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Going “Over the Walls” in Cambodia

This is a short video report of my activities here in Cambodia.

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What Makes and Effective Executive?

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(Photo by Kaitlyn McCaul, Willamette Valley, Oregon)

by Peter Drucker

An effective executive does not need to be a leader in the sense that the term is now most commonly used. Harry Truman did not have one ounce of charisma, for example, yet he was among the most effective chief executives in U.S. history. Similarly, some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I’ve worked with over a 65-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses. They ranged from extroverted to nearly reclusive, from easygoing to controlling, from generous to parsimonious.

What made them all effective is that they followed the same eight practices:

  • They asked, “What needs to be done?”
  • They asked, “What is right for the enterprise?”
  • They developed action plans.
  • They took responsibility for decisions.
  • They took responsibility for communicating.
  • They were focused on opportunities rather than problems.
  • They ran productive meetings.
  • They thought and said “we” rather than “I.”

The first two practices gave them the knowledge they needed. The next four helped them convert this knowledge into effective action. The last two ensured that the whole organization felt responsible and accountable.

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Leaders are Not Satisfied with the “Status Quo” but Reach for More…

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Status quo is a Latin Phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regards to social or political issues.  It means whatever is normal.  Some people are satisfied with how things are and make no movement to change it.  Others are not satisfied with how things are but they, too, make no move to change it.  However, a leader is not satisfied with how things are and takes initiative to change it. That’s one of the chief characteristics of a leader.  

In my Daily Bible Reading I came across a man the Holy Spirit singled out as  He led the writer OF 1 Chronicles to list over 600 names.  One man among those 600 stood out because he was a leader:

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

 9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; but his mother named him Jabez, saying, “Because I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would indeed bless me and enlarge my border [property], and that Your hand would be with me, and You would keep me from evil so that it does not hurt me!” And God granted his request.

This morning I’m meeting with two staff pastors at our Phnom Penh church to evaluate the members and attenders at our North Campus.  We want to see who we have as leaders or potential leaders.  By the way, what are the characteristics of a leader?    Jabez shows us four characteristics of a successful leader who pleases God:

Four Characteristics of a Successful Leader Who Pleases God

  1.  He/she overcomes internal lids.  The mother of Jabez put a name on him that means suffering.  She apparently thought her newborn son was a pain for her.  Jabez might have grown up with this stigma on is life every time someone called his name. He may have had to deal with inferiority and rejection, but he overcame the internal lid to his potential leadership. Many people complain because they are poor or lack an education or never had some of the positive experiences others have had.  Some people never move forward because of limitations they set upon themselves or personal disciplines or the difficulty of their situation.  Leaders overcome internal and external lids.  They just find what it takes to overcome !
  2. He/she looks to God as his/her Source.   Whether you are the leader of a family, business, organization, ministry or church you will need the grace of a Higher Power to help you.  Successful leaders who please God know that to lead their family, their business, their organization, their ministry or church they need God, and they cry out to him day and night for favor, wisdom and strength.
  3. He/she is not satisfied with the Status Quo.  The big difference between leaders and non-leader is that leaders do not just see what needs to be fixed or changed, but they get up and gather the resources to make the change.  They exert personal discipline, sacrifice, develop their understanding and skills and move forward.
  4. He/she is committed to personal integrity.  The successful leader who pleases God does not cut corners.  He is honest in his relationships with people, staff, finances and time.  He/she chooses to take the high road even if he has to personally sacrifice lose to be honest with his employees, staff, vendors, donors, and others to whom he relates.  He does not lie and is not dishonest in reporting.

I believe that everybody has the potential to lead in some capacity and I urge you to follow what God is putting in your heart and do everything you can to prepare yourself to be a leader who is pleasing to God.

 

 

 

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Discipleship

2 Kings 2:15

“The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.”

20160705_102656Everybody has something to impart to another.  Some people have more than others to impart because they have disciplined their lives to carry spiritual gifts, abilities, knowledge and experiences in life in order to be useful and a blessing to others.  This process of taking who we are and what we have and imparting it to others is sometimes called mentoring or coaching, but in the Bible it’s called discipling.  This is of utmost importance to our Lord, as it was included in what we call “The Great Commission” – some of the final words of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations…”  Matthew 28:19

The prophet Elijah discipled his helper, Elisha, to the point that when others saw Elisha, they declared, “Elisha has the same characteristics of Elijah.”  This is the sign of successful discipleship:  Those whom you are discipling are similiar to you in their thinking, world view, philosophy of life and actions.  Similar, not clones.  They still maintain their uniqueness, but they carry similar ways of thinking and doing as you…and we hope like the Lord Jesus.

The apostles of the Lord were identified as being associated with Jesus because they thought like him, spoke like  him and acted like him.  The first Christians were called disicples for the same reason.

