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Innovators Plan in Pencil

Innovators Plan in Pencil

Innovators Plan in Pencil

Successful innovations tend to take on lives of their own. They seldom end up exactly where or what their creators thought they would be. Consider the story of Dr. Spencer Silver, creator of the glue that makes Post-It Notes possible. Dr. Silver was an employee of 3M. He was attempting to formulate a powerful glue

Finding Good Illustrations

Finding Good Illustrations: Secrets of Dynamic Communication

A good illustration has the power to lift an abstract idea to a position of interest and practical application. It can snap a wandering mind back to attention, convince a doubting mind of truth, and clarify a difficult concept. You can enhance the dynamics of your communication by adopting the practices presented in this chapter

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The Measure of a Leader’s Success

If we judged success by worldly standards, some might be inclined to assess Paul’s leadership career as an abject failure and a bitter disappointment. In the closing days of his life, when Paul wrote 2 Timothy, Luke was virtually his only contact with the outside world (2 Timothy 4:11). Paul was confined in a Roman

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Trust the Holy Spirit’s Promptings in Your Hiring

In those rare cases when the human laws of leadership and the scriptural demands of discipleship do collide, decide on the side of discipleship every time. Trust the promptings of the Holy Spirit, for they will help you at these deadly intersections. Much of the published leadership literature these days has come from secular leaders in

lead with heart

Connect with People: Heart Before the Head

I used to tell my staff, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” They would groan because they heard me say it so much, but they recognized that it was true nonetheless. You develop credibility when you connect with people and show that you genuinely care and want

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Create a Compelling Vision

Your Purpose What business are you in? What are you trying to accomplish? What is your mission statement? Jesus was clear about what business He and His disciples were in. He called His disciples, not just to become fishermen, but to a greater purpose—to become “fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). An effective mission statement should

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What Makes a Leader?

What makes a leader? Rank? Status? Celebrity? Caste? Clout? Style? Is leadership automatically bestowed by a box on the organizational chart? Where do position and power figure into the formula for leadership? And what is the ideal model for leaders? Is it the corporate CEO? The military commander? The head of state? Jesus answered all

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Why Study a Failed Leader?

What kind of leader blows up and throws a spear at one of his most trusted commanders? What kind of leader attempts to kill his own son, his designated successor, in the middle of a conference?What kind of leader customarily sits with his back to the wall so that he cannot be taken by surprise? What kind of

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7 Best Practices for Authentic Leadership

I’ve realized a great lesson about leadership: I’m best when I’m being me. Every leader faces a temptation to project a persona rather than be themselves. They think that in order to maintain the confidence of their team, they must appear faultless, flawless, and ever wise. Yet most organizations need authentic leadership, not perfect ones. I’ve

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