Using The Battle Of Jericho, Pastor Dudley Rutherford outlines 7 Keys to facing and winning those impossible battles in life. You can see the coach inside of Pastor Dudley coming out in this book. Imagine a coach pointing you to the secret playbook to helping you overcome any obstacle you are facing. That playbook is revealed through one of the most extraordinary victories ever recorded—the battle of Jericho. Whatever walls you may be up against, you don’t have to stay stuck behind them, get over them and get through them. This book will help you do just that.
This book is inspiring, enlightening and encouraging, as it reveals how Joshua and the Israelites followed God’s unusual plan and playbook to walk around the heavily fortified walls of Jericho for seven days. God promised that at end of those seven days, He would cause the walls of the famed city to fall, allowing His people to take possession of the Promised Land. This playbook and this process can be broken down into 7 Key Principles that you can tap into today.
This book releases today, so be sure and grab your copy, it’s available on Amazon or any place fine Christian Books are sold.
Today’s guest post comes from my man @MikeMyatt, who in my opinion is one of the top if not the top Leadership Experts in the world. He is straight up brilliant and has been a great mentor to me personally. This week, Mike just released his brand new leadership gem “Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quickly.” It’s awesome, go grab a copy now.
15 Traits Of Great Leadership
Today’s post will make the case for leadership development. While much has been written about the traits and characteristics that form great leaders, the truth is that leaders come in many different varieties…there is no one-size-fits-all formula for leadership. That said, all good leaders possess certain core qualities, and great leaders simply develop said core qualities to a higher level than their peers. Put simply, a leader’s shelf life will be equal to their ability to leverage their leadership traits through solid execution, and influencing their constituencies in alignment with the corporate vision with values. If you want to insure longevity and success as a leader, focus on developing your leadership acumen by prioritizing your efforts on the following list of 15 leadership traits:
- 1. Integrity: Always do the right thing regardless of sentiment, and never compromise your core values. If you cannot build trust and engender confidence with your stakeholders you cannot succeed. No amount of talent can overcome illicit, immoral or otherwise ill-advised actions. A leader void of integrity will not survive over the long-haul.
- 2. Excellent Decision Making Skills: As a leader you will live or die by the quality of the decisions you make. The practical reality of leadership is that you are often only as good as your last decision. When you’re the leader good decisioning is expected, poor decisioning won’t be tolerated, and great decisioning will set you apart from the masses.
- 3. Ability to Focus: If you cannot focus, you cannot perform at the level necessary to remain in leadership for very long. The ability to do nothing more than understand and lock-on to priorities will place you in the top 10% of all leaders.
- 4. Leveraging Experience: Inexperience, a lack of maturity, needing to be the center of attention, not recognizing limitations, a lack of judgment, an inferior knowledge base, or any number of other common mistakes made by rookie leaders can cause your house of cards to fall. If you don’t have the experience personally, hire it, contract it, but by all means acquire it. Great leaders surround themselves with tier-one talent, and the best advisors money can buy. They don’t make uniformed or ill-advised decisions in a vacuum.
- 5. Command Presence: Great leaders possess a strong presence and bearing. They are unflappable individuals that never let you see them sweat (unless of course it serves a purpose). Everything about how they carry themselves messages that they have a clear vision and are capable of leading in accordance with said vision.
- 6. Embracing Change: Great leaders have a strong bias to action. They don’t rest upon past accomplishments, and are always seeking to improve through change and innovation. In today’s fast paced and competitive environment, those leaders who don’t openly embrace change will often be shown the door prior to the expiration of their initial employment contract.
- 7. Brand Champions: Great leaders understand branding at every level. They seek to build not only a dominant corporate brand, but also to leverage a strong personal brand. Leaders that are not well branded on a personal basis, or who let their corporate brand fall into decline will not survive.
- 8. Boundless Energy: Great leaders have a boundless amount of energy. They are positive in their outlook, and their attitude is contagious. A low energy leader is not motivating, convincing, or credible.
