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Why Leaderless Groups Go Fascist

E. Forrest Christian Change, Organizations 1 Comment

I recently tweeted that “As long as you advocate leaderless groups, the power-hungry will control you. The answer is more complex.” Asked to provide some more, I figured I’d do it here since it ties into some of the workplace stuff we’ve been talking about (from when Wilfred Brown was MD/CEO of Glacier) and the new model of Evangelical church …

Strong Pastor vs. Democracy in Christian Church Groups

E. Forrest Christian Overachievers 1 Comment

The church growth industry has led to the highly effective Mega-church model in the United States but has embraced the (actually) new model of Strong Pastor which has led to absolutist authoritarian leadership within the evangelical church growth movement. An examination by focusing on the Christian Base Communities in the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America. Part of a series on Church Organizational Structure and Democracy.

From the Bimbo cartoon “The Bum Bandit” (1931), Fleischer studio- not mickey mouse!

How the Disney World Model Leads to Top-Down Absolute Control

E. Forrest Christian Governance Leave a Comment

Did the American Evangelical megachurch adopt the unchecked executive model because it wanted to emulate Disney World and its fantasy of American small town life? It’s a charge that’s worth looking at because it can shed some light on this issue. I’m going to be unabashedly churchy in this, so comment if you need a translation of the Evangelical jargon. …

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Integrity Will Get You Promoted, But Limited Vision Will Get You Fired

E. Forrest Christian Careers, Managing, Reviews - Articles Leave a Comment

Elliott Jaques talks about time span of discretion — the time from a decision to when that work decision comes due — as a way to measure how “big” a role is. This is related to your personal time horizon, how far you can think into the future to handle uncertainty and complexity. Lots of people disagree with it. What’s …