What is Servant Leadership?

I’m been an advocate for Servant Leadership for decades – even before I knew there was such a thing. Recently, I was asked a question I didn’t remember hearing before: What is Servant Leadership? Honestly, I really didn’t have a succinct and ready definition. Ken Blanchard and I wrote a book, The Secret, about what servant leaders do; but in that moment, it hit me . . . telling someone what a servant leader does is not the same as telling them what a servant leader is. My first step to find the answer was to see how some prominent thinkers have tackled ...

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6 Steps for Crafting a Compelling Vision

Crafting a compelling vision is the sine qua non of effective leadership. Interestingly, most people struggle with this. “Creating a vision” might sound quite daunting, but the reality is that just about anyone can create a good vision. Danielle Harlan, in her latest leadership book “The New Alpha” shares six easy-peasy steps on crafting a compelling vision for your organization. Step 1. Identify the Scope of Your Vision Whom is the vision for? Is it for your entire organization or a team that you lead, or are you crafting a vision for your particular ...

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5 Things Running a Half-Marathon Taught Me About Life

On February 5th, I did the impossible, the inconceivable, the extraordinary. I completed my first half-marathon race. Until a few months ago, never have I ran more than 3 miles in my life. Running this 13.1-mile race with over 15,000 people at Huntington Beach was truly an exhilarating experience! I spent most the day tied to bed. Nobody told me that my entire lower body would feel like it's paralyzed after completing the half-marathon. My legs are in so much pain I literally can't walk. This gave me ample time to reflect over my marathon experience. Here are ...

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If Jesus Took a Personality Test, This Would Be His Myers-Briggs Personality Type

Imagine that Jesus had the chance to take a modern personality inventory. What would the results look like? It's a fascinating question. In fact, I always wondered what would be the personality of Jesus Christ? I mean, what was he really like as a son, neighbor, friend, and teacher? As Christmas is almost just around the corner, I am reminded of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. After all, He's the reason for the season. The four Gospels show us a clear picture of how he acted and reacted in a number of different situations. As a MBTI aficio...

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Hot New Releases Of Leadership Books In December 2016

1. Speed: How Leaders Accelerate Successful Execution Author: Jack Zenger, Joseph Folkman Release Date: December 1, 2016 Amazon Rating:  Overview: The rapid pace at which change occurs in business today is unprecedented. Speed has become a major source of competitive advantage. Leaders who act quickly and inspire others to do the same are the ones who ultimately win the day. But achieving increased levels of speed is not always easy.  Culled from the data of one million 360-degree feedback assessments, Speed provides valuable insights into the qualities ...

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How Should a Christian Define Success?

There is a television commercial that shows a man in his 60’s walking from the first class cabin in an airplane to take a seat next to a younger version of himself who is working away in a coach seat. The older man gives financial advice to himself as a younger person. Then he returns to his first class seat, either because he can now afford it or perhaps he just needs to be closer to the bathroom. This is a bit of intriguing fantasy. What would we say if we could go back in time and give ourselves one piece of advice, if we had just one shot to influence our lives ...

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These Are the Best Books of 2016

I read an average of 1-2 books per week. Books are a major source of acquiring cutting-edge knowledge on topics that I'm passionate about: leadership, vocation, and Christian faith. As an avid reader, I've been always curious what type of books my tribe enjoys. So, a few days ago, I asked my followers on my personal Facebook page.  Over 50 people responded with the best book they've read in 2016. I was suprised and pleased with the variety of books and genre. As we enter this Christmas season, I hope you get to spend time of solitude and enjoy a few of the books from ...

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What John Maxwell Taught Me About Building Relationships

In John Maxwell's "Winning with People," he says good relationships are the foundation for achievement. Relationships are more than just the icing on the cake in life: They are the cake - the very substance we need to live successful and fulfilling lives. One of the key skills leaders need to learn is how to build trust. Maxwell shares five key principles that will help you improve your trust-ability with your direct reports, colleagues, and bosses. The Bedrock Principle Developing trust is like constructing a building. It takes time, and it must be done one piece at ...

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Please Take My 2016 Blog Reader Survey

Dear readers, I want to make my blog more relevant to your needs and interests. To do that, I need to know more about YOU and how you find my blog posts interesting and relevant. As a result, I have created my 2016 Blog Reader Survey. Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey? By doing so, you will doing yourself a service. Why? Because you will be helping me make my posts even more interesting and relevant to you. I've been actively blogging for the last five years. My goal in 2017 is to provide greater value to you. It’s important to ...

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Interview with Keith Webb: How to Become a Coach

I had the opportunity to interview Keith Webb. Keith is a Professional Certified Coach, author, and speaker specializing in leadership development. He founded and leads Creative Results Management, a global training organization focused on equipping ministry leaders to multiply their ministry impact. For 20 years, Keith lived in Japan, Indonesia, and Singapore where he designed and delivered leadership development programs. Keith created The COACH Model®. He is the author of The COACH Model for Christian Leaders and Coaching In Ministry. Keith lives near ...

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