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DMin, Leadership in Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

Open Leadership

on November 22, 2014

Charline Li’s book, Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform The Way You Lead is about how social media is changing the way that leaders and their followers must interact in order to be effective. It provides rules or guidelines that will help one to maintain command, while having relationships within the world of social...

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He Likes It!

on November 21, 2014

             In 1972 three brothers were given a new cereal to eat for breakfast. The two older brothers were skeptical especially since this cereal was supposed to be better for you (Yuck!).  First one then the other, “I’m not gonna try it, you try it!” Not wanting to be the first one, they turn to...

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Open leadership

on November 21, 2014

It has been a couple of years since I first came to the States and one of the things like is the customer service. Most businesses and organizations value their customers’ opinions and they try to make sure their customers are happy with their services and product. Access to the Internet has made it easy...

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Open Leadership and an Open Secret

on November 21, 2014

Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform The Way You Lead by Charlene Li is an excellent text that does exactly what it says it will do in its title. The book explores how social technology has paved the way for leaders to be more open in their leadership style and with organization functioning. As...

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A Story of Fear and Failure

on November 21, 2014

I have a friend who, whenever we get together, almost always says, “Tell me a story, Julie Dodge. I need a story.” I love a good story. I think stories bring us together; they remind us of our common humanity. And interestingly enough, if we are paying attention, there is usually a good story to...

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Some openness is ok!

on November 21, 2014

Leadership is a fascinating subject. Charlene Li books, Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead demonstrates how intricate leadership issues can be. Prior to reading “Open Leadership”, I was reflecting on the role of social media in global communications. Is it the medium that matters, or is it the message? I...

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Confident Humility

on November 21, 2014

How does a person become “humble”? At what point does one arrive at this state of being? Once one has attained this character trait, can one then lose it? And, do leaders need to exhibit this attribute, or is this one optional? I have wondered about these important questions for years. Humility is a tricky...

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Returning To Where We All Began

on November 21, 2014

My dear cohort mates. You will be surprised as to where I find myself this Thursday evening desperately attempting to type up this blog post on Open Leadership. We have been in Ireland over the weekend and since Tuesday, in Wales truly enjoying ourselves at Willy and Liz’s home. We have been given the keys...

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Be Open, Be Transparent, Be Authentic

on November 20, 2014

Transparency is difficult, especially for those from an older or more conservative generation. I recall reading [somewhere] that it was a sitcom television episode some fifty years ago that dared to enact a personal, private bedroom scene that signaled a new openness in Western society and culture. I would say that one scene would not...

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Communicating For Change

on November 20, 2014

Blog Last year I took my husband on a small holiday in West Wales, a beautiful part of the country with rolling beaches and sleepy towns. We selected a lovely guesthouse to stay in run by a friendly and Internet-savvy husband and wife, chosen specifically because they had five star reviews on Tripadvisor.   Upon arrival,...

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Open Leadership: Leading By Letting Go

on November 20, 2014

“I’m about to loose control, and I think I like it.”  Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited”  (by Dave Gibson) In the mid-1980s, the Soviet Union began a process of reforms lead by Mikhail Gorbachev that becomes popularly know as perestroika. The word perestroika means restructuring, which Gorbachev hoped to bring to the political and...

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Well Known or Known Well

on November 20, 2014

“As for the audio and pictures – it’s fine to show them live in church. It’s probably not the best to post them on our (church’s) website – with the increased persecution they are facing now, they’ve asked us to be even more careful than we already have been…As for FB (facebook)… we limit what...

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What Makes You Beautiful?

on November 20, 2014

Friends, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! I’ll be celebrating with a team in Ecuador, but counting my many blessings. I continue to thank God for each of you and the wisdom and encouragement you bring to my life! And so, as this is our final blog for the semester, I thought I would...

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Be careful of the leadership bug…

on November 14, 2014

Nohria and Khurana’s Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice “has one purpose-to stimulate serious scholarly research on leadership.”[1] This book seeks to understand why “leadership” development is often ineffective, and what factors contribute to strong versus poor leadership in organizations. Some difficult questions are approached, such as “Will leadership largely be seen as a means of...

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Reasonable Faith

on November 14, 2014

Once in a while you meet a student who is head and shoulders above the rest, not necessarily in academic skills but in maturity level. I have such a student this semester. His name is John (not his real name). His father is the pastor of a small, quite conservative, Evangelical church. John loves the...

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Lead, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way!

on November 14, 2014

Lead, Follow or get Out of the Way! “If no one’s following, you’re just out for a stroll.” “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” “Leaders are readers.” “Leaders inspire.” “Lead, follow, or get out of the way!” (Seen on a bumper sticker…) These are just a few of the dozens of leadership platitudes circulated in...

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A Box of Chocolates

on November 14, 2014

As Forrest Gump says, “Life is a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” I’ll confess to reading Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice like I eat See’s Chocolate Assortments. I turn over each chocolate before I eat it, dig my fingernail just a bit to see what kind it is. If...

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Pastor/CEO

on November 13, 2014

There is no shortage of materials on leadership. An amazon.com search on “leadership” resulted in 24,662 books and a Google search scored 59,800,000 possibilities for the inquisitive leader to explore. Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana’s book Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice is an excellent resource for anyone who is serious about the study of...

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This Could Work

on November 13, 2014

The “Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice” edited by Nitin Nohria and Rakesh Khurana is an intriguing leadership compilation of great leadership writings. Birthed out of a belief in a lack of strong academic and scholarly, researched-based writing on the topic of leadership theory and practice, Nohria and Khurana have compiled a significant work addressing...

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