Leadership

The Path of Integrity

The Path of Integrity Even Jesus’ enemies recognized Him as a man of integrity (Matthew 22:16). What was it about Jesus that established this reputation even among those who opposed Him? Life’s Journey Leaves a Telling-Tale Living in the Northern Hemisphere, I see the very same celestial heavens as David when he tended his flocks […]

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Live with Integrity

What is the value of integrity? Why is Integrity so important? What does it mean to walk with Integrity? Lack of Integrity is an Achilles Heel Achilles was a mighty Greek warrior/hero of mythology who was defeated when an arrow was shot into his heel. An “Achilles heel” is a vulnerability that leads to a […]

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13 Things To Do Well

How Well are You Doing? Drawing from my extensive background and research, I have found 13 things that successful people and effective leaders do well. 1. Honest Communication: Speak the Truth in Love 2. Walk My Talk: Carefully Walk a Reputable Path 3. Credible: Do the Right Thing 4. Trustworthy: Trusting and Trustworthy 5. Self-Accepting: […]

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Leaders Facilitate

To Facilitate is to Make Things Happen It is the role of the leader to facilitate, to enable and help things to happen, to serve as a resource for decision-making, and groom and develop other leaders within the team. A leader helps clarify goals, identify options, redefine requirements, evaluate strategy, empower and accept accountability. To […]

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Leading is a Matter of the Heart

Leading Requires Heart Good shepherding begins and ends with the “shepherd’s heart.” Care and companionship are rooted in his soul. The great leader has a heart for his team. He leads by investing himself, working to move the team toward its goal. Leading Requires Respect In the tradition of the shepherd, a leader earns the […]

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What does it take to Lead Well?

To Lead Well Takes Balance To lead well, a Great Leader finds a balance between the boldness and power of leadership, and the humility of service. That balance is found in the personal character of the shepherd. At his core, the shepherd/leader described in Psalm 23, is both tough and tender possessing strength and prowess […]

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Credibility is Earned

Be precise, reliable and believable. Speak what is right…true…and just. Proverbs 8:7-8 Integrity is based on accuracy “It’s not the crime (error or mistake) it’s the cover-up” How often have we seen leaders fall, not because the made a mistake or made a poor choice, but lied to cover it up? There are many ways to […]

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Nine Factors of “Pro-Active” Leadership

Our work and research have identified nine rational, emotive categories regarding the thinking of effective leaders. These categories represent 100 specific, uniquely powerful ideas that drive the thinking of effective people. We have summarized these into nine clusters/categories in the acrostic, PRO-ACTIVE

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Six Steps of Effective Root Cause Problem Solving

All problem solving has 3 common factors. Problem Solving Common Factors Effective Problem Solvers do three things well: ✦ Recognizing and defining the unacceptable situation/The Problem ✦ Finding the cause(s) of the unacceptable situation/The Problem ✦ Eliminating the unacceptable situation/The Problem Problem Solving  Has 3 Phases Effective Problem Solvers follow a logical, disciplined  of a […]

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Find the Best Answer: Discuss and Analyze

  Good Questions Promote Good Answers Probing Questions access the knowledge, experience, insight and intuition of the team, Effective Problem Solvers gather a large quantity of information. Often the discussion process of sharing thoughts and ideas will lead to new insights. Now that the information has been gathered, the next task is to narrow the information […]

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Leading Means Taking the Lead

Lead with Purpose The Good Shepherd leads the flock with purpose. There are times when the shepherd’s guidance requires taking the flock through very difficult and dangerous places. Just as a Good Shepherd needs to know his terrain and anticipate outcomes with wisdom and judgment, the leader must possess a clear understanding of organization, procedures […]

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Communication: Problem Solving’s Biggest Problem

Big Communication Problems Teams often break down because of unresolved differences and communication breakdown. It need not happen to you and your team. You can learn and use a proven and effective communication process. Effective Teams Communicate Well A team is two or more people working together to accomplish a common purpose. To successfully work […]

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6 Important Problem Solving Steps

There are 6 important steps to effective Problem Solving. These steps fall within the 3 universal phases of effective problem-solving. Effective Problem Response Effective Problem Solvers do three things well: ✦ Recognizing and defining the unacceptable situation/The Problem ✦ Finding the cause(s) of the unacceptable situation/The Problem ✦ Eliminating the unacceptable situation/The Problem

