What is effectiveness?

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This question gets asked more than many questions because people want to know how well they are doing. I don’t care if you are a CEO of a fortune 500 company or a stay at home mom each of us desires to know if we are being effective. I recently re-read a book called “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker. Drucker opens the book by defining what effectiveness is. He says effectiveness is not doing things right it is the ability to get the right things done.

He explains that effectiveness is not a secret to be discovered it is rather a habit to be formed. I thought I would do a few posts breaking down some of the big thoughts around the 5 practices that Drucker says effective people practice.

Those 5 habits of the mind are:

1. Effective executives know where their time goes.
2. Effective executives focus on outward contribution they gear their efforts to results rather than to work3. Effective executives build on their strengths
4. Effective executives concentrate on the few major areas where superior performance will produce outstanding results.
5. Effective executives make effective decisions.

 

The next revolution in family ministry

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The debate over family ministry has been alive and well over the past 10 years and for that I am grateful. One of the things I was not aware of is how Dad’s  were removed from being the primary spiritual leaders of their homes through the industrial revolution. Up to that point there was no separation of duties within the family. The husband and wife were partners in both the economics of their home as well as the more domestic duties of child rearing with in the home. What’s crazy is the church let it happen.

What getting angry, scared or despondent says about us.

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When something touching an idol in our lives the three most common reactions are anger, fear and despair. It’s sadly ironic that the reactions that we get from having an idol in our life be threatened that we respond in anger, fear and despair which each drive us deeper into our idolatrous behavior.

How we stop short in the debate on Christians and alcohol

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I came across this article on Facebook “Can a Christian drink alcohol?” It did a fine job of warning people of the very real dangers of alcohol. It’s important people need to hear those dangers loud and clear. Alcohol when abused causes much pain. My grandfather was an alcoholic and was apart of AA his whole life. I understand.

The problem with the debate of alcohol is every person I have heard preach against it has stopped short of the real problem alcohol represents. In stopping short they make alcohol out to be evil when there is nothing in scripture or in 2000 years of church writing that would show alcohol as evil. Alcohol is not evil the abuse of it is. The inordinate reliance on it is. Alcohol does not ruin marriages as the author of the above link purports. It’s something far more sinister that ruins marriages.  Just talking about the negative side effects of alcohol as he does isn’t even intellectually honest.

Funerals are mandatory weddings are optional.

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Funerals are mandatory weddings are optional. – Mayor Giuliani

I read this 12 years ago and have never forgot it. It comes from Mayor Giuliani’s book on leadership. Up until that point I had avoided funerals. Funerals are difficult. It isn’t easy to be confronted with your own mortality on a regular basis.  Rudy Giuliani’s quote is  actually a restatement of Ecclesiastes 3:2-4

2 Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties.
    After all, everyone dies—
    so the living should take this to heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter,
    for sadness has a refining influence on us.
A wise person thinks a lot about death,
    while a fool thinks only about having a good time.