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Diversity of Groups or Diversity of Ideas?

We have all heard the chorus of experts telling us that business success depends on our diversity policies. The champions of diversity tell us diversity must be central to our strategy and organizational culture. The reason given is that as companies become more global, we must reflect a more global perspective. While I agree with the basic concept of the value of diversity, I think there are dangers here that we should consider. But first,…

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Jesus as Global Leader (Part IV)—Global Mindset

Another characteristic that Marquardt and Berger associate with successful global leadership is what they call a “global mindset.” According to them, these leaders display certain behaviors and outlooks that help them rise above other leaders. One of those outlooks is that they have a “unifying global vision” (v. 19). Did Jesus have a unifying global vision? Let’s take a look. One passage that sheds light on this questions is John chapter 4, where we read…

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Jesus Christ as a Model of Global Leadership

Whereas it used to be news, the impact of globalization on everything we do has become common knowledge. With this knowledge also comes the recognition that leaders today must have a global perspective. So, I finalize this series on Jesus as a Model Leader asking the question: “Was Jesus’ perspective global?” What is a global perspective? In an unpublished Global Awareness Proposal, Dr. Robert Reese, Associate Professor of Cross-Cultural Ministry at Mid-Atlantic Christian University, defines…

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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. As a missionary in Uruguay and Argentina, I fell prey to these cultural traps myself. I have also observed how Americans in general sometimes seem…

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  • Ephesians 2:10 August 13, 2020
    “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
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