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Seven Ways To Become An Effective Leader

Eric Speir offers these seven tips to be an effective leader.
These are helpful for anyone with any leadership responsibility.
If you’re not a leader, follow these and you soon will be.
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1. Be a next step kind of thinker. When going into a meeting be prepared with not just your first step, but also a plan of action. If your leader has to think for you, then he doesn’t need you.
2. Do more than what is required of you. Jesus taught this when he told us to go two miles for someone. Anyone can do the minimum but a true leader will do what it takes to help the organization be successful. Remember that “industry standards” is just another word for average or mediocre.
3. Work while you’re at work. This sounds self-explanatory, but studies have shown that the average American wastes two hours a day at work playing on the Internet and socializing with coworkers. You’re paid to be there so you should give them an honest day’s work.
4. Be a problem solver instead of a problem magnifier. Anyone can tell you that a situation is bad, but a real leader will look for ways to tackle the problem. When going to your leader with a problem you should have a few possible solutions ready. This shows your leader you know how to solve problems without them having to do it for you.
5. Don’t be afraid to do something that seems beneath you. God blesses humility. Part of being a great team player is learning to pass the ball to give others a chance.
6. Bring problems up to the right people who can help you instead of down to those who can’t. When we bring problems to people who can’t solve them, we destroy unity and it destroys the morale of those around you. It also belittles your leader in front of your peers. Don’t do it!
7. Be willing to work harder than those around you. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room when you aren’t afraid to work hard. Most people who achieve “overnight success” usually understand that it is just the daily application of discipline over a period of time that achieves results.


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The One Place Where Entitlement Has No Place (via Thom Rainer)

From a longer post by Thom Rainer:

When Entitlement Comes to Church
If there is one place where entitlement should be anathema, it is the local church. Remember the reason Jesus came to earth? “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life – a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45, HCSB). And how are we followers of Christ to live? We are to “make (our) own attitude that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).
Servanthood should dominate the lives of church members. Putting others first should be our first priority. Entitlement has no place in our churches.
How do we know when entitlement becomes pervasive in our churches? We can be sure it’s present when we hear comments similar to these:
“I have been a member of this church for 20 years, so I deserve things my way.”
“Someone was sitting in the pew where my family sits.”
“I tithe to this church, so you work for me.”
“If I don’t get my way, I’ll withhold my money from the church.”
“Some people will be in trouble if they mess with the worship the way I like it.”
“We’ll just visit another church until he changes things back to the way they were.”
“Why didn’t you visit me? That’s what we pay you to do.”
I could continue. Indeed you could add to the quotes as well. But my point, I believe, is clear. There is no place in the church for a self-serving attitude. To the contrary, we are to give cheerfully and serve others joyfully.

Where Entitlement Must End
Perhaps entitlements will continue to expand in the federal government. There seem to be no signs of it abating. Unfortunately, many marriages will fail because the husband or the wife has an entitlement mentality. And many employees will never be happy at their places of work, no matter how many job changes they make. They will always feel entitled to something more, something better.

But entitlement must end in the church.
Countless believers went to church this weekend in nations around the world. But many of them were not concerned about the music style, how long the pastor preached, or if the budget was to their liking. These believers’ primary concern was for their lives and the lives of their families. Indeed the persecuted church may be the one place where no entitlement exists.


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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Third Movie Confirmed

Is more always better?
Peter Jackson has confirmed that two Hobbit movies have become three Hobbit movies.
From his Facebook announcement:
It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did

just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie – and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’
We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.
So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.
It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, “a tale that grew in the telling.”

Cheers,
Peter J

We’ll have to wait and see.
But Jackson has proved to be a pretty good judge of what works with this material.


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Last Weekend’s Football Results / AFL Round 18 – NRL Round 21

AFL 7/9
There’s life in the old Cats yet. Probably not this weekend coming, though.
As for Richmond, nothing I can say could make them feel any worse. I’ll tip against them this week to support them in getting a win.

NRL 4/8
Any weekend you break even with NRL tips feels like a win at the moment.


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Pet Funerals (via The Age)

This article from Melbourne’s The Age deals with the growing industry dealing with pet funerals.
We have a business that does this locally.
Here’s the intro and infographic:

<p></p>WHEN 17-year-old tabby cat Moggy died recently from heart failure, there was no backyard burial.
Instead, the beloved pet was given an hour-long funeral at Animalia Pet Cemetery in Bacchus Marsh, complete with a celebrant, Buddhist readings, six mourners and $200 worth of white lilies.
She was then buried with her favourite toys in a handmade white coffin, with satin lining and lace pillows, to the music video of Kermit the Frog singing Rainbow Connection.
Moggy’s elaborate farewell is a long way from the traditional shoebox treatment that pets have received in the past.

Read the rest of the article at The Age.


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What To Do About Your Fears (via Paul Tripp)

Having helped us identify our fears, Paul Tripp provides more advice about what we should do with our fears.
1. Humbly own your fears.
2. Confess to those places where fear has produced bad decisions and wrong responses.
3. Pay attention to your meditation.
4. Preach the gospel to yourself.


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Four Debilitating Fears (via Paul Tripp)

Paul Tripp writes about recognising and dealing with four debilitating fears which confront pastors (and others).
1. My fear of me.
2. My fear of others.
3. My fear of circumstances.
4. My fear of the future.