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Leadership in the context of business and social sector

By: on September 15, 2019

A culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness. This reminds me of King Solomon’s words of wisdom, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1) I come from a culture that was raised on a…

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Working in multicultural teams is messy

By: on September 15, 2019

Meyer, The Culture Map   The Culture Map is a very precise book that I have ever read on culture. Even though it’s base on an anthropological approach to the business world, the book has many applicable insides that are very helpful for those working on a multicultural environment. First of all, when I was…

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Flywheels should never become Millstones.

By: on September 14, 2019

I had never read Good to Great and have always felt a bit like I missed out on digesting the principles of this oft-cited alleged inspirational leadership cult classic. Probably I should have covered this work within my MBA studies except that I completed my degree in 1982, and this source came out in 2001.…

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Dominus Illuminatio Mea

By: on September 14, 2019

School pride, Oxford has it. Perhaps school pride does not affect every school the way it does just a little for Oxford, the second oldest university in the world. The school can be a way in which students identify themselves. School colors are worn with pride; stories of founding and history are shared with reverence.…

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God vs Collins

By: on September 14, 2019

Allow me to apologise. What follows is hastily put together. It lacks references, bibliography and may be slightly incoherent. I am leaving the country in a matter of hours and I am so excited I’m currently performing La Macarena while typing. It is not a visual symphony. I, however, do not care. In the beginning.…

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Humility Has Value In Every And Any Place.

By: on September 14, 2019

“Humble yourselves before God and you’ll be exalted[1]” is a cardinal rule for the success of the godly, coupled with diligence and could not have been a clearer advice to a wise and discerning leader than it is in Jim Collins (2017) book[2]. The title Good to great at the onset might suggest otherwise, especially…

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Good to Great Children’s Ministry

By: on September 13, 2019

painted stones with Scripture Children’s ministry is sometimes the stepchild of the church. Observations from a Facebook group on resources for children’s ministry show complaints of low budgets, scarce resources of all kinds, including lack of volunteers, and lack of dedicated spaces in buildings. Of course, this is not true for all churches. Many of the large churches make…

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Rinse and Pay Attention

By: on September 13, 2019

There are many helpful lessons in Jim Collins’ research and writing. Good to Great offers practical help to those who are looking for ways to distinguish their organizations as thriving rather than simply surviving. However, more insight is gained when this book is paired with Collins’ companion work, How the Mighty Fall. These two books…

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Leader: Expert At Everything…NOT!

By: on September 13, 2019

I recently read a short story about leadership that intrigued me. It was thought-provoking and powerful in many ways because it helps put our role as ‘leaders’ into perspective.                 Judas Iscariot had…                                 The best pastor                                 The best leader                                 The best advisor                                 The best counselor            …

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Hospitality Then Greatness

By: on September 13, 2019

When I was in college my friends and I used to say, “why strive for excellence when mediocrity will do?” For the most part it was a joke deployed at something that was clearly the result of not trying hard enough. The focus, effort, and sacrifice necessary to reach excellence are things most people are…

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On Oxford, Exhaustion, and Discernment

By: on September 13, 2019

In 2 weeks, I’ll be embarking on a learning adventure for my Leadership of Global Perspectives Doctorate of Ministry program. This adventure will require full sensory attentiveness to the fast-paced cosmopolitan city of London, as well as the historically nostalgic streets Oxford. While I’m giddy to visit both, Oxford has captivated my imagination ever since…

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This Bus Isn’t Going Anywhere Until You Can Get Along!

By: on September 13, 2019

Just over a week ago I was catching up with longtime friends who are also in ministry. They are in the midst of transitioning into a new church and we were reflecting on our various congregations over the last few years. At one point I shared this comparison. (Now I want to qualify this with…

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Tchotchkes and Greatness

By: on September 12, 2019

Last year, the president of our University retired. He was at the university for a total of 43 years and had worked his way up from our facilities team through student life, to the VP of Student Life and then to the Presidency. While it was a long journey, it was one full of legacy…

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Measuring Greatness

By: on September 12, 2019

There is an overwhelming amount of things to reflect on from Jim Collins for our leadership and ministry assimilation. It feels as if his research and concepts have been a part of all of my ministry leadership years. And it basically has been. I could start with just the title of Good to Great and dive…

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Humble Leadership

By: on September 12, 2019

When I first heard Jim Collins lecture on leadership back in February 20, 2002, I was immediately hooked. I still have an autographed copy of his book and refer to it often. What captivated me was not so much the content of his talk, although all of it was relevant and cutting-edge, it was something…

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Shaping a Lifestyle of Discernment

By: on September 12, 2019

Henri Nouwen is one in a constellation of Christian mystics who speaks of the sustainable, centered, cohesive way of life that is present to and oriented around the God we can discover in Jesus. With each paragraph saturated in humility and vulnerability, Nouwen offers us permission to be nothing more than human beings who are…

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Good to Great…or False?

By: on September 12, 2019

James C. “Jim” Collins is an American author, consultant, and lecturer on the subject of business management and company sustainability and growth.[1] In his classic and continuing bestseller book, Good to Great, Collins and his researchers sifted through 1,435 Fortune 500 companies to find the few that met their study’s criteria for greatness, out of these companies they…

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With Open Hands

By: on September 12, 2019

In the house where I grew up I remember there was a book on a shelf in the upper hallway that had a picture on the front cover that often caught my attention. The picture was of open hands covering a woman’s face. ‘With Open Hands’ is the title of the book and, Henri Nouwen…

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Discernment in a Lifelong Journey

By: on September 12, 2019

As a fan of Henri Nouwen, I already owned “Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life.” It was fun to open it back up and re-read my highlights, pondering how they might be prevalent to where I am today. It’s hard for me to separate discernment of my travel to London without including why I…

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McKibben to Thunberg; Good to Great

By: on September 12, 2019

I was given Jim Collins New York Times bestseller Good to Great to read by the Head of Staff at a church I used to work for back in 2007.  The book was described as “the best book he had read on organizational models” and the ideas presented within were what he hoped the large…

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