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Leadership Development – Understanding The Leaders Who Need The Most Development

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The Leaders Who Need The Most Development Are Sometimes The Leaders That Say That Others Need More Development.

Have you ever seen a situation where a leader has a team member who is either up for a promotion or in all actuality should be considered for a promotion; and the leaders says they are not ready yet… or they need more development.

I understand that sometimes people aren’t ready and they could benefit by a little more time in the leadership development cooker. More times than not, the person is ready, all they need is a little belief in them, encouragement and an opportunity to show what’s inside of them. How do you get the experience, if no one is willing to give you a chance to get the experience?

Over the years I have come to realize that the leaders who are quick to say that someone isn’t ready and need more development are the ones that need more development themselves.

It takes, time, energy and true leadership to develop someone — moving them from where they are to where they can be. Leaders must learn to focus on potential instead of limitations.

The next time you hear a leader say “so and so” isn’t ready, the deeper question to ask is this “is the leader making the statement ready?”

No one will ever be 100% “ready,” it’s up to the leaders to be a part of getting them there. That’s why it’s called leadership.

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If I Were The Devil… A Prophetic Essay

“If I were the devil” ~ A prophetic essay written and recorded by radio commentator Paul Harvey in 1965. This is really, really, really good.

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How To Succeed In Spite Of The Naysayers

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Belief in people is of paramount importance as it relates to the success that they will have. As a matter of fact, believing in others is the fuel that propels them down the road to success.

What should you do when those around you don’t believe in you?

You should find a different group of people to surround yourself with. If the people that don’t believe in you are friends and family, limit your interactions with them, tell them they’re wrong and more importantly prove them wrong.

“Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed.” ~H.H. Swami

You tend to become who those closest and most important to you think you will become. Choose those that are most important and closest to you wisely.

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The Power Of “Not Yet”

Understanding the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset.

From TED: “Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.”

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Don’t Settle

“Often times people settle for less than what’s best in their careers, marriages and life. The more you settle, the less that you realize you are settling.”

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Best #SuperBowl Commercial – Toyota My Bold Dad

This Toyota Camry Commercial was one of the best SuperBowl XLIX Commercials.

“Being a Dad is more than being a father.”

Be Bold, Watch and Enjoy!

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11 Key Attributes Of Great Leadership

There are many attributes that various leaders possess, many of them positive and unfortunately some not so positive. People are looking for particular attributes in leaders they want to work for. Leaders that possess these attributes generally have a positive, healthy work environment with minimal turnover.

Below are 11 Key Attributes People Are Looking For In a Leader. We will creatively title them:

11 Key Attributes Of Great Leadership

  • 1. Honesty - Tell the truth; even if lying is easier – tell the truth. || “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~Thomas Jefferson
  • 2. Integrity - Do what’s right; even if nobody is watching – do what’s right. || “There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.” ~Mahatma Gandhi and I will add an 8th “Leadership without integrity.”
  • 3. Visionary - Have some vision for where you’re going; empower your team to get you there and if you don’t do anything else – have some vision for where you are going. || “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~Thomas Jefferson
  • 4. Self Awareness - Know who you are; the good, the bad and the ugly, know who you are. ||  “He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.” ~Lao Tzu
  • 5. Risk Taker - Be willing to try new things, new strategies and embrace new ideas; even if the ideas aren’t yours – be willing to try new things, new strategies and embrace new ideas. || “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Harold R. McAlindon
  • 6. Caring - Truly care about those you lead; people can care less about how much you know until they know how much you care – truly care about those you lead. || “Our love is like the misty rain that falls softly, but floods the river…” ~African Proverb
  • 7. Stand For Something - Lead by convictions; know why you do what you do and why you think what you think – lead by convictions. || “You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.” ~Denis Waitley
  • 8. Spirit Of Development - Develop other leaders; without leadership development, the pipeline of leadership is halted – develop other leaders. || “My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.” ~Jack Welch
  • 9. Good Listener - Be willing to listen; if you’re always talking, there is a good chance you are not listening – be willing to listen. || “To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk well, and is as essential to all true conversation” ~Chinese Proverb
  • 10. Lifetime Leaner - Learn from anything and everything; no matter how many degrees or titles you have, you always have the capacity to learn – learn from anything and everything.  || “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ~John F. Kennedy
  • 11. Humility -  Stay level-headed and don’t think that you’re better than others; no matter how much success, praise or fortune you receive, stay level-headed and don’t think that you’re better than others. || “Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.” ~St. Augustine
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2 New Church Positions: Executive Pastor and Creative Arts/Worship Pastor

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2 New Positions: New Executive Pastor of Staff/Ministries and Creative Arts/Worship Pastor Position Openings. Brief details about these opportunities are below:

Church- Colonial Church

Location- Wichita Falls, TX

Cool Facts About Wichita Falls- Wichita Falls Texas is one of those cities that has the best of both worlds. It’s a mid-size Texas Town of well over 1000,000 that has all of the opportunities of a Big City. Wichita Falls is only a couple hour drive from Texas’ favorite Big City “Dallas” and also a couple hour drive from Oklahoma’s favorite Big City “Oklahoma City.” It’s the home of Sheppard Air Force Base, Mid-Western State University, Minor League Sports teams and lots of other cool opportunities. A couple of Quick Facts About Wichita Falls: People refer to it as “The Falls”, Elvis played there in 1956, It has the “World’s Littlest SkyScraper”, Dr. Phil lived there and attended Midwestern State University.

Cool Facts About Colonial Church- The current Sr. Pastor has been at the leadership helm for just a couple of years. He has brought a fresh new vision, leadership, creativity and passion for reaching people. In this short time, the church has experienced rapid growth (nearly doubling) and has an average weekly attendance of around 1,500. Colonial Church’s vision is helping people find and follow Jesus.

The Position #1: The Executive Pastor role will come alongside the Sr. Pastor/Leadership Team to provide overall leadership for the church. The primary focus will be staff and ministries as their is an This person should have strong strategic abilities, great interpersonal skills, a Pastor’s heart and be an organizational developer.

The Position #2: The Creative Arts/Worship Pastor will strive to advance a worship culture in Colonial Church that is Christ-centered, biblically accurate, and culturally resonant. He will develop and lead leaders to craft meaningful worship environments as well as to create media content that fulfills and advances our mission of “helping people find AND follow Jesus.”

Both of these positions will be part of the Colonial Church Leadership Team.

If you are interested in submitting your resume for either of these positions, please submit it to NxtLevel Solutions by clicking here. If you have any additional questions, need further details or would like to submit your information via email, please email Nicole nicole (at) Nxtlevel.net. All information and correspondence is held in confidence between you and NxtLevel Solutions. Should your church be interested in this type of search, feel free to contact me personally scott (at) NxtLevel.net or click here.

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Your Choices Really Do Matter

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Every choice that you make has significance.

Every decision that you make will lead you to a different crossroads.

Don’t take your ability to choose for granted.

Don’t overlook the beauty of being able to breathe.

Don’t put your dreams on the back-burner.

Don’t give your loved ones second best.

Your choices really do matter.

Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself this question:

Do I really like the choices that I’m making.

Your Choices Really Do Matter.

~SW

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Video Tribute To Stuart Scott’s Legacy

Stuart Scott was seriously a game changer… #RIPStuartScott

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