Posts Tagged ‘John Maxwell’

Seven Quotes: How to Lead by THE BOOK

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The seven quotes for the back cover of, How to Lead by THE BOOK: Proverbs, Parables & Principles to Tackle Your Toughest Business Challenges are in! Take a look below and see if you know any of these special friends who agreed to read and review my book for me. I appreciate their time and generosity. Their input will add great value to the book!

If you’re looking for no nonsense answers to help you fix, build, or stretch your organization, How to Lead by THE BOOK hits the bullseye! This book is a home run!

John C. Maxwell, Leadership Expert and Best-selling Author. 

How to Lead by THE BOOK is filled with refreshing, uncommon candor. Each chapter provides pragmatic applications to help Christian leaders tackle today’s most common leadership challenges. I found as many applications for how we manage our home and family as I do in managing our company. Reading this book humbly reminds me of my servant leadership responsibilities to my colleagues.

Ed Bastian, President of Delta Airlines 

 Our nation is at a crossroads.  We are experiencing a call to leadership in our country today in business, in politics and in our families.  Many have offered different visions to follow but there can be only one.  How to Lead by THE BOOK lays out the true path to authentic leadership that has been tested and found to be true for eons.  I highly recommend this book.

Chad Hennings, Super Bowl Champion, author, Rules of Engagement

How to Lead by THE BOOK offers a refreshing return to highly effective, eternal success principles. The biblically-based strategies Dave provides to your fourteen toughest challenges have never been more necessary or relevant.

Jon Gordon, Best-selling author of The Energy Bus and Soup

In a world of constant change, stability comes from living the values that don’t change.  This is as true for companies as it is for the individuals who work in them.  In How to Lead by THE BOOK Dave Anderson reminds us that some values are timeless, regardless of the times we live in.

Joe Calloway, author, Becoming A Category of One

Renowned leadership authority Dave Anderson has made an extraordinary contribution with How to Lead by THE BOOK. This remarkable work can be of immediate-and enduring–value to anyone called upon to lead within a company, a not-for-profit, the military, a community or a family.

James Strock, author of Serve to Lead, and Reagan on Leadership

How to Lead by the Book is a no-nonsense approach to leadership for today’s leader. With insight from God’s Word, Dave addresses the issues that every leader faces on a daily basis and provides practical steps to bring health to any team. A must-read!

Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor Christ Fellowship Church, West Palm Gardens, Florida

Day 97 How to Lead by THE BOOK: A Real Life Servant Leader

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Yesterday I taught my new Simply the Best Customer Service Workshop to a client’s team of 40+ managers in Huntsville, Alabama. It was a one day version of the full two day workshop I’ll give in January at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The audience was made up of professionals from the hotel, restaurant, and automotive industries. The class was a great success and my hosts presented me with a special gift after the presentation: a new IPAD with all the accessories! What a great surprise and display of generosity!

As I’ve been writing the chapter on servant leadership this week, I was challenged to decide who I would use as an example of a contemporary servant leader in the book. My goal is to include as many real life examples and scenarios of leadership in How to Lead by THE BOOK as possible. Of the many great servant leaders I’ve become acquainted with over the years, I decided to use my friend John Maxwell as the example of a servant leader.  Here is an excerpt from the book that explains why. It will also give you a portrait of what an effective servant leader is and does:

John Maxwell the leader, the celebrity, the servant

My wife, daughter and I traveled to Israel with members of the Christ Fellowship Church located in West Palm Gardens, Florida. My long time friend, leadership guru, and best-selling author, John Maxwell and his wife Margaret, co-hosted the trip with the Mullins family who do an outstanding job of leading Christ Fellowship Church.

John was one of the leaders of the tour, he was the celebrity, but he was also the servant. Everywhere we visited, John gave a mini-lesson to add insight and value to our experience. On the Mount of the Beatitudes, he preached a moving sermon about the Sermon on the Mount. As we boated across the Sea of Galilee, John shared insight that placed us in the boat with the disciples the night Jesus walked to them on the water. On the Mount of Olives, John shared scripture that put us in Jesus’ sandals as He wept over Jerusalem. While on the Mt. of Olives, John even performed a hilarious rap and dance, “Baal Busters”, reenergizing the tired tour group and making him even more approachable. He then led us down a path to the Garden of Gethsemane where we partook of a communion that brought tears to the eyes of many.

