organizational agility

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Great Leaders Ask Great Questions

At a workshop about Designing and Delivering Education presented at the annual meeting of the ABHE in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Roy King made a statement that I jotted down because, at the time it seems insightful and worth coming back to. Well, that was in February of 2010 and I was recently browsing through some old notes and came across the statement again. Dr. King said, “Good leadership has more to do with asking the…

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New Wineskins for New Wine

All organizations — whether for-profit or non-profit, secular or sacred — need a plan for interacting with a competitive environment to achieve their goals and serve their values. Due to rapidly changing environments, strategy must change. If structure does not change with it, both strategy and structure are wasted. Often, however, organizations get stuck into patterns that are resistant to change, long after those patterns have lost their functionality. Yesterday’s solutions are no longer meeting…

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The Problem with Close Social Networks

When organizations overemphasize unity at the cost of diversity, they are in danger of self-destructing.  The very strength of their relational networks becomes weakness as they face a changing world. I can think of five dangers related to high-density social networks; perhaps you can think of more and can share them with us in the comments section at the end of this post. Or, better yet, perhaps you can suggest some ways to overcome these dangers.…

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How Dumb is Your Organization?

I once had the dumbest dog in the world–or so it seemed at the time. It happened to be a Dalmatian and it happened to be a she, though far be it from me to besmirch the honor of either the breed or the gender because of this cerebrally challenged beast. How dumb was my dog? It repeatedly tried to run itself through a screened window of our back patio, cutting its snout and destroying…

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  • Romans 11:33 May 17, 2021
    “[Doxology] Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”
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