Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I am enrolled @ the University of Oklahoma!

I am not a student in a traditional sense - as I'll be a faculty observer. 

I have an OU ID and login so I can be a part of the Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Education Program.  (I never would have thought I'd be "enrolled" at the University of Oklahoma!)

That makes OU the 10th Academic School where I have been "enrolled" in some capacity in my life.  In most ways I'll be a fellow-learner in the course.

I will also be the only non-teaching-faculty participant, so this makes OU the 7th University I've had some kind of faculty relationship with!

I genuinely look forward to the course - and am enjoying the reading already!  

Leading From Core Values: Principles & Practice of "Tribal Leadership"

This class is full 

In this course, we will explore the key perspectives and organizing principles for effective leadership in a collaborative setting.  Participants will practice the use of values-embedded stories to create social and psychological space for purposeful collaboration, practice designing and pitching strategic project ideas, learn how to join with others in effective social structures to complete significant projects, and create a vision for their future as effective leaders.

    Readings (supplied by OSLEP)
  • Do You Quantum Think? by Diane Collins
  • Selected Readings (to be announced) by Will Durant
  • The Rules of Victory: How to Transform Chaos and Conflict -- Strategies from the Art of War by James Gimian and Barry Boyce
  • The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Change Everything by John Hagel III, John Seely-Brown, and Lang Davison
  • Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organzation by Dave Logan, John King, and Haley Fischer-Wright
  • The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion by Ken Wilber
  • Photo of John King

    John King is co-founder and senior partner of CultureSync, a consulting firm that focuses on Leadership, Strategy, Cultural Change and Executive Coaching. Along with his partner, David C. Logan Ph.D, John is co-author of The Coaching Revolution, a book presenting the author’s best practices in the realm of executive coaching.

    John is in demand as a keynote speaker, and is nationally recognized as a senior teacher, coach, and program leader. Clients of his coaching practice have been featured on all major television networks and in The Wall Street Journal. CultureSync’s clients include Intel, Cedars-Sinai Health System,Southern California Edison, CB Richard Ellis, Colliers International, OliverMcMillan, The California State Appointed Executives, Amgen, and American Express, and The Space Frontier Foundation.

    John is part of the leadership development team at Sierra Health Foundation and is on faculty at Collier’s University, CB Richard Ellis University, and The California Leadership Institute. John is also a frequent guest lecturer in the Marshall School of Business and the School of Public Policy, Planning,and Development at USC. 

OKC Service Project - Dec 28 or 29 !


Here is a tangible way to demonstrate charitable kindness and service!

Start the New Year off right with a commitment to serve others - even before 2012 arrives!

Lovelink Ministries is moving one mile in Downtown OKC,  from 500 S. Western to 1122 Linwood Blvd ( it's a curious intersection where NW 6th and N. Western and Linwood meet!) 

This is a family-friendly-service project idea (!) - kids are welcome - but work is involved and no childcare nor baby-sitting is available!

Packing at 500 S. Western  - unpacking at 1122 Linwood Blvd.

  • Wednesday the 28th - 0900 hours to 1600 hours
  • Thursday the 29th - 0900 hours to Noon

Email:  lovelinkministries@yahoo.com    -   Tell them Marty sent you to help with the connection!

Bring gloves and willingness to work. 
If you have a truck, trailer, or enclosed vehicle (van, moving truck!) - that would be super!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ghandi on Christmas


At the Bruderhof publishing site, The Plough  - they have a great review of thoughts from Ghandi on Christmas.

I'll post the start of their words - and his words  - here, with the hope that you will consider reading for yourself. 

Because Gandhi came to the message of Jesus unfettered by the traditions and doctrines that are commonly understood as “Christianity” his heart was free to respond deeply to the good news that Jesus’ advent brought to humankind. Gandhi understood Jesus’ gospel of the kingdom with greater clarity than most of us who call ourselves Christian. We’ll let Gandhi speak for himself:

Ghandi writes:  I have never been able to reconcile myself to the gaieties of the Christmas season. They have appeared to me to be so inconsistent with the life and teaching of Jesus . . . . 
Ghandi writes:  How I wish America could lead the way by devoting the season to a real moral stocktaking and emphasizing consecration to the service of mankind for which Jesus lived and died on the Cross.


Sunday, December 04, 2011

Poetry, Creation, and Our Moral Responsibility

I love Wendell Berry.  I recommend him routinely to others.

And, Ellen Davis, she's great!

I've been shaped by each of these persons - and I have been shaped by the Bible - and have been teaching the "same things" that they have been teaching for years!

A great 52 minute interview with Dr. Ellen Davis - including snippets from Wendell Berry, that might help you re-think the Your role and Our role in creation!

Great stuff  at this link!  (Go to the left of the screen for "Hear the Show")