Monthly Archives: February 2015

My Journey Out of Missions Work

Whenever a Christian student in our circle landed a great job, my friends and I would joke that they’d “joined the rat race.”

Supposedly, we were only joking. But the kinds of jokes we directed at other people’s lifestyle choices were telling. They reaffirmed our values – and perhaps our sources of pride –

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Leaders Gather to Talk Leading Change at SHIFT Breakfast Seminar

Last week Christian leaders from churches in Toronto and the GTA, non-profit organizations and the marketplace gathered for coffee, breakfast and a seminar on leading change facilitated by Dr. Peter Dickens.

The seminar began with appreciative reflection, where participants shared in small groups what they loved most about their role.

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Leading Organizations, Episode 4: Has the Church Become Too Rigid?

In the last post of this series on Leading Organizations, we looked at the 7 factors that contribute to highly resilient organizations – all based on a complexity approach to organizational leadership.

Different sectors seem to embrace this approach at very different times. Dee Hock, the founder of VISA,

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Leading Organizations, Episode 3: 7 Signs Your Organization is Resilient

Complexity theory invites us to see our organizations as adaptive systems rather than machines we control and command.

When we understand organizations as eco-systems, or living organisms, this leads to an ethic of commitment rather than command-and-control rigidity. It also leads to the reduction of quick-fix solutions as people learn to listen much more closely to the system.

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Leading Organizations, Episode 2: Why Control is Over-Rated

Our leadership of complex organizations has to go beyond intricately detailed strategies and linear expectations of growth if we expect them to thrive. More and more, leaders are finding that understanding organizations as living organisms, rather than machines, helps them describe and navigate the realities of their world today.

Every Organization Has a Life of Its Own

Unlike machines,

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Leading Organizations, Episode 1: How the Right Metaphor Changes Everything

20th century novelist Robert Shea once described organizations as powerful “machines constructed of people.” We’re probably all familiar with that metaphor. This post is about how the machine metaphor has failed companies the world over and how a new way of understanding organizations could mean the difference between success and obscurity.

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The Way to Build Trust Across Your Organization

In a recent focus group, a participant made the comment, “Isn’t the job of senior management to drill up, not down?”

I was really struck by this.

The term drilling down is a self-proclaiming positive. It implies a deep and detailed analysis of a problem.

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Where in the World is Jesus Not Lord?

David the Shepherd-King wrote that there was no place in creation where God was not present:

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

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