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Quote – John Dewey March 31, 2017

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Genuine ignorance is profitable, because it is likely to be accompanied by humility, curiosity, and open mindedness; whereas ability to repeat catch-phrases, cant terms, familiar propositions, gives the conceit of learning and coats the mind with varnish, waterproof to new ideas.

John Dewey

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Quotes about the Bible March 20, 2017

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God is not the Bible. To make the Bible into God is idolatrous. The Bible is God’s communication—in the form of words—with us. We can trot out here all the important words about the Bible—inspiration, revelation, truth, etc.—and they deserve to be. But those are not enough. Behind all of these words is the astounding claim we Christians make: the Bible is God’s communication with us in the form of wordsScott McKnight

The Bible does provide norms for life. This is all true, but several problems arise with using the Bible principally as a kind of “rule book” for life. First, large chunks of Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments have a relatively small proportion of imperatives or commands. Much of Scripture seems to be descriptive rather than obviously prescriptive. Much of Scripture doesn’t tell us to do anything at all, particularly the historically oriented booksMichael Emlett

 

Strategy….is leadership May 29, 2016

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“as far as I know I was the first person to introduce the phrase strategic leadership in the early 1970s. Subsequently I discovered that in that phrase the word leadership is actually redundant. For in Greek strategy is made up of two words: stratas, a large body of people, and the egy element which means leadership. Strategy is simply the art of leading an organisation.”

John Adair

Who gets the credit? May 18, 2016

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There is a popular quote with various accreditations and guises that goes something like:

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” This by Harry S Truman

As a whole, there is nothing wrong with this, in isolation it is not helpful. If people are genuinely working as a team, to the same goal and rejoicing together then it is fabulous. However, if part of the team is not appreciated for the value they bring, ignored for the service they contribute and not celebrated for their sacrificial endeavour, our normal human nature kicks in and demotivation or apathy ensues. 

It is important to celebrate appropriately and to honour those who work hard amongst us. Scant praise will be seen for what it is – we need to do things well. 

A quick, but not conclusive, survey of social media suggests that many who use this type of quote are in positions where they are honoured, celebrated and praised. Far less usage is visible from those without a platform. Surely that can inform us of something?

The flip side of this is that those who are not praised need to recognise the place where they place their identity. In the hand of God or the hands of men. Surely the highest praise is received from the former when He says “well done my good and faithful servant”

Zig Ziglar Quote June 11, 2015

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“the Will, Skill, and Refill philosophy is a foundation of all of our personal and corporate training. This is how it works: Will—this is the “want to.” This is the heart, the desire, the attitude, the passion that people have. Skill—this is the “how to.” This is the skill, the process, the technical expertise that people have. Refill—this is reinforcing the Will and Skill. There is no such thing as “one and done” training and development. Will and Skill must be developed and reinforced daily”

Zig Ziglar “Born to Win”

Phil Jackson leadership quotes June 9, 2015

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 “The more I tried to exert power directly, the less powerful I became. I learned to dial back my ego and distribute power as widely as possible without surrendering final authority. Paradoxically, this approach strengthened my effectiveness because it freed me to focus on my job as keeper of the team’s vision.”

“Some coaches insist on having the last word, but I always tried to foster an environment in which everyone played a leadership role, from the most unschooled rookie to the veteran superstar. If your primary objective is to bring the team into a state of harmony and oneness, it doesn’t make sense for you to rigidly impose your authority.” 

quote Thursday June 4, 2015

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“The future depends on what we do in the present.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
The God of the Bible is a God who specializes in minorities and who works through remnants. – Brian Johnston
As leaders, we too have the power to drive an organization towards health or towards disaster. – Jamie Munson
Your core values are influenced not by what you see, but how you see – Paul Manwaring
Failure is not the termination of possibility. It is permission to continue pursuing a worthy cause. – Dave Guymon
Winston Churchill once said, “We are shaping the world faster than we can change ourselves, and we are applying to the present the habits of the past.”
Jesus never said pray for leaders! He said pray for workers! His emphasis is never on the prestige of the great leader, the romance of the missionary’s life or the crown of a pastor’s success. – John Overholt

John Maxwell Quotes May 12, 2015

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Homer understood the value of a crisis. He wrote, “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”

The measure of a leader is not the number of people who serve him but the number of people he serves. Real leaders have something to give, and they give it freely.

Quotes for those doing mission in urban areas January 29, 2015

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“You don’t need to be from a place of disadvantage in order to serve the disadvantaged” Kenny Borthwick

“The poor and disadvantaged know things about the kingdom that we need to learn” Kenny Borthwick

“Decline in the church seems to start in the family” David Voas

“Parish geography needs further thought as more communities are gathered than geographical” David Voas

“Sometimes we need to break concrete before we can sow seeds within the soil” Mark Russell

“The challenge for evangelists is to be results expectant and not result dependant” Mark Russell

Quotes for a Thursday August 28, 2014

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“Transformation is the inevitable result of the incarnation” – Joel Edwards

“Cities and churches can display all of the outer trappings of success but still be lacking in the sight of God when it comes to the marginalised” – Sean Benesh

“Your core values are influenced not by what you see, but how you see” – Paul Manwaring

“Keeping promises is a hallmark of integrity because it demonstrates that we can be trusted to do what we say we will do” – Graham,Huntsman, Blanchard