At Caesarea, John gathered us in the ancient Roman Theater and brought to life Paul’s bold defense there before King Agrippa. After this lesson, he invited anyone who wanted to talk more about Jesus and faith, to visit with him. Following a rain shower at Beth Shen, it was John with his hankie drying off the chairs the group would use for lunch. Even with a non-stop schedule, John took the time to meet personal needs. He prayed one-on-one with whoever asked. Many times, despite the frantic pace and bustling crowds, I saw him, arm wrapped around the shoulder of another, walking, listening, conversing, and encouraging. He tirelessly posed for hundreds of photographs with group members at each stop. John even bought ice cream and other goodies for the entire bus, adding life, love, and laughter as we sojourned for nine days across Israel.

John was one of the tour’s leaders, its biggest celebrity, and most noble servant. Of the many priceless memories and lessons my family and I took away from our pilgrimage to Israel, John Maxwell’s real life lessons on how to be a servant leader was the most valuable, and remains the most memorable.

Day 27 How to Lead by THE BOOK: The Greatest Hindrance to Future Success!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

One of the 70 challenges I’ll cover in, How to Lead by THE BOOK: Proverbs, Parables & Principles to Tackle Your Toughest Business Challenges is: “What is my greatest hindrance to future success”? The answer: today’s success!

The reasons are clear and compelling and I’ll give biblical examples for why this is true, but for now here’s the condensed version: Success can make you too dependent upon yourself and cause you to forget about God. You can lose your humility and begin to operate more in your own wisdom and strength. You are also likely to become a know-it-all, who stops learning and listening to others. Successful people can become arrogant, aloof and stuck in their ways. Success for the spiritually unprepared or immature is a trap that shallow leaders fall into it every day!

If you have a chance today, read Mark 10:15-22. Notice how Mark contrasts the humility of the little children to the attachment to possessions of the rich, young ruler. As we lose the humble spirit, sense of dependency, and expectant faith of the little children and become like the rich  ruler we, too, are prone to walk away from God.

My friend John Maxwell returned from a three week teaching trip to Nigeria, Ukraine and China and notified me yesterday that he’d be delighted to provide a cover quote for, How to Lead by THE BOOK. I also got word from my friend, Small Business Advocate Radio Show Host and author Jim Blasingame, that he’s in as well. Jim has a great show for business people that is syndicated across the country. I’ve been his guest several times over the years, and he’s the best! Some of the interviews I’ve done with him are in the Online Press Room section of our website at www.learntolead.com. Listen and enjoy!

I’m having lunch with a pastor today in L.A. who does extensive ministry in the L.A. area, with the persecuted church in Iran, in Armenia, and Russia. I want to learn more about how we can work together and help his ministry. I’ll also be in our office studios to record material for our subscribers. It’s going to be a great day!

Day 23 How to Lead by THE BOOK: There is No Such Thing as Business Ethics!

Friday, July 30th, 2010

This morning, the headlines highlight more updates concerning the 13 ethics violations against a long-serving congressman from New York.  Allegedly, there’s a plea deal in the works. On the same news page, there’s word that Citi Corp has been fined $75 million for misleading investors concerning their exposure to sub prime mortgages. Sadly, the list of ethical issues in government and business grows longer each day. This is because many leaders embrace situational ethics. Situational ethics means that they adapt or change their level of ethical behavior in order to fit the situation. They may have one set of ethics at church, another at home with their family, a third when they’re with friends, and a totally different level of ethics when they’re on the job. Situational ethics is corrupt behavior that leads to the compromising of character and the rationalization of wrong doing. The elimination of situational ethics will be one of the 70 strategies I tackle in, How to Lead by THE BOOK.

Here is the bottom line that every high-integrity leader understands:  Ethics are ethics. You either have them or you don’t. You cannot turn them on and off in order to fit the situation or accommodate what’s best for you at the moment. In fact, according to Luke 12:48, leaders will be held to a higher standard and subject to stricter punishment for failing to do what they know is right because, “to whom much is given, much is required.”

John Maxwell wrote a terrific little book on this subject: There is No Such Thing as Business Ethics. I recommend it for your library.

After giving a speech last night with a heavy accountability theme to a group of cement contractors, another public speaker came up and told me: “Man, you have guts. You said some very politically incorrect things that could be offensive to some people. You might really ruffle some feathers and even get bad speaker evaluations.” I felt sorry for this troubled soul who was so afraid of offending someone that he might sugarcoat or withhold the truth. I can promise you that in, How to Lead by THE BOOK, you won’t find compromises or choruses of Kumbaya! Some of the solutions I provide in the 70 strategies will rub harshly against today’s politically correct grain. Frankly, my guess is that some of the hyper-sensitive folks won’t even be able to make it through the introduction without having their PC sensitivities offended. Actually, I would hope for nothing less.