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Eskimos and Sled Dogs

Leadership, Life
I love the story of the Eskimo who use to pit his lead sled dogs against one another in weight pulling contest. The old Eskimo had one black dog and one white spotted dog, and they seemed to out pull each other on a regular basis. Amazingly the old Eskimo always placed his bet on the winning dog. Long after the two dogs were retired, one of the villagers asked how he always knew which one of the two evenly matched dogs would win in a given contest. How did he know which one to bet on? “It’s easy,” the old Eskimo would say. “I bet on the one that I’d been feeding all week.” The Bible tells us we ought to dwell on things that are true, honorable, right,…
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Some quick Leadership sayings

Leadership
Here’s just a few leadership nibbles that I have always enjoyed: * Leadership always shows * People who leave positions leave openings, Influencers leave legacies * Prioritize principles over popularity or preferences * The power of process is the cumulative impact of many small, correct decisions * Growth occurs gradually and is experienced daily * Ask for God’s help, you’ll need it * If you dream big, calculate accordingly * There is no such thing as luck; Good things happen when opportunity and preparedness meet * Yesterday’s successful chartering won’t get you through today’s storm * Articulate the course * Before you speak and expect others to listen to you, listen to others - lots. * To be a good leader, focus on being good before you focus on being…
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Want to be CLEAR, then ACT.

Leadership
A leader must take action—action leads to impact. But actions also possess a separate, equally powerful quality. Actions are unambiguous. If you, the leader, can highlight a few carefully selected actions, then your followers will no longer have to infer the future from theoretical pronouncements about “core values” or your “mission statement.” They will simply look to see what actions you take and put their confidence in these. But be aware that people respond best to two types of action: symbolic action and systemic action. Symbolic action is just that—a representation of what the future can look like. Symbolic action grabs their attention; it gives people something new and vivid on which to focus. When Rudy Giuliani was elected mayor of New York, he decided to get rid of squeegee…
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People are not committed

Leadership, ministry
I hear this all the time, that the people in their church just are not committed. What are people talking about? Are those who say this talking about being committed to the local church? A denomination? To service? To a pastor? To a board? Committee? What is their definition of "People are just not committed"? Our culture requires absolute commitment to very little, and then when our churches call for commitment it is kind of counter-cultural to call for commitment to an institution, a belief system, or to a person. The lack of commitment is why we do what we do, not the obstacle to what we do. The people we come in contact with daily need examples of faithfulness and commitment in order to reproduce that commitment in their…
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Clarity is a must

Leadership, ministry
How often do we think that as we communicate with others that what we are thinking and saying is perfectly clear? Probably a ton of times for each of us. How many times do we share what we want people to do, or share the vision of our ministries and still people don't exactly seem to pick it up? I want to share with you a story I picked up somewhere over the years that i think does a great and humorous job of helping us to see how important it is to be clear when we are speaking to kids. We need to look over our words, phrases, terminology, visuals, all of it and really think through our audience we are talking with to make sure that when we…
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