CHANGE & Understanding the J-curve of Resistance

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: Jerald Jellison, famed University of Southern California Professor of Psychology created the change management “J-curve” to explain how people deal with change. It confirms Dyke and Starke’s 6-stage/5-trigger model of change. For more on this latter model and it’s application to the church, see the books: “Preparing for Change Reaction: How to introduce change in your church” and “Staying Power: Why people leave the church of a change and what you can do about it.

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BIBLE & Do Bible Haters Now Equal Bible Lovers? American Bible Society Thinks So

Do Bible Haters Now Equal Bible Lovers? American Bible Society Thinks So

“The number of Americans who read Scripture at least four times a week and believe that it is the inspired word of God has fallen to just under 1 in 5, according to new reseState of the Bible 2014arch from the American Bible Society (ABS).

The same percentage of Americans (19 percent) are now ‘antagonistic’ toward the Bible, reading it less than once per month and believing it is a book of teachings written by men that contain stories and advice.

Thus, the ‘percentage of Scripture haters now equals Scripture lovers,’ notes the [original] press release for the 2014 edition of ABS’s annual State of the Bible report, conducted by Barna Group. The main reason: millennials.”

Image: American Bible Society – Barna Group

Read more at … http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2014/april/do-bible-haters-equal-lovers-american-bible-society-barna.html

CONFLICT & Rules for Making Alliances Work

R0711H_A.gifSimple Rules for Making Alliances Work by Jonathan Hughes and Jeff Weiss, Harvard Business Review
http://hbr.org/2007/11/simple-rules-for-making-alliances-work/ar/1

Studies show that the number of corporate alliances increases by some 25% a year and that those alliances account for nearly a third of many companies’ revenue and value—yet the failure rate for alliances ho on how to make alliances win the past decade.

Alliances, however, are not just any business arrangement. They demand a high degree of interdependence between companies that may continue to compete against each other in the marketplace. They require the ability to navigate—and often to actively leverage—significant differences between partners’ strengths and operating styles. These characteristics make the common wisdom about alliance management both incomplete and misleading, causing companies to ignore or underemphasize other, potentially more important drivers of success.

To begin achieving reliably higher success rates with their alliances, companies need to shift their focus to five principles that complement the conventional advice. This means:

 

WORLDVIEW & Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty and the “Culture War”
Christians, the “culture war”, and the status of religious liberty in the United States

by Ed Stetzer

Excellent insights from @edstetzer on religious liberty research.

Read more at … http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2014/february/religious-liberty.html

 

VOLUNTEERISM

Are You the Reason Your Volunteers Are Leaving?
http://catalystconference.com/read/are-you-the-reason-your-volunteers-are-leaving/

ETHICS & How a Firm’s Ethical Failure Can Increase Employee Satisfaction

From Harvard Biz Review

“If a company responds vigorously to a breach in ethics, workers who witnessed the breach end up more satisfied with the firm than if no failure had occurred at all (4.55 versus 4.22 on a seven-point satisfaction scale), according to a study of more than 24,000 employees in 16 U.S. companies by Marshall Schminke of the University of Central Florida and colleagues.”

Read more at … http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/02/how-a-firms-ethical-failure-can-increase-employee-satisfaction/

POLITICS

Church Politics:  @DanReiland:

1) Refuse to engage pettiness,

2) Hit the big issues head on, … (read more http://danreiland.com/church-politics-part-1-2/ )