Going back to base

Genesis 31:1-35:1; Genesis 28:10-22)

One of life’s great temptations, especially for leaders, is the constant search for all things new, novel and interesting. There is a relentless quest to invent and re-invent. Don’t misunderstand me; we must innovate, create new pathways, and discover new solutions. However, a lot of energy is spent in search of the proverbial silver bullet. The result is a great deal of wasted time, energy and precious resource. As someone said, there are no new heresies under the sun; just old ones repackaged.

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Keys to prosperity – #1

Genesis 6:12-25

There is a tendency for people; leaders included, to constantly seek the latest new fangled idea, the proverbial silver bullet which will help the leader achieve his or her goals in an instant.

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(Genesis 25:29-34)

In the high pressured world that we live in, where convenience, pragmatism, situational ethics, and the quest to satisfy the latest craving of the moment prevail; there is a tendency to replace the long term with the short term, and follow the path of least resistance, so long as it feels good.

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Is a leader born or made?

(Genesis 25:19-27)

This question as to whether leaders are born or made is one that has raged through the ages. Older theories and models of leadership would have us believe that leaders are born, not made. Either you’ve got it or you haven’t. 

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(Genesis 24:1-66)

An understanding purpose is at the very core of a leader’s life. Every leader needs to have a clear understanding of his or her mission. One of the best descriptions I have come across is that mission is ‘a journey with a purpose’.

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(Genesis 24:1-9)

It has been rightly said that success without succession is a failure. It therefore follows that one of the fundamental tasks of a leader is to develop potential successors.

Whether the leader develops a talent pool of potential successors, out of which the ultimate successor will be selected, or focuses on one individual who would eventually step up to the leadership plate, it is absolutely vital that a robust plan is in place and a solid platform is provided so that the one who comes in next is given the best chance of making a success of the role.

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(Genesis 22:1-19)

In the previous article we considered Abraham’s decision to let go of his son, Ishmael. His son Isaac had been born by the time Ishmael was sent away. Isaac was growing and doing well. Right at that very moment, Abraham was faced with his sternest test as a leader and follower of God. He was commanded by to pay the ultimate price. God told him to take his only son, whom he loved, to a mountain and sacrifice him there.

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(Genesis 21:1-14)

We all are confronted by an array of choices and decisions we have to make on daily basis. Leaders are not exempt. Each day leaders have a multitude of decisions they have to make, with varying degrees of difficulty, challenge and importance.

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