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The One Year Mini for Leaders

(Hardback - Oct 2007)
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Overview

One of the biggest issues for leaders is remaining creative, maintaining their competitive edge, so they can inspire and cast visions for the future. "The One Year Mini for Leaders" helps leaders in business and in ministry maintain their edge and their vision. Jim Seybert, a business consultant, gives leaders a thought for the day that both challenges and inspires. These short thoughts for each day help leaders see their business and work in a different light. Each thought connects market and business intelligence with God's Word.

Details

  • SKU: 9781414311883
  • SKU10: 1414311885
  • Title: The One Year Mini for Leaders
  • Series: One Year Minis
  • Qty Remaining Online: 6
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Date Published: Oct 2007
  • Pages: 400
  • Weight lbs: 0.86
  • Dimensions: 6.30" L x 4.78" W x 1.20" H
  • Features: Price on Product, Index
  • Themes: Theometrics | Evangelical;
  • Category: DEVOTIONALS
  • Subject: Christian Life - Devotional

Chapter Excerpt


Chapter One

JANUARY 1ACTION

Do Something

In the beginning God created. GENESIS 1:1

The first sentence of the Bible introduces us to one of God's notable characteristics. In the beginning, God did something.

He didn't think, study, see, feel, or plan. He created.

He didn't wait for the heavens and the earth to fall into place. He didn't assume they would feel empowered to create themselves. He didn't delegate the task to his assistant. The text is very clear-God created.

God took action and did things on his timeline in the way he wanted them done.

Sometimes you and I need to step up to the plate and swing the bat. There's a time for waiting and a time for doing. In our desire to strike a balance, we often fail to act in a timely manner. We wait for one more opinion or one last focus group when we know that we should move, now!

Perhaps you're facing something today that just needs to be tackled. Look to Genesis 1:1 for encouragement.

* When the time was right, God stepped through the front door of time and did something.

JANUARY 2 COMMUNICATION

Communicate

When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. "Come on," they said, "make us some gods who can lead us. We don't know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt."EXODUS 32:1

You embody your organization's vision. When the staff sees you, they see the vision. When you're away, they begin to lose sight of where they are headed. This can happen very quickly.

Make it a practice to keep your staff updated from wherever you are. If you are attending a conference or convention, send an e-mail every evening to the entire staff, giving them a glimpse of what you are learning.

Don't manage from the road. You have subordinates at the office who can do that. Instead, learn as much as you can at the conference or convention. When you return, you can use the opportunity to tell your staff how the things you learned fit with your mission statement and share your thoughts about how new ideas might be applied.

* Be out of sight, but not out of mind.

JANUARY 3UNIQUENESS

Be Yourself

What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed? LUKE 9:25

God made you. He knit you together in your mother's womb, and before time began, he had a plan for you. He designed your personality and gave you your talents. You were created with a specific purpose in God's mind.

God created the self that you are.

I am happiest when I'm living the life God planned for me, using the personality and talents he gave me. In other words, I'm happiest when I am being myself.

Conversely, I am most miserable when I barter a portion of my God-given self for short-term earthly gain.

This question from Jesus-"What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?"-is quite often used in a spiritual context, but you can use it to evaluate career decisions as well.

Are you living the life God intended for you? Are you using the talents and personality he gave you? Are you being yourself?

* Self-regard is not always a bad thing, especially if you're protecting the self God gave you.

JANUARY 4STAFF

Play Fair

They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy Worse yet, they encourage others to do [these things], too. ROMANS 1:31-32

"God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people," writes Paul in Romans 1:18.

He describes all sorts of vile conduct-wickedness, murder, sexual perversion-that you'd expect to see under the heading of "Stuff God Hates." Then he concludes with four types of behavior that are common in the business world:

* Refusal to understand: My mind is made up. It's my way or the highway.

* Breaking of promises: I know you were counting on it, but we gave Bob the promotion.

* Heartlessness: It's not personal; it's business. We need to make a profit.

* Lack of mercy: Nothing short of perfection is good enough.

Profit earned at the expense of someone's family is greed.

Promises that can never be fulfilled are lies.

Stubborn refusal to consider new ideas is pride.

* As a leader, treat your team as God would if he were their boss.

JANUARY 5TIME

Don't Waste Time

When Saul returned to his home . a group of men whose hearts God had touched went with him. But there were some scoundrels who complained, "How can this man save us?" And they scorned him and refused to bring him gifts. But Saul ignored them. 1 SAMUEL 10:26-27

Some people in your circle of influence are draining your organization of its vitality.

They are wasting your time and casting doubt on your decisions.

They are scoundrels and complainers who constantly question your motives and hamper your ability to lead.