- 9. Subject Matter Expertise: Great leaders have a deep understanding of their subject matter, and a strong orientation toward achievement. Great leaders possess what often appears to be a sixth sense, or an almost instinctive feel for what needs to occur in order to leverage their knowledge into a competitive advantage.
- 10. Talent: Great leaders have a nose for talent…They understand how to recruit, develop and deploy talent focusing on applying the best talent to the best opportunities. They also know when it’s time to make changes, and to cut losses as needed.
- 11. Organizational Acumen: Great leaders know how to engender trust, when and how to share information, and are expert listeners. They develop strong teams an healthy organizational cultures driven to performance by aligned motivations. They understand the power of well thought out, consistent, and clearly articulated vision. They can quickly diagnose whether the team/organization is performing at full potential, delivering on commitments, and whether the team is changing and growing versus just operating.
- 12. Curiosity: Great leaders possess a powerful motivation to increase their knowledge base and to convert their learning into actionable initiatives. They question, challenge, confront and are never accepting of the status quo. They listen well and are exceptionally intuitive and observant.
- 13. Intellectual Capacity: Great leaders are also great thinkers…both at the strategic and tactical levels. They are quick on their feet, and know how to get to the root of an issue faster than anyone else. I’ve never met a great leader who wasn’t extremely discerning.
- 14. Big Thinkers: Regardless of the physical or geographical boundaries of their current role, great CEOs think big and add a zero. Limited thinking results in limited results. Whether global thinking is applied to capital formation, supply-chain issues, business development, strategic partnering, distribution or any number of other areas, those leaders who don’t grasp the importance of thinking globally will not endure. Great leaders are externally oriented, hungry for knowledge of the world, and adept at connecting developments and spotting patterns.
- 15. Never Quit: Great leaders refuse to lose…They have an insatiable appetite for accomplishment and results. While they may reengineer or change direction, they will never lose sight of the end game.
Mike Myatt is America’s Top CEO Coach, recognized by Thinkers50 as a global authority on the topic of leadership, a Forbes leadership columnist, author of Leadership Matters, CEO at N2growth, and is a Senior Fellow at the Gordian Institute. His new book, Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quickly, is available on Amazon.
Inspired by the film Unconditional and Papa Joe Bradford’s outreach to at-risk children, My buddy Ben Stroup writes a new book called “Unconditional Love.” Ben gathers real-life stories celebrating the best in ordinary people who have found extraordinary ways to act as the hands and feet of Jesus in their time and place. Through them we see what matters most in this life, we stir our God-made desire to help others in need, and the world becomes a better place.
I was able to ask Ben some questions about his new book. Hopefully Ben’s answers to these questions can give you some insight into the idea of “Unconditional Love” and a better understanding how how this book can have a positive impact on you, those who come in contact with you and the world as a whole.
1. In your new book “Unconditional Love” you make reference to the idea that love is rarely received in its purest form… What exactly do you mean by that?
It’s nearly impossible for people to act without thinking about how it might benefit them. Most people live with a little skepticism about people and their intentions anyway. We’ve all been burned. That’s why we are so surprised when we discover—or receive—kindness that has no strings attached. It’s so rare, in fact, that we never forget the experience or the person.
2. Why is the concept of unconditional love so complicated?
Because human nature is flawed. To do something without condition requires a great deal of soul-searching, risk, and willingness to fail. You are reckless when you give something like love away without any thought or guarantee it will be returned—especially to someone who hasn’t “earned” it. But reckless love is what it takes to establish a genuine connection with someone else and bring out personal transformation.
3. In what seems to be paradoxical in nature, you tell us the way to receive unconditional love is to give it away. What do you mean?
I think AA nailed this principle. “You have to fake it until you make it.” We can’t recognize unconditional love until we give it away. Perhaps more accurate is that we are not prepared to receive love without condition until we are humble enough to show it to others. Unconditional love is not a state of being but a verb—an action. It describes something that is in motion and being shared with others
4. The book Unconditional Love is inspired by the film Unconditional that profiles the real life ministry of Papa Joe Bradford. What inspired you most from Papa Joe’s story?
