5 for Leadership (3/8/14)

small__5780056202Here is a new 5 for Texas Spring Break! I hope it is warming up wherever you are. This week we have leadership thinking on the role of courage in vocation, insights from Karin Hurt on Seth Godin, decision making, and a report on the Bible in American Life. Enjoy.

Making Decisions Like Global Citizens  This video post comes from Linda Fisher Thornton, whom I have highlighted before. Here is how she introduces this two minute video, “Character is important, but leading ethically in the fullest sense requires much more than just demonstrating good character. In this 2 minute video, I describe 7 different perspectives that you may hear around the table as you discuss ethical dilemmas in your organization. Instead of being competing perspectives, each one is an important element of the full picture of what it means to lead ethically in a global society.”

Today’s Leaders: Compassion Without Courage  “Today’s leaders have come a long way from the autocratic, compassionless O’Shea’s of yesteryear. But too many leaders have miles to go to demonstrate the courage needed for today’s complex times.” This is a quote from the end of Chip Bell’s post. See his thought process in arriving at this conclusion.

My Saturday Afternoon With Seth Godin  “Real leaders light people up through genuine connection and intrapersonal inspiration.” Karin Hurt provides us with some rich insights that she has gleaned from Seth. Take a look.

Why Work Is Lonely  “I have a name for this cocktail of deference, conformity and passive aggression that chokes people and teams. I call it violent politeness.? Did that quote get your attention? You have to read more to get the rest of the story.

Report: The Bible In American Life  “Surveys have found that nearly eight  in ten Americans regard the Bible as either the literal word of God or as inspired by God. At the same time, other surveys have revealed—and recent books have analyzed—surprising gaps in Americans’ biblical literacy. These discrepancies reveal American Christians’ complex relationship to their scripture, a subject that is widely acknowledged but rarely investigated. To understand that paradox, the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture conducted the first large-scale investigation of the Bible in American life.” These metrics are worth your consideration.

There are the 5 for this week. Are you getting your bracket hat on????


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