Complexity/systems

len on September 9th, 2017

The inertia of the pragmatic church is often startling. When a movement grows in size and popularity it becomes like an ocean liner, requiring a huge expanse of space in order to negotiate any change in course. New movements are like lifeboats, small and flexible, diverse and empowered, and respond rapidly to their new environments. […]

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len on August 11th, 2017

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len on July 12th, 2017

“It is very difficult to give up certainty-these positions, beliefs, explanations define us and lie at the core of our personal identity. Certainty is a lens to interpret what’s going on and, as long as our explanations work, we feel a sense of stability and security. But in a changing world, certainty doesn’t give us […]

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len on July 9th, 2017

“Given that people everywhere in the system are necessary to develop effective responses, a critical leadership role is to focus attention on developing the processes and relationships that support people coming together to develop solutions.” (When Complex Systems Fail) Meg Wheatley is aware of field science. Vision is a field. Individually we see only a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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len on November 10th, 2016

This book project is feeling more relevant than ever today. Here are the first few pages of chapter one. *** *** We don’t need the Pew Survey or the Barna Group latest report to tell us that we have a problem. Christian leaders are well aware of the exodus from church. Studies like that of […]

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len on October 7th, 2016

It’s survival in the city When you live from day to day City streets don’t have much pity When you’re down, that’s where you’ll stay… The Eagles The classic Eagles song tells one side of the story. William Cronon notes that for many of us cities have “represented all that [is] most unnatural about human […]

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