Highlights: The Bible; a thought about death; Leadership; and a GREAT book

I love interacting with great minds and reading let’s me do that everyday!

A few thoughts from my reading this morning…

The Bible

  • 1 Chronicles 1-9 is not very exciting reading. Genealogies are CRUSTY reading! Only a history teacher could love this stuff! What I do appreciate about them though is their thoroughness! It’s cool that the Bible is more than just a hodgepodge of loosely connected thoughts! It is actually a very thoughtful development of the history of God, His people, His plan, and His working. Not a bad thing… just kind of tough reading early in the morning!
  • Ecclesiastes 9:3 – No matter how you live or who you are… you are going to die. We all face death. The good, the bad, the rich, the poor, the believer, the unbeliever… everyone of us will die. It really matters how you arrive at that moment.

The Feiner Points of Leadership – Michael Feiner

  • Thanks to Bob for pointing out this book!
  • Feiner teaches the “50 basic laws that will make people want to perform better for you.” The first eight laws deal with “leading subordinates.” Some highlights from each one…
  • #1 The Law of Expectations – “People respond to the level of confidence you show in them.”
  • #2 The Law of Intimacy – “To lead your people you must know your people.” Feiner goes on to say that it “treating people differently makes sense because people are different. While your performance standards should be the same for all your people, you must determine the best way to enable a subordinate to meet and exceed those standards.” The effective leader learns his/her people and then leads them in ways that are most likely to make them successful. (See Blanchard’s concept of situational leadership)
  • #3 The Law of Building a Cathedral – In a church context, the parking lot team is doing more than parking cars, they are helping to create an environment where people are most likely to experience the love of God! Effective leaders connect the dots from every role to the greater vision! “You’re not just laying blocks, you’re building a cathedral!”
  • #4 The Law of Personal Commitment – “If a leader wants a subordinate to be committed to the success of the leader and the leader’s organization, then the leader must be committed to the subordinate – to his or her growth and development, and to what’s important to him or her both inside and outside the office.”
  • #5 The Law of Feedback – Effective leaders say what they see. They give specific details, positive or negative, and are clear about consequences and rewards. Feedback should be a consistent part of leadership conversations.
  • #6 The Law of Tough Love – This law “addresses those situations where the leader needs to deliver a difficult message or make a tough decision about a subordinate – those situations where it is as difficult for the leader to speak out as it is for the subordinate to hear.” I love this next paragraph, “A leader who has so much concern that he or she is willing to experience embarrassment and pain, and to cause embarrassment and pain, knowing that this will ultimately have a positive payoff for a subordinate, is following the Law of Tough Love. Tough love is hard to give, and hard to receive. But love is the operative word here. It’s the sign of the ultimate respect that a leader can show a subordinate.” (I have written a piece called Difficult Conversations that directly relates to this subject).
  • #7 The Law of Competency-Based Coaching – Feiner teaches that for a leader to say “I don’t have time to do training” is an abdication of a chief leadership responsibility. He says, “There’s no such thing as not having the time. High-Performance Leaders recognize that they have to constantly juggle and rejuggle priorities so that those subordinates who need their coaching receive it. Coaching subordinates must not be allowed to migrate to the bottom of a leader’s priority list. Too often the same leaders – those who complain about not having the time – want to know why they find it necessary to replace a subordinate, whose performance has been unsatisfactory, after only a year on the job.” He also makes the point that effective leaders “Know how to provide a lighter touch with more experienced staff”, which is a good reminder to us regarding the extremes of neglect on the one hand and micromanagement on the other! Know your people, and take the time to coach them according to what you know about them, the organization, and their place in it!
  • #8 The Law of Accountability – The old leadership adage is fitting here… “What gets measured gets done.” Accountability measures are fundamental to effective organizations.

Seizing Your Divine Moment – Erwin McManus

  • There’s so much in this book that’s worth sharing that if I shared it all I’d be retyping the whole book! It’s worth the money to buy it and the time to read it! You can get it here.

OK, I’ve gotta get going and do some work around the house! Have a great day!

3 thoughts on “Highlights: The Bible; a thought about death; Leadership; and a GREAT book

  1. These remind me of my classroom ( I teach third grade), having high expectations, building relationships with the kids, accountability, using tough love! I’ll have to check that out. I’m also trying to get “people to perform better for me”…state tests, behavior, etc… It’s great to use a variety of resources and get different perspectives. Thanks! As for my Bible reading… I tend to jump around I’m reading Luke. And something just jumped out at me, because I was going to have lunch with a friend (non-believer) and she recently found out that I’m not catholic anymore so I was concerned about the conversation a bit, but Luke 9:23 ( I think) talked about not “being ashamed of his word” ( I know I’m probably not accurate, sorry!). Anyway that hit me and gave me the confidence I needed,, the conversation flowed and I was able to talk to her about Northgate and share my testimony without any hesitation. God is so cool!It felt so good to share! Reminded me of the “Walk across the room” series. I think it’s tough at first but it gets easier, and I think it’d be awesome to connect someone else to Jesus-that’s the goal right!

  2. I agree that 1 Chronicles is crusty reading… I think, though, that if I’d not read your blog before tackling chapters 1-4 last night I would have done some serious skimming. So thanks for helping me to see that geneologies are more than long, awfully boring, lists of names.

    It’s kind of intimidating when you stop and think that all those names were real people at one time. They lived real lives, had real fears and dreams and struggles the way we did. It makes me feel really small and sort of insignificant; what is my life in the history of mankind? Ugh… who knew that geneologies could make you think so much?

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