My Read of the Month:

Title:The Horizontal Organization : What the Organization of the Future Actually Looks Like and How it Delivers Value to Customers
Author: Frank Ostroff
Published: 1999
Genre: Business Leadership & Management
Ratings: 3.0 out of 5 stars

In my opinion, the adoption of horizontal organisation is very much lacking in today’s organisations. Most are still operating in the vertical approach which may also be referred to as the hierarchical approach.

According to the author, this (vertical) can be observed by how important information might get loss as knowledge travels up and down multiple levels across departments which focuses more on functional goals rather than an outward-looking proposition on delivering value and winning people. Another shortcoming of this would be the stifling of creativity and initiative at lower levels.

I find this a helpful read to understand what organisations must do to see true transformation: (1) Top-down, (2) down-up and (3) aligning and streamlining of core processes to meet organisational value proposition. And the horizontal approach concept releases and empowers people by giving them the tools, skills, motiviation and authority to make decisions essential to the team’s performance.

Though overall this is a good book with credible case studies, it can be a bit technical and dry. But still are must-read if you enjoy leadership or management matters and understand how to build an organisation that will be able to respond swiftly and effectively to market forces and trends in remaining competitive and relevant.

Who should read it: For management/CEO level or for those keen to learn more about management like me =p

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Looking Onwards, Running Forward

With all the attention on the Singapore’s inaugural F1 Night Race, many other Singaporeans like myself are also gearing up for annual Singapore Marathon by Standard Chartered in December.

Like any marathon, staying ahead and to keep on keeping on is the challenge. Ask any veteran and they will agree that besides stamina, the real battle is in the mind in focusing on the finishing line.

Life is like a marathon

Ever wonder how easy it is to slow down when you see others behind you when you’re ahead? Or how tempting it is to give up with the many excuses that arises at the half-way point?

If you follow on, I think you will agree with me that running a marathon is so parallel to our journey in life. For instance, when our culture in general accepts pre-marital sex, isn’t it easy to give in to the crowd and lower our moral standards?

In the marketplace where integrity may not be highly practice and compromised for quick personal promotion, isn’t it easy for us to conform in order not to lose out?

In our Christian community, we may also start to look at our peers and conclude that since most are not serving or obeying God around me, then it is alright that I don’t to either.

Running with excellence

Like running in a marathon, in life we need to look onwards and keep going forward. Allowing complacency to creep in would prove detrimental. And to focus, requires a much needed paradigm shift.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

Instead of choosing to look at those around us or behind us, we need to learn how to tune our focus on a leader who is setting a high standard. In the case of moral and godly excellence, we have Jesus Christ.

Therefore, as we run this marathon of faith in our lives, let’s not aim low or live our faith in mediocrity by following the majority- the wide gate (c.f. Matthew 7:13).

Today, choose to set a high standard by fixing our eyes on Jesus who has ran ahead of us for us to follow.

A Man after God’s Heart

It is something noteworthy that despite having committed adultery and murder, King David was still singled out by God as “a man after His own heart” (c.f. Acts 13:22).

So how did he qualify as a man after God’s heart?

Being after God’s heart

I believe that David qualified as a man after God’s heart because he lived a life of repentence. He was a man that kept his heart soft and tender to the love, leading and voice of God. 

Even when he fell into sin, he was humble enough to respond to God in obedience when rebuked. And God honoured his obedience as it was under David’s rulership that Israel was at its peak and enjoyed political stability, peace and prosperity for many years.

Learning from David

I take heart that God does not look at our accomplishments or our good works in determining our righteousness. It is by the saving grace of Jesus that I can stand righteous before Him with confidence.

Being man that is still prone to sin, I am assured that with this same grace and the power of Jesus’ blood, I have the ability to overcome sin and sustain my pursuit of holiness.  

Thanks to God for the deposit of the Holy Spirit in us for sensitivity and power against sin.  And His truth to guide and set us free from the enemy’s schemes and bondages in our lives.

Being a Trailblazer for God’s Culture

New International Version:

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

The Message:

“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time.

Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.”

Matthew 7:13-14

Creating Culture

Our best response is to make something out of it.

CHRISTIANITY TODAY
By Andy Crouch

I wonder what we Christians are known for in the world outside our churches. Are we known as critics, consumers, copiers, condemners of culture? I’m afraid so.

Why aren’t we known as cultivators—people who tend and nourish what is best in human culture, who do the hard and painstaking work to preserve the best of what people before us have done?

Why aren’t we known as creators—people who dare to think and do something that has never been thought or done before, something that makes the world more welcoming and thrilling and beautiful?

The simple truth is that in the mainstream of culture, cultivation and creativity are the postures that confer legitimacy for the other gestures. People who consider themselves stewards of culture, guardians of what is best in a neighborhood, an institution, or a field of cultural practice gain the respect of their peers.

Even more so, those who go beyond being mere custodians to creating new cultural goods are the ones who have the world’s attention.

Read the full article here>>>

Breaking Free from the Law

I AM FREE FROM THE LAW: I am DEAD to the law and am no longer “under” it. It has no POWER over me…

  • I am FREE FROM THE LAW’S CONDEMNATION and demand. It has no power over my conscience. My sins are paid for, and I have Jesus’ obedience. I need not look to the law to save me
  • I also need not look to the law to sanctify me. It is not my growth. I grow by faith, which results in obedience. I am FREE FROM THE LAW AS MY HOLINESS — Christ is my holiness
  • I am FREE FROM THE LAW BEING A MEASURE OF MY CLOSENESS TO GOD or my spirituality
  • I am FREE FROM USING THE LAW AGAINST OTHERS
  • I am FREE FROM THE PRIDE of keeping the law