Sabotage is a predictable reactive phenomenon to the threat of change. Anytime leaders work toward change, of whatever kind, they can expect reactivity. As such, we should always expect it. The form it takes, however, is often surprising.
Defecting in place isn’t about behaving in a passive/aggressive manner to get the point of your unhappiness across. It is about being clear about who you are, what your goals are, stating your purpose, and staying on course in living out that purpose, no matter what the sabotage or resistance that comes your way.
By Michael Lee Cook, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care
It is no longer a secret that faith communities, particularly mainline denominations, are in a precarious state and facing an uncertain future. Some evidences of the sea of changes include declining…
“Mindfulness provides a simple but powerful route for getting ourselves unstuck, back into touch with our own wisdom and vitality.
My younger brother told me recently that one of his most enduring childhood memories is chasing after me on his tricycle while I and my friends shot away from him on our bikes.
I offer three reasons why I believe the multi-generational transmission process (coupled with the notion of the emotional field) is the most important piece of Bowen Theory.
In my opinion, the Leadership in Ministry program offers one of the most effective venues for actualizing personal and professional growth.
By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education
I had an interesting conversation with a doctoral student during a recent trip. He was at the proposal writing stage of his study but struggling with putting…
Especially in times of acute systemic anxiety and symptomatic reactivity, effective leaders will work on focusing on the repertoire that will help them navigate the storm.
By Shelby Jones, Assistant Director at New Life Connections Ministry, Glenn Allen, Virginia
In The Equipping Church, author Sue Mallory takes her readers on the journey she and her pastor, Charles, went on as they brought their vision for Brentwood…
Reviewed by guest blogger Bryan Maupin
Roy Phillip’s Letting Go (Herndon, Virginia: The Alban Institute, 1999) starts with the assertion that ministers need to “let go” of their need to control every aspect of their congregation, and to let the…
You may discover these five people within your organization as work colleagues. Others may exist outside of the job environment. Regardless, they each will contribute something important to your success as a leader.
When I selected an activity for my elementary school students using a ball of yarn, I was not expecting how much I myself would learn in the process.
By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Learning
The Leadership in Ministry workshops at the Center for Lifelong Learning uses Bowen Theory (or Bowen Family Systems Theory–BFST) as a framework for interpreting the dynamics…
By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.
September 26, 2016—All leaders will deal with reactivity at one point or another. It can be caused by a proposed change from the leader, it may…