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Sun, June 26, 2016

who do you say that I am, reJesus, missional Christ

"The great English philosopher, John Stuart Mill, once commented that mankind can hardly be too often reminded that there was once a man named Socrates. That is correct, but it is even more important to remind mankind that a man named Jesus Christ once stood in their midst." (Adolf von Harnack, What is Christianity?)

We so easily forget the profound, mysterious, and transformative reality of Jesus Christ. Of Him, the authors of Holy Scripture cannot speak too highly...

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory... (John 1:1, 14)

He is the image of the invisible God... For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.  (Colossians 1:15, 19-20)

He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word.  (Hebrews 1:3)

I am just about ready to begin writing new exercises and edit old ones for Volume Four: They Had Been With Jesus. I am reading widely (and reflecting deeply) on Jesus, His Presence, His Work, and His WORD... and the invitation to participate in, enjoy, and reorder our lives accordingly.

I am doing this reading, reflection and writing about Jesus as I am doing the same on missional leadership. One of the books that I have most enjoyed about Jesus is the one by Frost and Hirsch, reJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church

When we do not know that Jesus is a Missional Messiah (and a wild one at that), then the church will not be a Missional Body of Christ, nor will its members be Missional Members of a Missional Body. Too often, the church is not a missional church, nor even a church on a mission nor a church with a mission... mission is simply non-existent. I think reJesus is right when it says such a church does not qualify to be named as a church, and certainly not as a Church Belonging to Christ.

One of the abiding challenges of all who are called to lead in the local church is to be missional leaders of a missional fellowship of friends in the pursuit of God and His Kingdom.

I think we not only need to remind the world there was once a man named Christ who stood in our midst.

We need to remind the church that there was and is a Missional Messiah named Jesus Christ... and he is still sending us out on His Mission.

Would you pray for those who give such leadership, that we would be missional leaders who are friends with the missional Messiah, mobilizing a missional church for the Great Commision.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org


 

 

 

Fri, June 24, 2016

the church is the mission of God in the world

I came across this description of a missional church in an older book, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church by Alan Hirsch.

A missional church is a church that defines itself, and organizes its life around its real purpose as an agent of God's mission to the world. In other words, the church's true and authentic organizing principle is mission. Therefore when the church is in mission, it is the true church. The church itself is not only a product of that mission but is obligated and destined to extend it by whatever means possible. The mission of God flows directly through every believer and every community of faith that adheres to Jesus.

In other words, the church does not have a mission. 
In this kind of thinking, mission sounds like an add on, an after-thought, or a component of the church.

 

The church is the mission of God in Christ, in the world. 
In this way of thinking, mission is the essence of the church.

When the church is not the mission of God in the world, the church is not the church. It has become something else, something less, something anemic, something sterile...

One of the great privileges and daunting tasks I will have as the lead pastor is to advance this church/mission of God in the world by being a missional, entrepreneurial leader, resourcing and empowering a team of staff and laity, so we may bear much fruit that lasts in our post-Christian culture. 

Pray that I/we would be faithful and innovative as we dream, plan, and do the mission of God in our world.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

Thu, June 23, 2016

Many of you may already know that on June 19, Living Word Community Church voted to call me to be the second senior pastor of the church. I have the great privilege (as well as somewhat daunting task) of following the founding-legacy pastor, Steve Almquist.

LWCC has been my home church since 1978 when I was just out of college, jogging through a neighborhood, and found a church meeting in an old school building. I went that next Sunday and knew I had found a place to call my spiritual home, and a group of people with whom I could do life. 

With Steve's guidance, I went to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, returned to do a one year internship in 1982... and stayed until 1996. I then left to be the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Homer, New York. I was there for seven years, returning to LWCC in 2003 to be Pastor of Leadership Development and Spiritual Formation. During that time, I helped found Leadership ConneXtions International, to provide resources to leaders working around the world.

As I consider the "decades of ministry" I realize I have been richly blessed by Christ. Who am I that I would be graced with the opportunities I have had, do life with the such amazing friends and colleagues, travel to partner with missional entrepreneurs, and see the transforming grace of Christ in the lives of pagans, seekers, followers and saints (even saints daily need transforming grace).

As Pastor Steve and LWCC was in the succession process, I was part of the team mapping out that transition season, as well as searching for the next senior pastor. I had no interest in the role, really believing and desiring increased global contributions. 

