The essence of effective leadership.
It is a contextually informed decision-making process encompassing three domains:
people, strategy, and crisis.
Within each domain, leadership judgments follow a three-phase process:
preparation, the call, and execution.
Good leadership judgment is supported by contextual knowledge of
oneself, social network, organization, and stakeholders.
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Judgment and Leadership
--> Making judgment calls is the essential job of a leader
- With good judgment, little else matters
- Without good judgment, nothing else matters
--> Long-term success is the sole marker of good judgment
- Good leaders sort the important from the trivial
- They focus on getting the important calls right
--> Leaders make the calls and see to their execution
- They manage relationships with key constituencies
- They align and mobilize team members for support
Monday, 25 June 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Being successful at Lectio Divina is a struggle. Here are some common reasons why most people find it difficult to follow through with:
1. External difficulties - noise, weather, interruptions, dyslexia, sickness, anxiety, even lack of books. Give yourself to God anyway and make the best of your situation.
2. Work, play and other activities - We all need to work, play, attend meetings, eat, sleep, and socialize, none of which are compatible with lectio divina. Review your priorities and schedule in some lectio.
3. Good habits lost in time of change - Over the last 25 years or so, there has been a big change in societal values, among other things. In this time of change, many people have lost time to progress in good habits such as lectio divina. Most of us would have had certain foundations laid at a younger age; now we must seek them in our old age.
4. Overexposure to words - There is so much talk, so much paper, in society. Even the Church is at risk of this in the Liturgy. Too many words can obscure meaning from many of us. To withdraw from "wordiness" is seen as a "mature" and "spiritual" faith--a faith of silence. Lectio divina is not "wordiness", but it is neither silence! Lectio divina is cutting through to perceive the real meaning of the words, not getting lost in them, and finding God there--the same God in silence.
5. Lack of training - When a person reaches a roadblock in lectio divina, he often chooses to give up. This is mostly because he does not know where to turn next.
6. Boredom - Dissatisfaction with results of lectio divina, due to lack of training, often results in boredom with Scriptures. Boredom can also come when one is eager to finish lectio so they can get on with something else "more important".
7. Negligence - Some difficulty in lectio divina is caused by our own laziness. Laziness, acedia, and fantasy all lead to negligence.
8. Duty - We can be consistent in lectio divina, but let the words just pass us by. This happens when lectio divina becomes routine. We must let the words of Scripture penetrate our hearts and minds, affect our consciences, lead us deeper into being. Your sense of duty is good, but let it lead you deeper into God.
Saturday, 9 June 2012
Lectio Divina, or Spiritual Reading, is a Benedictine Tradition of reading the Bible. Lectio Divina has FIVE basic characteristics which set it apart. The first basic characteristic is "integrity of text".
Integrity of Text refers to considering the entire Bible's consistency, stability and deepness when reading it. It means to rest with a single book of the Bible for a long time. It requires patience, attentiveness, sobriety and humility.
Here are 5 ways of reading he Bible that are NOT lectio divina:
1. The Bible as medicine chest - Flipping through the Bible and using Bible passages to "diagnose" and cure certain problems. Feeling alone? Read this passage. Limits God's word to a merely instrumental role.
2. Cutting the Bible - Letting the book of Scriptures fall open at a random page and reading the first passage that comes to your eye. The "responsibility" for what is found and read is attributed to God.
3. Grazing - Aimless meandering, flipping, skipping through the Bible. Sometimes this gives spiritual fruit, but often leads to boredom.
4. Liturgical reading - Sticking to a daily schedule of reading Biblical texts in the liturgy. Choice of passage is up to the liturgy itself, which is a good thing. Many of the same effects of lectio divina can happen through liturgical reading. A restricting aspect of liturgical reading is that only certain Biblical texts are chosen and the fluidity of scripture is missed. Liturgical reading is good, but it is not the same as lectio divina.
5. Texts in sequence - Some retreats choose texts of a specific series, often based on what the retreat participants are likely going through during the retreat. Although this too can bear spiritual fruit, it may seem manipulative for some people. Furthermore, it does not highlight the integrity of the Bible as a whole: a singly book.
Lectio Divina, by contrast, is letting yourself be led to God by the author of the particular book. You must drink the author's spirit. Spend one entire month with only one book of the Bible. The Word of God is soft and our hearts are hard. One who hears the word of God often will have his heart opened.
From "Sacred Reading - The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina" - Michael Casey
Friday, 8 June 2012
Arise — go! Sell all you possess. Give it directly, personally to the poor. Take up My cross (their cross) and follow Me, going to the poor, being poor, being one with them, one with Me.
Little — be always little! Be simple, poor, childlike.
Preach the Gospel with your life — without compromise! Listen to the Spirit. He will lead you.
Do little things exceedingly well for love of Me.
Love... love... love, never counting the cost.
Go into the marketplace and stay with Me. Pray, fast. Pray always, fast.
Be hidden. Be a light to your neighbour’s feet. Go without fear into the depth of men’s hearts. I shall be with you.
Pray always. I will be your rest.