Leadership 101

simple insights for those in leadership

Quote of the Day :: 04.29.09

Inherent in the leadership relationship is the expectation that over time, the direction you give will result in progress toward maturity, growth in skills and character, and even an increase in your own leadership competencies.

– Nancy Ortberg

April 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Tuesday Thots :: 04.28.09

Froom Seth Godin’s blog on decision making.

I need more time

First rule of decision making: More time does not create better decisions.

In fact, it usually decreases the quality of the decision.

More information may help. More time without more information just creates anxiety, not insight.

Deciding now frees up your most valuable asset, time, so you can go work on something else. What happens if, starting today, you make every decision as soon as you have a reasonable amount of data?

April 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 04.27.09

Much of what gets done in leadership has a strikingly non-linear appraoch.  There is no clear-cut, step-by-step equation that guarantees results; it’s the convergence of conditions that creates a climate where people and organizations prosper.

– Nancy Ortberg

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Quote of the Day :: 04.24.09

Admitting your mistakes says something profound about your basic integrity as a leader.

– Bill Hybels

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Quote of the Day :: 04.22.09

Each time senior leaders shift the blame – someone else dropped the ball, someone else is at fault – their credibility plummets with every single person who knows the real deal.

When something goes wrong, board members, staff members and other onlookers want to see which leader will take responsibility for it.  That is the leader they will respect.  That is the leader they will follow.

– Bill Hybels

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tuesday Thots :: 04.21.09

Saw this the other day and it is so very true.

Green Grass and Deep Crap

We have several patches of unusually green, extremely tall grass in our front yard.
We also have a problem with our septic system.  It leaks into the aforementioned part of the yard, where the grass grows tall and green.

There is a direct correlation:
The place where the crap runs the deepest
is the place where the grass grows the greenest.

Several applications can be made for leaders from this:

  1. If the grass is greener on the other side of the fence – beware.  So often we think that the next place will be better or easier.  Maybe it will be better but it could be a lot harder.  Or maybe it will be easier but it certainly won’t really be any better.  Maybe it’ll be niether.  Every new place has new problems, and often they aren’t even new, they just wear different masks.
  2. Sometimes we as leaders have to go through the stuff we don’t want to go through in order to grow.  Don’t run away from it.  Hold your breath and work your way through it.  Chances are it will grow you stronger than the normal every day stuff. 

April 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 04.20.09

Promptness is about charcater, and leaders are not beyond the rules that govern things like courtesy and character.

– Bill Hybels

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Quote of the Day :: 04.17.09

When we are focused on the right mission and have the right people executing the right roles that are consistent with their gifts and calling, I expect to see a bounce in people’s step, a sparkle in their eyes, joy in their hearts, and energy to spare.

– Bill Hybels

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day :: 04.15.09

Someone’s sense of job satisfaction and personal vitality means almost as much to me as the deliverables they’re paid to achieve.

– Bill Hybels

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Tuesday Thots :: 04.14.09

Read this great piece on evaluation the other day by youth pastor, Josh Griffin.  He’s the high school youth pastor out at Saddleback Church in California (Rick Warren’s church).  Anyway, some great leadership insights.  While they’re targeted at church/ministry leaders, they’re certainly applicable within any organization.


You Probably Can’t Trust What You’re Hearing

Posted: 12 Apr 2009 04:45 PM PDT

Thinking about the power of community in leadership this week – how a leader who stands alone is in a dangerous position. When all you think are your thoughts and your passions crowd out others, you could soon find yourself in a situation where you’re leading, and no one is following. Very few leaders truly see the big picture of their organization completely honestly, our perspectives are skewed by the passions we have and the burdens we carry. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – churches are often earmarked by passionate leaders in specific areas of influence. But a good leader hears other perspectives from trusted counselors and weighs them against their own.

You probably can’t solely trust you own perspective. You are the leader for a reason, but don’t lead alone.
You probably can’t always trust what you hear. You will hear what you want to hear, and people who agree with you will be the most vocal.
A good leader might have to dig up and draw out a holistic perspective.

Let me explain the idea with examples:

  • If you’re evangelistic by nature, you’ll always be thinking about reaching the next student and not thinking about growing the ones you already have. Like me, balance will be difficult for you.
  • If you’re a traditionalist, you’ll hear mostly from people wanting to remain traditional. When someone does have the courage to speak to you about change, you have stacks of mental notes already against the idea because you’ve stored evidence that supports your position. You fight against change or easily dismiss it altogether without another thought.
  • If you’re a worship pastor, you lean toward more experiences and expressions of worship naturally. Also, you’ll hear from people like you who love to express their heart in singing and have to fight to think outside of the song box.
  •  If you’re a numbers person, your default will often and quickly be “no” because of the cost. Leading in community weighs the cost and the return and occasionally gives the green light to a ridiculous-but-God-idea.

A leader must serve in community to be able to hear many voices, and staff around him or her the passions that they don’t posses naturally. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.”

Don’t believe everything you hear, think or feel. Trust your leadership in community.

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