October 2015

Life Long Learning Via Drucker

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn. Peter Drucker

My morning's learning was spent on:

The subject of will power, reading a great book on that topic.  Check out this review.

The first six cantos of Dante's Purgatory. After a break of about a month upon finishing Inferno, I am ready for the second volume in The Divine Comedy.

Why Organizations Need Leadership

Only three things happen naturally in organizations:
Friction, Confusion, and Underperformance.
Everything else requires leadership.

Peter Drucker

This is one more Druckerism that reflects the genius of this original thinker. He had a capacity for explaining with great clarity, what appears to be utterly confusing. Drucker is not being overly critical, just a realistic observer.

This is why we need Great Leadership, leading our organizations. Apart from your leadership - your organization will not deliver on its mission. Without your leadership, entropy will win out in your organization. Entropy is the form of friction, confusion and underperformance.

To Change Others - Change Yourself

To change others - change your self.
To change others - be the change you want to see in them.
To change others - let your life speak attractively and persistently.
To change others - show them the way and show they that way is worth their while.

It is that simple
and that hard.

At the core of the Imitation of Christ is to see Jesus as superemely attractive, and His way-truth-life as what you desire above all else. Jesus came to show us His Way. The first Christians were known as The  Way, and they demonstrated in their lives, JESUS.

The Little Things Matter

It is not just the Devil who is in the details.
Look carefully enough and you will GOD is there as well!

Samuel Johnson quote, studying little things

It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible. Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson is one of my favorite old writers. 

This was a new quote from Johnson, and I found myself nodding vigorously in agreement.

Thinking, Doing, Being - All in Alignment

the conduct of our lives is the true reflection of our thoughts, Michel De Montaigne

The conduct of our lives is the true reflection of our thoughts. Michel De Montaigne

I want to set this idea alongside a closely related on from the Proverbs. 
As a person thinks in their heart, so they are. Proverbs 23:7

We learn from Proverbs, just how powerful our thoughts are...which is VERY powerful. Thoughts are foundational and formative. They are essential and vital. They are the beginning. 

Future-You and NOW-You

I came across the great idea in Gretchen Rubin's book - Better Than Before (highly recommended for anyone who wants to change habits).

Gretchen makes the point, we waste time thinking about our future self, when we only have our NOW-Self to work with. We can actually neglect to do NOW important things, because we think our FUTURE-Self will get around to doing them.

Future-Brian will be a writer, a good husband, a strategic leader, a creative communicator, etc., etc., etc. 

Really! How is Future-Brian going to become that kind of person if NOW-Brian isn't working on those things. Good things do not appear from nowhere. They are the results of the choices we make to practice, learn, align, adjust, NOW.

Success and Goals: Great Quotes in Images

Today is just a collection of quotes on success and goals. I spent several hours this morning writing and editing a new workbook that will be available in January on personal productivity. I went surfing the internet for some good ideas. I hope you are inspired and motivated as I am by these thoughts.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International




Three Responsibilities for Senior Leaders

And for the Rest of Us Leaders As Well!


Somewhere, someone must have said, "Of the making of lists about leadership - there is no end!" If someone, somewhere has not said this, I'll be the first to go on record and say - there are too many lists out there. Still, the brain likes lists. The memory appreciates bullet points that are organized. So here is one of the lists. I think it is a good list. It comes from Michael Lindsay, and his book, View From the Top, where he did substantial and wide research on the nature of power and authority. I think he is well positioned to give us his list of Three Core Responsibilities That Senior Leaders Need to Do.

Four Factors That Facilitate Success

When Michael Lindsay studied one of the most effective leadership learning programs in the U.S.A., he turned to the White House Fellowship program. As he interviewed graduates of that program, he found there were four main factors the program facilitated for its participants. These factors paved the way for a future of wide open possibilities. (See, View From the Top.)

ONE: Significant Work.
The program offers the opportunity to do work that matters, work that is challenging and meaningful, and work that is diverse. To grow in leadership, you need lots of opportunities to learn and practice skills, and to be exposed to a skill set that is outside your normal group of competencies.

Leaders Need Organizations

lasting social change does not occur through people but through institutions

In View From the Top, Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon College made a point that got my attention. Lindsay said, "Lasting social change does not occur through people but through institutions. the most effective leaders, realize that institutional momentum is far more powerful than individual, charismatic personalities."

The Three E's of Good Work

The Good Work Project has identified three key components that must be present for work to be considered good work.

Your work must be excellent.
Mediocre skills, average ability, generic competency is not sufficient for good work. One of the things I constantly set before leaders is the need for excellence. Work hard to learn, grow and develop. Leverage your gifts as best you can. Make them stronger. Grow them until you are outstanding in the use of your strengths. Trying is not sufficient. That is just the beginning. This is why leaders must be life long learners. This is why leaders need mentors. 

The Paradoxical Commandments - Part Two

The Paradoxical Commandments, servant leadership


There is no need to say anything other then, sit with these deep and difficult thoughts. 
Pray and listen to Christ who is our Way,Truth and Life.
Consider your own servant leadership.
Discern your heart.
What is your desire?


Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International



The Paradoxical Commands of Servant Leadership

Mother Teresa, do it anyway, paradoxical commandments, servant leadershipThe new leadership learning communities I call 90-5-U have been launched and are well under way at LWCC. We have three different learning communities.

The early morning group meets from 6:30 - 8:00 am.
The morning group meets from 9:00 - 10:32 am.
The evening group meets from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

Each group has between 12-20 people in it. We meet for 90 minutes. We spend time in large group conversation/teaching, small group time, and personal processing.

Today's theme in our learning community is: The Work of Leadership: Serving God and Serving Others.

8 Great Things About Training Leaders in Argentina

I am just back from a two week trip to Argentina that was put together by my good friend and missional colleague, Omar Gava and REG.  Omar put together a leadership training program where I visited four cities to do seminars on decision making for leaders (pastors, missionaries and other leaders in local churches). I also had great conversations on other leadership themes with really thoughtful leaders. Here are eight great things about this trip.