To Command Great Things...

Nietzsche quote, to do great things is difficult to command great things is more difficult

To do great things is difficult;  but to command great things is more difficult.  Nietzsche

My morning devotions consist of lectio divina readings, journaling on the texts, praying through them, listening, discerning, and imagining what it is to live into the fuller meaning of these reflections. Right now I am working through Galatians and also additional Scriptures in the workbook I am writing on the Leadership  Way of Christ. I also use a little book that is a collection of quotes on leadership. In that little book, I usually read 4-8 quotes and find a few that inspire reflection.

Enthusiasm: Get It, Keep It, Lead With It

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm, Ralph Waldo Emerson quote

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Christian leaders should resonate with this word from Emerson. After all, the word actually means God indwelt.

en - in, indwelt
theo - God

Enthusiasm is because God is in you, with you, through you, for you and all you have is because of God.

Leaders are enthusiastic about God, about people, about mission, and about empowering people for participation in God's mission. This enthusiasm gives birth to vision. It must be shared in a context of resonance that invites others to join in with what God is doing.

Getting the Right People (i.e. Productively Neurotic)

I have been talking about Personal Productivity with several different groups of people over the last six weeks or so. We have had great conversations, stimulating, some push and struggle as we wrestle with these issues and a steady moving ahead to think wisely and well about what it means to do Good Work. I continue to do my own reading and study about this theme. It is on my mind a lot. 

And... not only do I want to be as personally productive (bear much fruit that lasts to the great glory of God, in the words of Jesus in John 15), but I want to be a part of a team of highly productive missional servant-leaders. That sets the stage for this thought from Jim Collins in Good to Great and the Social Sectors, page 15. 

Steal Like an Artist

Everyone else is!
That's the focus of this delightful little New York Times Bestseller by Austin Kleon. You can read it in 60-90 minutes. Do it at one sitting. Just enjoy the whole thing at a sitting. It is an easy read, fun, inspiring and thought-inducing. Hopefully it will help you become more creative as well.

Kleon doesn't necessarily tell you anything new that hasn't been said before. But since most of us are not good listeners, it needs to be said again. Kleon says it in a way that helps you listen. Witty, practical, loaded with nuggets of insight and wisdom, short stories, stepping stones for reflection and action.

Don't Care Who Gets the Credit

It is amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. I don't know if President Truman came up with this thought, or if he found it somewhere. Kind of funny - but in the spirit of the quote - it doesn't really matter who gets credit for originating the quote. Did the person write the quote so they become a famous quoter… or to help people become better leaders? 

Greatest Motivational Speech Ever

Too much Testosterone here? Maybe! But on the other hand - there is something powerful, stirring, ennobling, purpose-giving.  They are about to embark on a battle against overwhelming odds. Defeat and Death is certain. But Henry V gives the St. Crispian's Day, "we few, we happy few, we Band of Brothers" speech to rally the demoralized English soldiers.

Heroic Leadership that is willing to fight for what is right, no matter the odds, the cost or the outcome...

Too much testosterone? Maybe! 
Certainly superb acting and speaking.
Some of Shakespeare's finest writing, as far as I am concerned.
You can read the text here.

May you each have a Band of Brothers, or Tribe of Sisters, or Community of Missional Friends who believe passionately in the work of God and who are willing to dream great dreams, pay a great price and stay the course to the end.

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