“Steering through Chaos” -by Scott Wilson book review

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To readers of my blog, you will notice a few excerpts that I’ve posted recently from this book. I can put a lot more.

This very good book on leadership identifies those moments of time when an organization has momentum and things are going well, but wise leadership realizes that necessary long-term changes should be made.
During this “chaotic” time, it is important for leaders to understand those changes and the many ripple effects that will come from them. It is also crucial to communicate well to your organization’s followers (who will tend to resist change).

Being willing to make changes to an organization when things are going well is gutsy. It takes courage and it takes wisdom.

This book should be read by all leaders. I found it to be very helpful.

By our actions, people can really …

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“No matter what our printed vision and values statements say, the things we model become the actual values of the staff team and the entire church”
Excerpt from “Steering through chaos” Scott Wilson

Pastor/Church Leader/Organization Leader– what kind of Christian walk are you modeling?
Pastor/Church Leader – are you modeling a “checklist”/academic kind of faith or one that is alive, one that is experiential (where you are seeing God working in your life?)

“it is … only that gives everything its value (Thomas Paine quote)

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“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value”

Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense

What things have you had to work for the most?
What struggles have you personally had that you had to cry out to God for help?

Remember these times.
Remember how hard of a time it was for you and the intensity in which you had to exert to get you through this trial.
Remember also that deep, deep level of satisfaction you felt as you endured and experienced a triumph.
Never give up!

How does your leadership team compare? (excerpt from Patrick Lencioni)

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As leaders, which I’m coming to understand make up an increasing percentage of my blog’s followers, I thought this little excerpt from Patrick Lencioni’s “Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team” would be appreciated by you. What’s listed below is a list of 5 dysfunctions of a team, as well as a brief contrasting description of how a well-organized team functions.

So, how does the leadership team that you work with compare with this list?

1) absence of trust–members of a great team trust one another. They are vulnerable with each other about their weaknesses, mistakes, fears, and behaviors…..this is essential because
2) fear of conflict – they are not afraid to engage in passionate dialogue around issues and decisions that are key to the organization’s success. They do not hesitate to disagree with, challenge, and question one another, all in the spirit of finding the best answers, discovering the truth, and making great decisions…..this is important because
3) lack of commitment—great teams are able to get buy in because they ensure that all opinions and ideas are put on the table and considered, giving, confidence to team members that no stone has been left unturned. this is critical because
4) avoidance of accountability-— teams that commit to decisions and standards of performance do not hesitate to hold one another accountable for adhering to those decisions and standards. They also don’t have to go through just the head person, they will hold their peers accountable….that matters because
5) Inattention to results— they will set aside their individual needs and agendas and focus almost exclusively on what is best for the team. They do not give the temptation to place their departments, career aspirations, or ego-driven status ahead of the collective results that define team success

Even now, I can’t believe…

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My guess is that it was probably about three years ago. I was talking with one of the men in the church I was attending at that time. As we were talking back and forth, I said to him in a very direct, caring kind of way, “Hey, how are you doing?” .

I didn’t know of anything serious going on in his life,or with his family. I was just concerned for him as an individual and so, I asked the question.

This man looked at me, kind of with a “deer in the headlights” look and said, “I’ve never really been asked that before”. (he was referring to more than a passing each other in the hallway “how ya doing?” kind of greeting that guys do).

His response dazed me and that he was an elder at the church, shocked me all the more. I was utterly gripped (and still am) with sadness that anyone (especially a leader in a church) would have such a shortage of relationship with others.

This memory comes to my mind because of the contrast of an experience I just had. I just hung out at a friend of mine’s house. We try to get together at least once a month. Tonight, his wife had gotten us a few sandwiches and we just hung out on his lawn, talking about life.

We shared our gratefulness for all God was doing in our lives, we brought up some concerns we each had, and we talked about just life’s issues that we were thinking about. Often we will also have a word of prayer, although tonight we didn’t.

Someone once said that if a man has one friend that is a “you need anything, I’ve got your back” kind of buddy, he is truly a blessed man.

I’ve got that kind of buddy. I’ve actually got a few and I feel blessed.

Guys, I think generally we can learn alot from the women on this one. Life is not meant to be lived alone. We can’t do it alone. Emotionally and mentally, we are meant to live in relationship.

Honestly, opening up to someone else for me can be hard. It can be even be more difficult when I do trust someone with personal information and find out later that it was shared to others (as has happened). That really can hurt.

I’m still a very private person, but I want to continue to pursue my goal of being a more transparent person. I want to be authentic and have people understand that what they see in me is what they get.

I am a work in progress. I have my shortcomings. Hopefully, as I let people get more into my world, not only will others be more encouraged to also be more genuine and open to others, but hopefully, people will get to know the God I serve in a better way. I can’t think of anything more at the heart of who I am, than the love for my God who is so awesome. I know a God who loves me so much that He would die for me and who now, lives in me through His Spirit.

Not only would I encourage you guys to find another guy friend you can truly be open with and mutually encouraging, but if you haven’t yet, I would also encourage you to open yourself up to a God who desires so much to get in a relationship with you.

Christian, are you enjoying your relationship with Christ?

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Let’s be honest, living the Christian faith can be difficult at times. Although we are familiar with the concept of GRACE, too often, a “trying to earn God’s favor by doing the right things seeps into our mindset. The consequences of doing so are stress, carrying heavy burdens, and frustration.

Though this “Romans 7” experience is common, God has such a greater vision for each of us. He has called us to a life of FREEDOM. He has called into a relationship with Him that we are meant to enjoy.

Does that sound inviting? Is that kind of Christian life possible? It is.

Let me encourage you to take the time to listen to this message by Terry Virgo, which he preached at James River Church on July 19, 2015. They have graciously allowed me to pass on the link for this message to my readers.

Listen to this message. You will not regret the time you do. It will be a step towards you experiencing true freedom!