Transformation – Robert Quinn's "Normal State of Leadership"

Robert Quinn’s 2004 book, Building the Bridge As You Walk On It : A Guide for Leading Change suggests that organizational transformation follows personal transformation. His description of the moment a leader moves from a “normal state of leadership” to what he calls a “fundamental state of leadership” reminds me of language we use to describe a “born again” conversion state – or achieving enlightenment (satori) in the Zen tradition. It is like a work of grace falling upon the believer, not by works but a divine gift, which likewises instantly causes a corresponding transformation in the organization.

Quinn’s “normal state of leadership” facilitates ongoing decline. Quinn identifies this death spiral as having having four interactive components:

Comfort-Centered: I tend to engage in problem

Self-Focused

Internally Closed

Externally Directed:

 

 

 

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First Things First: the Big Rocks Story

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First Things First: Prayer

Putting God first means among the first things of the day

Daily “quiet time” – a moment to “be still” and renew your commitment to God.

Prayers for that purpose:  Centering prayer, Covenant Prayer, St Francis Prayer

 

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Matthew 4: Three Temptations of Jesus

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Misconcepts: "God will never give you more than you can handle."

Verse is about temptation – Covey, Frankl, you will ALWAYS have a choice.

Burdens! Jesus died on the cross! Was that not more than he could bear?

Challenges to us come from several places:

1. Seeds we have sown; there are consequences to free will, yet we object when God does not prevent consequences. Weeds others have sown. Accidents and DNA accidents are also the result of a free will universe.

2. Temptations: God does not need to tempt us, as we provide that all on our own. James.

3. Learning: Hebrews 12:5-11. God can use the problems we experience to teach us.

4. God can respect freed will while also working in every situation to guide us to do what brings good from not so good – Romans 8. Key is adjusting to his purpose.

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1 Corinthians 12

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2. Develop an understanding of Wesleyan theology and its influence on the practical structure
and disciplines for the first Methodists.
3. Acquire knowledge of Methodist history and the formation of other Methodist denominations.
4. Explore the Wesleyan understanding of grace and how it became key to the movement.
5. Describe and discuss the means of grace and how these disciplines lead to holiness of heart and life.

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MONDAY SCHOOL – draft

MONDAY SCHOOL –

 

SOURCES:

This sequence for MONDAY SCHOOL is based on a series of messages on change delivered at Caseyville United Methodist Church. This post comes from the message from 2/16/2014 entitled The Jesus “Switch” – Repentance and Hope – Luke 6:46. You can download the slideshow and audio from the table found at www.caseyvillechurch.org and clicking on “Current Sermon Series.”

Most of this quote is from the introduction to Seminar Two, part of the 2008 Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry project, which can be downloaded from the Resources page at www.disciplewalk.com.

The photo is by “angelofsweetbitter2009” courtesy of the Flickr Creative Commons license at http://www.flickr.com/photos/36829113@N05/3393037119

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MONDAY SCHOOL –

 

 

SOURCES:

This sequence for MONDAY SCHOOL is based on a series of messages on change delivered at Caseyville United Methodist Church. This post comes from the message from 2/16/2014 entitled The Jesus “Switch” – Repentance and Hope – Luke 6:46. You can download the slideshow and audio from the table found at www.caseyvillechurch.org and clicking on “Current Sermon Series.”

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KRD District SEEALLTHEPEOPLE training

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