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Jesus as Global Leader (Part III) — Innovator

One of the most valued leadership qualities in the literature today, both academic and popular, is the quality of innovator. Technology has thrust the globe into a whirlwind of continuous flux and everyone recognizes the need for people who can provide their companies with products that will give them the edge over the competition. This is why Marquardt and Berger1 include “Innovator” in their list of qualities of a global leader. In a world of…

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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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The Constancy of Change in the Midst of a Stable Ambiguity

Non-profits, manufacturing companies, government agencies, even churches exist within a context<. As that context changes–and it is changing at an unprecedented pace–we need creative people to help us address these changes. But can organizations develop creative people? In this post I want to share competencies to look for when looking to develop creative people. More than twenty years ago, Charles Handy pointed out that we can debate all day about the reasons for the accelerated…

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Innovation and Empirical Residue

In my last post, I talked about a principle set forth by the philosopher, Bernard Lonergan, called Inverse Insight. In this post, I want to borrow a related concept that Lonergan calls Empirical Residue and use it to as a window to understanding innovation.* I am using Lonergan’s concept to describe the way we naturally leave out evidence that doesn’t fit our theories. We simply don’t see it or don’t believe it is important or…

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How to Leverage that Phase between the Previous and the Next

Talk about change is becoming a stereotypic way to introduce an article on organizational issues—yet, here I am doing it again. The reality is that organizations are scrambling to survive a pace of change unparalleled in history. Yet some are leveraging these changes to better achieve their long-range goals. One thing that keeps organizations from navigating change successfully is their failure to appreciate the value of chaos for generating creative ideas. One of the most…

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  • Galatians 6:2 October 23, 2019
    “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
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