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July 24, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Social Impact Assessment for Missions and Non-profits

These resources are primarily used to assess the effectiveness of non-profits. My theory is that they also have application in the missions, church growth, and Christian non-profits context.

Social Impact Concepts
Strategic Co-funding. A means, not an ends.

Resources for Social Impact
Social Impact Assessment/SROI (link)

Collected Resources (link)

Social Impact Resources (link)

July 24, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Biblical Sourcing

This isn’t an analogy if you re-read the question. The analogy would be if you found your favorite composer borrowed musically from other composers.

Or it might be like Steven Ambrose or the author of one of the bios of LBJ & Lincoln. Would that keep you from following that author or believing the veracity of what they printed.

You might edit your answer to reflect a more apt analogy.

July 24, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Mega list of leadership coaching questions

Learning versus judging questions (p. 79)

Coaching Questions: Clark-Epstein (2000)

• How does your work contribute to our success?
• How could you make your job more effective?
• Who do you see as our competitors, and how do you see them?
• What gets in the way of doing your job?
• What does our leadership team do that gets in the way of your job?
• What could we communicate management decisions more effectively?
• If you could change one thing about the organization, what would it be?
• Whats a potential benefit that we could offer that would be helpful to you?
• What is it like to work on a team in our organization?
• How could we communicate management decisions more effectively?
• If you could change one thing about the organization, what would it be?
• What makes you proud to work for this organization?
• Whats something you’ve learned in the past week?
• What brings you joy at your work?
• What gives your life meaning?

From Leading with Questions by Michael Marquadt p. 126 to 127

Coaching Questions for new leaders & employees:

Clark-Epstein (2000)
• Why do you think we make you a new leader?
• What did the greatest leader you have had do?
• What do you need to learn to be a great leader?
• How can we support you to grow as a leader?

From Leading with Questions by Michael Marquadt p. 130

* Clarke-Epstein, Seventy-eight important questions every leader should ask and answer

Several effective questions:
• What is a viable alternative?
• What are the advantages and disadvantages you see in this suggestion?
• Can you more fully describe your concerns?
• What are your goals?
• Who would you described your current reality?
• What are a few options for improvement?
• What will you commit to do by when?

Another list of effective questions
Inquiring: Why did you do it in this way? What should we actually do?
Concretizing: Can you give some examples?
Exploring: Can you say some more about why you have come to this conclusion?
Challenging: Don’t you see any other way to do this? (this seems like potentially too much pushback)
Coaching: What did you learn in this process?
Reorienting: What is actually our problem? Can you find a totally different approach to it?
Summarizing: Can we agree about this? How would you summarize your solution?

From Leading with Questions by Michael Marquadt p. 128 to 129

1. Where are we going?
2. Where are you going?
3. What are you doing well?
4. What suggestions for improvement do you have for yourself?
5. How can I help you?
6. What suggestions do you have for me?

Clark-Epstein 2000:
• Why do you do business with us?
• Why do you do business with our competitors?
• How and when have we made it head for you to do business with us?
• What will you need from us in the future?
• If you were me, whats the one thing you’d change about my organization?
• Whats the most effective way to tell you that we are grateful for your business?
• Supposed this organization could choose just three things to do more or differently to dramatically enhance our customer loyalty–what would they be?

From Leading with Questions by Michael Marquadt, p. 158

Marilee Goldberg (1998a)
• What options have we considered? What have we not considerd?
• How can this be the best possible win-win?
• What limitations might we be placing on thinking, planning, or actions? (***)
• How else can we think about this? (***)
• Are we being honest with ourselves?
• Whats useful about this?
• What can we learn about this?
• How can we make sure we stay on track? (milestones, goals, accountability, self-accountability/tracking)

From Leading with Questions by Michael Marquadt, p. 165

Here are Drucker’s 5 self-assessment questions:

[not listed in the book is OODA Loop, which stands for: Observe, Orient, Decide, Act]

[not listed in the book is the Grow model of coaching: Goals, Reality, Obstacles, Options, Way forward]

Inquiry Inc

Ok learning questions
How do you learn best?
How did you foster your own development
What made this a high-point learning experience
What were the most challenging and exciting career development opportunities you have experienced
What make it challenging and exciting?
How did you benefit?
How did the organization benefit?

Peter Drucker Guidelines (ok and blah):
What needs to be done?
What is right for the enterprise?

July 24, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

What is the essential message of the Gospels in the New Testament?

July 24, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

My random thoughts on the flaws of moral relativism

People are hung up on Kantianism and straw persons

Victorian ethics

Purpose of a garden

Deductive versus inductive logic

Morality & rationality.

