It’s how you play the game

When dealing with tough issues, process matters Editor’s Note: A version of this column ran in the Spring 2015 edition of The Journal. You can read this issue, which explores the connections between the arts and leadership, here: klcjr.nl/springissue2015 There...

Case Study Epilogue: When the Door Slams Shut

Editor’s note: You can read Parts A and B of this case study in the Summer 2014 issue of The Journal. The story of Charlie Schwarz and his church’s work in Wichita’s Planeview neighborhood Summoning the will to continue With his personal connections, he hadn’t found...

Breaking the Cycle: Part 3

Part 3 of 3 (Read Part 1 and Part 2). With our scenarios in hand, the 50 of us reunite in the big room and discuss with the head facilitator what we divined. We find that nearly all the groups sketched out very similar possibilities, observing that the court ruling...

Breaking the Cycle: Part 2

Part 2 of 3 (Read Part 1 here). When we reconvene, a woman named Pam takes the microphone from the governor and explains that she’s the chief facilitator from a Houston-based consulting firm and has made a career of working with community groups and businesses on...

Breaking the Cycle: Part 1

Part 1 “Shut the doors. Switch off your phones,” the governor says intently. “Nobody gets in or out of here for a while.”                                                                                As he pauses, a hush creeps over the 50 people packed into the main...

Reaching the verdict

Jury-room lessons on decision making, leadership and civic duty I didn’t sleep well last night. The weight of the decision is heavy. I assume another man – the accused – didn’t sleep well either. For that matter, nor his family and friends, nor the other 11 members of...