Watch Where You Build Your House

We’ve all heard it. It has become a slogan so common in conversation that most people don’t even realize the significance of what they are saying. We use it to end arguments that we’re otherwise unable to resolve. It is a useful tool for leaving a conversation when time demands we move on to other endeavors. It has become an acceptable way to deal with differences of opinion. But, as a way to deal with…

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Leadership as Architecture

Metaphors are a powerful tool for conveying meaning to an audience. A simple metaphor can do more to communicate an idea than reams of literal verbiage. Metaphors not only help to communicate the content of an idea but they also help us remember that content. They serve as hooks upon which we can hang our mental data. One metaphor often used in the literature of organizational development is “architecture.” It is most often used to…

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Christ Victorious

Jesus as Global Leader (Part VIII)—Teacher

In this series of posts, I have been taking us through Marquardt and Berger’s eight competencies of an effective global leader for the 21st century and comparing them to what we know about the life of Jesus Christ. The purpose has been to get us to look at Jesus not just as the Son of God or as a great moral teacher, but as a leader. How does Jesus fair when tested through the grid…

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Jesus and the Apostles

Jesus as Global Leader (Part VII)—Spirituality

Though it may sound strange to modern ears, the business world has witnessed a growing interest in spirituality in the workplace. Thus Marquardt and Berger list “Spirituality” as one of the qualities of a successful global leader. They write: Many cutting-edge leaders are helping their companies set off on spiritual journeys that are attempts to create a sense of meaning and purpose at work and a connection between the company and its people (p. 26).…

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Jesus as Global Leader (Part VI)—Systems Thinker

“Systems Thinking” is Marquardt and Berger’s sixth essential competency for global leadership. Before we can assess Jesus on this criterion, we should define what we mean by “systems thinking” and being a “systems” thinker. Organizations, communities, nations, and the physical universe itself contain many elements that interact with one another to produce an overall effect. How well these various elements align themselves with one another influences the effectiveness of the system. When systems become out…

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    “[More on Love and Hatred] For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”
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