You're in limited preview mode.

Login or signup for free to unlock more content.

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

Link to Source: Click here to view source

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

Scripture: Mark 2:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
1

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

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-04

Scripture: Isaiah 55:

Author: John Stott
0

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).

Quieting to Hear God's Voice

Listening Lost Fear

Source: Personal

Contributed By: DW Chisham | Date Posted: 2024-02-29

Scripture: Psalms 131:2 ; 1 Kings 19:12

Author: DW Chisham
0

ILLUSTRATION

My father-in-law grew up on a ranch north of Austin, Texas. As a boy he was given free reign to walk the fields and hillsides of his family's property, hunting for birds and any other adventure a boy could come up with. 

One day he set out into the range, watching the trees and skies for birds. As he walked he neglected to keep his bearings. Hours into his adventure, he looked around, realizing that he didn't recognize his surroundings.  He called out for his father, his mother, his brothers, but there was no answer.  He called louder, and his cries of fear grew louder still.  But he was good and lost.

He sat down on a rock and the tears flowed for a while until he finally quieted himself down. And in the distance he heard something familiar; it was the windmill for the watering trough. It was faint, but he was able to tell the general direction. Following the faint sound, he found his way to the windmill, and from the windmill, his way home.

APPLICATION

Have you ever found yourself lost in life, without your bearings? Perhaps you've wondered so far from the path of wisdom that you don't even realize just how lost you are. But once you do, fear and panic overtake you. In the chaos, the noise of your circumstances can overwhelm you and drown out the one sound you actually need to hear ... that "still small voice" of God.

Then the LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD. Behold, the LORD is about to pass by.” And a great and mighty wind tore into the mountains and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a still, small voice. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave" (I Kings 19:11-13, BSB).

We have to learn to quiet ourselves enough to hear the voice of God leading us back to Himself.

"But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me" (Psalm 131:2, ESV).

“Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10, ESV).

The Crew Behind the Counter

Community Servanthood Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2023-11-28

Scripture: Romans 12:4 ; Philippians 2:4

Author: Illustration Exchange
8

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

Step Down From Your Pedestal

Confession Humility Jesus' Preeminence

Contributed By: Vince Putnam | Date Posted: 2023-03-17

Scripture: John 3:30 ; 1 Corinthians 3:4

Author: Vince Putnam
0

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

Who Doesn't Love A Belly Rub?

Submission Humility Comfort

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-05-20

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:19 ; 1 Peter 5:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
9

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

Determined to Run

Endurance Humility Purpose

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-03-09

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
7

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

Forever Dependent

Dependence on God Humility Gratitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-03-28

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
7

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

A New Perspective

Perspective Teachability Patience

Contributed By: James Augustine | Date Posted: 2021-02-22

Scripture: Psalms 8:1 ; Psalms 8:4

Author: James Augustine
5

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or

My Contribution

Humility Success Quotes Praise

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

Scripture: Philippians 4:13

Author: Thomas Bevers
8

This is Premium Content.

To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or