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Neotenal Leadership

Leadership Stubbornness Open Minded

Source: GEEKS AND GEEZERS: HOW ERA, VALUES AND DEFINING MOMENTS SHAPE LEADERS by Warren Bennis and Robert J. Thomas

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-04

Scripture: Mark 2:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The word neoteny ne•ot•e•ny, noun, meaning “the retention of juvenile characteristics in the adults of a species” is normally used in scientific terms of organisms or animals that mature physically without losing some or all of their younger physical traits.

In recent years, the terms has been borrowed by social scienctists to refer to certain human psychological traits. Bennis and Thomas, in their book GEEKS AND GEEZERS use the term to refer to elders who keep their edge by staying youthful in their thinking and attitudes. They contend, in particular, that older leaders who remain effective leaders do so not solely because of all their many years of past experience, but rather by keeping an open mind and eagerness to embrace new experiences.

APPLICATION

We could learn a thing or two from neotenal organisms. There are ways we should mature and then there are others ways we should stay young. To more effectively lead our families, our business, our churches, we need to add to our years of wisdom and experience a youthful eagerness to embrace new experiences.  

After all, as Scripture declares, “No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins” (Mark 2:22).

God's Concerns Are All-Embracing

God's Perfection Perspective Open Minded

Source: As quoted in FAMILY NEWS, Focus On the Family, 10/2000, p.2

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Scripture: Isaiah 55:

Author: John Stott
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ILLUSTRATION

“God’s concerns are all –embracing—not only the ‘sacred’ but the ‘secular,' not only religion but nature, not only His covenant people but all people, not only justification but social justice in every community, not only His gospel but His law.” 

John Stott (1921 – 2011) was an English cleric, author, and leader of the evangelical movement. He was one of the principal authors of the Lausanne Covenant in 1974. In 2005, Time magazine ranked Stott among the 100 most influential people in the world.

APPLICATION

Likewise, we should all strive to achieve a balanced and open-minded approach to life.

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:9).

My Contribution

Humility Success Quotes Praise

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2019-10-16

Scripture: Philippians 4:13

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

(Said by Stacey King, after Michael Jordan scored a career-high 69 points and Stacey King scored 1 point against the Cavaliers.)

 

APPLICATION

We can go two ways with this quote. There are times we think way too much of ourselves and we claim more credit than we deserve.

But there are other times when we remember whose team we are on. If I ever played basketball, it would make all the difference being on Michael Jordon's team; if football, Tom Brady's team, if baseball, Ty Cobb's team. 

Since we have believed, you and I have been on Jesus' team.  As such, we must humbly remember to give Him the credit for any good that takes place in our lives. 

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). 

A Powerful Rest

Rest Sabbath Listening

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2018-09-19

Scripture: Matthew 11:28 ; Mark 2:27

Author: Mark Batterson, Illustration Exchange
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What Job Knew

Humility Trust (In God) Suffering

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2018-09-08

Scripture: Job 19:25 ; Job 40:1

Author: Corey Sawyers
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The Selective Search for Intelligence

Intelligent Design Seeker Atheism

Contributed By: Seth Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-07-18

Scripture: Ephesians 4:17

Author: Seth Dillon
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Be Still To Hear

Meditation Hearing God's Voice Distractions

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-05

Scripture: Psalms 46:10

Author: James Hamilton
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Give Me Immortality And That's An Order!

Eternal Life Salvation Seeker

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2018-01-04

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:10

Author: Rod Crowell
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Asking The Best Questions

Seeker Wisdom Bible

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-13

Scripture: Matthew 7:7

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The Beautiful Apology

Apology Servanthood Listening

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-13

Scripture: James 1:19 ; Mark 10:45

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