Questions We Answer

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How can I lead in addressing complex challenges?

The immediacy of a crisis makes it tempting to roll up our sleeves and work harder. But some problems are “wicked” — without clear starting and ending points, crossing social and conceptual boundaries — and require unconventional strategies. (more…)

 

What can I do to develop as a leader and to develop others as leaders?

Leading well involves a number of mindsets, activities and traits, including improvisation, integrative thinking, having an “opposable mind” and employing adaptive leadership. These are concepts and underlie all of our offerings.

In addition, assessment tools that researchers have developed and tested for validity can provide very helpful feedback. These instruments have been developed using psychological theory and most often present information in business language. Even with these limitations, such assessments provide the most reliable anonymous feedback.

We use tools such as Six Domains of Leadership, FIRO-B and Change Style Indicator to provide such feedback in Foundations of Christian Leadership  and Denominational Leadership.

 

How do I evaluate our programs? I want to be sure they are in line with our mission and are having the impact we want them to have.

Developing a habit of reflection is critical to ongoing evaluation. Asking three simple questions at the beginning, middle and end of a project builds the habit:

With this habit in place, the more difficult questions that clarify the mission of the organization and map the alignment of services to that mission are easier. The most challenging evaluation is a reflection on impact. It takes time to understand impact, but a focus on such results leads to valuable learning that informs the next generation of experiments.

 
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