Monday, February 29th, 2016

To be increasingly effective as a person and/or leader, we must grow in our self-perception. Without knowing it, many people believe things about themselves that are simply not true. Self-reflection is not just about putting more truth in your life; it’s also about removing the lies. This is why it is so important to have healthy, mature mentors as well as accountability partners in your life.

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Sunday, February 28th, 2016

If I raise my kids right, I gain influence, but that also means my options are limited. I have to say NO to things that I might love and want to do in lieu of being home to raise my kids right. If I want to build an organization right, then I have to stay around that organization. So in which arena do I want to achieve success – the worldly arena or the family arena?

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Friday, February 26th, 2016

In this world we teach independence as the mark of maturity. As parents, we teach our children to grow up by learning to think and live on their own. Children grow up, and we want to aid this process. However, in God’s world, it is precisely the opposite. The mark of maturity, according to God, is dependence – a full and complete dependence on Him. Thus, as we grow, He longs that we’d be like a helpless infant, fully and totally dependent upon Him as our source for everything.

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

As I mentioned yesterday, self-reflection is one of the great leadership needs. Thus, if we’re going to have supernatural success, we have to have God’s supernatural power. To SEE Him, we have to SEEK Him. So as we self reflect, we need to ask ourselves: How are we doing in our relationship with God?

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Self-aware leaders can actually lead others; but the lack of it can, and will, harm others. As Pastor Craig Groeschel wrote, “The greatest challenge in leadership, then, is not leading others; it’s learning to lead oneself.” Learn to self reflect, and do it often. The more you know you, the better you will lead another.

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Sunday, February 21st, 2016

Strong organizations have strong staff. One of the great pieces of wisdom that was told to me was that success will be dependent upon those you wrap around you. If the team you have cannot deliver on the vision for that organization, either help them grow or help them go.

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Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Stop counting minutes; instead, embrace moments. Two things come to mind as I think about this: One, we can easily miss the journey when we get consumed by the destination. Second, we go through the motions – we watch the clock, and end up missing out on the great gift that is right in front of our eyes.

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

The smallest package I’ve ever seen is a man wrapped up in himself. “Pride goes before the fall” (Proverbs 16:18). A great leader is only great because of the people they work with. If you’re going to wrap yourself up in anything, may it be that of love – and then lead with that love.

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Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Saying yes to a few things means that you must learn to say no to many other things. We’ve all heard the validity of doing a few things well, and many things just okay. No effective leader is spread thin. Do what you must, and empower others to do what they can. As one of my mentors always told me, “Less is always more.”

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Friday, February 12th, 2016

Satan is not always concerned that we’re in sin, but many times that we’re just distracted. Either way, we’re not about the Father’s business. What are the distractions in your life – those things that keep you from the keeping ‘the main thing the main thing?’

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Thursday, February 11th, 2016

There are three successions that we must understand as leaders. First, we LOVE. It’s the foundation for everything we do. “And the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Second, we LAUGH. Joy is contagious. It moves a person from feeling like they are on the outside to being on the inside. Finally, we LEARN. I truly believe that knowledge for the mere sake of knowledge is useless. To know something, yet do nothing with it, makes no sense to me. Thus, this part of the succession is teaching people to take what they’ve learned and teach it to someone else.

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Leadership is best provided in the moment, not in a class or seminar. Classroom-type instruction and guidance is necessary, but it’s ‘in the moment’ that reveals what a person truly learned. So learn to walk WITH them (in the moment), don’t just talk TO them (in the classroom). Jesus, time and time again, took His disciples out into their world around them and coached them in the moment.

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

I want to give you three plausible steps to leadership: EMBRACE them; EQUIP them; EMPOWER them. Think of these three as being in a circular pattern where those whom we empower will go out and embrace others as we had embraced them. I truly believe that the goal of raising up leaders is not to have them serve us, but to go and serve (love) others.

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Monday, February 8th, 2016

Have you ever gotten upset by the simplest thing like driving through a construction zone and/or having to take an alternate route? How about having to change your clothes after you spilled something? Always remember, change represents an inconvenience, but it’s the inconvenience that reveals much about ourselves. Watch how you face them and handle them.

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Saturday, February 6th, 2016

“Until I am committed, there is a hesitancy, a chance to draw back.  But the moment I definitely commit myself, then God moves also, and a whole stream of events erupt.  All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, persons and material assistance which come my way begin to flow toward me – the moment I make a commitment” (John C. Maxwell – “The Recipe for Leadership,” INJOY Life Club).

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