Leadership

len on March 17th, 2017

People in any organization are always attached to the obsolete— the things that should have worked but did not, the things that once were productive and no longer are. ~ Peter Drucker Management expertise has become the creation and control of constants, uniformity, and efficiency, while the need has become the understanding and coordination of […]

Continue reading about complexity

len on January 26th, 2017

The manuscript is off to the publisher. I’m going to post a link to the Introduction and first chapter here. And this is the Abstract — Our organizations are failing; as leaders we’re struggling. Nothing seems reliable anymore. How do we respond to adaptive challenges? Why do we feel so lost? The Franklin expedition failed […]

Continue reading about Broken Futures

len on January 24th, 2017

“Because the very foundations of American society, including the family, are crumbling, we MUST seek and find strong leaders. But we need a new kind of leader—beyond the celebrity, beyond the pragmatist—to show us the way to the abundant life, the food life that God originally intended for his children and still longs for us […]

Continue reading about By What Authority

len on December 14th, 2016

A friend of mine has begun to attend a small new church plant, led by a young man who has been ordained through an independent and charismatic revivalist network. This young man, and a few other speakers that have visited the church plant, have talked about God’s divine judgment upon individuals who are not in […]

Continue reading about apostles and authority

len on December 9th, 2016

When everything that can be shaken is being shaken, we look to traditional authority structures and authority figures to pull us through. Unfortunately, traditional authority is not up to the task. Frequently they are isolated in mini-worlds that have insulated and protected them from change. They have stopped “listening.” In other cases, they defend the […]

Continue reading about communitas and formation

len on August 17th, 2016

Continue reading about future leadership

len on August 17th, 2016

Gordon Cosby and the Church of the Savior in Washington, DC, have influence far beyond their size. Since the birth of the community in the 1950s, it was “missional-incarnational” before anyone was coining the terms. In Call to Commitment, a book penned in the 60s by Elizabeth O’Connor, Cosby is cited in describing six qualities […]

Continue reading about Gordon Cosby on leadership

len on July 26th, 2016

I’ve been invited to teach the Missional Leadership course in Auckland this summer. These are some of the books going into preparation.Obviously, we’ll have to define some of the critical components: culture, leadership, missio Dei. But beyond that, the critical factors are formation, discernment and innovation. And this means that identity and imagination are the […]

Continue reading about Laidlaw College, Auckland

len on March 4th, 2016

On the way home from getting my muffler renewed on the old Impala, I was reviewing some work I am doing on leadership paradigms. Paradigms, models, mental maps, frames — these taxonomies are all ways of making sense, or organizing in a way that illuminates. That’s what language does for us. But like all things, […]

Continue reading about leadership lenses

len on February 22nd, 2016

Leaders should not seek power or status; people will not then crave power or status. If scarce goods are not valued highly, people will have no need to steal them. If there is nothing available to arouse passion, people will remain content and satisfied. The truly wise do lead by instilling humility and open-mindedness, by […]

Continue reading about tao of leadership