Scott Cormode, PhD, is a senior fellow at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership and is the Hugh De Pree Associate Professor of Leadership Development at Fuller Seminary. The Hugh De Pree faculty chair was established by the family of the late Hugh De Pree, an accomplished leader and former CEO of Herman Miller, Inc., and brother of Max De Pree.
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The Wrong Mental Model Can Trap You
Congregations can also trap individuals within a story. For example, I was not sure I was a Christian until I could fit myself into the Christian story. Anyone who has spent much time in an evangelical congregation can testify to the pervasive power of the conversion narrative. The narrative structure says that people become Christians by turning from a life of sin to embrace the good news of the gospel. The structure presumes a dramatic turn.Read Post
Listening with Empathy
The difference between empathy and sympathy has to do with the effect each one has on the person in pain. “Empathy fuels connection,” according to Brené Brown; “Sympathy drives disconnection.” And “what makes something better is connection.”Read Post
How to Experiment Well
We need to be careful not to think that, once we develop a new idea, we are done learning. Lots of experimentation goes into creating a new prototype. But there is also a lot of learning that happens once we start to test that prototype.Read Post
Don’t Sign Up to Make Your Rookie Mistakes in Public
Every rookie makes mistakes. It takes time to learn.Read Post
Building a Culture of Innovation
Culture is crucial. Culture forms the informal rules by which people navigate working together. The beliefs and values about how things should be – the mental models that comprise the organization – band together to create what we call organizational culture.Read Post
Adaptive Change: You Cannot Quit Smoking For Someone Else
We are accustomed to thinking that all problems are technical—that if we work a little harder and try a little more, we can fix whatever is wrong. Indeed, that is how we usually judge our leaders. We think of successful leaders as people who make things happen; they fix problems. But some problems cannot be fixed; they cannot go away.Read Post
Adaptive Change: What Will It Cost Them to Change?
Adaptive change is painful because people lose something; it costs them something.Read Post
Adaptive Change Requires a Holding Environment
A holding environment is a psychological space that is both safe and uncomfortable. Picture the stereotypic dad running alongside the kid learning to ride…Read Post
A People Entrusted to Your Care
I believe that every Christian, no matter what their station, has people entrusted to her care. And wherever God plants you – in whatever position, and with whatever authority – the question that should orient you is: who are the people God has entrusted to my care?Read Post
Work as Blessing, Work as Curse
(Excerpted from “Making Spiritual Sense of Money”) If the first step toward making spiritual meaning about money is to provide a language for being…Read Post
Leadership Begins with Listening
We listen so that we will be transformed. Before we can recalibrate the church, we must ourselves be recalibrated. We Christian leaders must so immerse ourselves in the needs of the people entrusted to our care that they change us.Read Post
The world will reward agility, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Every manager and entrepreneur recognizes this. But our educational system does not yet prepare people for…Read Post
Who Do We Listen To?
Short answer: We listen to the people entrusted to our care. Sometime we choose these people and sometimes they roll in like tumbleweeds. Discussion…Read Post