Friday, February 15, 2008

My Passion: Raise Up Effective Change Agents!

Most of the books and the articles I read are focused on how to do good for people. I am trained as a Change Agent. Over the years I have read almost everything there is about what works and what does not work to ,otivate people to make positive changes.
I have several degrees in how to Manage and Motivate Change. One degree is in teaching, another in organizing systems to promote growth and change and a doctorate in healing and growth of mental and emotional issues.
Our most recent book, "Hope and Change for Humpty Dumpty" has many of the principles that work in it. We have summarized the core principles and made them available to ministers, educators, counselors, coaches and consultants. Steve Griebling and I often teach on those principles to people who wish to grow as change agents.
In today's mail I received A Devotional Reading from a great guy named Chuck at I have asked him before if I might reproduce portions of his emails and he agreed it was OK. Here is his take on some things that DO NOT WORK as positive influencers.

Friday - February 15, 2008 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules Colossians 2:20

Almost every state, as well as other countries, has laws on their books that would surprise most people. For instance:
In Salt Lake County, Utah, it's illegal to walk down the street carrying a violin in a paper bag.
In Oklahoma, you can be arrested for making ugly faces at a dog.

In California it is illegal for a vehicle without a driver to exceed 60 miles per hour.
In Danville, Pennsylvania, all fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires.
In Pennsylvania, it's against the law to tie a dollar bill on a string on the ground and pull it away when someone tries to pick it up.

In Calgary Alberta, there is still a by-law that requires businesses within the city to provide rails for tying up horses.
In Wilbur, Washington, it is illegal to ride an ugly horse.

Finally, in Samoa, it's a crime to forget your own wife's birthday.
Through God’s grace, we are free from regulations that have an appearance of making us holy and are able to enter into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
You cannot legislate the human race into heaven. (Or human relations for that matter.)
Charles Henry Parkhurst


Norma said...

Hope and change. Sounds like Barack Obama's message.

Gary Sweeten said...

Norma, In my view, Senator Obama is wonderful in at least one key element of motivating change. He has the ability to Inspire groups and individuals with hope and expectation.

When Mr. Obama speaks his voice and demeanor are warm, genuine and respectful and he seems so genuinely nice that it is disarming and very attractive.

In the Humpty Dumpty book I lay out the core conditions of a change agent with the acrostic, GREW: Genuineness, Respect, Empathy and Warmth. Mr. Obama has all of those attributes. It remains to be seen if he can put the action required to be an effective change agent.

Inspiration without action can lead to fanaticism and finally to depression because nothing gets done. I hope he can accomplish important activities but I am not sure he can. JFK was inspirational but a disaster at policies and taking proper actions. However, he could certainly preach.

I have been around great preachers and teachers all my life. Most of them can not lead. They must hire others who can do the stuff but they often rest on oration as the way to lead through inspiration and fail to do the hard work of organizational development. As a rule, orators can orate but cannot manage.