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Priorities

One of the biggest challenges I face in my own leadership is prioritizing my time and energy. It is so easy to be sidetracked by the “tyranny of the urgent,” focusing time and energy on those things that must be done quickly, but that ultimately distract from more important tasks.

As I’ve been studying the book of Acts, one lesson related to priorities jumped out at me. In Acts 6, the apostles find themselves torn between work that must be done and work that only they can do. They make a critical leadership decision: “So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.’ (Acts 6:2).

Far from being arrogant, these leaders recognized that they were uniquely gifted and positioned to do something that no one else could do. They don’t negate the need for “waiting on tables,” they simply realize that someone else can do that work, allowing them to focus on “the ministry of the word of God.”

The result of their decision is clear: “the Word of God spread” (Acts 6:7). Because they were faithful to pursue God’s priorities in their leadership, the whole world was changed.

What about you? What priorities do you need to focus on?

What strategies help you balance priorities with the tyranny of the urgent?

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Top Ten Best Leadership Resources

I’ve been spending some time here at the beginning of the year re-evaluating my “input” sources. I’ve got a lot of ways that I take in information, some of which are really useful and some of which are not. So, as the year begins, I wanted to go through and figure out which ones were the most useful and keep those, and stop using the least useful resources that I have picked up over the past year. In the process, I thought I would get some input from this community, too.

Perhaps one of the most useful resources I’ve ever discovered is a blog by Michael Hyatt. He’s the Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, and blogs about Leadership, both Spiritual and Practical. Here’s one of his best posts:

Creating a Life Plan:
This eBook by Hyatt is a fabulous read, especially for those looking to make some significant changes in their lives:
http://michaelhyatt.com/life-plan

Hyatt also has a great deal of Evernote resources. Evernote is a program that has literally changed the way I work and the way I think about and organize information. I highly recommend it. Here’s a link to one of Hyatt’s posts about Evernote that will help you understand it:
http://michaelhyatt.com/how-to-use-evernote-with-a-traditional-paper-notebook.html

So there are 2 of my most valuable resources, Michael Hyatt and Evernote. Now it is your turn. Help me fill out the other 8 in this list of Top 10 Best Leadership Resources.

What resources can’t you live without?

What resources do you find yourself always paying attention to?

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Perils of Leadership

As we begin the new year, I’ve revisited the book Spiritual Leadership, by J. Oswald Sanders. I was struck again by chapter 21, entitled “Perils of Leadership.” In this chapter, Sanders describes some of the most common personal issues that can sidetrack or derail our leadership. Issues such as pride, jealousy, elation and depression, etc.

Each of us is fallible and is tempted as a leader. None of us is free from peril.

Is there one item on this list (see p. 153-161) that you are committed to work on this year?

What strategies are you using to address the perils in your life?

Share your struggles and strategies with us so that we can learn from each other.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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