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Dr. Rick James is an organizational change specialist with more than 25 years’ experience consulting with over 100 NGOs (Non-Governmental Organization), mission agencies, churches and government aid departments. He worked for ten years in Malawi and four years in Latin America. He has a Ph.D. in OD (Organizational Development) and leadership development in Africa from CASS Business School, London. His most recent books include: Leading with Courage and Humility; Inspiring Change and Capacity Building for NGOs: Making it Work. Rick has facilitated the OD and Christian Organization Learning group http://developingchurches.ning.com/ since its inception in 2008.

Find Joy in Everything

The funeral last weekend was harrowing. An energetic young mother of two little girls, struck down by cancer. I have no idea how her husband was able to stand at the front and speak. Trying desperately to hold himself together, he recounted how his wife had a four-word motto she lived by – “Find joy […]

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Active Recovery

We want to bring the best of ourselves to work. We want to help those we work with perform to their full potential. We know in our hearts that it is not simply about putting in more and more effort. Apparently those who work more than 60 hour weeks are the least productive of all. […]

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Deliberate Rest

I’ve really enjoyed reading this fascinating new book called Rest, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. I was intrigued to learn “why you get more done when you work less.” He points out that rest is not the opposite or a competitor to work, but an equal partner. Deliberate rest plays a central role in stimulating our […]

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Find Joy in Everything

The funeral was harrowing. An energetic young mother of two little girls, struck down by cancer. I have no idea how her husband was able to stand at the front and speak. Trying desperately to hold himself together, he recounted how his wife had a four-word motto she lived by – “Find joy in everything.” […]

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The Courage to Follow

Hiwot’s “Follow to Lead” thought reminded me of this wonderful three-minute TED talk. It’s called “How to Start a Movement” by Derek Silvers. I learned so much about change and leadership in those three minutes and all with a broad smile on my face. I learned that: The first followers are as important to any change as […]

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When the Bishops Repented

I knew from the very start that it was not a rational decision to accept the consultancy with the Tangababwe Evangelical Fellowship (TEF) [1]. The off-hand mention in the terms of reference that the secretariat “was closed about three years ago due to resource constraints, weak leadership and lack of a clear direction at the time” [...]

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Change Before You Have To

We all put off difficult decisions. It’s part of human nature. Churches and Christian organizations and leaders seem particularly prone to this failing. We want to appear loving. We want to be nice. But the consequences of delay may prove disastrous. I know too many Christian organizations who have gone into crisis because they did [...]

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