The Forum - Day 1

I have had a great first day at the Forum. Over 800 people are in attendance and we are really enjoying ourselves. Each speaker is hitting a home run on servant leadership principles. Here are some of my notes for todays sessions. Check back tomorrow evening for the next set. Gen Colin Powell speaks tomorrow.

Mark Rutland - President of Southeastern University -

When we overemphasize our style of leadership we can become a mile wide and an inch deep.

Leadership in the 21st century needs to be flexible.

Hebrew Word - Balak - means to “create” as to bear a child.

If your going to be a “rain maker” then it has to rain.
Unleash the creativity of others, energize creativity.
Bear fruit that bears fruit.
See opportunities when everyone else see problems.

Hebrew Word - Nahal - means to “conduct” or to escort.

In this context a leader conducts or escorts on every side. 2 Chron. 32:22 - So the LORD saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them on every side.

The picture is that of a leader who is a caring servant.

Hebrew Word - Nahag - Is like a dog panting. Here we see a leader driving, pushing forward.

Leaders have to know when to drive forward. They also know that it will not be easy road to pursue.

Hebrew Word - Nachah - means to “guide” or transfer.

There are ideas that are DOA because they are in leaderships back pocket.

There is no success where there is no “buy in.”

Once people “buy in” stay behind them and let them block for you.

Transfer yourself to others. I really liked this one. I know that the people who have transfered themselves into me are the ones that I admire the most.
Don’t lose your joy in the transfer.
It is challenging to know what they are thinking.
People need real values. Transfer them to people.

Hebrew Word - Dorak - to converse. It was also a ancient word for a coin. A modern day phrase similar to it would be, “money talks.”

Leadership must communicate. It implies speaking, listening and sharing.

Hebrew Word - Bo - to enter. Jer 23:8 but they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' Then they will live (enter) in their own land."

This refers to “transition”

The process by which someone enters you. In other words, entering into someone's life.

Never enter if you are clinging to former moments. For example. If we are clinging to a form or music or worship, then we will not be able reach new generations. We have to transition.

In conclusion: Don’t find one style of leadership and stick with it. In the 21st century work on all of them.

Tommy Barnett - Pastor Phoenix First Assembly of God -

Once you have served, you will never want to be served again. I love this quote!!

Everything you need is right here in your own house.

I have never prayed for the task to equal my power, but for the power to equal my task. If we can get this, then we can do anything.

Chop off tasks and you will lose power.

God’s dream is bigger than you.

Your tasks must be bigger than your power. Phil. 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Don’t rob God of your blessings.

Burn out is a lack of vision.

There is provision for the vision.

Be crazy for God!

What is the risk of putting your faith in God? God doesn’t have to tell you the outcome of what He has asked you for to do. But don’t gamble.

Patrick Lencioni - Author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team -

5 dysfunction's of a team - Lack of trust. There must be a vulnerable trust (being human) on a team. This will become a powerful trust.

1 member of the team who cannot be unreachable will spread like a disease to the others.

Leaders have to be the first to be vulnerable.

Produce ideological conflict. It is the pursuit of truth.

When we confuse kindness with niceness there is a cost. We can be kind to each other during conflict. But being nice because we don't want to risk hurting each other in fact harms the organization.

If you can’t go “there”, then you will never get where you want to go.

People who don’t ‘weigh in” don’t’ “buy in”. WOW! That statement alone was worth the whole day to me!

Peer to peer accountability is when team members go to other team members and ask “Why are you....?”

Hold people accountable.

Focus on goals.

Whether a job is good or bad is in the eyes of the beholder. There is a difference between miserable and fulfilling.

3 signs of a miserable job

Anonymity - Human beings need to be appreciated for their unique qualities by someone in authority.
Why don’t we do that?
Fear of being disingenuous
Political correctness
Forget what it was like to be them.

Irrelevance - Everyone needs to know that their job matters to someone.
Why do we do this?
Assume it obvious
Too busy
We are embarrassed to do so.

Immeasurement - People need to be able to gauge their progress and level of contribution for themselves.
Why don’t we do this?
We default to metrics.
Requires us to be creative
Fearing of losing control.

Ken Blanchard - Author of The One Minute Manager -

Jesus was a carpenter. In a recent survey of carpenters they were asked what about being a carpenter would have benefited Jesus’ leadership skills.
He, as a carpenter, would have to see the finished project before He started.
He would have to use a variety of tools (i.e. leadership styles)
He would have to use a variety of materials (i.e. people)
As a carpenter had to learn how to be a carpenter, Jesus would have to learn how to be a leader.
Jesus was a good follower, a good carpenter has to learn from a master teacher.

To abjucate is to delegate and leave. To delegate is to delegate and stay beside them. Jesus delegated, He never abjucated.

You have to change leadership styles in order to help people grow.

Servant Leadership is love in action

Southwest airlines has three values.
Warrior Spirit - Commit to get the job done at a high level.
Have a servants heart.
Have a fun loving attitude.

Self-serving leaders hate feedback.

Servant leadership has to be without ego.

God is for us
Jesus is with us
Holy Spirit is in us.