Dependability, Consistency and Timeliness

Trust building is spoken of a great deal these days. What we often want is a quick fix, but of course there is no short-cut to authentic, resilient trust: It must be built incrementally and subtly with a deep commitment to do what we have committed to do as a foundational aspect of building trust-ful relationships.…

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The Duty of Consultation

What is our responsibility to consult when making decisions, and what are the indicators that good and authentic consultation was actually made given that pretending to consult can often be done to confirm our pre-made decisions? I would value your feedback and input on this discussion.…

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Organizations in Winter

People talk about organizational direction of either growth, or death. But perhaps there is a better way to look at the seasons of quiet as similar to the season of winter. It looks like death to the uninitiated, but could it be that it is actually an essential part of healthy institutional life?…

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Conversation as the Pre-requisite for Wisdom

Good decisions are necessary for the thriving of an institution. What is important to recognize, is that no single individual can make the best decisions all the time from the vantage point of their own chair. Good conversation is what nurtures good decision making for every leader in an organization and conversations are what lead to learning and growth which fosters innovation and creativity.…

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The Problem of Double-Speak

Sometimes the message is not always clear, and sometimes that inconsistency and confusion is actually intentionally created. What is the harm of this and how should we respond?…

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The Importance of Place

We are embodied souls. The design of our buildings – our places to be – inevitably have a huge impact on our identity and our capacity to fulfill our mission. Good architecture – appropriate and creative design to our buildings – is necessarily an integral part of our vision for who we are and what we are trying to be.…

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Leaving Well

Few things will so shape the long-term capacity to thrive within organizations as how we leave an organization when it comes time to leave. And few things will so shape the quality and character of our retirement years as how we managed to graciously conclude our tenure with the organization of which we are a part.…

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Attending to Institutional Fit

Institutional fit is not a secondary factor our long term vocational satisfaction. There should be enough overlap between your character and the institutional identity - enough congruence - that you are not constantly fighting the inertia of the organization. Instead, in some significant way, you are animated by the organization: It is a generative space and place for you.…

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