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Good morning,

Last week I wrote a post about the book Mission Drift and shortly afterwards received an email from a friend thanking me for the post, but then asking what do you do if you sense that is happening in your organization.

My first thought was about how to start changing others then realized that it starts with me. In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins talks about how a Level 5 leader first “looks in the mirror” whenever faced with an organizational issue. So, if you want to change the culture, maybe the best place to start is with yourself.

Do you have the mindsets of humility, trust, dependency, and growth? Could you be an obstacle to the growth of others? What tone are you setting in your sphere of influence? Are you really growing and continuously developing or are you still dealing with default habits that keep you rooted in old practices?

Are you an encourager and developer of others or are you so consumed with your “thing” that you fail to invest in others?

So, maybe if we want to change the culture, we might want to begin with ourselves.

Take a look in the mirror.


Good morning! It’s an unusually warm foggy morning here in northeast Indiana. Being a Southern boy that’s ok with me as I am not quite ready for snow just yet.

Last week, I was part of a team conducting leadership training for an Ambassador company in Tennessee. As we were going through the training I kept noticing a particular characteristic that was being mentioned over and over as being fundamental to effective leadership. Also, the absence of this characteristic has been the source of the downfall of so many gifted leaders. However, this characteristic goes counter to the popular image of a leader. Somehow, it just doesn’t fit the image of a leader – especially the image portrayed by the media.Good to Great

This common characteristic is humility. Truly effective leaders who have a lasting impact on people and the organizations are marked by humility. Jim Collins in his book Good to Great found that the “Level 5” leaders of these great companies were marked by deep personal humility and fierce resolve. Most of these CEO’s led quietly, were quick to give credit to others and to accept personal responsibility when things did not go well. They served others and the organization – not themselves.

Are you living a life of humility? Is your life one of serving God and others or is it one of serving yourself? Humility is a choice – it is an intentional way of living life. It is outward / others focused vs. inward / self-focused. As a result it is a much richer way of living.

So make the choice today – live a life of humility and make a real difference in this world.

Serving Him,

In an article, Jim Collins the author of Good to Great and other books, relates how he had to unplug his TV in order to meet his reading goal.  As long as he had availability to his TV, it kept him from his more important goal of reading.  So he unplugged his TV and his reading got back on track.

As leaders and as organizations, we often have things that are a distraction to our core mission or purpose. What is hard is that often these are good things – just not best things.

So Jim Collins recommends creating a “Stop-Doing List“.  In fact, he argues that it is more important than your to-do list.  So take some time and ask yourself – what are the things that I do (and often enjoy) that are robbing me and my organization of the focus, time and energy that could and should be applied to more important activities?

Do you spend too much time surfing the Internet, maybe telling yourself that you are doing research?  Do you spend too much time in front of the TV telling yourself that your are just “chilling out”? Do you spend too much time in unproductive meetings? Do you allow yourself to be constantly interrupted by e-mail?

What s keeping you and your organization from being what God called you to be? What do you need to “stop-doing”?