- Everyone wins when a leader gets better
- Pastors and business leaders humble themselves to learn from each other- it’s about learning
Parable of the Sower: Seeds fall on hard, rocky, thorny, and good soil
- Good soil- people receptive to the message of Christ, in business it could represent more wins = healthy trees
- Seed rejection ratio was 75% in the story by Jesus
- “I believe everyone’s life would be better if Christ would be at the center
- To get more trees, we need to plant more seeds- people as close as a few neighborhoods away from Willow Creek did not even know they were a church!
- What are you experimenting with to sow more seeds? (Marketing, messaging, communications)
- Leaders: Your whole organization takes it’s seed sower ques from you. If you keep trying to grow the same type of seeds, you’ll get the same type of results
- As leaders, we need to always be experimenting, trying new things, avoid entropy- helps keep staff engaged, growing, tinkering
- Leaders, we must take on the focus of always getting better
- 360 degree leader, we lead up, down, left, and right- we are in the middle of that circle
- You are the most difficult person you will ever lead- our own work habits
- A leader’s most important asset is their energy- to energize team, initiatives, etc.
- “What are the 6 most important contributions I can make between now and the end of the year to my team and organization?”
- 6 x 6: ”I’m going to focus on these six things for the next 6 weeks”- not what we want to do but what is needed most
- We can’t sprint for 6 months but we can sprint for 6 weeks
- Bill arranged his schedule around his 6 x 6 schedule- huge strides for productivity for him
- What system of management of initiatives do you use? Are job descriptions and responsibilities aligned to those? How do you stay focused as a leader and team?
- “God didn’t make you a leader to “respond” to stuff all day, he made you a leader to move stuff forward”
- Succession planning… Bill is 60- probably in a 5-10 year process to hand off his role as leader of Willow
- Succession planning should be lead by someone with high emotional intelligence
- “Here to there”- you need to build the case we cannot stay “here”… we need to get to “there”
- Vision in 3 stages, the start, the middle, and near the end- visions are most vulnerable in the middle- people are fired up when we start, and they can be excited when the end is near… the toughest is in that middle stage- the grind
- Walking with God closely is more important than ever when you’re in the middle of the vision- it can be the toughest, you’re most exposed, you learn your weaknesses, and some of the most difficult curveballs come along
- Leadership is an incredible privilege, to see other people grow, to solve great challenges…. Have you thanked God recently for the privilege to lead something?
- The worst days of leadership still beat the best days of sitting on the bench
The Parable of the Sower
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”