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Spiritual Leadership for the 21st Century

My word for 2020 is “Sheep.” To go along with that theme, let’s turn to a book I read on our 2017 Summer Vacation to the Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, Dr. Lynn Anderson’s They Smell Like Sheep.

As Anderson points out, the Christian community at large is beginning to rediscover the biblical design for spiritual leadership—in the form of surprisingly simple and doable models. Briefly summarized, these models are shepherding, mentoring, and equipping.

Of the three biblical models, shepherd, mentor, and equipper, the chief model is that of shepherd.

Most Christians want to follow real shepherds who mentor and equip them—shepherds whose lives are credible, whose relationships are authentic and warm, and whose ministry is genuine and helpful.

A shepherd lives with sheep. A shepherd knows each sheep by name.  A shepherd smells like sheep.

Click here for a summary of Dr. Lynn Anderson’s They Smell Like Sheep

Happy National “Thank God It’s Monday” Day: Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More

Today, the first Monday of 2020—a New Year & New Decade—is “National Thank God It’s Monday Day.”  This Monday is full of new beginnings.

As for me, I return to work for the first time since December 20th.  It’s been a good break, and I’m bringing renewed vigor and energy to my job.

A couple of months ago, I read Morten Hansen’s Great at Work.  From 2002 to 2011, Hansen worked with Jim Collins on Great by Choice as a sequel to Collins’ Good to Great. Both books offer empirically validated frameworks that account for great performance in companies.

Upon completion of that project, Hansen decided to develop a similarly validated framework for individual performance.  What resulted was Hansen’s perspective on how top performers do less, work better, and achieve more.  What could be better advice on how to start the new work year?

Click here to continue with a summary of Hansen’s Great at Work