Beachheads of Shalom

December 28th, 2009

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by John Seel, Ph.D.
I grew up in South Korea, the son of medical missionaries who served there for 35 years. I arrived as an infant on January 1, 1954. The Korean War had ended; nonetheless we traveled to Jeonju, the home of Jesus Hospital, by U.S. military escort across a war-ravaged countryside. Today, South Korea stands as a symbol of democracy, an economic superpower, and a bastion of faith. If China is to be the strategic center of the next century, Korea will be its catalyst.

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by Steven Garber
Have you seen the cartoon where the professor has written out an incredibly complex mathematical equation on the two whiteboards in the front of the classroom?  Numbers and letters, plus and minus and multiplication and addition signs throughout?  At the very bottom of the right hand corner there is an “equals” sign, followed by the word: “Whatever.”

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Two-Legged Tables

December 14th, 2009

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Those who talk about “making culture” can sound like the chattering classes. So much yak for so little yield. The problem is fuzzy thinking about what causes cultural change. Aristotle once described what causes a table to come into existence. If he was correct about causes, most of the talk about “culture” is merely making two-legged tables.

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The first time I received a Christmas bonus, I was elated. I expected it the next year. That’s human nature. But it’s more than that. It’s the nature of financial incentives to morph motivation. That’s a challenge for companies with a purpose beyond profitability and personal gain. But it’s not insurmountable. My favorite auto shop has reframed financial remuneration. It’s why so many cars are serviced there.

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