Author: Martin Malley

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WisCom Peru 2022

WisCom Peru 2022

A long delayed (originally planned for April 2020) visit to Peru with a group of 16 travelers just wrapped up. The country is amazingly diverse in terms of geography, has a fascinating history, and warm and friendly people. Highlights of the trip included Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon rainforest on […]

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How, Then, Will I Lead – Cohort 2

How, Then, Will I Lead – Cohort 2

In January, 2020, the second group of Nebraska Synod, ELCA leaders wrapped up their participation in this advanced leadership development program created by Shrinking Borders LLC. They reported coming away with leadership gifts including a deeper self-awareness, a new network of friends and coaches, and new tools for leading their congregations.

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How, Then, Will I Lead

How, Then, Will I Lead

At the request of the Nebraska Synod, ELCA, Shrinking Borders recently finished the first cohort of 20 pastors, 1 bishop, and 1 deacon in a custom leadership program entitled “How, Then, Will I Lead”. The program included 7 days over 5 months. Participants completed a variety of assessments, undertook small group collaborative work, and personal […]

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Antarctica

Antarctica

I had the amazing blessing to visit Antarctica accompanied by my daughter in January, 2019. It was amazing, surreal, and one of the most special experiences of my life. The trip was on National Geographic Orion — and I couldn’t recommend anything more highly. The experience, the naturalists, the quality of the crew and service […]

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Global Citizenship Award

I was recently recognized by the Marshall School in Duluth, Minnesota with their Global Citizenship Award. Marshall is the successor institution to the high school I attended, Duluth Cathedral High School. This video was put together for that recognition.

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WisCom Tanzania 2017

WisCom Tanzania 2017

I just returned from leading a group of of fellow learners (we call it the Wisdom Community) to Tanzania.  This was my 13th time in that amazing country.  My friend and fellow traveler Phil Goldsmith had this to say about the trip: “It was such a wonderful journey into a land I knew so little […]

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A Glimpse of India – 2016

A Glimpse of India – 2016

It was a great pleasure to lead a small group of curious people to “Incredible India”.  We visited Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Jaipur, Mysore, Bandipur Tiger Preserve, the backwaters of Kerala, Cochin, Amritsar (home of the Golden Temple), Chandigarh, and amazing Shimla.  Some deep learning came from being in the country during the demonetization of the […]

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Tanzania Leadership Exchange 2

Tanzania Leadership Exchange 2

In November my colleagues Dawn Gelderloos, Melanie Lindsay-Brisbin and I had the pleasure of conducting the 2nd Tanzania Leadership Exchange on behalf of the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Shrinking Borders was asked to return after our first Exchange last year. This year we spent 4 days with leaders from the Northern Diocese discussing a variety of leadership topics. My thanks to Bishop Dr. Fredrick Shoo for sponsoring this event and to the staff of the Lutheran Uhuru Hotel in Moshi for the great venue and food.

Now Offering Spiral Dynamics Profiles from ValueMatch

Now Offering Spiral Dynamics Profiles from ValueMatch

1462912_770484469685088_9124661767890493618_n Ever since it was first introduced to me by my friends and mentors Carol & Tim at FGI, the Spiral Dynamics theory of the evolution of human values has provided a fascinating framework for interpreting the world around me, understanding barriers to change (in people, organizations, and cultures), and communicating more effectively across these barriers.

An understanding of Spiral Dynamics (based on the work of Dr. Clare Graves, and supported by decades of research) can improve leadership, make organizations more effective, and help one just “make sense” of the news. I am happy to announce that Shrinking Borders is now a partner with ValueMatch, a provider of profiles that make it easy to understand what is behind an individual’s worldview. ValueMatch profiles assess the Spiral Dynamics Value Systems active in people, teams and organizations.

Contact me if you would like to learn more about this.

Tanzania Leadership Exchange

Leaders of the ELCT Northern Diocese

Leaders of the ELCT Northern Diocese

In October, Shrinking Borders conducted a first of its kind leadership development event in Tanzania. This 2 day event provided experiential learning in Emergenetics and a variety of leadership topics. The participants included 31 Tanzanian leaders from the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) and 5 Americans. Shrinking Borders LLC, Real Life Works, Emergenetics International and ELCT Northern Diocese jointly sponsored the event.

Leaders in the church in Tanzania face very difficult challenges, working in one of the poorest countries on the planet, while operating major social services (schools, hospitals, orphanages, as well as parishes). The American participants learned much from their Tanzanian counterparts.

One of the participants, the headmistress of a secondary school for many years, said: “I can’t wait to let you know how much I am transformed by the seminar. Now I know myself better . . . Now I know why I do things the way I do them; why I take a lot of time trying to explain things to others and why I talk much. I am a new creation now.”