Leadership

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: “Pro-Active” Thinking

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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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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