Saturday, April 26, 2008
"Focus on your potential instead of your limitations." ~ Alan Loy McGinnis
"If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never." ~ Soren Kierkegaard
Compliments of Leadership Wired
Friday, April 25, 2008
Strolling along the edge of the sea, a man catches sight of a young woman who appears to be engaged in a ritual dance. She stoops down, then straightens to her full height, casting her arm out in an arc. Drawing closer, he sees that the beach around her is littered with starfish, and she is throwing them one by one into the sea. He lightly mocks her: "There are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see, for miles up the beach. What difference can saving a few of them possibly make?" Smiling, she bends down and once more tosses a starfish out over the water, saying serenely, "It makes a difference to this one." (The Art of Possibility, 55)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Each chapter presents another catch phrase for reframing paradigms. I read part of the fourth one last night, which is entitled "Being a Contribution." Here's a blurb:
Unlike success and failure, contribution has no other side. It is not arrived at by comparison. All at once I found that the fearful question, "Am I loved for who I am, or for what I have accomplished?" could both be replaced by the joyful question, "How will I be a contribution today?" (57)This seems healthy to me as a part of the church world, where it sometimes feels like churches are competing against one another, as strange as that may sound. What if we all continually asked ourselves the question, How can we contribute to God's to world redeption and Kingdom expansion?, and refused to compare ourselves to other churches/Christians?
Galatians 6:4-5 All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbour’s work, will become a cause for pride. For all must carry their own loads.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I started a BUMC team, for participating in Nothing But Nets. This is a campaign to help fight malaria. Millions of people die each year from malaria - but there's a simple, life-saving solution, and all it takes is $10 to buy a bed net, distribute it to a family, and explain its use.
I set a $500 goal for our BUMC team to raise. One net will cover a family of four and protect them for 4 years. For each $10 net you buy, you're potentially saving four lives. If we can raise $500, that's 50 families and 200 people that we could keep alive. Its so simple. I'm stoked about how easy it is to help our hurting neighbors. I'm also proud of the fact that the United Methodist Church is participating in this with the NBA and United Nations Foundation.
Join me by Sending Nets and Saving Lives:
From our Team Page, click on the 'Join My Team' button to register and help us fundraise. If you can't join us, you can also sponsor our team by making a donation online.
In Christ's Love,
Pastor Jason Woolever
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Here are the practices:
Practice #1: Clarify the Win - Define what is important at every level of the organization.
Practice #2: Think Steps, Not Programs - Before you start anything, make sure it takes you where you need to go.
Practice #3: Narrow the Focus - Do fewer things in order to make a greater impact.
Practice #4: Teach Less for More - Say only what you need to say to the people who need to hear it.
Practice #5: Listen to Outsiders - Focus on who you're trying to reach, not who you're trying to keep.
Practice #6: Replace Yourself - Learn to hand off what you do.
Practice #7: Work On It - Take time to evaluate your work - and to celebrate your wins.
I'm thinking of going through it with some leaders of my church. But I truly need to wait and pray and see how much of this stuff will work for our smaller, more traditional setting. That's the catch. These guys have been doing this since before they got North Point going. Gleaning from their experience without trying to copy it - that's the trick.
Monday, April 21, 2008
He proposes an 8-stage process for change. It is:
1) Establishing a Sense of Urgency
2) Creating a Guiding Coalition
3) Developing a Vision and Strategy
4) Communicating the Change Vision
5) Empowering Employees for Broad-based Action (by removing structural barriers, providing needed training, aligning systems to the vision, and dealing with troublesome supervisors)
6) Generating Short-Term Wins
7) Consolidating Gains and Producing More Change
8) Anchoring New Approaches in the Culture
One of my favorite parts of the book was the last chapter which said that the key to growing as a leader is the combination of a competitive drive and lifelong learning.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Guys, never underestimate the power of being willing to watch chic flicks with your wife. It goes a long way.
Yesterday, I got to go to the Red Box to pick a movie for us. I ended up bringing home Next, with Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Biel. This was PG-13, and except for a couple of inferences of casual sex and a little violence it was squeaky clean and action packed. I had never heard of it before I went to the Red Box, but the young lady behind me in line was getting sick of waiting for me to pick a movie and said I really needed to see this one. It was a winner.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
One of the questions that is often asked of me by pastors and church leaders is, “Where do you get your vision?”
My answer usually seems to frustrate them because…well…it’s simple. Leadership (and vision) is as easy as listening to God.
- Vision does not come through a committee. Good ideas may come that way. Much needed discussion may come out of a meeting like that…but not vision.
- Vision does not come through a conference. You may get INSPIRATION…but not REVELATION. I think of of the sad things in conference world today is pastors will attend a conference, go home & then try to be EVERYTHING except for what God called them to be.
- Vision does not come out of books. Once again–excellent ideas do. Wisdom comes from reading. You can seriously be challenged and stretched by reading…but vision isn’t in the pages of the next best seller.
- Vision does not come from trying to repeat what has been successful in the past…that’s not vision, that’s the leader being a victim of previous success.
I still say that passionate, white hot, hell charging, world changing & people inspiring vision comes from intentional and uninterrupted time with Jesus…in HIS Word, seeking HIS face through prayers–staying connected with HIS Holy Spirit throughout the day.
So when people ask me, “Where do you get your vision?” My answer is always the time…I meet with God & I don’t move until He tells me to move…but WHEN He tells me to move I go until He tells me to stop.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
>Imaginable: Conveys a picture of what the future will look like
>Desirable: Appeals to the long-term interests of employees, customers, stockholders, and others who have a stake in the enterprise
>Feasible: Comprises realistic, attainable goals
>Focused: Is clear enough to provide guidance in decision making
>Flexible: Is general enough to allow individual initiative and alternative responses in light of changing conditions
>Communicable: Is easy to communicate; can be successfully explained within five minutes
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
1. Hell Under Fire - Gregory K. Beale, Dr. Daniel I. Block, Sinclair B. Ferguson, and Jr., R. Albert Mohler
2. Deception - Randy Alcorn
3. Traveling Mercies - Anne Lamotte
4. The Prophet - Frank Peretti
5. Sherlock Holmes and The Hounds of Baskerville - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
6. How Starbucks Saved My Life - Michael Gates Gill
7. The Way of the Small - Michael Gellert
8. Animal Farm - George Orwell
9. Home To Harmony - Phillip Gulley
10. Dr.Jeckyl and Mr.Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
11. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living - Dale Carnegie
12. 1984 - George Orwell
13. Go, Put Your Strengths to Work - Marcus Buckingham
14. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
15. I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church - Paul Nixon
16. GIG - Ed. John Bowe, Marisa Bowe, and Sabin Streeter
17. The Dip - Seth Godin
Monday, April 14, 2008
This is a helpful distinction I think. It also helps me recognize that its the management stuff that makes me crazy, not the leadership stuff, which I find exciting. Anyone want to manage my church for me so that I can just lead?
Management is a set of processes that can keep a complicated system of people and technology running smoothly. The most important aspects of management include planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, controlling, and problem solving.
Leadership is a set of processes that creates organizations in the first place or adapts them to significantly changing circumstances. Leadership defines what the future should look like, aligns people with that vision, and inspires them to make it happen despite obstacles. The distinction is absolutely crucial for our purposes here. (p.25)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
All our successes are the same. All our failures, too.
We succeed when we do something remarkable.
We fail when we give up too soon.
We succeed when we are the best in the world at what we do.
We fail when we get distracted by tasks we don't have the guts to quit.