Jim Collins – A leader as an Architect

This is a great article about moving from charismatic leadership to a leader who builds systems that last longer than himself or herself. I think all leaders need some kind of charisma, but if we’re just relying on that charisma to give the organization momentum, the movement won’t last beyond that one person. Leaders should be architects, building something that goes beyond themselves and their abilities to inspire and bring change…

“So the charismatic-leader model has to die. What do you replace it with? The task that the CEO is uniquely positioned to do: designing the mechanisms that reinforce and give life to the company’s core purpose and stimulate the company to change.

“Building mechanisms is one of the CEO’s most powerful but least understood and most rarely employed tools. Along with figuring out what the company stands for and pushing it to understand what it’s really good at, building mechanisms is the CEO’s role—the leader as architect.”

Linkage: Taking action, allowing others to be themselves, and Super Bowl bars

There’s a lot of good stuff around the interwebs. Here’s some of what I’ve been reading lately…

  • What you don’t do doesn’t matter: “Every day I think all kinds of nice things about people, and maybe 5% of them make the transition into something I actually do. Thinking about someone doesn’t help them. It’s only when our thoughts translate into actions that we reach out of ourselves and impact the life of another.”
  • That’s not who I married: Allowing your spouse the freedom to be: “When you say that you know everything about your spouse, then you have taken away their freedom to be who they are. Even after 65 years of marriage she is till a mystery in many ways.”
  • 11 Things I’ve learned in my son’s first six months (Part 1 and Part 2): I have a lot of friends who’ve had babies recently. We hope to have babies someday. I appreciated the author’s humor and candid thoughts on life as a father. Things like Lesson #8 – Don’t trust your baby’s smile.
  • And finally, this recipe for kitchen sink Super Bowl bars looks like a good thing to make any time. Like maybe for the LOST season premiere??

Around the interwebs: blobfish, good enough, and church

  • blobfish
  • Blobfish: I’ve never seen a stranger looking creature. And! It’s! Real!
  • Sometimes, good enough is good enough: “Sometimes, what we would label an 8, viewers might consider a 10.  We’ll agonize, complain and spend our way towards those extra two points, but they aren’t going to make much of a difference.  That energy and money is best used somewhere else.”
  • Star Wars – Crowdsourced: Yes – you can help create a reenactment of Start Wars!
  • Neil Cole on Multi-Site Church: “Some shoes are near impossible to fill in a ministry built on attraction. We must ask ourselves what is the fallout with the rise of the mega-church phenomena that is s o dependent upon large personalities. … I do not know of any studies that have been done, but I do know that many of my personal friends who have led large mega-churches have experienced some sort of personal and emotional melt down due to going too long carrying so many people’s expectations and functioning on adrenalin and giftedness. … For me the success of a leader is not determined by the number of followers attained, but by the number of fruitful leaders that are blossoming around the leader.”
  • Aaand Vince Antonucci on how we should evaluate a day

Who has the power?

It’s easy for Christians to struggle with this idea of “sacred” vs. “secular.” You’ve seen it. It’s the whole idea that “Christian” music is good, while “non-Christian” music is bad. Or that a “pastor” is more holy than a postal worker. Neil Cole has been doing a series of posts about this false division. I love what he says here:

The way we try and remove ourselves from the “secular” world for fear of losing our spiritual power demonstrates that we actually believe more in the power of the darkness than we do in the light of Jesus Christ. Ouch!

I would rather have small faith in a substantive thing than have great faith in a flimsy thing. Jesus said it only takes the faith of a mustard seed to move mountains when that small faith is in the right person.

Read his whole post here.

[thanks to Aaron for the link]

Get a free headset for your cell phone

For all you California readers, you’ve probably noticed a new law goes into effect July 1 that says you must use a cell phone headset if you’re going to talk while driving. For the rest of you, it’s a good idea anyway. In fact, it’s probably wise even if you’re not driving. I still don’t know what kind of radioactive goop my brain is slowly turning into with all my cell phone usage.

So let’s say you need a headset but don’t want to fork over a lot of cash. Check out FreeHeadset.org. They’ll send you one for free (ok … $3.94 shipping). It may not be the latest model or anything, but hey, what do you expect?

I just ordered one for my Motorola RAZR. I’ll let you know if it comes in the comments…

[ht: Unplggd]

Linkage: Distractions, unreal suits, and leadership

  • The distracted life – “Kevin….chill out. When it comes to listening, really listening….you can’t be demanding.” And I immediately thought, “Oh…good lesson #1. Listening requires patience. Chill Out Kevin. Wait on God.”
  • WIRED on why Iron Man’s suit wouldn’t work in real life (or WIRED – ruining superhero movies since 1993)
  • A Leader’s Legacy by James Kouzes and Barry Posner – Some great quotes from the book from David Mays. “The legacy you leave is the life you lead. We lead our lives daily. We leave our legacy daily. The people you see, the decisions you make, the actions you take—they are what tell your story.”

Linkage: Alpha male pastors, commitments, and following Jesus


>> Death of the Alpha Male Pastor || Los talks about something I’ve been mulling over. The one master leader thing just isn’t sustainable in the long term. What do more sustainable models look like? (Someday we’ll talk about that some more here, but until then, I think everything Alan Hirsch talks about gets us headed in the right direction. He has a lot more answers, and much more wisdom/experience than I can ever hope to have …)
Update: Shaun Groves also talks about Los’ post here.

>> Rick Warren talks about growing through commitments on evotional.com || “We grow by making commitments. Rick said you don’t grow to commitment. You grow through commitment.”

>> Bob Roberts talk about how that book or conference isn’t going to change your life. Doing something will. || “Books and seminars should be reflections of what we are living out and fruit that is remaining–not theories, ideas, or future projections. This is the Jesus way of learning. You learn by digging in the dirt and thinking while you’re out in the hot sun, following Him in bringing reconciliation to the world–not sitting in a cozy room or coffee shop snuggled up with a good “change the church” book.”