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Balance Power & Humility

Find Balance Effective  leaders and effective people  find balance between  powers boldness power  and services humility. That balance is found in the personal character of the shepherd. At his core the shepherd, as described in Psalm 23, is both tough and tender; possessing strength and prowess of body, mind and spirit to meet the physical […]

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God is in the Details

The Devil is in the Details The idiom: “The devil is in the details,” refers to the fact that when problems develop or things fail, it is often because someone overlooked or failed to care for a small, seemingly insignificant item. The older phrase, “God is in the details,” is a reference that attention to […]

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The Shepherd in the New Testament

Shepherds Visit the Good Shepherd Shepherds first appear in the New Testament (Luke 2) when the angels came to them to announce the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. They went to visit Him. Did they realize He was The Good Shepherd? Jesus is the Good Shepherd Jesus introduced the shepherd allegory (John 10:1-18) calling himself […]

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The Shepherd in the Old Testament

First Shepherds in the Old Testament The first Old Testament reference to a shepherd is Able as a profession. (Genesis 4). The first use of a shepherd as a leadership allegory is Genesis 49:24. Jacob was called The Shepherd; the Rock of Israel,. Psalm 23 is the most extensive shepherd allegory. Each and every shepherd […]

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Shepherd Allegory

Subjectivity  of Allegories Allegories are not literal in translation and interpretation but require subjective artistry. For example, in the 23rd Psalm, the Shepherd is God and the sheep are people, while in 1 Peter 5:2, the shepherd is a person in a leadership role and sheep are the people who follow the leader. In John […]

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Inspiration of the Good Shepherd

The Romantic Shepherd There is an artistic quality to the shepherd that lends itself to all the attributes of great romantic literature: artistic freedom, imagination, emotion, freedom of spirit and celebrating nature. Today, one might consider a shepherd quaint but irrelevant; yet, the shepherd is one of the most inspiring icons in the world,  seen […]

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Follow the Good Shepherd

Follow the Good Shepherd with Confidence Jesus often uses the common to describe new things. Despite the negative connotations, Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd (John 10:11 & 14). David, in the Old Testament, was a good shepherd. Both are great leaders. Consider the possibility that they can teach us valuable lessons about life, faith […]

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The Shepherd Paradox

Shepherd an Unlikely Metaphor The shepherd is an unlikely hero. Many aspire to be great, but few of being a shepherd. In the ancient world, shepherds were classified with thieves and cheats; on the bottom rung of the social ladder. Living with sheep is a dirty job. Shepherds were religiously unclean because it was impossible […]

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Imagine

Imagine in your mind’s eye, imagine a still and quiet night. A crescent moon drifts slowly overhead. There is a faint demarcation between heaven and earth. You are miles from the nearest person and town. It is quiet and you are alone, at peace with the wonders of creation. Imagine, the terrain is treacherous, yet […]

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To Lead Well is to Think Well

Great Leaders Lead Well Great Leaders Lead Well because they think well. “The ancestor of every action is a thought.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Great leaders perceive, think and choose well, resulting in effective outcomes. Dierks Bentley’s upbeat country/rock song, “What Was I Thinkin?” laments a series of poor choices that caused problems. Dierks’ psychology is right on. […]

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What Was I Thinking: “Re-Active” Thinking

While “In-active” people are frustrating and “Neg-active” people are exhausting, “Re-active” people are useful. They are problem-solvers and fire fighters; they perform triage. Leaders need “Re-Active” people who jump into action, are at their best under pressure, and excel when faced with a challenge. They get things done.

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What Was I Thinking: “Neg-Active” Thinking

While inactive people are frustrating, negative people are exhausting. As leaders, we work hard to inspire and motivate our staff and move the team forward. Yet with a sigh or a smirk (let alone a disparaging comment) a negative person can cripple our best efforts. Negative people are so frustrating that an entire business has developed […]

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What Was I Thinking: “In-Active” Thinking

  We will assume that you have people under your sphere of responsibility who, when faced with a project, problem, conflict or task, chooses to be inactive, do nothing at all, or do the bare minimum. These folks consume 80% of our management time. We are surprised to realize that only 3% of the people are like […]

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Great Leaders Communicate Well

The Leader’s Nemesis Ask any leader, “What is the single, most critical issue you are currently facing?” The answer: “communication” appears on 97% of the lists. In fact, communication breakdown is the single, most common response. Communication Breakdown, by Led Zeppelin, was released in the1969 debut album. Some of the lyrics were: Communication breakdown, it’s always the […]

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