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Is there a way to acknowledge the pessimists’ accurate rendering of reality and still retain an optimistic rendering of the future? So asks L. Gregory Jones, senior strategist and theology professor at Duke Divinity School. (Full disclosure: Greg is also a former colleague and a good friend, not to mention a fervent Duke basketball fan.) […]
Have you read Leadership Is an Art, Leadership Jazz or another work by Max De Pree? Have you been inspired by something he said, his approach to organizational life, or his understanding of the human spirit in the midst of the demanding world of work and life? Have his ideas shaped your leadership in some way?
“We see a decline of civility, and, sadly, it’s often modeled by the very people from whom we have the least right to expect it.”
—Max De Pree, “The Heart and Soul of Leadership in a Changing Context”
We all want to be treated with civility. Can we become better models of civility and build better relationships?
Quality relationships are extremely valuable, not only in our private lives but also in the workplace. And yet relationships are often undervalued and overlooked at work. People often are viewed in pragmatic terms, judged for what they do rather than who they are. In healthy organizations, technical competence is important, but good quality relationships are even more so. When you think of competence, do you consider your relational competence as well?
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