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I publish WendellNotes for significant books I read to make their perspective available to friends and GIN subscribers who may not otherwise have time for them. Before I started writing WendellNotes in 2011, book notes were part of my Journal. [Brackets separate my comments from the author's.]

Your culture is how your company makes decisions when you’re not there. Virtues are what you do, while values are merely what you believe. What you are is what you do. What you do is who you become. The required amount of communication is inversely proportional to the level of trust. Most people can absorb new information several times faster and more effectively by reading information than listening to it. A culture is a set of actions. When you take an action that’s inconsistent with your culture, the best fix is to admit it, then move to overcorrect the error. The “why” of every decision is what gets remembered. The samurai are the taproot of Japanese culture to this day--a system not of values but of virtues. Culture is a consequence of actions rather than beliefs. Nothing signals the importance of an issue like daily meetings about it. If you want to change who you are, you have to change the culture you’re in. You can’t change reality, but you can assign it a new meaning. The shining example of assigning meaning was what Abraham Lincoln did in his Gettysburg Address.

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Sickness is to the body what sin is to the soul. The natural realm is the anchor of unbelief I now pray until I come into a place of faith for a situation. Contentment short of God’s purposes would mean having to learn to live with the enemy. A religious spirit is a demonic presence that works to get us to substitute being led by our intellect. Form without power creates Christians without purpose. Jesus, the model teacher, never separated teaching from doing. Most of what is recognized as a Christian lifestyle can be accomplished by people who don’t even know God. Teaching MUST be followed with action Anything I can get from the Word without God will not change my life. Unless I do the works of the Father, do not believe me. Real learning comes through doing. They were commanded to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons. Wise men have always been willing to travel. God wanted to make an exchange—His increased presence for my dignity. If the gospel is powerless, it is because human wisdom has had its influence. A primary purpose of the miracle realm is to reveal the nature of God. Nothing thrills the heart more than knowing God. Even the Son of God stated it was the miraculous that validated His ministry on earth. Something happened in me that won’t let me accept a gospel that isn’t backed with signs and wonders. Ignorance asks for understanding; unbelief asks for proof. Our main battle in spiritual warfare is not against the devil. It is against the flesh. We miss God when we live as though we have Him figured out.

Innovative systems gravitate toward the “edge of chao," the fertile zone between too much order and too much anarchy. I have been curating a private digital archive of quotes that I’ve found intriguing, my 21st century version of the commonplace book. It fosters private serendipity. [My (Globig) 50+ years of journaling are a version of this.] Physical proximity makes space rich with exaptation. 2 structuring metaphors govern: the complex interdependencies of the tangled bank, and the war of nature. The market has been a great engine of innovation. But so has the reef.

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Wilberforce was the greatest social reformer in the history of the world. He vanquished the very mind-set that made slavery acceptable and allowed it to thrive for millennia. The "Broken Window" argument (which transformed New York City in the 1990s) was the lever by which Wilberforce replaced an entire world of brutality and misery with another of civility and hope, one that we now refer to as the Victorian era.]

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Our tongue is the rudder for our lives. God’s heart for us is to yearn to grow into a place of profoundly influencing others. Life is released by right words that agree with God. Hope is the soil that faith puts its roots in. Hope is the confident expectation that good is coming. Focus prime attention on the unseen realm of the spirit. Our tongue works like a rudder for us, taking us wherever our words are directed. Whatever we continuously talk about, we will begin seeing an increase of in our lives. Jesus turned the logos into his personal rhema.