You Support Innovation?

My fingers clutched the only two stones protruding from the dry and dusty escarpment. A ninety-degree drop immediately to my right, a stone wall to my left, and no sight above my head of where the climb might end, I decided to go back down. Unable to see my feet,…

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Equipping Leader

David was one of my best friends during my years in Argentina. I didn’t get to see him often, because he worked in a different and distant province. I consider David my mentor in anything having to do with the great outdoors. He taught me all about climbing and hiking.…

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  • Psalm 119:30 July 21, 2019
    “I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.”
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