Module 5: You and the Congregation as a System (HL101)

6 comments on “Module 5: You and the Congregation as a System (HL101)

  1. Scott Mulder on

    I’m only just through Video 2, and the incredibly intense exchange from MSNBC.

    The exploration of personal expression and cultural norms opens a crucial question going forward: emotional self regulation.

    In the study of subjects like leadership and management, the ability of emotional self-regulation is often considered a key component of emotional and social intelligence, and a crucial aspect of effective leaders and managers. Generally—but not always—emotional self-regulation is used to portray someone as completely calm, cool and passionless under all circumstance.

    I personally see her as using her experience and her passion as a means by which she can deliver a message that others are unwilling to hear, but, I also know that because her style of rhetorical delivery will open her up to a wide range of assaults from those whose cultural norms she disregarded.

    I don’t know how to resolve this challenge, of cultural boundaries and borders, and styles of communication and rhetoric, but I feel it is a topic that needs to be pointed out—-that if person A and person B are from separate cultures, unless person A delivers a message in terms which person B considers an acceptable message, person B will almost instantly reject this message—that the “lizard brain” will reject the messenger even before giving the message itself any conscious and rational thought.

    I suspect, then, that we can only become multi-cultural leaders by standing on the boundaries of cultures, and learning to speak through multiple filters and styles of language.

    Obviously, this is far more challenging than it sounds….

      • Renee Ruchotzke on

        Part of the reason that I shared the clip of Melissa Harris-Perry was to show that there is a dominant cultural expectation that if you want to be perceived as rational, you have to talk in a subdued manner. I hope that our congregations can learn that emotional regulation can present as both high-energy and low energy — this is part of the intercultural competency work that I am including in the course.

    • Scott Mulder on

      (This art also demands a complete rethink of the meaning of what defines emotional regulation as a key competency of leadership and / or management, because, as the video example shows, this is a woman who is clearly composed, clearly knows what she intends to say and way, and has command of her voice, but most definitions of emotional regulation would suggest otherwise).

  2. Deb Celinski on

    Renee, I just watched Part 1 of the video presentation, and there are a few episodes of some kind of interference in the audio, like perhaps there was some feedback. When they occurred, the interference made the audio impossible to understand.

    Deb Celinski

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