Glen's Quotes Db (3169 total)

These are quotes which stood out to me, possibly for use in a sermon someday. Their presence here does not mean I agree with them, it merely shows that I might want to reference them later. The default view is five random selections. Use the tag list on the right to view all quotes relevant to that theme.

THE POWER OF A PERSONAL COACH My experiment in trying to become a more effective Christian leader. by editor Kevin Miller I had read about "personal coaches," consultants who work one-on- one with executives, pastors, and other leaders to increase their effectiveness. But I had never considered trying one. I think the name scared me off. "Personal coach" smacked of "personal trainer," a status symbol for wealthy Hollywood stars. But about 8 months ago, my work was moving me into a new role, and I felt uncertain about my ability to adjust. The department had grown (from 2 people to 7 people in the past 3 years), and I was shifting from "leading doers" to "leading leaders." What should I do to effectively lead them? What had to change in my daily work patterns? So driven by a desire not to goof up, I asked a personal coach to help me. Thus began one of the most productive learning experiences I've had. I count my coaching time more valuable than almost any conference I've attended. Surprise. Let me tell you what happened, in case you want to work with a mentor or coach to increase your own abilities as a Christian leader. My coach, Bill Hoyt (executive director of NexStep, ) explained in his introductory letter, "Working with a professional coach usually generates accelerated personal growth. Most clients hire a coach to accomplish several specific goals." Thus, he asked me 4 questions, which I had to answer before our first meeting: 1. What are the 1-3 most important things you'd like to accomplish as we work together over the next 90 days? Please be very specific. 2. What, if anything, is likely to get in the way or prevent you from accomplishing any of these things? 3. What's the most important thing you need from me as we work on these objectives? 4. How will you know your investment in coaching has been worthwhile? We talked by phone for 30-45 minutes every week or every other week. I was responsible to make the call. I set the agenda by telling Bill what challenges I was facing or where I wanted to grow. Bill listened and asked lots of questions, mostly to clarify my goals, situation, or motives. Then he gave me homework. (I know, I know, we all hate that, but I have to admit it did help me.) For example, I explained to Bill that I was spending more and more time in meetings and wasn't getting time for valuable, but less urgent tasks: write, read for personal and professional growth, plan, and just plain think. Bill helped me carve blocks of time in my calendar for the entire year and admonished me, "You can move a block but never remove a block." Then he suggested I spend some blocks of time outside the office, where I could focus without interruptions. I didn't like the idea: wouldn't my staff resent it when they needed me but couldn't find me? So I tentatively shared the concept with my key team members, and they actually encouraged me to give it a try. On those block days, about once a week or every other week, I do 4 things: 1. Projects I need to write or do in larger chunks of time 2. Planning for the department 3. Personal development, reading that will help me become more effective 4. Prayer. I now look forward to these days, and on them I am twice as productive as on any other day. What really surprised me is that even though I accomplish more work, I finish a block day feeling refreshed. That's just one example of what I've gained from a coach, and I suspect I wouldn't have gained it from merely reading a book. Why? In coaching: --The learning is customized. You pick the topic you need to discuss, when you need to discuss it. --Someone holds you accountable. You change because you know that otherwise you're going to have to explain why you didn't. --You can pace your learning. A few times I scheduled calls farther apart because I needed more time to assimilate the new procedures my coach gave me. You can also quit when you're done. I now call Bill only once every 6 weeks for a tune-up. I encourage you to experiment, if you haven't already, with a mentor or coach. I know it's not easy to find just the right coach. Look for someone who will handle your concerns confidentially, who doesn't affect your employment, who is wise, who won't be afraid to challenge you. If you're unsure about working with a coach, as I was, set a limited number of coaching sessions. But I have become a strong believer in the power of a personal coach. Give one a try. --Kevin Miller is editor of Leadership Weekly, editor-at-large of Leadership Journal, and a featured speaker at the National Pastors Convention in February 2002 -- check out for all the details, to request a free brochure, and to register by the Early Bird deadline.

An American businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them The Mexican replied, "Only a little while." The American then asked why he didn't stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The American then asked "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" The fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full busy life, senor." The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could by several boats and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and more to Mexico City, then LA, and eventually NYC where you will run your expansive enterprise." The fisherman asked, "But, senor, how long will this take?" To which the American replied, "15 to 20 years. "But what then, senor?" The American laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO, sell your company stock to the public, and become very rich. You would make millions!!" "Millions, senor? And then what?" "Well, then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

They can because they think they can.

Some people have built-in filters that screen out the boos and amplify the hurrahs. Those are the people who never know when they’re in trouble.

Luther made it even more simple: • Start fresh. • Speak out. • Stop short.