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Leveraging the Power of Paradox

Our natural inclination is to resolve the paradoxes of organizational life. Before trying to eliminate opposing tensions, however, I would encourage you to consider the option of maintaining the tension as a normal requirement of growth and life.* In my work in Argentina, I often found that my philosophy of leadership development clashed with the local cultural model. According to my way of thinking, leaders empower others by giving them the guidance, preparations, tools, and…

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Performing Organizational Jazz

Have you ever felt like your professional duties required you to meet contradictory demands, pulling you in opposite directions, yet each one essential to the survival of the organization? These situations are paradoxes and how you respond to them may determine the sustainability of your organization. A paradox is a pair of obligations or expectations that are legitimate and coherent when considered individually but seem incompatible when considered together. You don’t have the option of…

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  • John 8:12 December 4, 2020
    “[Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony] When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””
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