10 Days….

When there were 80 days left of 2016 I wrote a blog outlining some of the things I wanted to get done by the end of the year…here’s an update.

New site…not quite there yet. But the behind the scenes I have been working on the content.

The Walking With God 45-day devotional is complete and going out to a few for editorial suggestions.

The leadership book ’19’ is done. [See image] book-header

Guest chapters are back, editorial suggestions are in and final amendments are being made. I will be launching a ‘Kickstarter’ project at the end of the month. Publishers are ready for the manuscript in February with a hopeful date for release being May 2017.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement. Maybe you set off to ‘get some stuff done’ towards the end of this year. How has it gone? I haven’t overcome the procrastination completely but I am glad to have got over these few hurdles. One thing I have managed to do is convince myself that ‘I can’. I am excited for 2017 and all that God has in store for me.

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Stop Talking About It & Just Do It

In a conversation about the blog today I mentioned that one of the main reasons for writing it was because I want to write a book.

I have read that if you aspire to such a goal then a good thing to do is to commit to write every day. Sometimes it will be nothing special but that’s alright as it’s about finding your style, your voice and your theme.

Through this conversation one of my beautiful daughters cuts in, ‘Oh you talk about this all the time. Stop talking about doing it and do it’. 

And there’s the truth. No more excuses. It’s time to stop talking and get on with it.

What have you stopped talking about & gone and done? On the otherside, like me, what do you need to stop procrastinating about and get moving on?

Here’s my statement of intent: I want write 2 books for now ~ Walking with God devotional & a Leadership book too.

Leave your statement of intent…

 

30 Days of Writing

My mini-challenge is done. At least one blog post every day throughout September. I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey and maybe even some of what I’ve said.

I have a real desire to write. Not sure how good I am but this is the place of practice. Whether anyone reads or not is actually irrelevant. I have learnt that first you must write for yourself. It becomes a sort of personal journal of thoughts. Then the themes come, the focus for your writing.

When I look back over all that I have written, this is where my heart is – leadership and walking with God, ‘leading well in life’. Myself first, then others. After all, if I can’t lead myself well who would want to follow me.

So the journey continues. These will be my focus for the future:

Keep on walking with God.
Keep up with the learning.
Keep reading all variety of books.
Unpacking my Bible.
Helping others to do the same.

What will your focus be?

The Purpose Test (2)

Leadership & purpose are inseparable.

Leadership without purpose is meaningless – you must have a dream, a vision, a cause which people can become purposeful toward.

Purpose without leadership can become wayward and lack the focus needed to bring any lasting results.

Emmeline Pankhurst had a very clear sense of purpose: to bring about a lasting change.
William Wilberforce had the same sense of purpose: to bring about lasting change
Ghandi had a strong sense of purpose: to bring about lasting change

How it happened was different. They marked that sense of purpose with their personality. They stuck to the purpose through opposition and challenge. They were successful.

Purpose for them was real.
I think each one of those mentioned above would have died for the cause, understanding that true change can only come sometimes when those leading the way show a readiness to give their all for it. Sacrifice, the willingness to lay aside some of our own comforts is not for everyone – if it was that easy we would all be incredible leaders making lasting change.

Think about this:
Emmeline Pankhurst did die, just weeks prior to the Voting Rights for Men & Women Act was being passed.
William Wilberforce did die, 5 days before the Abolition of Slavery Act was passed, bringing to an end slavery within the British Empire.
Ghandi did die, just 5 months after the Partition of India was agreed.

There are many more great leaders who illustrate that the sense of purpose must be real – not all died for their beliefs but they were ready to. We may not consider our leadership so significant, yet the sense of purpose should be no less strong for us.

Purpose for them was truly ‘deeds not words’.
This was the motto of the Pankhurst movement. Dare I suggest that for any leader to pass the purpose test it needs to become our motto as well. Words are often cheap and we live where many would accuse leaders of grand rhetoric, which is followed by little substance or action (Politicians are a great example).

For Emmeline Pankhurst words were great but the only way change was going to be brought about was through actions – on her part and on the part of those who opposed her.

For these individuals, there was no room for a day off. Everyday was lived with their life’s purpose in mind.

As a leader you must develop that same sense of ‘no day off’.
You are a leader 24/7 – like it or not!
If you do not develop and embrace a sense of purpose, those on your team and following will not develop it either.
Remember: people catch your actions and attitude quicker than they catch what you are saying.

For any great leader purpose can be described as…

PERSEVERANCE
UNDER
REAL
PERSECUTION,
OPPOSITION,
SACRIFICE and
ENDURANCE

As a leader you will, like everybody have the desire within you to matter, to feel appreciated, and to want to achieve something of greatness and importance. To leave a legacy even.

To follow a route already cleared by another can be easier, requiring less thought from us and bring with it only modest challenge. To travel a path no-one has previously trodden demands a depth of character that unfortunately, the majority of leaders do not have.

To be a great leader you must understand that purpose demands an excellent mixture of vision and perseverance, held together by a good grasp of reality.

Napoleon Hill said ‘There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it’. Live like this and you will give yourself the potential of blazing a trail that many more will want to follow and bring about change where turning back is not an option.

Calling All Leaders – I Need Your Help!!

In all my thinking on the whole issue of why some leaders succeed and others do not I am discovering more questions than answers at the moment. If you are a leader then I need your help. If you are a would-be leader in development then I need your help too.

We find ourselves on the leadership journey but how? These are the questions I am asking:

Is it a conscious thing?
Is it encouraged by others?
Do we see it in ourselves that we want to be a leader or does another leader see something in us therefore encourage us in it?

Please don’t just read this post – LEAVE A COMMENT and help me in my thinking on the subject of why some leaders make it and other don’t.

Why Don’t Leaders Make It? (2)

I have a seed of a thought which I am trying to nurture into something with a little more substance. You know, when a thought just begins to tug at you, like your young toddler who just wants daddies attention and won’t take no for an answer.

This is my thought ‘Why do some leaders continue to improve their leadership credibility, while others frustratingly stay where they are or worse still fall by the way?’

It has become an all-consuming thought, every waking moment I am thinking about this question. Sharing elements of it with different people just to get their initial response, struggling to try and identify the various elements that could help me answer it. See I’ve been involved in leadership development for over 10 years now and I’ve read a book or two, so I know ‘the answers’. Therein lies my dilemma – in gathering evidence I don’t want the simple, one-dimensional manner answers – by which I mean the obvious stuff like bad attitude, lack of character, no ability – my desire is to get beneath them and possibly discover more depth. So, because of this train of thought, more questions have come to the surface as I have scratched the itch a little harder…

Can we answer why this happens? What makes the difference?

On the leadership journey how have they responded at the critical points? What are the critical points, what is involved in that part of the leadership process? How do they respond? What effect does it have, what were the results?

Deeper than that comes thoughts about the tests, do they perhaps form part of the critical points. Do we have to pass all these tests to increase our leadership credibility or not? Can we fail but still see our credible rise?

As a leader responsible for their development, what can I do to help them become unstuck, as it were?

As you can see – my mind is a muddle of questions, ideas, thoughts and concepts. Sieving through them is a struggle.

You can join in the discussion – are there any questions you would add? What thoughts do you bring? Is the theory complete nonsense or what?