It’s that time again. Time to share some stuff I have read over the past week that I think you might enjoy. This week I offer them under the headers of leadership and collaboration, church, neighbor love, stewardship, community, and vocation.
Leadership and Collaboration
Rosabeth Moss Kanter describes how to be an energizer, and what characterizes being an energizer. She sees three things: “a relentless focus on the bright side,” “redefining negatives as positives,” and “fast response time. Energizers don’t dawdle. Kanter also argues that, “Some people become leaders no matter what because their positive energy is so uplifting.”
Have you ever thought about how to collaborate with a loved one? Would you be able to work in the same setting as your significant other? Teresa Amabile and Steve Kramer reflect on this very thing and offer tips that might be helpful if you were in such a situation or considering collaborating with your spouse. They do so specifically out of their experience from co-authoring The Progress Principle.
HBR offers a management tip about creativity. To be creative you need to focus on the vitals, and get uncomfortable.
If you need a reminder about how happiness matters for effectiveness in the workplace, here is an article from 2 years ago which is still just as relevant.
Rev. David Hansen wrote an open letter to the new presiding bishop of the ELCA on his blog regarding being the church today and the need for Bishop Eaton to be out front as a voice in the digital conversation. What do you think?
In the realm of church and society, here is a new organization that I discovered last week, The Reformation Project. Naturally as a Lutheran, any time “reformation” is used in a title, its gets my interest. This group is looking to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity. If you care about church and society and inclusion this would be a good read for you. ABC News, courtesy of the Associated Press, also picked up this story and wrote about it here.
Last October this blog post first appeared about big churches and age demographics. It has been making its way around certain missional church conversations again in the past week, and is still just as provocative. What do you think in light of this?
For the systems theory lovers, here is Peter Steinke with some thoughts on “Where to touch the elephant.”
In other news, the United States legislative branch made news this past week. One such vote regarding SNAP (formerly food stamps) is cause for my response found here. Others have already chimed in, however. Jim Wallis offers his thoughts. Kevin Hagan, president and CEO of Feed the Children also has weighed in. Bread for the World was understandably outraged as well. The General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church also greatly opposed the house vote and proposed $40 billion cut.
Pope Francis makes another appearance in the links this week. CBS News reports on his decries about money’s power over people.
As always, if there are particular topics you would like me to try and include in the links, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Hope these were helpful and enjoyable reads for you.