Leading with a 3-D Focus – Nu Leadership Series

“Every one of those people died. But they still had faith, even though they had not received what they had been promised. They were glad just to see these things from far away, and they agreed that they were only strangers and foreigners on this earth.”
Romans 11:13

Many organizations operate in a state of uncertainty due to the rapid changes in today’s marketplace. How can organizations afford to be clueless when forecasting for future changes? Exemplary organizations think strategically and operate in duality. Duality means operating in two universes, present and future. Wacker, Taylor, and Means, authors of The Visionary’s Handbook, argue that organizations must operate in duality for survival; however, the nature of organizations resists it.

Let’s explore this concept biblically. The Apostle Paul operated in duality. He worked as a tent maker, taking care of his personal needs. He was engaged in worldwide evangelism and mentoring of the early churches. Yet, Paul kept his eyes on the future of Christ’s return. He carried out his day-to-day busy work, but kept his eyes on the ultimate goal. Likewise, many leaders are faced with this physical dilemma of operating in a three dimensional plane.

Are you prepared for operating in duality, Leader? God may be calling you to action. This calling normally denotes God’s way of guiding people to religious service. John 15: 16 reads, “You did not choose me. I chose you and sent you out to produce fruit, the kind of fruit that will last.”

Likewise, Christians operate in duality. There are plenty of examples. You see Jesus, a carpenter called, called to be the Savior and Paul, a tentmaker, called to be the Gentile Ambassador. The author of Romans 11:13 explains, “Every one of those people died. But they still had faith, even though they had not received what they had been promised. They were glad just to see these things from far away, and they agreed that they were only strangers and foreigners on this earth.” Therefore, it is clear that individuals and organizations can exist in duality.

References:

Bible, Contemporary English Version

The Navigators (2006). Exploring the Biblical Overview. Received on May 31, 2006 from http://www.navigators.org/us/ministries/b2g/articles/The%20Call/items/Exploring%20The%20Bible%20Overview

Wacker, W., Taylor, J., & Means, H. (2000). The Visionary’s Handbook. New York: HarperBusiness.

© 2006 by Daryl D. Green