Category: Global Education

Recent thoughts and happenings

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.”

Field Report – Faridabad, India

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Field Report – Faridabad, India

Occasionally we have the good fortune to meet extraordinary humanitarian leaders. People with tremendous courage and tenacity who work in the face of what for most of us would be overwhelming adversity. Two who leap to mind from my travels in recent years include Sunitha Krishnan, founder of Prajwala in Hyderabad, and Rev. Dr. Fredrick […]

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A New Secondary School for Rukwa?

A New Secondary School for Rukwa?

I had the chance to visit the remote Rukwa region of Tanzania about a year ago with several others on a trip sponsored by the ELCA Nebraska Synod. We were guided on this journey by Assistant Bishop Dr. Fredrick Shoo of the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. This is a man […]

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Co-Active Coaching

To the right you will see a new Co-Active Coaching link. I spent the last week in the first two of a five class series conducted by Coaches Training Institute. The training is of very high quality with a huge amount of direct experience. The underlying philosophy is a very empowering one. The classes included […]

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Tanzania Reflections

I had the pleasure of spending a week with my good friend Bob Kasworm of Alegent Health at Machame, Tanzania. Bob is Alegent’s representative at Machame Hospital. The main goal of the trip was to initiate installation of a new computer lab at the Machame Hospital Nursing School. The equipment for the lab had been […]

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