Here's some good news: You have God's permission to ignore them.

At this point in his life, Saul was walking with God. He had a group of godly advisors as he began his reign as Israel's first king.

There is no evidence that God was upset with Saul for ignoring the people who scorned him and refused to honor his leadership. Paying attention to such people eventually caused him a lot of grief.

You know who these people are, so steer clear of them.

* Not every voice is worth listening to. Don't let scoundrels waste your time.

JANUARY 6ACTION

Plant Your Crop

Does a farmer always plow and never sow? Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting? ISAIAH 28:24

My wife is from a family of farmers in Nebraska. My father-in-law, Ken, spends a lot of time each spring working the soil. The fields look great when he's finished.

You could put everything I know about farming into a very small bucket, but I have figured out one thing: You have to plant seeds if you expect to harvest anything in the fall.

If all Ken did was plow the dirt, he'd have some really great-looking dirt.

Nothing is certain for farmers, but the yield is related to the amount and quality of the seeds they plant.

Have your harvests been less than you expected lately? Could you be spending too much time get- ting things ready? Is it time to put away the plow and start sowing seeds?

In Isaiah 28:26, the prophet concludes, "The farmer knows just what to do." I'm sure you do too.

* If you want a harvest, you must put some good seeds in the ground.

JANUARY 7COMMUNICATION

Play It Straight

Even my prophets and priests are like that They give assurances of peace when there is no peace. JEREMIAH 8:10-11

I was managing a small business for absentee owners who had made some unwise financial decisions. Cash flow had dried up. Sales were on the rise, but we couldn't meet our obligations.

My bosses wanted me to keep a happy face and lie about our dire straits as they tried to finagle their way out of the mess they had created, but I couldn't lie to my staff.

I called them together and laid it out in plain English. Paychecks might be late. Benefits such as coffee and free sodas were over. It wasn't pretty.

I also told them that we could work hard and pull off a miracle despite the albatross around our necks. And they agreed.

Since I was up-front with them and didn't give "assurances of peace when there [was] no peace," the staff was willing to go the extra miles needed to get the business back on track-and we did it.

* Always give it to them straight.

JANUARY 8VISION

Keep Moving Forward

Then Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea. EXODUS 15:22

Here's a sad paradox:

Success breeds failure.

The company had enjoyed a few years of stellar growth. An aggressive public relations campaign had positioned them as their industry's dominant player.

To cut costs, the executive team decided to scale back and allow the firm's reputation to speak for itself.

Within two years, the company was the subject of some very damaging rumors about their motives for a controversial new product line. Longtime customers were leaving, staff morale hit rock bottom, and the company's leaders were forced into crisis communication mode.

The new product was actually quite good, but an anemic PR effort had left too many unanswered questions, and negative perceptions had filled the void.

Moses knew that crossing the Red Sea wasn't an end in itself, and he quickly directed the people's attention toward the future.

* Incremental success is not the ultimate objective. Once you successfully cross the Red Sea, take a moment to mark the occasion, then fix your sights on your destination and keep moving forward.

JANUARY 9ACTION

Ask for What You Need

The leaders of the tribe of Levi came to consult with Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders of the other tribes of Israel. They came to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan and said, "The LORD commanded Moses to give us towns to live in and pasturelands for our livestock." JOSHUA 21:1-2

I was mentoring a bright young man in his first organizational-leadership role. He became frustrated when his board of directors allocated staff increases to every department but his.

I asked what the board had said when he requested the increase. He said, "I never actually asked. I just figured they knew how important this was. I mean, they're always talking about how much we need to grow."

It was common knowledge that the Levites would be given property within each of the other tribes' regional land grants.

Joshua, the Levites, and all the people knew this, but the Levites didn't just assume that Joshua would do what was right. They made their request.

My student had committed a common leadership error: He presumed and was not proactive with his requests. The board had committed to a growth strategy that included his department, but he had not followed through.

* Never presume. Always ask.

JANUARY 10UNIQUENESS

Trust God's Plan

Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.GALATIANS 5:26

Why do we cheer for the underdogs?

They struggle to reach the next rung on the ladder and constantly feel the pressure of being a step behind. These perennial holders of honorable-mention trophies have chronic jealousy over other people's success.

It is easy to criticize those who brag about their accomplishments. We frown on bullies who inflame unhealthy situations, but we tend to condone feelings of jealousy because we have an intrinsic desire to see the underdog come out on top.

Paul ties these three traits together because God has uniquely created each of us for a specific purpose. If everything you have comes from God, you have no right to be conceited, no warrant for being a bully, and no reason to crave what you don't have.

* Do your best for God, and be satisfied that he has a plan chosen especially for you, even if you're an underdog.

(Continues.)

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