He didn’t have to share love and hope with others—especially other people’s children. He could have remained a quiet person who chose to live his life independent of the people around him. Any no one would have thought less of him for doing that. Instead, he chose to respond to the hope and promise so readily found within the eyes of a child. Joe Bradford became Papa Joe because he was willing to love children he didn’t have to love.
5. How can a book like Unconditional Love empower others to step out of their comfort zones and make a difference?
So many people will read the stories in the book and say, “I can’t do what they’ve done.” They will miss that each person included in the book said the same thing about themselves. But their desire to help someone around them in need was greater than their fear that their efforts would be in vain. Each person said yes to an opportunity to help someone in need. As a result of the purity of their intentions and willingness to go all-in, their impact was multiplied.
Just say yes when the opportunity presents itself to help someone else in need. Don’t worry about the rest. Unconditional love can be as simple as a handshake and a pat on the back or as complex as starting an international charity. Everyone can do something.
6. What are some questions we need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves as we try to discover how we can use our gifts to make an impact?
- Who have I helped today?
- What skills, talents, or resources do I have that others might benefit from?
- How can I teach—and show—my children what it means to love without condition?
- What is holding me back from responding to a need around me?
- What do I need to change or adjust in my life to be ready and available to show unconditional love to others?
7. Last Question: In your book you pose the question “How will this idea make God famous?” Can you go a little deeper as to the heart behind that question?
The Bible tells us Jesus emptied himself of all privilege and power so that he could give himself away. In doing so, we have life forever. Our lives were given to us so that we—in turn—would give it away. Before we can show love without condition, we, too, must empty ourselves of all privilege and power. Then—and only then—can we be sure our actions, intentions, and sacrifice point to the Originator and Giver of unconditional love. The paradox is that we discover life in all its fullness when we give it away freely—and unconditionally.
You can pick up a copy of Unconditional Love here.
My friend Pastor Miles McPherson has released a great new book called “God In The Mirror.” If you don’t know anything about Miles, he’s a former defensive back for the San Diego Chargers – turned your youth evangelist – turned Senior Pastor of The Rock Church in San Diego. He has some very unique stories and life experiences, all of which have shaped his life and have helped him to truly understand that God created him in His image.
Miles illustrates that God created image this way, “We’re designed to actively pursue and reﬂect the glory of God through our lives. Like diamonds, we can only reﬂect the light that shines onto us; we have no twinkle of our own. The only light shining onto our image, our spiritual diamond, is the light of God’s glory, which is projected onto us each and every day.”
Below is an acrostic featured in God In The Mirror Book to help walk you through your personal IMAGE Journey. This provides an outline for your journey through the book.
The IMAGE Journey
I = Individually Unique
You’re unique, one of a kind. No one can take your
place in God’s universal design.
M = Moral Mirror
You’re created to reﬂect God’s moral character, His
heart, mind, and holiness.
A = Authority to Rule
You’ve been empowered with the authority over your
physical and spiritual environment, not people.
G = God’s Friend
You’ve been created to have, as a friend of God, an
intimate, loving relationship with Him.
E = Eternal
You’ve been designed to live forever with God.
Do you find yourself finding your identity in what other people think? Do you look in the mirror and not like what you see? Is there a gap between what the Bible says you are and who you think you are? Do you want to look in the mirror and be pleased by what you see? Do you want to look in the mirror and know that what you see is pleasing to God? You should read God In the Mirror. This book is a great reminder and tool to truly understand our purpose and reach our God-ordained potential.
“Your purpose is important, intentional, and God ordained. Consequently, God has made very speciﬁc promises and commitments just to you. He’s designed you to fulﬁll your unique purpose in life. He created you to stand out as one of a kind—unlike anyone on earth—so please stop trying to ﬁt in and be like everyone else. You’re not like everyone else. God is equipping and preparing you to live an individual and unique life, re-ﬂecting the aspects of God that you were ordained to reﬂect.” ~Miles McPherson
It’s time for you to really embrace and discover the You that God created You to be, pick up your copy of God In The Mirror today.
