Monthly Archives: September 2008

Differentiation of self

I recently received an e-mail from a friend who is doing self work. He asked: I was just wondering if you thought attaining a higher level of differentiation of self lends itself to becoming better able to manage or not … Continue reading

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Bringing about organizational change

Bringing about organizational change isn’t rocket science, but it’s not easy either. Those who step into a leadership position that requires engaging in institutional and organizational development in effect and by default will need to bring about changes on several … Continue reading

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Teaching philosophy

I’m just beginning to gear up to teach the educational philosophy course during J-term. It’s a course I enjoy teaching and one I think of critical importance in the training of “real educators” for the church. There is some frustration … Continue reading

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Five concepts of leadership

I’m delivering another presentation on leadership this week. Sometimes an invitation to speak comes with the requirement to follow the theme of the conference or event. That’s a hit-or-miss prospect. I thought we were gratefully past the millennial-themed emphasis (leadership … Continue reading

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Trachtenberg on Leadership

I’m becoming a fan of Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, former president of George Washington University. In a recent entry in The Chronicle Review (of the Chronicle of Higher Education) he talks about vision and the predilection of leaders to (over)use metaphor. … Continue reading

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Playing ball, playing nice

I’m not a big fan of sports analogies or metaphors, especially from the pulpit and in reference to matters spiritual. I find them at least irksome and at times insufferable. When in seminary a local church pastor (whose church we … Continue reading

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Online literacy

I used to find it difficult to correct student papers on the computer screen, preferring to print out dozens of pages to correct then with red pen in hand. Over the years my predilection has switched: I’ve come to prefer … Continue reading

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