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Monday
Mar162009

A leadership Snapshot

I love one verse that says alot. Recently in my morning Bible reading, I came across Exodus 32:34, "But now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold my angel shall go before you."

I journaled as follows:

Jesus, here is a good snapshot of leadership

  • Take responsibility to lead

  • Take them someplace-forward movement, accomplishment

  • Take them to the place You have made clear-vision

  • He will be with me


Application for me:

  1. Don't be afraid to lead

  2. Hear from Jesus re His vision for me

  3. Keep moving; cast vision, set goals, execute well as a team

  4. Be confident He is with me (and us) in this journey forward

 

On another note, I just posted, "Transformissional Coaching." Check it out under "Book Notes"

Monday
Mar092009

Imagination or creativity

 

Increasingly I am hearing the word creative, or creativity. I am told that I need to be creative; to think creatively, lead creatively. Now I am beginning to suspect that there is a disconnect.  When some people think of being creative they think of coming up with new ideas or concepts.  I am  now understanding that thinking of new ideas is being imaginative, but not necessarily being creative.

When God "Created" in Genesis he didn't simply think of something new, he brought something new into existence that wasn't there before. It is one thing to use your imagination and think of something new, but quite a different thing to make something  new happen. When all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.

Through the years, I have been in numerous so called creative meetings that did not result in anything but a lot of ideas of what might be done. A truly creative person is one who moves from idea to implementation.

Eugene Peterson's comments on 2 Thessalonians 1:11 by saying "I pray that God will make you fit for what He's called you to be; pray he fills your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy that it all amounts to something." Good ideas equal imagination, but acts of faith equal creativity.   Steven Furtick says,  "An idea without implementation is not creativity but imagination."

So, the next time you are asked to be a part of a "Creative Meeting" make sure it results in action, not just ideas that never leave the room or the launching pad.

 

Monday
Mar022009

Completing or Competing

There is no fight like a church fight. Fighting among church members and often among church leaders is never healthy but unfortunately all too common. I am not talking about appropriate conflict which is a good and necessary thing, but rather nasty fighting that is clearly not pleasing to Jesus.

It recently occured to me that if we would celebrate (rather than resent and argue) the differences in how we think, and function as leaders in the same church, and often on the same team, we would complete each other as Romans 12 and I Corinthians 12 so clearly teach.  Quite to the contrary, we instead compete and compare because of our own sick egos and a lack of contentment with who we are and what God has for us. Enough is enough already! What has been your experience?

Tuesday
Feb242009

New Book Note just posted-check it out

I just posted a new book note, "Leadershift."  Written by Don Cousins one of the orginal handful that started Willow Creek. It will challenge your thinking on leadership...,guaranteed!

Sunday
Feb222009

Picking the Right People

Selecting future leaders in whom to invest  is one of the primary responsibilities of current leaders. In Acts 1:24 we see the new band of leaders agonizing over who should take the place of Judas.  They are praying and asking for wisdom on who the right one is.

One thing I have learned in over 40 years of ministry is not to select a person for leadership on the basis of personality, potential or promise, but on "proven performance." Has the person demonstrated he can do what is being expected?

Another area to keep a close eye on is "the heart."  What's underneath is often times more determanitive than what's observable. Samuel was warned in I Samual 16:7 to not be overly infatuated by the outward appearance, but to pay attention to the heart. It is tempting  to focus too much on competence (what you can see) and not enough on matters of the heart (character) which you cannot see; and especially don't see on a resume or during an interview.

Here are some of the qualities I am looking for:

  • Character: Integrity, dependability, wholeheartedness

  • Caring: A genuine love for other people

  • Capacity: Calendar, intellect and emotion

  • Chemistry: A team player who fits in well with the current team

  • Contribution: Someone who brings something unique to the table

  • Christ: Their walk with Jesus.  Is it real and from the heart

  • Gifts that fit the role

  • Passion that is contageous

  • Competence that has been honed to a high skill level

I love what Jim Collins says in "Good to Great." Get the right people on the bus and in the right seats.

As a leader, what has Jesus been teaching you as you seek to build the next generation of leaders within your church or organization?