Bob Goff at The Global Leadership Summit – love

Bob Goff GLS love MAY 2015

how are you measuring your success?

How do you know you if you are successful? How do you measure success in life?

One place to start is with your definition. What is your definition of success? Where did that definition originate? A magazine, a book, friends, our society or . . . .? Did you write your definition of success or did someone else? Or is it simply a reflection of what we see in our society?

Maybe it’s time to change your definition of success. Maybe you need to write your own definition. One based on truth – based on God’s Word. A definition you develop that reflects who you are and who you were created to be and not what society tells you.

Sometimes, I feel like I have “missed the boat” in some ways or in some “measure” of success. Then God does something wonderful that reorients me. He did that this past Father’s Day. Both of my daughters created something for me from their hearts. As I saw and read what they had done and looked around at them with my wife, God showed me success and what it looks like – it looks like love. It looks like people.

Experiencing the love of my wife, two daughters, and my heavenly Father is success to me. I am a blessed man.


Three Powerful Leadership Traits

Good morning! Absolutely beautiful up here in northeast Indiana!spring tree by Lauren

More than likely you have read many books, articles and posts on leadership traits, characteristics and so on. I want to give you three to think on:

1. Justice

2. Kindness

3. Humility

As a leader, are you doing justice to those you lead?

Do you do right by those you lead?

Are you kind?

By the way, sometimes kindness may look hard for when you are kind to someone you are doing what is best for them and sometimes that may be rebuking them.

Are you humble?

In Micah 6:8 God’s Word says:

“He has told you O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Try implementing Micah 6:8 into your life and see what happens.


An Affair of the Heart

Good morning, I hope that this Holy Week has been special for you as we prepare our hearts for this weekend we remember and celebrate and give thanks for the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.the-truth-about

According to James Kouzes and Barry Posner, in their book The Truth About Leadership, leadership is an affair of the heart. Listen to what they say:

There’s no integrity without heart. There’s no commitment and conviction without heart. There’s no trust and support without heart. There’s no persistence and courage without heart. There’s no learning and risk taking without heart. Nothing important ever gets done without heart. Purely and simply, exemplary leaders excel at improving performance because they pay attention to the human heart.”

So, is your leadership an “affair of the heart”? Do you deeply care for those you lead and serve? Do you pay attention to the hearts of those you lead?

You should not divorce emotion from your vocation and if you want to truly impact the lives of others, you cannot divorce your emotions from your vocation.

Care and care deeply for those you lead and make a difference in their lives – today.

Tomorrow, take some time to contemplate the extravagant act of love of Jesus for us and then thank Him.

Peace and grace to you at this most special time of year,

What’s Love Got to do With It?

What does love have to do with running a business? Read the excerpts from Tim Sander’s blog below and see what he has to say about love.

For those of us in ministry, I wonder if we have something we need to learn from this “business guy”? Do you really love the people that the Lord has brought into your organization and entrusted to your care? Or do you sometimes see them as means to and end – accomplishing your tasks? Do you sometimes see them as obstacles to getting things done rather than divine interruptions? I know that too often, I don’t love my co-laborers as I should.

Read what Tim has to say – what do you think?

“In my experience, when you show business love, you are sharing your intangibles to promote the other’s growth. You are sharing knowledge, your network of relationships or your compassion to help others grow, end suffering and prosper.

You need to find the faith. We are a species that reciprocates and gives more to people that truly care about us. Here’s the real problem: ego. The modern business leader never wants to be wrong about people, because that would be quite ‘personal’.

Get over it. If you want to test how you will feel about this in your later days, just visit any retirement community and talk to the former bizfolk staying there. Ask them about their managers, reports and vendors. Ask them if they consider them friends, sons, daughters, brothers, etc. To a person, you’ll get a twinkle and a tear, as they explain that some of the greatest relationships of their life happened at work. This is why I love my people in the here and now. I’m not so hungry for scale, that I’m willing to turn humans into objects. I’m not afraid of being wrong about people, perfect is the enemy of good.”

Do you really love your people? Are you showing that love? BTW – how do you show that love?