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Subverting the Status Quo

I’ve been reading Walter Brueggemann’s Deep Memory, Exuberant Hope. I love the way he looks at the “thickness of the text.” He argues that the preachers and teachers of the gospel are to “invite, empower and equip the community to...

Solitude and Leadership

I’ve been reflecting on a challenging lecture by Willaim Deresiewicz, given to the freshmen class (plebes) at West Point last October. He highlights the temptations to “climb the slippery pole of hierarchy” in today’s bureaucracies, becoming...

Vision is Lifeblood

Vision is the lifeblood of any organization. It is what keeps it moving forward… This is where great leadership makes all the difference. Leadership is more than influence. It is about reminding people of what it is we are trying to build—and why it matters. It...

Appreciative Inquiry

In this excellent book, Corbett and Fikkert discuss the role of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as a way of identifying the good gifts that God has placed in a community and of dreaming about how those gifts can fix what is wrong. They use the tools of AI as part of the...

The Role of New Maps

In several posts at onmovements.com, I discussed Edwin Friedman’s concern about the Failure of Nerve in today’s leaders. He uses the example of Christopher Columbus and other Renaissance explorers, who broke the imaginative gridlock of his generation by...