Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday Burn

::: Become an early adopter
Link via MMI

::: Tony Morgan's notes on Leading Change by John Kotter
"One bad succession decision at the top of an organization can undermine a decade of hard work."
"Successful transformation is 70 to 90 percent leadership and only 10 to 30 percent management."
"With a strong emphasis on management but not leadership, bureaucracy and an inward focus take over."
"A good rule of thumb in a major change effort is: Never underestimate the magnitude of the forces that reinforce complacency and that help maintain the status quo."
"Two types of individuals should be avoided at all costs when putting together a guiding coalition. The first have egos that fill up a room, leaving no space for anybody else. The second are what I call snakes, people who create enough mistrust to kill teamwork."
"Sometimes the only way to change a culture is to change key people."
"Highly controlling organizations often destroy leadership by not allowing people to blossom, test themselves, and grow."
"The best-performing firms I know that operate in highly competitive industries have executives who spend most of their time leading, not managing, and employees who are empowered with the authority to manage their work groups."
Part 1 and 2

::: What does a family look like?
And the implications for student pastors?


  1. Interesting thing on what a family looks like. Definitely something I ponder often, as my family has consisted of two parents and two kids living together, two kids living with one parent (in two separate houses), and now includes a stepmom and two stepsiblings.

    I love that you put, "and what is its implication for student pastors?"... I remember interestingly often, an innocent comment made by a very good friend, that he didn't think single people should adopt kids because then the kid isn't growing up in community (sort of with the implication that they then wouldn't know how to have it, at least that's what I remember). As someone with a great single mom (and a great single dad!)- and who has great community!!- I was really hurt by that. He saw that immediately and tried to backtrack and it wasn't a huge deal... but it's stayed with me. Tons of kids at Wheaton are from very traditional family structures and I wonder/worry a lot about what assumptions are made about my less traditional background. And I'm sure I make plenty about them.

    Anyway. Thoughts! :-)

  2. great thoughts emily. one of kt's class last year - in 6th grade - had less than 5 kids who had come from a two parent family. the world is changing at a dizzying pace.