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Top of the Sixth, One On, One Out

By: on October 28, 2020

Leadership lessons come from all sorts of places. Sometimes they come during a relaxing evening on the couch while watching a ballgame on TV. Game 6 of the 2020 World Series may prove to be one of this year’s most memorable examples of an overreliance on data, statistics, and analytics versus instinct, eyesight, and the…

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Today

By: on October 27, 2020

This morning, the first thing that happened to me was that I woke up. I wake up every morning. One day, this won’t happen. One day there will not be anything to wake up to, perhaps. Until then, I’m happy to dream of a less destructive way of coming to life every morning than an…

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You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

By: on October 27, 2020

Life is full of idioms! Phrases that aren’t intended to be taken literally but do have a specific meaning for the hearer. I highly doubt that any of us stop in mid-sentence or mid-thought to realize that we just used or heard an idiom that expresses ourselves. Comments like: “It’s time to go back to…

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Embodied Generativity

By: on October 27, 2020

“I like this innovative summary,” my co-worker told me, “but I’ve never since this word, ‘generative,’ before.” Furthermore, my word processor won’t recognize the noun form, “generativity.” Unapologetically, this piece is a call to engender “generative” to the normal vernacular of a leader. As an artist and thought leader who resists the utilitarian pragmatism of…

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Four Carabiners of the Precipice Dweller

By: on October 26, 2020

One of the outcomes of my Design Session was a new moniker for my target audience: The Precipice Dweller. She is a pilgrim who has dared to journey into a liminal space between “What I’m running from.” to “What I’m running toward.” She’s a sojourner whose rebellious spirit has taken her to the precipice and…

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The Shadow

By: on October 26, 2020

I stand on the bank of the raging river outside of Knowing’s Edge, watching the stream rush by before me.  The gurgling of the water flowing before is both enticing and terrifying.  I’m not entirely sure how long I’ve been at the inn – it feels like a long time, and yet not long at…

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On Pilgrimage

By: on October 26, 2020

Every July or August, for the past nine years, I have spent weeks packing and preparing to make my way to the small, East African country of Rwanda. I distinctly remember returning from my first mission trip in 2011 and my husband asking me what my big takeaway was. I told him, “In Rwanda I…

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Lissie and Me

By: on October 24, 2020

I wonder what the first thing I knew was? What also tweaks my curiosity is what the first thing was, that I had learned and realised as true. Could it have been ‘love’? I’d like to think so but, I don’t know. Love is the best thing that I have known in my life, it…

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We Didn’t Just Survive…We Transformed.

By: on October 22, 2020

My team just finished up a three-day, in-person on-site retreat. It was the first time we’ve been in the same room since March and it was life-giving. So much has changed since we last were together. During our convening in March, we were set to move into a future that would have scaled up our…

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“B” is for Busy

By: on October 21, 2020

Some of us wear “busy” like a badge. Swim hard upstream. Fight the current. Arrive exhausted, but proud. Look how busy I am. Important. A young pastor in his first lead assignment was having coffee with an older colleague in his community. The young pastor arrived late- hurried, frazzled, distracted. His older colleague was already…

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Who then Why then How

By: on October 21, 2020

If we were to journey into the fray with family therapist and organizational thought-leader, Edwin Friedman, we would likely move with the cadence of the word “self.” Self-differentiation from the surrounding emotional processes. Self-determination of one’s values. Exposing one’s self to vulnerability. Self-regulation of emotions. Leadership in liminality demands a proper sense of self. Frederick…

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Knowing’s Edge

By: on October 19, 2020

The inside of Knowing’s Edge is unlike anything I have ever seen. Thick, overstuffed armchairs dot the room and eclectic artwork lines the walls. Long wooden tables with dinner’s remains await to be cleaned, but no one actively makes their way to do so. The room itself is dimly lit with a thin haze of…

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Breathing Holy

By: on October 19, 2020

Words flew through the air like bullets on a battlefield, leaving deep, gaping wounds. Not the best way to begin a Saturday morning. Still, there we were, once again, in an emotionally explosive situation with no real hope in sight. For months, the darkness had been settling in as circumstances with our daughter went from…

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Opportunity: The Making of a Masterpiece

By: on October 19, 2020

We often look at life like flipping a coin. “Heads I win, tails I lose”; a depiction, that for many things in life there are only two choices, winning or loosing. In a situation where we think we or someone else has the advantage the saying becomes “Heads I win, tails you lose”; depicting that…

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Orphan, Widow

By: on October 16, 2020

  ‘I am a street person. I am twelve…I am twenty…I am sixty years old. I live on concrete fields and bask in the sunshine of neon. My pillow is of stone and my fortune lies in broken promises. My daily bread comes from a needle and alcohol soothes the pain within me.’1   A…

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What’s Next?

By: on October 15, 2020

Earlier this afternoon (Thursday,) I officiated a memorial service for a member of my congregation. Julie was not quite 50 years old when she died last week after a prolonged battle with cancer. And while we knew her death was coming, it has been a difficult week as I have been forced to open the…

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With Toes Over the Edge and Wings on Our Backs

By: on October 14, 2020

For the past 10 years, Global Immersion has been relatively successful at honing, teaching, and training our message of restorative theology and practice of Everyday Peacemaking. We’ve identified the power of immersive learning as a central ingredient to the awakening of dominant culture faith leaders to the imperial theology (& its implications) that they’ve been…

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Lessons Learned at the Pace of Grace

By: on October 13, 2020

Five years ago, at this time, I was midway through a grueling 28-week training schedule for the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge. Preparing for this challenge was exhausting and exhilarating. The run was being hosted on my 45thbirthday weekend, and involved completing a 5K, 10K, ½ marathon, and marathon over the course of four consecutive…

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Space as Creative Substance

By: on October 13, 2020

Scientifically, gases fill the entire space given to them. Sociologically, people fill their entire space – basement or garage – with “stuff.” Organizationally, meetings tend to fill the entire time allotted. Likewise, a temptation for the global leader is to fill the entire space given, to be the hero. Leadership is not about filling space,…

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Alone

By: on October 12, 2020

I breathe a sigh of unease as the fog around me begins to clear. I cannot recall the last time I stepped beyond the walls of the Tower. There is tension in the air as we navigate the winding path through the thick fog. Pockets of it are less dense – vague recollections of places…

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