Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Axiom (3)

Here is my third and final blog from Bill Hybels' Axiom. I look forward to hearing Hybels later this week at the Leadership Summit (thanks to CIU for the free ticket).
Axiom 46: Sweat the Small Stuff--It doesn't matter what the best-selling book says, you better sweat the small stuff. Be careful of saying you're just a big-picture person. Small stuff includes taking time to write personal notes of thanks and encouragement, returning phone calls, replying to email. I wonder how many times I've had a church member say something like this: "I signed up for more information and no one contacted me." No matter who you are and how busy you are, you better sweat the small stuff. Or else it will come back to haunt you.
Axiom 68: Read All You Can--Hybels tells of a senior leader at Willow Creek who came to him with a major leadership crisis. She was caving in from the pressures of changes in her leadership responsibilities. After talking for 90 straight minutes, Hybels interrupted her and said something like, "This is 101 leadership stuff and you are a 501 or 601 leader. Tell me three leadership books you've read in the last 12 months." She couldn't think of a one. Leaders have a responsibility to become the best leader they can be. And one of the most effective ways of constantly getting better is through reading. Read all you can. Read when you feel like it and when you don't fell like it.

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