What to Do With Those Leadership Notes

I have spent the last 2 days at a couple of leadership seminars, so right now my head is full. It’s important for me as a leader to always be learning but it’s not always easy to process all you are hearing. I have been reminded about some familiar leadership stuff and challenged with some new thoughts too.

Here’s how I try and process all my notes:

Take time out. Get some peace and quiet to read them through & clarify any points.

Identify. Two aspects to look for – what’s for me personally and what’s for me in my leadership role.

Action. Think about what response is needed. Is it just a thought to remember or is it something to action. If it’s actionable then take time out to think about how to action it.

Share. It’s always good to pass on what you are learning but in the appropriate way. Maybe get leaders together to discuss the ideas and the action to be taken. It’s important to involve others in the idea formation.

This sounds a formal way of doing things but it’s not really. It invariably doesn’t happen like this, in such deliberate steps but some form of process is essential.

How do you process new information?

Your Power of One Experience

Been a great series at Xcel Church.

I think these conversations and connections were already happening but talking about them has increased our awareness of them. [It’s a bit like choosing a new car. You thought there weren’t many about but from the point of choosing you start to see them everywhere. It’s got a special name but can’t remember it] Maybe it’s demystified them for us. The fact that we don’t need to see salvation in every conversation for it to be considered good. One conversation is just one step. We sow the seeds, we water the seed BUT God brings the increase.

So what’s your experience been?
What’s your power of one story?
Had any great conversations?
Been surprised at the easiness of it?

I’ve been stuck with my thought on the power of one idea. I have an idea that we could ALL help one another with our ideas. Taking the philosophy of the early church and how they worked to make sure that everyone had everything they needed…maybe this idea could work.

On our own we can get so far. Some of us might even make it. For most…we have an idea, don’t know how, so give up. What could we achieve if we got the right people round us. Not just for encouragement but with resources. As John Maxwell says ‘No one is as clever as all of us’.

What is your idea?
What’s that one thing you would pursue if you thought it would succeed?

How could you help someone?
What one thing could you give for free [perhaps]?

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The Power of Perhaps

Ideas come in all shapes and sizes. We have many everyday. From passing thoughts to crazy dreams…ideas come and ideas go.

Many of the things we now take forgranted were once an idea. Maybe even an idle thought, dismissed at first as something that would never work, never be, never happen but today is excepted as normal. Light bulbs. Aeroplanes. Women’s votes. Electricity. Mobile phones. Broadband. The list is literally endless.

Ideas change history. The power of one idea, grabbed a hold of by one person, who with drive and determination turns it into reality. We can all have an idea. Add a little of God’s favour to it and who knows where it could take you.

Think about it for a moment…
That name of someone which for some reason has popped into your head
That conversation you missed because you were in such a hurry
The people you pass everyday but never take time to notice
Thoughts about the future and what you would really like to do
Things that make you glad, mad or sad

Ideas. All the time. Everyday. And we just miss them. Don’t say that God is not giving you the opportunity to do something when God presents us with opportunities to do something everyday. The problem is we choose to ignore them because they are not what we want to do, or they are inconvenient to our timetable or we’ve had a busy day so we opt out. Ouch!

In 1 Samuel 14:1-14 Jonathan had an idea. He turned to his colleague and said “Come, let’s go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side.” A simple idea. Or maybe not. Look at where they were – the outpost was up a mountain. One they would have to climb first before fighting the Philistines when they got there.

I think my response would have been less enthusiastic than his colleagues. It will never work may have been part of my reply. Let’s ‘group-chat’ for a moment about the feasibility of this before we take any steps. We rationalise to the point of excusing ourselves. Maybe we are more inclined to pray ‘Lord, keep me safe’, rather than how Jonathan might have prayed ‘Lord help me in this daring and dangerous idea’.

There is no gilt-edged promise of success when you pursue an idea. Jonathan uses the word ‘perhaps’ as his persuasive argument that it was possible. ‘Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf.’

Don’t know about you but I think I would have wanted more than ‘perhaps’. Every idea though lives for a time in the arena of ‘perhaps’. The risk element that it may not succeed. Perhaps it will, perhaps it won’t. Too often we air on the side of perhaps it won’t. For Jonathan and his armour-bearer perhaps it won’t would have meant death. The exciting part is this…for your idea, for your dream, for your opportunity…


You don’t need much of God’s favour to bring about great victories.
You won’t see God’s favour much if you don’t step out into the unknown zone of ‘perhaps’.

Idea + Perhaps God Will = The Potential for Anything to Happen

Let’s enjoy the ride…it’s called FAITH
FAITH in a God who can do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or think.

Getting People Talking

In his book Meatball Sundae, Seth Godin says this ‘Ideas that spread through groups of people are far more powerful than ideas delivered at an individual’. This is a great challenge for me as a Church leader.

How can I create a Church congregation that people who come to will just talk about? For the right reasons.
How do I create movement? An idea that spreads with passion through a community.

Comments, opinions, chatter, organic in its creation, has to be much more powerful than any advert could be.

If you are part of Xcel Church then get ‘your story’ on the move. Let your opinion be known. Use your facebook, myspace, twitter or whatever as a tool to spread the idea not just to let us know that you have joined a group ready to ‘Bring Back Magpie.’

[Any thoughts?]

Talking About Vision

Thinking about how great vision makes a difference. Without the visionary qualities of so many individuals throughout history many of those things we now take forgranted would not exist – the breakthroughs, the discoveries, the exploration, the ideas…

What in your opinion is the greatest breakthrough in history? Light bulb, telephone, flight, internet….?
Who are your top visionaries?