God had other plans. I was just a little slow in discerning them. Eventually, through the voice of core friends, I was able to say, "here am I Lord, whatever You want, may it be according to your will." The leadership of LWCC affirmed this redirect of my calling... and then this past Sunday so did the congregation.

It has been a wild ride. A good one... but still wild. 

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The Elders/Board of LWCC have given me a sabbatical time. I have quite a few major projects languishing in limbo, and I needed some focused time to finish these resources.

I am also doing a lot of reading and reflecting on executive leadership, missional leadership, and spiritual leadership. While I am constantly engaged with these things, I wanted to have a full immersion in them to ignite my own thinking and creativity, as well as expand the horizons of my vision. So I have an extensive reading list for the summer. While there is some range and diversity to that list, I am focusing on Gospel studies, the life and ministry of Christ, missional leadership, and systems leadership. Even with a few days - it has been stimulating. My journals are filling with ideas and prayers.

I am also spending one long day every week working with the LWCC staff, during my sabbatical time, as well as availability for some major leadership decisions going on. 

I have one major missions trip this summer.

I am trying to exercise a fair amount, eat right (okay, semi-right), and continuing my devotional practices that have been sustaining and refreshing me for many years.

It is an exciting time for me, and I think for the church as well. 

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Pastor Steve is officially done December 31st. Until that time I am simply his colleague in ministry. Although I must say that the way Pastor Steve has been working this transition, starting almost two years ago, is literally a case study in how to do it well. I hope he will write a significant reflection and get it published somewhere.

This fall, when I am back in the office, I will be picking up more and more responsibilities for the staff and the ministry of the church.

My plan is to do some frequent blogging on insights and lessons, and give my friends and colleagues some prayer requests for me as well.

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If you have not read Proverbs 16:1, 3, and 9 recently, you might want to take a look at them. It is all about our plans and the plans of the Lord. It turns out that God's plans are higher, better, more challenging, risk-involving, and generally radical then our plans.

May you discover the plans of the Lord for your own life and join in with what  God is doing.

 

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org


 

Tue, June 14, 2016

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world, E.B. White

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it difficult to plan the day. E.B. White

This was a final quote that brought an extraordinarily fine book to a satisfying finish. The book is Originals by Adam Grant. It is his second book. His first book, Give and Take, was one of the most outstanding books I have ever read on leadership. If you have not yet read Give and Take, go get it now and start reading it yesterday. Then, when you are finished soaking in the brilliantly presented wisdom of that book, start in on Originals. It is so hard for a second book to equal outstanding first publications. But Grant did it. 

Originals is all about the science behind motivation for excellent, innovation, creativity, and originality. The way Grant writes is, for me, a joining together of eloquence, delightful humor, endless "aha moments," the weaving magic of great stories, and pithy take-away insights for application. 

So, when I finished the book, I was both satisfied and saddened. What a rich feast! But it has come to an end. Well, not really. For to put into practice what Grant has so powerfully described and prescribed is the whole reason for reading. 

Copious notes, ongoing reflection, and bold experiments are to follow.

But, back to the quote by E.B. White...


This is an either-or dilemma. I typically reject either-or thinking and search for both-and options. I will offer one in just a moment, but will make an observation on the either-or frame White gives.

Enjoy the world, enjoying the brand new day, enjoying the plenitude of the day - that is a certain mindset. This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it, says the Psalmist (Psalm 118:24). The mercies of the Lord are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24). We desire and seek happiness, contentment, satisfaction, and that old fashioned biblical word - blessedness.  So, yes, enjoy the day. Seize hold of that day and squeeze every drop of beauty and savor every burst of glory in the day.

OR...

Change the world. Be dissatisfied with what is. See what is lacking, missing, hard, hurtful, broken, messy, painful, wrong... and in love, justice and shalom, set about improving what is wrong. Be the change. Add value to the world. Right the wrong. Bind up the broken-hearted. This, of course, is our calling. To be light and salt in a world that is not the way it is suppose to be. This is hard work. It tires us out. We become frustrated. It is risky to enter into the pains of others. Success is not guaranteed.

So, E.B. White's laconic comment - it is hard to plan the day - makes sense. Which is why it seems to be an either-or. Enjoy or improve. Delight in or change.


