How We Work

How We Work

A group, committee, congregation seeks advice, help, mentoring and/or ideas for an identified issue.

A member of The Kairos Group meets with a representative body to define and structure the request and prepare it for approval.

Kairos then seeks out competent consultants to provide service for the particular situation

In Brief:

  • You contact us;
  • We meet together to devise a plan;
  • There are always necessary revisions and approvals;
  • And then we help you follow the plan.

Consultation, Education, Service: We help you put the pieces together.

Core Understandings of The Kairos Group   our Eleven Commandments of Leadership.

  1. Leadership is about change that enables the capacity to thrive.
  2. Successful change builds on the past rather than attempting to jettison  the past.
  3. Organizational adaptation occurs through experimentation, in an atmosphere that encourages a no fault attitude. Initiatives can fail and life goes on.
  4. Diversity is to be honored, encouraged and nurtured.
  5. Adaptation does require some loss as new modes are adopted and learned.
  6. Mobilizing people to meet the challenges of change lies at the heart of leadership.
  7. Leadership requires recognizing predictable defensive patterns so they can be addressed in an open and genuine fashion.
  8. Know the dimensions of the work to be done are important; understand their length and breadth.
  9. Know your part in getting the job done; understand and honor what others have to bring to the table.
  10. Plan for the future, look beyond the immediate in such a way that the future is in your mind. As Ronald Heifetz says, leadership is being on the dance floor but going to the balcony as well for the comprehensive view.
  11. Work to identify and pick the low hanging apples which celebrate present accomplishments. This paves the way into the future.

On the Nature of Leadership

"I try to look at people as people and see what ideas they have that we can lift up. That's what leadership is about: helping people find moments of greatness within themselves, and attaching those moments to a common cause that allows work to be done."

Stephan Turnipseed
President of Lego Education North America
NY Times 10/6/2012


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