Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wisdom Wednesday - Leadership

Just a brief recap of the highlights for me from the Global Leadership Summit teachings:

~ Bill freakin' Hybels - God might call you to something that will never succeed, he may just be leading you to humility and leaning on him, like Jeremiah. To be a relentless leader you have to be a relentless learner. Leaders rarely learn anything new without having their world rocked and their bell rung.  Challenging yourself, we are most productive when we are progressing past appropriately challenged, when we are almost dangerously challenged.  You can't solve problems you refuse to name. Don't lose the plot, continually re-examine 5 core principles for your life. Never count yourself out, be determined to make your next five years your best five years ever. How you finish is how you’ll be remembered.

~ Dr. Henry freakin' Cloud - Communicating with 'fools', especially those threatening your vision. "God has called you to be a steward over a vision, a steward over a vision for the specific reason of changing something in a community or a world or a family or a nation." You can't let fear of confrontation threaten your vision.

~ Cory Booker (Mayor of Newark) - Be the kind of person whose light shines long after their a star. Stand up for SOMEthing. Do SOMEthing. Don't waste your life, a lot of people suffered a lot to give you the life you have. "You are the result of a grand conspiracy of love."

~ Seth Godin - People (consumers) are no longer interested in being fed average products for average people, fitting into cookie cutter molds meant for most but not all. We want to belong but we want to be unique, and so society has formed 'tribes' and we consume based on what appeals to our tribe, not the masses. Everyone has something to offer, because everyone is an original, everyone can find a niche and create one-of-a-kind experiences for others, making art out of work.

~ Michelle Rhee - Not on my watch! Be willing to put everything on the line to do what's right.

~ Mamma Maggie - "Silence your body, to listen to your words. Silence your tongue, to listen to your thoughts. Silence your thoughts, to listen to your heart. Silence your heart, to listen to your spirit. And silence your spirit, to listen to His Spirit."

~ Erwin McManus - Christians used to be the best story tellers, tell your story with passion and realism so that other people can see themselves in your story, and they will want what you have. Whoever tells a great story, shapes the culture. Become the cultivators of human talent.We need to be the stewards of human potential. The church needs to reclaim it’s place as the epicenter of creativity.

~John Dickson - Humility is common sense - None of us is an expert in everything. Humility is beautiful -We are more attracted to the great and humble than to the great who know they’re great. Humility is generative - It leads to new ideas. Humility is persuasive -The most persuasive person is the one who has your best interest at heart. Humility is inspiring - If there is someone with greatness but is unavailable, we just admire them, but if someone is humble and open, we feel we can be like them.

~ Patrick Lencioni - Service requires the server to be vulnerable—to embrace uncommon levels of humility, selflessness and transparency for the good of those they are serving. Because we fear rejection, we have terminal kindness - but kindness without truth...which will kill relationships, businesses, etc. As Christians we are called to be rejected. Speak kind truth.  Avoiding vulnerability is denying your humanity. Genuine vulnerability or serving others by purposefully 'lowering' yourself to benefit others actually raises you up, you are more attractive to others.

~ Steve Furtnick - Audacious faith is the difference between daydreaming and being a visionary. Only God can do what God can do, only you can do what you can do, so do what you can do and let God do what he can do. Chances are, if your plans don't intimidate you they are insulting to God.

Wow! My personal take-aways.  I am an original, I am a creative creation made in the image of my creator and only I can do what I am meant to do. I have a responsibility to, and stewardship over, the vision God has planted in me, to use my life to serve others, and I can do it best embracing a spirit of humility not weakness. I have to guard that vision, take a 'not on my watch' stance, not letting anything interfere with it, including having a willingness to sacrifice everything to accomplish that vision, no compromise, even if it means failure, rejection or danger. Only God can produce results, I can only do what he's created me to do.

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