However, what about a Both-And attempt at this paradox?
What if I borrow a strategy from John Piper when he had a creative/original approach to our Chief End.

The original version said: The chief end of mankind is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. 
Notice this is not an either-or, but it a true both-and.

Piper's creative re-write said: The chief end of mankind is to glorify God BY enjoying Him forever!
What a stroke of theological genius! God is most glorified when we most enjoy Him.


What if I reframe E.B. White's either-or like this:
I arise in the morning, fueled by the desire to enjoy the world by improving the world. 

I think this is exactly what Jesus did, and which was affirmed in Hebrews 12:2.  
Jesus...who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scoring its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

It was the deep joy and love of Christ to enter into all the sin, pain, and evil of the world - so he could redeem it.

Those of us who follow Jesus - are invited to do the same.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

 

 

Fri, June 10, 2016

While I am always reading, the vacations at the beach are a time to take a bag of books along. This is what was in my bag this past week.

On Kindle I have two adventure novels and one science fiction book. Optimistic, but that is the way to go with beach reading.

Vacation is all about good company with the family, long walks, good food... and of course, an ambitious reading program.

Brian Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org


 

 

Mon, June 06, 2016

These three quotes on happiness gave me some things to consider.

life is way to short

dont' put the key to your happiness in someone elses pocket

How are you doing with your own experience of happiness, contentment, being at peace, enjoying well-being, and what I like to call FLOURISHING. Augustine uses the old fashioned rarely heard word - BLISS.

Grace to you,

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

Fri, June 03, 2016

Jesus Was Not a Rock Star

Saving Leonardo, by Nancy Pearcey was a great book. I took about a month to go through it. Near the very end, she shared a perspective from TV producer Mark Joseph on the problem of the celebrity pastor. Here are her words:

"If you go to a pastor's church where he's a star, you're really there as a member to uphold his arms and help him make a bigger impact for the world (Mark Joseph)." A more biblical model is the reverse, where the leader's role is teaching and equipping lay people to go out and work on the front lines. As Joseph put it, the pastor should be "holding up the arms of the people of his congregation who are then empowered to go and do good things for the world..."

This is one more way of describing servant-leadership or the pastor as "lead servant." In the way of Christ, people do not exist for the sake of the leader. The leader exists for the sake of the people.

In the way of world, followers suffer and sacrifice for the will of the leader. In the way of Christ, the leader suffers and sacrifices for the sake of those who follow.
 

Ironically, paradoxically, mystically, and beautifully, Christ, who chose NOT to be a Rock Star,

chose the way where he became a Stone of Stumbling, and eventually

the ROCK SOLID FOUNDATION

on which the Kingdom of God is built.

 

Maybe this is just an updated way to read the temptations of Christ: Jesus resisted the temptation to be a rock star.

May all who are called to leadership in the church, the mission and the world - do the same.
 

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org


 

 

Thu, June 02, 2016

Eric Fromm, no great radical idea can survive

No great radical idea can survive unless it is embodied in individuals whose lives are the message. Eric Fromm

There are so many thoughts that stir in me as I consider Fromm's words.

ONE
What great radical ideas are embodied in my life? What are those great radical ideas of which my life is the message? I am not asking what are the great radical ideas I believe. I am asking - what are the great radical ideas I believe so deeply, so powerfully, so profoundly, that they have become a living presence in my life. Then, they radiate forth from my life since my life has become the message?

TWO
Communicators (including and maybe especially preachers) are constantly speaking forth ideas. And we are disappointed (frustrated, bothered, even irritated) when the audience does not seize those ideas and claim them as their own. I do believe that communicators must embody and live the great radical idea. Merely speaking them, is not sufficient. One's life must show the reality of the message, if the words are to have credibility and attraction for others. The old Quaker idea was - "let your life speak" (which became the title of a wonderful book by Parker Palmer - well worth reading).

THREE
Communicators and leaders are in "the business" of making ideas stick in the lives of audiences, followers, the team, the organization. In other words, we are in the business of idea embodiment. We have not done our job when we have merely communicated the idea to others. We have done our job when an idea has been taken up in the life of the receiver. How will that happen? 