Here is the book trailer for my new book: “Go Big – Take Your Life For Ordinary To Extraordinary.” It’s not supposed to be released until December 3rd; however we have been selling bulk orders to churches. The book is basically a workbook/training manual if you will. There are 7 short Chapters with a workbook section at the end of each chapter. It’s a great small group resource or a personal resource to help you have a successful 2013.
Click this link to pick up a copy. If you would like discounted rates for bulk orders, give me a shout.
The official site GoBigBook.com will be up and live Mon. December 3rd.
My friend Pastor Phillip Wagner is releasing a new book for relationships. The title says it all, “How To Turn Your Marriage Around In 10 Days.” Phillip is the Sr. Pastor of Oasis Church in Los Angeles. Phillip and his wife Holly are known around the world for their work with couples and relationships. With a 27 year marriage with Holly under his belt, Pastor Phillip says initially he thought he was immune to the ups and downs of a regular marriage—his marriage was going to be different. After realizing every marriage takes works, he decided to create a simple guide with 10 easy steps for frustrated or lifeless marriages to follow to turn their relationships around.
According to psychologist Kevin Lehman, the average marriage in America lasts seven years. This is one of the reasons Phillip realized every marriage needs work, and every spouse has to be prepared to roll up their sleeves to make it better. With 10 daily steps outlined in chapters, Wagner will walk you through the details of Priorities, Honor, Admiration, Trust, Forgiveness, Change, Connection, Needs, Play and Dreams.
Phillip believes at the end of the 10 day phase, you could have turned your marriage around, or at the very least, be on the right path toward a thriving marriage. The essence of the book is not a magic pill, but rather a blueprint for couples to embrace and implement real change.
Check out the book trailer below to hear Phillip’s snapshot of his new book “How To Turn Your Relationship Around In 10 Days.” The book releases on October 28th and I will be doing a promo the day after the release. If you would like a chance to win a signed copy, simply retweet my tweet from @scottwilliams in case you didn’t know: Learn How To Turn Your Marriage Around In 10 Days – a new book from @PhilipWagnerLA #Turnitin10 http://bitn.us/REfrI3
It’s pretty amazing that I’m even able to type this blogpost as I’m working on a few hours of sleep in the last couple days. Airplanes and timezones from across the globe just don’t go together. Me and a new friend named Ayo from Atlanta arrived in Lagos yesterday and flew to Benin City today. Ayo is originally from Lagos, so he has showed me a little lay of the land.
We are both here to speak at a Spiritual Leadership Summit “The Reposition” that’s put on by Pastor Benson Akhigbe. His ministry Firm Foundation is truly committed to being a life development church. Firm foundation is a young vibrant ministry with a vision to raise men and women who cure desert places in every stage and segment of life. Their mission is making men and women know the person and power of the Holy Spirit by a definite experience, building Godly families and raising leaders with public and private success.
This event is a big deal as this ministry is committed to “Securing The Future” of this community and nation. I’m honored to be here speaking on “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social Media.” The hospitality has been over the top splendid. The image above is my hotel room that I just checked into a little bit ago. Speaking of secure the future, this hotel is secured with security officers with AK-47’s.
I’ve heard lots of things about Nigeria, some are true and many are not so true. What I do know is there are lots of bright, passionate, servant hearted individuals committed to making a difference in the name of Jesus. Secondly, I know that Nigeria is full of opportunity.
Cool sidebar note: One of young men that just picked me up at the airport @JoeyeParker just recently started a blog and said he was inspired by my blog and the blog and Platform Book by my friend @MichaelHyatt. Michael is viewed as someone who freely gives away tools for success from people all around the world. What a small world it is.
Disclaimer: pardon any incoherency found in this post. Sleep deprivation is the cause. 🙂
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