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Day 73 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Pull No Punches!

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

It’s important for a leader to let followers know where he or she stands on an issue. In fact, an effective leader does not allow people to live in a gray area. This is because gray areas promote confusion over priorities, makes holding others accountable nearly impossible, and slows people down as it is tough to be aggressive when you’re confused.

Three key tenets in, How to Lead by THE BOOK will be to: (1) Create clarity. (2) Offer fast, honest feedback on performance. (3). Hold others accountable for results. And yes, this means that consequences for failing to perform are imposed.

I am following the mandate for clarity in the preface of my new book by letting readers know what they can, and shouldn’t, expect in terms of content. In fact, I make this very clear in the first paragraph. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see on the opening page of, How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK:

Every so often, someone comes along and claims that for contemporary times, we need a fresh way to express the Bible’s message. Usually that “new” way deemphasizes Jesus, denies His deity, doubts His death and resurrection, dangles multiple paths to heaven, disregards biblical inerrancy, disputes the Bible’s relevance, and defines grace as license to sin. If you bought this book in hopes of reading any of this nonsense herein, then you’ve made a $25.00 mistake! And to exact an adequate penalty for such foolishness, we’re keeping your money!

Are your expectations clear enough? As you approach the fourth quarter of this year, it may be time to redefine what you expect from followers in terms of both performance and behavioral expectations. Doing so brings three immediate benefits:

1. Focus.

2. A positive pressure to perform.

3. Higher morale as people are always more motivated and energized when their purpose is clarified.