FOUR
It will happen as we do life together, as a leader, teacher, influencer demonstrates the reality and beauty of a great radical idea. Ideas must be lived in the presence of others. This is the old adage, "truth is caught more than it is taught." Jesus was the master of this. It is why he prioritized doing life with a small number of people. He taught the multitudes, but lived with a few. The group of disciples were invited into a relationship where transformative, holistic, interactive learning took place. They did live with the Great Radical Idea that was Embodied (the Word made flesh). Of course, they would come to embody the same Great Radical Idea. The Presence of Christ with them, the Word of Truth dwelling in them, the light of life inside them. Christianity is the way, the truth, and the life... great ideas, a beautiful presence, a living way - all converging in the life of the receiver who gives witness to the WordMadeFlesh.


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The Take-Aways . . .

1.  If you are not living the idea, it will never go far, but will fade away.

2.  If you are living an idea - then REALLY live it. Let the light shine all the time. Don't hide it. Don't dim it down (or dumb it down either).

3.  For the great ideas that matter most, you must do life together with a few others so they can be imprinted with your life message. This is the leadership leak, the imprint, the modeling the way that is the signature of all true leadership.

4.  And finally, who is imprinting you? Is there anyone who has a great radical idea embodied, close to you, that is being imprinted on your life. The great leaders and teachers are those who choose to be constant, life long learners. That means you have to be around others who are living forth the great themes that matter most.

 

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

Wed, May 25, 2016

happiness depends on character which depends on God

The Christian faith, and its ancient interpreters are in agreement about many things.

One, that happiness is what we are meant for. We had original happiness (bliss) in the garden. We will have it one day in the future, either in the New Heavens and New Earth where there are no more tears.

Two, that happiness is not based on what you have around you, but what you have inside you. In other words, it is the interior world of virtue, character and morality that is necessary for true happiness. 

Three, that we cannot by ourselves make ourselves good. We need the presence, work and the grace of God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. God recreates us into his image. God gives us his own virtue and renews us in the image of Christ. The fruit of the Spirit is given to us. 

Four, that we cooperate in a willing and faithful partnership with God to more fully become what we are declared to be. Holy, godly, righteous, Christ-like...

This is the essential understanding of happiness that is lost in our culture today. So we are bored, restless, anxious, cynical, sad, and much worse. The endless pursuit of the things of the earth, apart from the pursuit of the virtuous Christ will only lead to more sadness.

This is part of the Gospel, the Good News. 

It is a message that is urgently needed, and one that is not easily heard. It will take great skill, long patience, and lots of love to communicate this. May God's grace be with all of us, so we may experience true happiness, and point others in this way.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org


p.s.  
I wrote a short workbook for Living Word Community Church,
Jesus Encoutners: Embracing the Life of Christ, to be a resource to help people with this very thing.

Two good books I highly recommend are Gary Thomas - The Glorious Pursuit,
and James Smith - The Good and Beautiful God.

 

Mon, May 23, 2016

the test of a first rate intelligence is to hold two opposing ideas in mind, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The test of a first rate intelligence is to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should . . . be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise. F. Scott Fitzgerald


I loved this quote the first time I read it. And the first time I read it was in Jim Collins book, Built to Last, in the chapter on Both/And. The idea of both-and was powerful and it frames the way I approach life, leadership, and the Christian faith.

Jim Collins used it to talk about how businesses can pursue both profits and make quality products, or be environmentally or socially conscious. He used this way of thinking in contrast to the either-or way of thinking. We can make money OR we can make good products. 

Churches face this all the time. Evangelism or discipleship. Evangelism or social action. Good theology or practical ideas. Seeker-sensitive or Bible teaching services. And the list goes on and on.

Now most of us reading this will say, "of course we can do both of these." But in reality, so many churches struggle. They do one or the other. They prefer one or the other. They emphasize one or the other. 

Leaders for the future will be those who are able to deal with paradox, with ambiguity, with complexity, with opposing ideas... and hold all this in creative tension. Either-or thinking, black and white thinking, simplistic formulas, and rigid-boxy thinking will not serve people or organizations.

The Christian faith is inclined to both-and thinking on many important themes. 

  • God's sovereignty and human responsibility.
  • The holiness of God and the love of God.
  • Jesus as fully God and fully human.
  • Justification by grace through faith and sanctification of grace inspired obedience to truth.
  • The spiritual and the material world are equally precious.
  • The heart and mind (and will and body).
  • The dignity of our humanity the the ruin of depravity.
  • On and on would the list of "apparently opposing ideas" be that are inherent in the Christian faith.

