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Appreciate Differences

Brian Herbert, son of science fiction author Frank Herbert and a prolific author of science fiction himself, once said: “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” This is not only true for individuals but also for organizations. Organizations must learn and they must learn to learn, if they are to survive in a changing world. For this to occur, there has…

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Keep it Secret. Keep it Safe.

It happened during a workshop I was leading on creativity for a board of trustees at a small college. A suggestion came up—and I don’t even remember what it was—that was new. It was something this group had never contemplated. As the group discussed the idea, one could sense a growing enthusiasm. Then one of the senior members of the group hopped out of his chair and, through clenched teeth, declared, “I will NEVER go…

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The Learning Leader

I think a lot about learning. I suppose that is because learning is central to what I do as a professor. I wonder how people learn. I am intrigued by the different levels of learning. There is superficial learning that is easy because it does not challenge our core assumptions. Then there is deep learning that is difficult because it challenges our self conception. How we learn should be a concern of all leaders. Learning,…

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Career Development Systems

One way to lead change is to set up a Career Development System. Such a system could enable your organization to prepare needed skills and capabilities for its desired state and could, at the same time, enable employees to grow into their life purpose. How can an organization accomplish this? Step One: Define the purpose of your organization. Once you have identified your purpose, communicate it to the whole organization. Let everyone know, both individually and…

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Readiness

World class organizations learn like people learn. In particular, they learn in three areas: what, why, and how. They develop a clear mental understanding of what they’re trying to do (what), acquire a clear understanding of the purpose (why), and obtain the skills needed to be successful (how). These three areas of learning and development are somewhat parallel to the Greek words: Nous, Pneuma, and Soma. Nous is the word for mind; it refers to…

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  • Proverbs 14:34 July 3, 2020
    “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”
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