We, who are followers of Jesus, are to be his disciples.  This means we think like Jesus, talk like Jesus and do like Jesus.  (By the way, Jesus did little more than the five activities recorded in Matthew 4:23-25 – 1)  Preach the Good News, 2)  Teach the Ways of God, 3)  Heal the sick, 4)  Cast out demons, 5) Do various miracles as needed to show God’s power and love.)  Our focus must be to order our thinking, character, words, world view, philosophy of life and daily activities as one who has the Spirit of Jesus working in us.  This involves reading the Bible and applying it to ever area of our life (Family, Relationships, Finances, Work, Entertainment, Future Plans) and asking God to show us to whom He wants us to impart what he’s done in us.  This includes our family, our staff, and those whom the Lord will bring to us.

Disicpleship is intentional.  That means that as a Christian we discover the foundations that God has laid in our lives and as he draws people to us we intentionally impart that to others.  This involves spending time with them probably in some kind of a small group, as well as communication nowadays through email, social media, web calls and other means.  But the point is, we are intentional.  We understand that it must be a priority for us.

For me, this truth of disicpleship became a reality  many, many years ago and is a part of my fiber…my core being.  For me, imparting to others what God has shown me or what He’s doing in me gives me purpose in life.  It keeps the fire of life burning in me.  That’s not to say I’m perfect by any stretch of the imagination nor that I’m a great somebody who is overflowing as the fountain of wisdom, knowledge and experience.  But me, like you, have something to give to others.

I really recommend that you shift your thinking to that of being discipled by God and others and becoming a Discipler.  This is God’s plan for us.  This is how we will bring positive change to the world around us.

 

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Five Levels of Leadership

This article is a summary of the lesson by John Maxwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a person is promoted or takes a new job or position in a church, business, organization or volunteer group, it’s important to understand and flow with the Five Levels of Leadership.  People follow leaders for different reasons.  It’s important for us to become the kind of leader that people willingly and lovingly follow for the long-term.

  1.  People follow you because of your positionNOTE: Your influence on this level will not extend beyond the lines of your job description. The only authority you have is what your title gives you. The longer you stay at this level, the higher the turnover rate and the lower the morale of the people.  Rise to the next level of leadership!
  2. People follow you because they have a relationship with you.NOTE: People will follow you beyond your stated authority because they like you or you’re their friend. This level allows work and ministry to be fun and joyful.

    CAUTION: If you stay too long on this level without rising, you will cause highly motivated people to become restless.  They want more than friendship.

      3.  People follow you because you get results.

           NOTE: You solve problems.  You get the job done.  They see you know what you’re                  doing from your knowledge and experience, so they are happy to follow you.  They                 see you have success and suppose if they follow you they will have success, too.

    4.    People follow you because they see you mentor and develop others to have                         success.         

            NOTE: This is where long-­range growth occurs. Your commitment to developing                    leaders will insure ongoing growth to the person and their calling and career and the             church, business and organization.   

     5.   People follow you for who you and and what you represent.  

           NOTE: This step is reserved for leaders who have spent years personally growing and            developing people and organizations.  They recognize your character, skills,                              commitment to people and long-term, lasting results.   Few make it to this level. 

It’s important to not assume people will always follow us because of our position or because they are our friends or they like us.  We must continually develop our personal leadership skills and character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Have Positive Influence

Five ways to have Positive Influence: 1) Be Courageous. Stand firm for what you believe in. 2) Be Pa20160706_111938.jpgssionate. Be excited, hopeful and full of faith and expectation for what you believe in. 3) Have Good Character. Be honest, faithful and trustworthy. 4) Connect with People. Have other people’s best interests in mind. 5) Produce Results. Don’t just talk but show that you can get it done. 1 Kings 18:26-38

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Jonah: How God Works With Reluctant Leaders

Jonah 3This blog is straight from the John Maxwell Leadership Bible.

Who among us hasn’t heard God tell us something to do but we really didn’t want to do it?  Sometimes it’s easy to convince ourselves that we know more than God about what needs to be done.

Jonah was a godly prophet, yet when God commanded him to preach repentance to the Ninevites, Jonah ran the opposite direction.  As he ran he went down – down to the seashore, down to the bottom of the ship, down to the water, down to the belly of the great fish.  Jonah learned what can happen to a man or woman who is called to lead but who shrinks from that role of leadership.

One can only imagine the wretched conditions inside the creature God had prepared to temporarily house Jonah.  But was it any worse than the situations into which we put ourselves when we run from God?  Eventually the Lord will bring us to a place where we have little choice but to stop, listen and obey.

Buy why wait for such an unpleasant place?

Leaders or backslidden Christians may not understand why God wants them to do a certain thing, but He doesn’t ask us to depend on our own understanding or logic.  Rather, He calls us to walk in obedience to His instruction.  Don’t make it necessary for God to introduce you to the inside of a fish!  Obey Him when He tells you to do something!

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