I could even say it this way. To have authentic Christian faith is to be able to hold opposing ideas in one's mind and heart, and still function. To borrow Fitzgerald's language, authentic Christian faith requires a first rate intelligence. Perhaps Christian faith creates such an intelligence.

May you be one of those with a First-Rate Intelligence as you love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul, mind and strength.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org


 


 

 

 

Fri, May 20, 2016

Eight Ideas for Future Leadership

I just finished the fascinating book, Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain Future. Brilliant, bold, wise, stimulating, and a worthwhile map for the skills needed for an uncertain future. Early in the book, Johansen provides eight themes or insights that will be true for future leaders. These are NOT the ten skills, but rather, core themes that will be manifest in those who lead for the future. Here they are.

ONE
Get there early. Be among the first to show up. Don't be premature, but hesitation and later adoption is not going to serve leaders for the future. Faith, foresight, risk-taking, curiosity, and the mindset of explorers and adventurers is needed.

TWO
Be healthy in mind and body. I am so aware of this. I am working harder then ever to get and stay healthy. A note to all my friends - especially if you struggle with weight - I share your struggle. But we need to do something about it. Get the app - MyFitnessPal and start using it religiously.

THREE
Focused Attention, filter out the noise and distractions. We live in a world of "mass distraction" and it is only going to get worse. Leaders must filter and focus, and stay focused.

FOUR
Urgent Patience. This is one of those paradoxes, or at least creative tensions. Patience and urgency. An urgency filled patience. Be both at the same time. Be one or the other as the situation requires.

FIVE
Tell stories and listen. Future leaders that will be great will know how to tell stories. They will also know how to listen to and for the stories of others, and create places where those stories can be told. 

SIX
Humble strength. Another paradox, and one that is deeply rooted in the Bible. It is also one of the signs of Level Five (Jim Collins) leadership. Have courage and yet lead in ways that are authentic, transparent, and self-effacing. Ego will be the source of RUIN for leaders. Always has been, always will be.

SEVEN
Synchronicity. I love this word. It is the surprising convergence of "coincidences." I like to talk about divine serendipity. The secret workings of God that make connections that are catalytic and synergistic (sorry for all these big words, but each one is a great word). Connections. Linkages. See them. Find them. Work with them.

EIGHT
Disciplined readiness. You need to be able to anticipate, prepare, practice and spring into action at any moment.

 

Do some self-assessment.
How are you on these eight themes?

 

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

 

Thu, May 19, 2016

dark side of leadershipAnd Why Smart Organizations Do Dumb Things as Well

Many (many) years ago, I was introduced to an idea that continues to be a major theme for me. It was the theme of "dark-side" behaviors, or the dark side of leadership. (Click here for a short review of the book, Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership.) There were two main ideas in this dark side theme.

First - there are certain behaviors that are simply wrong. They bring harm to the one who acts out, and they harm the people and organization around them. Like narcissism, or being passive-aggressive, or paranoid. There were five primary dark side behaviors. This was very helpful.

Second - but even more helpful was the concept that every strength has a dark side "under-belly" to it. The dark side of a strength is seen when a strength is SO DOMINANT that other counter-balancing strengths are not present. And, there are always repercussions when one strength dominates to the exclusion of complementary strengths. I will give you one brief example. 

Optimism is certainly a valuable quality. I love the language of vital optimism and believe it is essential for emotionally healthy leadership (what Goleman calls resonant leadership). Even a quick look through of major leadership books, and you will find agreement that leaders need a vital optimism if they are to be successful. But, if that is all a leader has, and if the leader defaults to that instinctively and quickly, the leader can become little more than a cheerleader for a team that is going downhill and losing.

Trust me, I saw this in action at many football games where my team was losing and the cheerleaders were going about their customary vital optimism. A perky DE-FENSE cheer, after the opposing team has scored 7 consecutive touchdowns, and is headed toward number 8, is just kind of pathetic...  If a leader does not have a critical realism that addresses the "brutal facts," their positivity will turn out to be harmful. Pick any strength, isolate it, intensify it, default to it, and you will see the dark side.

I have certainly seen the dark side of my own strengths. One of them being my "pace setting" approach to everything. Life, ministry, and leadership as the endless pursuit of ever greater BHAGs has a dark under belly. This is vital self-awareness work leaders need to do.

