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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 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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Initial Reflections on My Reading of Atlas Shrugged

I finished reading Ayn Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged and thought I’d write a post on my initial response. This was my introduction to Rand so I had no preconceptions about her going into the book. When I shared a quote from the book on my Facebook page, I learned that there are some who don’t like her. I was told that I should not quote her because she’s a horrible person who hates humanity. This…

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Jesus as Innovator and Risk-Taker

A characteristic that is often identified as inherent in leadership is the ability to take risks, not dangerous ungrounded risks, but risks that are based on a lot of data and a dash of intuition, calculated risks. In a previous post, I talked about how Jesus was a great example of servant leadership. That probably doesn’t surprise anyone who has read the New Testament. But, was Jesus also a risk-taker? Well let’s take a look.…

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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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  • 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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