This is a call for release…
Release from a captivity of imagination.
Not a call to forsake true identity; a call to take it up!
Ain’t no need to whitewash skill or experience; it’s time to tether these to a new way.
This is a word with intent, determined to call forth hope. A word to look and see what is already here. To lift one’s head and survey the landscape anew. Because although the truth is close, maybe it’s different than you expected…
Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
A new reality has arrived.
The first shoots of spring are breaking through; the early rays of the new dawn are colouring the sky. All that is necessary now is to get down in the dirt and pay attention… to rise from your slumber and be alive.
Awake, sleeper! Get to work, gardener!
… and let the breath of life restore you to your senses, renew your lost vigour, invigorate you with lifeblood, saturate you in splendour.
Come. Come and see. Your dreams no longer belong to the night. The hopes that were dashed are alive with new vitality.
Here is the way, the path so many longed to find. Set your eyes to the horizon and get your feet on the road.
This journey has been waiting for you.
The leadership gift takes time to develop… kind of like a photo from a polaroid camera. Objects start to develop slowly; you can make out an outline, a face, a smile. With time, the picture gets stronger, and at a certain point it reaches completion.
This truth has a nice parallel to the Christian hope of eternal life, expressed in 1 Corinthians 13:12: Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
In your own life, and in the lives of those around you, remember: it’s often more important to head generally in the right direction, than it is to have everything laid out and perfect from the beginning.
Set the course for your life, imagine what you’re aiming at, and move steadily and consistently toward it.
Adapted from the “Love Takes Action” talk by Bob Goff at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 2.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus laid down his life for us, and so we ought to do for our brothers and sisters… Let’s not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (Paraphrase from 1 John 3:16-18)
Love God… love people…. and do stuff! We make a difference that counts when we take action, when we get involved with people.
Who are you? What do you want? What difference can you make that no-one else can, right now? Answer those and you will live well, and you will lead well.
In Matthew 5, we are taught to love even our enemies… so that we become like children of God, and become perfect like He is. Struggling with the earlier questions? Try this: Who is God? What does He want from you?
Live life worthy of the calling that YOU have received. Love God, love people, and take action, today.
Adapted from the “Love Takes Action” talk by Bob Goff at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 1.
Leadership is tough.
You will face bitter criticism, heart-breaking disappointments. You will likely face the reinvention of your organisation; and the reinvention of your leadership style. You’ll have difficult succession conversations.
All these things are tough… but you must keep going. We need ONGOING COURAGE.
Aim for the end; aim to finish the race. “Fight the good fight… finish the race… keep the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). You gotta know this: God saves some of the sweetest things for the very end!
DO NOT BAIL ON YOUR MISSION!
Adapted from “The Courage That Leadership Requires” by Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 6.
There comes a point where VISION must become VALUE. Enough talking – it’s action time.
Who are we? What is not acceptable here? What will define us?
True community has always been an essential part of human life and is desperately needed now. Social media can create an illusion of community, without providing the real thing. Communities have boundaries, definitive life-patterns, values. For a community to stay healthy, to head toward an envisioned future, and to be a place where people truly belong, these boundaries, patterns and values must be put firmly into place.
There comes a point where it’s no longer “this COULD be”, but “this WILL be”. The original vision must become a “like-it-or-leave-it” value.
Adapted from “The Courage That Leadership Requires” by Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 5.
Fortitude (courage in great difficulty) is needed to shape a healthy, flourishing, God-honouring culture.
You’ll need to communicate consistently, and clearly. You’ll have to make difficult apologies. You’ll be involved in tough situations and tricky conversations.
This isn’t something to be delegated. Do you want to be defined by generosity? Live generously! Or, by Christ-like attitudes (humility and sacrifice, eg. Philippians 2:5-8)? Model those attitudes! Would you like an encouraging culture? Encourage! Deal swiftly with anything that works against the culture you’re creating.
Some people are culture-builders; some are culture-busters. You must help people take ownership of your culture, and not be afraid of making a tough call when needed…
How healthy is your team culture?
Adapted from “The Courage That Leadership Requires” by Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 4.
Your current reality is one of three possible situations. Either:
- Things are going downhill
- Things have flattened out (a status quo)
- Things are moving on up
Which one are you?
In a downturn, the leader must declare an emergency: ‘Code Red’. The organisation’s survival is at risk. Everyone must drop everything and pull together FAST.
When it’s sleepy, a status quo, the leader must play arsonist: set a fire! Stir the pot, feed the tension, and create some action. Status quo is very dangerous.
When things are rocking and setting records, the leader must pour fuel on the fire. Crank it up!
All leaders will experience these three realities. The hardest thing to do is to choose where you are. Define your position; act accordingly.
Adapted from “The Courage That Leadership Requires” by Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 3.
“Send it to some other idiot.”
What is a vision? It is picture of the future that creates passion in people. It helps people to own this truth: “We cannot stay HERE; we must go THERE.”
God sends visions to people, but all too often they get ignored. Why? Because the cost is too high. Because of great risk. Too many great visions suffer a fear-induced abortion.
A vision from God… is a holy commodity. It will test the mettle of a leader. It will require bravery and old-fashioned courage, choosing to step out in faith even as you’re vibrating with fear.
What would you drop everything for if you knew it would succeed?
Adapted from “The Courage That Leadership Requires” by Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 2.
“We must have a non-stop flow of fortitude.” (Bill Hybels)
Here is a mighty command issued from Moses to the succeeding Israelite leader, Joshua:
“Be strong and courageous… You will claim what has been promised… God is with you… Don’t fear or be dismayed.” (Full text in Deuteronomy 31:7-8)
A mighty command for a situation with no room for half-heartedness; given to a man who needed every reassurance he could get – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 1:9)
Stirring words to hold onto!
Adapted from “The Courage That Leadership Requires” by Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit 2013. Part 1.