"You Can't Quit Smoking for Someone Else": Technical Problems and Adaptive Challenges

by Scott Cormode. Fuller Theological Seminary.


The easily readable article explains the differences between technical and adaptive challenges.


key points in bold, articles two and three of Leading for Transformative Change series

Recommended Audience

clergy and senior lay leader



Practical Applications

  • Prioritize challenges by determining which are technical and adaptive.
  • Strategize your leadership interventions by distinguishing which issues have direct solutions and those that are systemic.

About the Contributor

Aaron Spiegel

Aaron is a rabbi, author, and president of the Synagogue Studies Institute. He formerly directed the CRG and information technology at the Center for Congregations.

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