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  • Talent is Never Enough

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? In my book, A Talent Is Never Enough, I communicate that while talent is important, there are millions of talented people who have ability but never get to use it and never reach their potential because they lack the characteristics that separate successful people from unsuccessful people. Those who neglect to make right choices to release and maximize their talent continually under-perform. These choices may be as simple as being punctual, giving effort, showing patience, or being unselfish. None of these choices require talent but they sure enhance talent. Below is a list...
  • Leaders Are Brokers of Gifts

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Leaders Are Brokers of Gifts Romans 12:6–8 Paul describes seven spiritual gifts, distributed to different members in the body of Christ. Like any good leader, he recognizes his role as a broker of gifts, talents, and resources. He urges everyone to discover, develop, and distribute his or her gift. Every resource God provides should be in use. Every believer is a steward of the abilities he or she has been given. Every leader is a manager whose goal should be to maximize everyone’s gift. The list of gifts in Romans 12 is not...
  • Esau Fails to See the Big Picture

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? VISION Esau Fails to See the Big Picture Genesis 25:29–34; 32:3–23; 33:1–20 IN ESAU the Bible paints a powerful picture of a leader without vision. While the eyes of some folks may be larger than their stomachs, in this case the problem was exactly the opposite. Isaac and Rebekah’s firstborn son, Esau, loved the great outdoors from very early in life. He became a skillful hunter, growing strong and resourceful and as rugged as they come. But he lived so completely in the present, depending solely on his own strength and resources, that...
  • A Leader’s Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? JESUS AND THE LAW OF LEGACY A Leader's Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession Matthew 28:16–20 JUST ABOUT anybody can make an organization look good for a moment—by launching a flashy new program or product, drawing crowds to a big event, or slashing the budget to boost the bottom line. But leaders who leave a legacy take a different approach. They lead with tomorrow as well as today in mind. When all is said and done, your ability as a leader will be judged by how well your people and your organization did...
  • Great Mentors Change Lives

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? When God Chooses a Leader (Exodus 2:11–4:20) Moses provides a wonderful case study on how God calls a leader out of a crowd to perform an assignment. 1. God gives the leader an emotional investment in the work. Moses “bought into” the idea of freeing the Hebrews from bondage even before God called him to the task. 2. God affirms the leader through others. When Moses told Jethro about his encounter at the burning bush, his father-in-law affirmed him. 3. God gives the leader mentors. Moses asked for and received help from Jethro,...
  • SELF-DISCIPLINE

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Travel on the Inside First (Numbers 33:1–49) WE MUST travel on the inside before we can travel on the outside, because the journey of growth and success is first an internal one. The first person you lead is you—and you can’t lead effectively without self-discipline. If only the Israelites had remembered this lesson! Numbers 33 provides a review of the entire exodus journey, from Egypt to Jordan. And, boy, was it ever a journey! Tons of manna. Far too much grumbling. And it lasted 40 years. Why didn’t the Israelites get to the...
  • Leading Change

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? The Law of Buy-In: Leading Change Exodus 24:1–7 It was a watershed day for everyone—a whole new life had begun! The Israelites got off to a fresh start when they affirmed the covenant God had offered them. To make it work, however, they discovered they would have to change their lifestyles and shift their paradigms—and that would take shrewd leadership. Sometimes (as in the desert) the majority even wanted to return to Egypt! Peter Drucker helps us to learn from Moses about how to lead people into change, even in the wilderness: Lessons...
  • The Difference Maker

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? Biblical Examples Our attitude makes the difference in our life more than just about anything else. All things being equal, the person with a positive, healthy attitude will prevail over the person who may have skill but a lousy attitude. Attitude cannot replace talent, but it’s the difference between two talented people. Below is a biblical treatment of “The Difference Maker.” 1. Where Did You Get Your Attitude? Our attitude is an inward feeling expressed in our outward behavior. It comes from our personality, our environment, the impact of others, our self image,...
  • The Law of Magnetism- Effective Leaders

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? THE LAW OF MAGNETISM Elijah and Elisha Cut from the Same Cloth (2 Kings 2:1–15) EFFECTIVE LEADERS are always on the lookout for good people. Each of us carries around a mental list of what kind of people we would like in our organization. Believe it or not, whom you get is not determined by what you want, but by who you are. In most situations, you draw people who possess the same qualities you do. It is possible for a leader to go out and recruit people unlike himself, but it’s crucial...
  • Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a Hand

    Ready to Find Your Next Star Performer? REHOBOAM AND THE LAW OF CONNECTION Leaders Touch a Heart Before They Ask for a Hand 1 Kings 12:1–24 A LEADER can’t connect with people only when he is communicating to groups; he must connect with individuals. The stronger the relationship and connection between individuals, the more likely the follower will want to help the leader. Some leaders have problems because they believe that followers must take the responsibility to connect. But successful leaders always initiate. They take the first step and then make the effort to continue building relationships. When a leader...

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