Category: Shrinking Borders

Recent thoughts and happenings

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

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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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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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.