Monthly Archives: January 2015

Meetings, Bloody Meetings: 3 Vital Questions You Should Be Asking

This week I’m doing a series on meetings and how we can have better meetings by applying ideas from complexity science. Together we’ve been tackling one central question:

How do we approach meetings in a way that reflects the complexity with which leaders are dealing?

The following ideas are only conjecture and have not been subject to rigorous testing,

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Meetings, Bloody Meetings: Want to Lead? Do Less!

This week I’m doing a series on meetings and how we can have better meetings by applying ideas from complexity science. Together we’ve been tackling one central question:

How do we approach meetings in a way that reflects the complexity with which leaders are dealing?

The following ideas are only conjecture and have not been subject to rigorous testing,

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Meetings, Bloody Meetings: Don’t Make Decisions

This week I’m doing a series on meetings and how we can have better meetings by applying ideas from complexity science. Together we’ve been tackling one central question:

How do we approach meetings in a way that reflects the complexity with which leaders are dealing?

The following ideas are only conjecture and have not been subject to rigorous testing,

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Meetings, Bloody Meetings: Having Meetings that Don’t Suck

Years ago, John Cleese did a hysterical take on how to run a meeting (I’ve embedded the video at the end of this article). What’s fun to see today is how the ‘charge’ against him is based on his failure to take control of the meeting, have a clear agenda,

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Where the Heck is Kyrgyzstan?

Back in the winter of 1995 – Lord, that’s 20 years ago now! – my dearest friend Mike called from Atlanta.

Mike and I had been friends and business associates for five years by then. We shared a passion for understanding what made organizations tick. Mike, a former pastor and now business professional,

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The Legacy of a Friend, Now Sadly Gone

Just before Christmas I lost a friend and mentor. My heart continues to mourn, just as my head continues to be filled with her thoughts and ideas.

She left us far too suddenly.

Brenda Zimmerman Ellis was an amazing woman, as all the tributes to her have attested.

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What it Takes to be a Transformative Leader

An excerpt from our new book: Nelson, G.V. and Dickens, P.M. Leading in Disorienting Times: Navigating Church and Organizational Change. Chalice Press – Look for it March, 2015.

Transformative leaders create the atmosphere, context, and support that enable and stimulate people to generate the needed transformational change.

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