Moral flexibility

Laws and law giver

The science of ethics

Law of pythagoreus…Diff places.
Role of place in discovery (?????)

Critique of science

Without ethics…very little ground for liberalism.

Values and relationship and purpose are at the center of the human experience.

Types of knowledge.
Experiential knowledge. Empathy.

Science says we are in born with morality–thats a natural law of sorts.

Flourishing. Social flourishing.

After seeing the experiments–common sense and scientific understanding.
Method says this is best (???)

Scientists look at the world from the bottom up. Look at it from physics, chemistry, and biologcy. Nope those don’t necessarily have lot to tell us about ethics.

Story. Tragedy & story help clarify ethics.

Plus relativism is deeply flawed.

What is perspectivalism?

What is phenomenology?

What is phenomenology?

Darwinian logic concurs.

Do the human sciences make sense without ethics?

Shared meaning.

Virtue ethics.

Story, experience

Golden rule.

Vote each day on ethics.

Standards and human excellence.

Hume–emotion & logic dualism.
Eliminate some inutitions (???)

Scientific morality

1. Personal decision-making
2. Groups (cultures)
3. Governments

Results and processes

Multiple framework
Democracy, respect, and community

What would law be without ethics? Turn the question on its head.

July 24, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

How do you make the most of book reading?

As someone who has studied self-improvement, education, and practice of the development of expertise and mastery. Here are the top 12 ideas that come to mind for making the most of insights:

1) Ideally have a problem/challenge you are thinking about. This is arguably one reason why MBAers with 2 years in the workplace have a better experience or rather more useful experience in B-school than someone fresh out of their respective undergraduate programs.
2) Data analysis in context. Problem solving in context. How can the impact be measured? Good compared to what? (i.e. illiciting opportunity cost) What are the systems level impacts?
3) Self-reflection.
4) Communities of practice. Collaborative learning. Group discussion with like-minded individuals. A true mastermind group which includes reflection.
5) Build something. Prototype something. Project based learning. Action learning. Experiential learning. Test your hypothesis with little to no risk.
6) Integrate it with other models/perspectives. (i.e. not just in isolation)
7) Consider visualizing it. Create a model or diagram. Create meaning with the book (aka art or expression)
8) Teach it to others.
9) Use the text to create questions–which serve as a checklist or a springboard for ideas.
10) How can I take action on this in the next 5 to 10 days so that it moves me, my team, or my company forward? (ideally all three)
11) Make notes to yourself in the text. Highlight key pages by making your own table of contents (or more properly labeled: Table of Useful stuff not found in the table of contents)
12) Integrate it into your ongoing journaling/database. Put it in a useful place so that you can easily retrieve it later. Aggregation, organization, and storage with similar materials. This can be a pain.

Here are some others:
• Make your own symbol system/notation system
• Could even have your own template for note taking
• Give your self specific time to do this (create a pattern of behavior)
• Create accountability
• Create a central place for tangible ideas (left-brained)
• Create your own project template
• Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps
• Decide to take action. Set yourself up for success.

July 24, 2014 / compassioninpolitics

Is Qui Bids a Scam?

Wikipedia points to a number of criticisms of Qui Bids which suggest it is a scam or very close to being a scam:

According to Reviewopedia, penny auctions are a bad deal for the consumer and should always be avoided:[9]
Penny auction websites attract people to them by promising expensive, big ticket items at unbelievably low prices – for example, QuiBids shows a newiPad, which retails at $499 for the most basic model, selling for $22.54. But this winning bid of $22.54 is misleading. This isn’t the truth of how much it costs to win that iPad.[9]The way penny auctions work is that you are only able to bid a single penny at any time during the auction. However, at Qui Bids, you must purchase each 1-cent bid for 60 cents. So an iPad that retails for $499 but was won for the grand total of 2,254 one-cent bids (or $22.54), which actually cost 60 cents each, just sold for $1352.40. Though the person who wins the item usually has paid less than retail for what they have received, citing $22.54 as the winning bid is extremely misleading.[9]
The Better Business Bureau has closed over 1000 consumer complaints about Qui Bids during the last three years. Nearly 25% of these complaints were not resolved to the customer’s satisfaction. The BBB does not report the number of open complaints.

I would suggest 4 key problems with the Qui Bids Penny Auction site which suggests it is a scam:

1. Hidden sign up cost of $60 that auto deducts from your credit card. Certainly not described in the commercials. (cited on Sitejabber)
2. Also bidding paying .60 for .01 bid is massively massively manipulative in terms of the actual price of purchasing a given item.
3. Wikipedia reports a high list of complaints.
4. On Sitejabber it got a 1.7 out of 5 based on 777 reviews. That number of negative reviews seems like a huge red flag of a bad website.


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