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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

Discovery Skill #3: Observing – Leadership Network Blog

Discovery Skill #3: Observing – Leadership Network Blog

Welcome to the fourth post in our series on innovation “discovery skills”.  If you haven’t read the previous posts, catch up on them here: Introduction: 5 Discovery Skills of Innovators Discovery Skill #1 – Associating Discovery Skill #2 – Questioning As a kid, I loved doing those ‘connect the dot’ activities.  They were pretty simple to do, and there was no greater feeling than beginning to see an image emerge out of a page of seemingly unrelated dots.  This post focuses on a discovery skill that is much like ‘connecting the dots’.  Its the skill of “observing”. There’s no real mystery to this skill; its just as simple as it sounds.  But that doesn’t mean effective observation is ‘easy’.  Leaders that have finely tuned their skills of observing have done so intentionally and over time.  They have learned to scrutinize common phenomena, particularly the behavior of potential customers, in order to generate breakthrough ideas. In observing others, they act like anthropologists and social scientists, combining qualitative and quantitative data to...

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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

Discovery Skill #2: Questioning – Leadership Network Blog

Discovery Skill #2: Questioning – Leadership Network Blog

Leadership Network was established thirty years ago, in part, as a result of Peter Drucker’s relationship with and influence upon our founder, Bob Buford.  More than 50 years ago, Peter Drucker described the power of provocative questions for leadership. He wrote: “The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question.” Innovators find creative solutions to problems because they are relentless in finding and asking the right questions.  They aren’t afraid to question and challenge the status quo, and they constantly seek out those with the same mindset yet diverse perspectives.  Creative leaders spend a tremendous amount of time thinking about how to change the world.  In doing so, the continually ask, “What would happen if…?” To question effectively, innovative leaders do the following: They ask “How could we…?” Too often we approach challenges with a deficit mindset.  When potential solutions are proposed, our common response is, “That won’t work” or “We’ve never done that before.”  Even a simple shift...

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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

Let’s Abolish Church Membership

Let’s Abolish Church Membership

Membership has its privileges. And that’s a problem when it comes to the church. We believe we have the right to… Be married and buried A Burger King Experience Top-notch Content Convenience A Faith Concierge We need to abolish church membership and establish joint ownership.   Church ownership brings about… Passion Hard Work Personal Investment An ‘Evangelistic’ Spirit Transformation Are you a member of your church?  Drop out.  Become an owner...

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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom, Technology |

Transforming Lives Through Technology – Leadership Network Blog

Transforming Lives Through Technology – Leadership Network Blog

I’ve written a few times before on what Leadership Network is doing through the Code for the Kingdom (#C4TK) hackathon series.  Great Kingdom stuff going on there.  This fall, we’ll be leading a global hackathon in 15 cities around the world.  Here is my last post from the Leadership Network blog, written about the event this spring in Addison. On Friday, March 22, 2015, nearly 100 Kingdom-minded technologists, entrepreneurs, mentors, supporters and volunteers gathered in Texas to kick off the 7th Leadership Network Code for the Kingdom hackathon.  The event was hosted by the Addison Treehouse, an organization serving entrepreneurs in North Dallas, providing the benefits of a vibrant coworking space, community-building events, and programming built to equip startups with the tools to be successful. The theme for the weekend was transforming lives through technology.  Whether through engaging and releasing the best of the church to impact those around them, facilitating spiritual formation through the Word of God, inspiring a culture of generosity, or tackling key issues of social justice,...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom |

The Leadership Development Escalator

The Leadership Development Escalator

This week during our What’s Next Leadership Community hosted by the team at Perimeter Church, one of our speakers was Scott Wozniak from Chick-fil-a.  Chick-fil-a is an organization built upon a rich culture of leadership development.  Scott shared some of the principles related to high performance teams, which have fueled the growth of their organization over the past few decades. One of the metaphors Scott shared regarding leadership development was that of an escalator.  He commented that “some escalators move faster than others, but sooner or later, everyone gets off at the top.” This is true for every organization.  Each leader in an organization will, at some point, move out of leadership.  Successful organizations have a continual flow of leaders in process who can step in and fill leadership gaps within their organizations at a moment’s notice.  Many organizations, particularly churches, don’t think about leadership development until there is a crisis.  Then it is too late.  As I’ve heard it said before, “The reason you don’t have the leaders you need today is because...

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Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom |

4 Levels of Story

4 Levels of Story

During my time in the San Francisco Bay area for our latest Code for the Kingdom hackathon, our CEO, Dave Travis spoke as part of a Church Innovation Briefing we provided for local church leaders.  Dave gave a few of his “bits”, as he calls them—short talks he delivers with some frequency to church leaders from around the country.  Dave (literally) carries around a bag of bits for just such an occasion. One of the topics was on the 4 Levels of Story in a church.  The key point Dave made was that, when one of these stories fall out of alignment with the others, the effectiveness of the church suffers.  The four levels of story are: The Story of What God Has Done in Jesus Christ.  This is the overarching ‘meta story’ that informs the remaining three.  God has reconciled the world to himself through Jesus Christ.  And we, therefore, are Christ’s ambassadors, as if God were making his appeal through us. The Story of the Senior Leader. ...

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