Saturday, 27 August 2016
Monday, 22 August 2016
A challenging post by Dave Kraft! Think it through for yourself and be ruthlessly honest about your own ambition!
"Are we trying to pat ourselves on the back? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart before God."2 Corinthians 5:12 NLT
Jesus, Wow! Having a sincere heart as opposed to having a spectacular ministry.
It's nice to be fruitful and see You do awesome things, but not at the expense of being sincere (without wax) before You. It really comes down to being all about You…me being all about You…everything being all about You.
I am okay with the ministry You are accomplishing through me to look like whatever You want it to look like and not trying to impress others or prove anything. Oh, the harm done by trying to look important, be important, feel important!
Jesus, Help me to be biblically content with: Who I am, where I am, what I’m doing and what You choose to do, and to make sure You get all the praise for what happens.
I have written previously about the word sincere, Simplicity and Sincerity, so you can check that out.
My simple observation after 48 years of vocational ministry with 15 different churches is that there is too much spectacular ministry (at least trying to be spectacular) and too little sincere heart behind it.
I fear that Christianity in the U.S is becoming a celebrity-seeking culture where we bow before the writings, teaching and books of well-known, famous and perceived successful Christian pastors and are invited to visit their churches so we can learn how they did it and replicate it in our own context!
May I humbly suggest a sincere heart that leads to a Spirit empowered ministry (not spectacular to impress people, but Spirit-empowered to honor Him) that is all about Jesus and not the leader? Nothing is more dangerous to the body of Christ than leaders who want to feel important, look important and be important at the expense of sincerity, integrity and humility!
“As long as you grab for what makes you feel good or makes you look important, are you really much different than a babe at the breast, content only when everything’s going your way?"-1 Corinthians 3:3, The Message
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
I once hear Gordon Macdonald talk about the importance of intentionally building key relationships into your life that I found very challenging.
He talked about eight indispensable friends that every leader requires.
· A coach to help you grow?
· Someone who stretches your mind?
· A person to listen to your dreams?
· Someone who laughs with you?
· A person who cries with you?
· Someone who rebukes you?
· A person who plays with you?
· Someone who seeks faith with you?
1. Place a tick against those for which you believe you do have such a friend.
2. If any are left blank, consider who might be such a friend to fulfil that particular role currently missing in your life.
Saturday, 13 August 2016
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
A Great post by Dan Rockwell
Top 20 Leadership Behaviors:
- Be supportive.
- Champion desired change.
- Clarify objectives, rewards, and consequences.
- Communicate prolifically and enthusiastically.
- Develop others.
- Develop and share a collective mission.
- Differentiate among followers.
- Facilitate group collaboration.
- Foster mutual respect.
- Give praise.
- Keep groups organized and on task.
- Make quality decisions.
- Motivate and bring out the best in others.
- Offer a critical perspective.
- Operate with a strong results orientation.
- Recover positively from failure.
- Remain composed and confident in uncertainty.
- Role model organizational values.
- Seek different perspectives.
- Solve problems effectively.
Successful leaders engage in all 20 leadership behaviors, but four make the biggest difference in effectiveness.
4 Behaviors account for 89% of Leadership Effectiveness:
1. Be supportive
- Show authentic interest.
- Build trust.
- Help team members overcome challenges.
2. Seek different perspectives
- Monitor trends and patterns.
- Invite ideas that could improve performance.
- Differentiate between important and unimportant issues.
3. Operate with strong results orientation.
- Follow through.
- Emphasize efficiency.
- Prioritize work that matters most.
4. Solve problems effectively.
- Gather and analyze information.
- Make decisions.
- Handle disputes.
You can’t neglect any of the 20 leadership behaviors listed above. However, McKinsey’s research suggests that you would serve your organizations well if you get really good at the four that account for 89% of leadership effectiveness.
Which of the top four do you find most challenging? Why?
How might leaders demonstrate competence in the four behaviors listed above?
Thursday, 4 August 2016
Leadership is primarily about moving forward. Sure, there are times you need to review history, but you can’t let yourself get stuck there. It’s far easier and more comfortable to stay in the past. A leader’s job is to lead the team to a better future.
5 ways to create the future:
- Focus the team on tomorrow’s solutions, not today’s problems
- Reduce distractions, naysayers, and complainers from slowing progress
- Invite all participants to freely speak their minds and welcome all ideas
- Use positive momentum to keep the team moving
- Reinforce behaviors that point the way ahead
It’s always easier to stay where we are comfortable. But don’t become an expert on the problem; become known as someone who drives to a better future. That’s the essence of leadership.