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Great in Intellectuality, Great in Goodness

Benjamin Warfield description

If Dr. Warfield was great in intellectuality,
he was just as great in goodness.
Over a long period of years this man stands out in my mind
as the most Christ-like man that I have ever known.
F.T. McGill


Warfield was one of the great Princeton theologians. What is most inspiring about certain individuals in that tradition is the great piety that stood alongside their great learning. For these individuals, like Warfield, the heart and mind were joined together, flowing and mingling to produce Christ-likeness. Who they were gave credence to what they believed and taught. 

Women in Leadership and Depression

Here is an article on women in leadership and how female senior leaders is affected by depression.

This is a serious matter in deed as we seek to have and support more women in positions of highest leadership.

Women Leaders - how about you?
What has been your experience and what has been most helpful in keeping your own emottional equilibrium?

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International



May Your Day Have Some Eucatastrophe In It

I am a huge fan of Tolkien and Lewis. I think there is great value in leaders reading such authors and allowing their insights to shape our inner life out of which we lead. Tolkien and Lewis both speak from a profound Christian worldview. Here are three images/quotes from Tolkien on which I recently reflected and taught.

The theme of EUCATASTROPHE is a profound one. It is the joyful ending for which we are hardwired as human beings. We love happy endings. We long for them. We miss them. The Gospel story begins in a world of great joy and Original Happiness - the Garden of Eden. The Gospel story ends in a world of great joy and Eternal Happiness - the New Creation. Smack in the middle is another eucatastrophe - incarnation and resurrection. These realities MUST define our inner world out of which we lead. This is the true source of all emotional intelligence - love, joy, peace, hope, gratitude, faith, courage and more.

Things Helpful for Salvation (C.S. Lewis)

I am beyond a Raving Fan of C. S. Lewis. 
There are few writers who weave together the gifts of imagination, affection, intellect, will and action as C. S. Lewis. This year I am reading lots of Lewis and many books about Lewis.

Leadership teacher and author, Bobby Clinton, recommends that leaders have historic mentors. A historic mentor is someone from the past. You access their wisdom by reading and reflecting on their life and work. I have done that for many leaders over the years (including Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa like Nelson Mandela). I have done in-depth study and learning from the great theologians and writers on spirituality, like Ignatius of Loyola, Augustine, Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, John Owens, Wesley, Eugene Peterson and Peter Kreeft (the last two being contemporary authors).

Over the years I have read quite a bit of Lewis and from time to time would read a book about him. This year I am reading a dozen or so of his books and I have a list of about twenty books about Lewis. 

Best Practices and Powerful Mindsets

execution of ideas leaders execute  leaders implement   leaders actJim Collins NOTE 04:
Great Ideas, Powerful Mindsets, Core Beliefs, Enduring Truths. They matter a very great deal. But great thinking, even great strategic thinking, without implementation is all but useless.

To your great ideas and powerful mindsets you must add BEST PRACTICES. This is what you do and how you do it. This is the behavior that is implemented. This is the action that is executed. 

Ideas that are Implemented Lead to Change.
Mindsets that are Carried Through into Execution Make the Difference.

I wanted to say this from the very beginning. Collins has wonderful ideas in his books. I love ideas. I get fired up about great ideas. I can think and think and think and think. I can interpret, critique, morph, ponder on, analyze to death ideas. That does not make me a leader.

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life?
That is a great question, but it is not the only question, and perhaps it is not even the best question. 

Here is another question, similar theme, but very different focus:
How can my life become more meaningful?

Do you see the difference between these two? The first question may involve reflection and discovery, even insight. But... technically, that is all that question is designed to achieve - an understanding about the meaning of life. (Note - the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q & A #1 is a pretty good place to begin on this.)

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