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Importance of Recognition

I was with a group of friends who were talking about rewards. Someone said, “If a person receives any recognition or praise in this life, they can forget about receiving any kind of reward in the next life.” This seemed to me like an extreme point of view. If true, we should live lives of such mediocrity as to ensure we do not incite the praise of anyone. Heaven forbid the quality of our work…

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Problem-Solving and Inverse Insight

What do you do when you run up against a problem that refuses to be resolved? Maybe we can get by with a little help from our philosophers. One of my favorite philosophers is Bernard Lonergan. In volume three of his monumental Collected Works, Lonergan explores the concept of Insight, which he defines as the “act of understanding.” But what caught my attention this week was not insight itself, but rather Lonergan’s idea of “Inverse…

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Management-Leadership: Not an Either-Or Proposition

Is there really a difference between Management and Leadership? Yes. But the difference should not be understood as leadership versus management, as though one were superior to the other. They are different, often conflicting, yet complementary functions in any organization. Here are some metaphors describing the difference between management and leadership: Management Leadership looks for calm waters rides the wave of the future shows us how to climb ladders makes sure the ladder is leaning…

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Navigating the Morass of Decision-Making

ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALL ABOUT DECISIONS. They have prospered or declined on the basis of a few critical decisions that bent the future in one direction or another. For managers, making a decision can be like navigating a swamp filled with poisonous snakes and shifting footings. Should you include everyone in the decision or should you just make it on your own? Following is a series of questions that might help you decide how to decide.…

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How to Invite Commitment?

Do you remember the winter Olympics competition called “curling“? Two team-mates take curling clubs and try to guide a huge puck across the playing surface by sweeping away the ice in front of it. Once the puck has been launched, your team is not allowed to touch it directly. The only way to influence the puck is by brushing away the ice in front of it in an attempt to create a smooth surface that…

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  • Galatians 4:4-5 December 12, 2019
    “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.”
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