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The Anxious Organization, dumb leadership, anxietyAnother related, but distinct theme is that of Dumb Leadership. I recently read a great book. The Anxious Organization: Why Smart Companies do Dumb Things. This is a book I highly recommend. Although I also suggest you first read, A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix by Friedman. Both books will help you understand why leaders, team and entire organizations do dumb things.

Hint: It is not because they are dumb! It is because they are anxious!!!

This is a profoundly useful insight about human nature and the way systems work. If you are a leader, you owe it to your organization to become fluent in understanding what anxiety does to you, and what it does to your team. You need to learn the way of "the non-anxious presence" so you can facilitate the same thing among your partners and through the system itself.

Both books have deep ideas, but they are presented in very accessible and useful ways.


 

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

Wed, May 18, 2016

For Good or for Bad!

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you will keep on getting what you've always got.

That is a folksy piece of wisdom... so true. Here is a follow up thought from a sage.

insanity, Eistein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I know that, you know that... but here is one more thought that helped me understand it in a different way.

Your organization is perfectly design to get the results you are currently getting.

So is your family, your sports team, your work group, your church, your company, your local government... and every other organization you care to add! Every one of those groups is currently getting the results the organization is designed to get.

Here is what hit me. We keep on keeping the same organizational structure, system, policies, procedures, brand, etc... and we think - if we just work a little longer, we will get different results. NOT TRUE (with one vital exception which I will explain in a moment).

Let me give you an illustration. Our church constantly hovered around the 1600-1800 adult attendance on a Sunday morning. We were perfectly designed to have that attendance. We WERE NOT perfectly designed to have 2000 adults in attendance. No matter how much harder we "worked our system" it was perfectly designed to accommodate 1600-1800 people. It was not designed for 2000. We had to CHANGE THE SYSTEM TO GET DIFFERENT RESULTS.

As soon as we changed the system, we veered toward those different results.

If we keep on using the system we currently have, we will keep on getting the results we currently get. It is insanity to keep using the same system, thinking that we will get different results. 

So - Change the System, if you want different results.

Leaders must think in terms of systems, structure, organizational processes (all high altitude, broadly strategic, deeply insightful leadership work). This is hard work, but it is vital work.

Here is the exception, and we learn it from Jim Collins. Sometimes your system is indeed designed to get different results, but you have to keep on executing and implementing the system and its processes. Collins calls it - "turning the flywheel." If you have designed a new system, and you are not seeing the results, don't get discouraged. Keep at it. Keep executing, adjusting, morphing, adapting... and you will see results. If you do not, then you can go back and revisit the new system-structure-process you designed.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

Mon, May 16, 2016

Here is a great quote from a friend of mine, who is quite a leader.

The most powerful kind of leadership is to offer people pathways and permissions to do things they want to do but feel unable to do for themselves.  That sort of leadership evokes energies within people that far exceed the powers of coercion. Parker Palmer

For me, this is the kind of leadership mindset that will be most powerful and fruitful in the emerging world. Collaborative, facilitative, developmental, adding value to others, a sort of John the Baptist role of preparing the way for others to advance...

I have been blessed by having others in this role for me. I have been committed to doing this for others as well.

This week, be sure to offer SOMEONE, ANYONE, a pathway and permission to do something they want to, but don't feel they can do or are allowed to do.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

 

Tue, May 03, 2016

A friend sent me this quote from Warren Buffett the other say. I thought I would pass it on to you.

"If you're looking for a manager, find somebody that's intelligent, energetic and has integrity...if they don't have the last, be sure they don't have the first two. If you have somebody who lacks integrity, you want them to be dumb and lazy."

Integrity matters.
Character counts.
Being morally responsible, emotionally intelligent, relationally healthy - this is important.
Love, humility, honesty, gratitude, patience, generosity, forgiving, courageous - these things matter vitally.

Maybe integrity matters most of all. For integrity is both being morally sound and healthy AND integrity is being consistent. You are the same on the inside (heart) and the outside (behaviors). You are the same in private and in public. You are the same today and tomorrow. Consistency sustained is essential to the the quality of integrity.

If you don't have integrity, then the other things you have will be in danger of corruption, misuse, and even evil.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International
BrianRice@lcileaders.org

 

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