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Maybe the Video will Help…

on November 28, 2018

I think you have to watch some of Scott Galloway’s videos in order to really enjoy his book.  It helps you hear his voice and understand the tone and tempo of his writing.  Galloway, a serial entrepreneur and NYU Stern School of Business professor also runs his own “business intelligence (fancy term for research) firm that…

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Phenomenal Theology

on November 25, 2018

The late great R.C. Sproul published a book in 2000 titled The Consequences of Ideas in which he traces, in survey fashion, the contours of Western thought through the ages and its resulting effects on culture. It is one of the best of its kind since it is accessibly written and yet comprehensive in its…

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Living in the Jetsons age

on November 25, 2018

Scott Galloway’s The Four is a book on how to understand, navigate, and hopefully live in a fast-paced digital age that is currently dominated by the apocalyptical Four Horsemen named Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Referred to as Biblical “leviathans” these four technological companies have gained the power to defy law, control people’s private data,…

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Leadership and Cultural context

on November 25, 2018

This book has been quite a challenge with full of leadership information based on empirical evidence and theory. It has a lot of practical reflection and to understand it has been an uphill task. The world of leadership is challenging and primarily based on different cultures with their traditional norms of life. When one lives…

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Theology in the chaos of ideas: Grenz & Olson

on November 21, 2018

Further back than I care to remember, I wrote a dissertation titled, Interpreting the Text: The Gulf between Trained Clergy and the Laity.[1]The motivation came at the end of my first year in ordained ministry. What surprised me was the cavernous gap spanning the way I viewed scripture and society in contrast to the people…

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Forced Reflection

on November 17, 2018

This week did not go as planned. Unfortunately, I came face-to-face with my humanity and how quickly my seemingly indestructible super-suit can be rendered inactive. I have been nursing a knee injury for weeks now, but a bad encounter with a staircase this week has left me down for the count, awaiting the orthopedic surgeon’s…

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Change is Good, Especially When God Is Moving

on November 17, 2018

Have you ever had one of those moments when you realize you have been working in the completely wrong direction? (read that in Andy Rooney’s voice) This happened to me on Thursday, I was about to start writing my blog post for this week, and per usual, I started to glance at the other posts…

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If your actions inspire….

on November 16, 2018

Before you can lead someone else, you must be able to lead yourself.  That includes your sense of purpose, your self-actualization, discipline and humility.  But the question is:  how does one truly become a good leader?  The answer is to read and steal from others!  According to Adler in How to Read a Book, reading…

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Faith restored in leadership research

on November 16, 2018

I have just returned from leading a retreat for people who will be ordained in our denomination this Saturday. They will be Priests ordained to lead and care for the people of God. The themes are always centred on spiritual formation, self-awareness, prayer and so on. Invariably we do a session of leadership, and this…

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Born or Made?

on November 16, 2018

Having read more books on leadership in the last thirty-seven years of pastoral ministry than I can count, editors Nohria and Khurana’s Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice was a breath of fresh air with its scholarly research rather than popular opinions. Searching the word “leadership” in Amazon results in over 90,000 titles made available.…

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Leadership Mystique

on November 16, 2018

What it’s about. This is in line with emotional intelligence, and developing social awareness and human behavioral management abilities that the rest of the semester has also focused on. It’s the “working with people” problem that people never seem to be able to get away from. What I liked Many business leaders and many who…

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The head and the body: one DNA

on November 16, 2018

After reading Edwin Friedman’s Failure of Nerve, I have not stopped pondering the influence a leader has, whether or not they are near those they lead. The idea that a leader can have a major impact on an organization or family system indirectly is profound, especially that the effect can be just as much or…

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Leadership Legacy

on November 15, 2018

An image that has haunted me, not only from Hong Kong but also from the many temples that I have visited, is of a mother or father that are pushing their child to kneel, incense in hand and bowing before a golden image that is so beautifully decorated, immaculately polished yet unable to provide the…

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Even Kets de Vries agrees…

on November 15, 2018

I’m pleasantly surprised again this week! Kets de Vries has written a poignant leadership book – Leadership Mystique – full of practical and culturally competent leadership wisdom.  Even better, Kets de Vries is a psychologist and “speaks my [social work] language”.  There are so many parallels to past themes in prior readings in Kets de…

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Tornadoes and Inspiration

on November 15, 2018

My work is in the middle of a tornado. Honestly, I’m expecting a cow to fly by my office window at any second of the day (Twister, anyone?)[1]. At least it feels that way. Every day is a new adventure in learning to lead and be led in the midst of trial. In fact, many…

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The Absence of Good Leadership Can Be Very Costly.

on November 15, 2018

The African Continent is highly endowed with resources, from natural mineral resources, big water bodies and rivers traversing the continent, wild life and great geographical diversity and beauty that present great opportunities for tourism, vast stretches of land with good climate that favors agriculture, opportunities for harnessing renewable energy, and more. The African continent also…

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Keep On Moving

on November 15, 2018

No, Really. The title is for you. Don’t stop here, keep on moving to a blog with something to say. The whole thing was just a struggle this week. Thoughts are disjointed and unclear. For some reason, though I usually really enjoy writing, it is just not working this week. I encourage you to skip…

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The Narcissistic Leader

on November 15, 2018

“ Using the clinical paradigm he describes the dysfunctional behaviors of a leader as a dramatic, suspicious, detached, depressive or compulsive personality and the resulting, potentially dysfunctional organizational culture.”[1] This was an interesting read on leadership, especially when combined with a video series led by Francis Chan titled “Letters to the Church[2];” which takes a…

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Jack of all…

on November 15, 2018

The Leadership Mistique: leading behavior in the human enterprise By Manfred Kets De Vries In his book, The Leadership Mystique, Manfred Kets De Vries is concerned with what causes leaders to fail and become corrupt. Why are so many leaders self-destructive? Why don’t leaders get the best out of their people? Why do so many…

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Leadership: Practice vs. Power

on November 15, 2018

Moving to the Washington, DC area from the Midwest of Michigan presented a different perspective of leadership.  Leadership in the blue-collar states of the Midwest for me was represented by hard work and dedication to a company.  Many believe if you work hard for a company, you will gain new knowledge, and move up in…

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