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Day 94 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Defeat Fear and its Friends!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

There are multiple inside enemies a leader faces each day: fear, worry, doubt, indifference, procrastination and others. These inner issues can exacerbate the negative impact that “outside conditions” have on your organization. Outside conditions are factors like: aggressive competition, a down economy, bad weather, and the like. In order to overcome fear and its friends, you’ve got to daily renew your mind.

Your mind will come under siege from enemies real and make believe, inside and outside, and if you fail to fortify your mind and simply let it fend for itself it will be defeated. Romans 12:2 offers powerful advice and insight into this challenge:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. The Greek word used for “renewing” is given in a tense that means to continually renew. How do you continually renew your mind in a manner that does¬† not conform it to the worries and concerns of this world?

First, here’s how not to renew it:

A. Countless hours watching violence and sex on television, reality TV, and dwelling on negative news stories.

B. Using your spare moments to absorb meaningless and trivial gossip and celebrity news online, in publications, or on TV.

C. Engaging in “worst case” scenario conversations with your associates at work. Speculating about what a tough month it is going to be, and how the economy is taking forever to turn around.

D. Associating with small-minded people. These are the folks who gossip, judge, whine, complain, and criticize everything and everyone. Nothing is ever good enough and no one makes them happy.

To separate yourself from the world’s thinking, you’ve got to stop spending so much time looking at, and listening to, what the world produces!

You renew your mind with quiet time; not in busyness. You renew your mind with prayer. You renew your mind when you read and memorize key scripture passages that apply to your situation and your life. You renew your mind when you engage with like-minded, positive, and uplifting people. You renew your mind when you make a conscious effort to find and celebrate what is right about a situation, a person, and the world. You renew your mind when you try to see things as God sees them. This includes people, problems, and opportunities.

As I continue writing How to Lead by THE BOOK, I am making a very deliberate effort to include the most relevant proverbs, parables, and principles readers need to detach their minds from the way the world thinks and acts, and elevate themselves to a transformed, renewed, and more effective way of thinking and living. Last night I wrote about holding leaders to a higher standard. Later today I’ll write about the most effective leadership style to apply in any situation. These strategies do not conform to the world’s thinking. They’ll require a new way of thinking, a renewed mind. But the payoff in results will be substantial.

Day 92 How to Lead by THE BOOK: The Productive Response to Evil!

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Last night I spent nearly three hours writing the recipe to a single business challenge for, How to Lead by THE BOOK. I’ll certainly need to pick up the pace a bit if I expect to finish the book on time! However, the challenge was a big one: Is it right to hold leaders more accountable and to a higher standard than followers? I provided numerous reasons why this must be the case. One of the many areas I listed as being necessary for a higher degree of expectation and accountability for leaders was in the realm of emotional control.

Controlling one’s emotions and responding maturely to provocations, lies, gossip, and other attacks is essential for anyone, but particularly for leaders.¬† When provoked by evil, it is important to apply Romans 12:21. This verse is often misunderstood and applied with a misguided expectation for how the perpetrator will respond. Here is what the verse says: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 1 Peter 3:17 reminds us, For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Overcoming evil with good does not necessarily mean that a mature and productive response to an attacker will overcome the evil in him or her. Rather, it assures you that by responding to evil with good you will overcome the evil in you! When you respond productively to evil done to you: by not seeking vengeance and by deciding to forgive, you overcome your own tendencies towards evil: becoming bitter, resentful, angry, vengeful and the like. You have no assurance that your “good” response to evil will change or overcome anything evil within the perpetrator. Maybe it will. Maybe it won’t. But you can rest assured that it will snuff out the evil within yourself, that left unchecked, will cause you to sin in your response.

Day 14 How to Lead by THE BOOK: The Age of No Shame!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

I have a morning routine that begins when I arise a little after 5:00 a.m. and take my two German Shepherds, Indy and Ellie Mae, for a walk around the neighborhood. Our house is in an area north of Los Angeles that is surrounded by hills, filled with wildlife. It’s common to see coyotes, raccoons and rabbits. Today, we saw a couple of deer, and it reminded me of Psalms 42:1, which says, “As a deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

Our soul is made up of the mind, will and emotions: what we think, want and feel. Many people know about God, but few truly experience Him until they develop the thirst described in the Psalm. One way to develop this thirst is to learn more about God. As you learn more, you want to know even more, and the thirst cycle begins. My hope is that by presenting biblical leadership strategies in How to Lead by THE BOOK, readers will have their interest piqued and be encouraged to seek out more about what the Bible has to say concerning various issues that concern all aspects of their lives. As they do, they’ll begin to develop the thirst described by the psalmist and see their priorities and results begin to change for the better at work and at home.

While writing the book’s introduction yesterday, I stated that one of the saddest indictments of modern times is that we’ve lost our sense of shame: Anything goes, nearly any sinful act is rationalized, there are no moral absolutes, and the only thing not tolerated is intolerance! What a great time to return to timeless, unshakable, biblical leadership principles that remain impeachable irrespective of the age we live in, the circumstances we face, and despite the efforts of those hostile to the Bible to scrub every evidence of God from the public square.

There’s more work to do today on the introduction. Since it sets the tone for the entire book, it’s got to sizzle!