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Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Tale: Finding Leadership @ the Grocery Store

Often misunderstood & often confused, leadership is not the same as management.
Thankfully, the tale you are about to read will help flush out the difference ...  Enjoy!

Imagine a simple little grocery store on the corner called Frank's Fresh Foods managed by a smart fellow named Pete.

We walk in Frank's and notice that the store is clean, laid out nicely, and the stock is clearly marked.  The staff is friendly and helpful, and we discover further that the store turns a profit.  We would say that this store is well managed.  Pete, the manager is responsible for the operation of this enterprise and has maximized his finances, facility; human resources.  All in all he is an effective manager that understands the system.

Now let us imagine that a new store opens up right across the street from Frank's Fresh Foods ... The Super Duper Market.

This store has a larger sales area, a wider selection, and better prices than Frank's.
Chances are Frank's well managed shop will lose customers to the new market and perhaps go out of business.

-What happened?
The environment changed.  Maintaining the status quo is acceptable only when the environment is also status quo. 

Back to the story...
The owner of Frank's (let's be creative and call him Frank) must now take the mantle of leadership for his very survival. 
He instructs Pete that the shop will now institute some new services, such as home grocery delivery, delivery through the Internet and special order foods for diabetics and others with health problems.  Frank's Fresh Foods will change from a simple corner grocery store to a specialty food shop that provides person to person service.

Frank explains to Peter that though the transition might be a bit rocky, there is a good chance that they will become even more profitable than they are at the present time.

-This is leadership
Leaders find a way to direct their organizations forward in a positive direction despite the adversities. They accept challenges.  They are not reluctant to change. In fact, true leaders never stop thinking about change. 

Once Pete institutes those changes, management can again take over to make sure everything that the leader proposed is running smoothly.

Do not confuse the two: Management alone, as excellent as it might be, focuses on the "now" to be effective.  Leadership looks to the future and the changes that must be made.  Remember, you lead people & manage things...

Consider the story without Frank's leadership.
No leadership would have left Frank's Fresh Foods to wither and die.
It would have simply ran off of the fumes from their historic past and atrophied away.
There is a very significant lesson here for organizations; You must be intentional about employing and releasing leadership or you and your company will become a thing of the past.

Mark 2: 22
And no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.

*The story above (minus the applications & sidenote) were first discovered in a book titled, "Time for a Change" by Larry Stout.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A must READ for Church Leadership

Put down your coffee & buy this book.


"The enemy of our soul loves to whisper fear into our spirits. He amplifies the sound to create as much terror as possible in our hearts ... Thankfully, the Lord knows our plight in this regard which is why, "fear not" is the most often repeated command in Scripture."

-Reggie McNeal

*There are 365 “fear not's” in the Bible.
Perhaps God did this on purpose?
A reminder for every day of the week?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

MUST See: Touching Viral Photo

June 16, 2012: An Army dad holds up his 5-year-old daughter to kiss her mother as she heads off to serve in Afghanistan.
(© Emily Rose Bennett/The Augusta Chronicle/

Don't give up.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Do you Believe?

A Story:

In college I was asked to prepare a lesson to teach my speech class.

We were to be graded on our creativity and ability to drive home a point in a memorable way. The title of my talk was, “The Law of the Pendulum.”
I spent 20 minutes carefully teaching the physical principle that governs a swinging pendulum.
The law of the pendulum is: A pendulum can never return to a point higher than the point from which it was released. Because of friction and gravity, when the pendulum returns, it will fall short of its original release point. Each time it swings it makes less and less of an arc, until finally it is at rest. This point of rest is called the state of equilibrium, where all forces acting on the pendulum are equal.

I attached a 3-foot string to a child’s toy top and secured it to the top of the blackboard with a thumbtack. I pulled the top to one side and made a mark on the blackboard where I let it go. Each time it swung back I made a new mark. It took less than a minute for the top to complete its swinging and come to rest.

When I finished the demonstration, the markings on the blackboard proved my thesis. I then asked how many people in the room BELIEVED the law of the pendulum was true. All of my classmates raised their hands, so did the teacher. He started to walk to the front of the room thinking the class was over.

--In reality it had just begun--

Hanging from the steel ceiling beams in the middle of the room was a large, crude but functional pendulum (250 pounds of metal weights tied to four strands of 500-pound test parachute cord.).

I invited the instructor to climb up on a table and sit in a chair with the back of his head against a cement wall. Then I brought the 250 pounds of metal up to his nose. Holding the huge pendulum just a fraction of an inch from his face, I once again explained the law of the pendulum he had applauded only moments before, “If the law of the pendulum is true, then when I release this mass of metal, it will swing across the room and return short of the release point. Your nose will be in no danger.”

After that final restatement of this law, I looked him in the eye and asked, “Sir, do you believe this law is true?” There was a long pause. Huge beads of sweat formed on his upper lip and then weakly he nodded and whispered, “Yes.”
I released the pendulum. It made a swishing sound as it arced across the room. At the far end of its swing, it paused momentarily and started back. I never saw a man move so fast in my life. He literally dived from the table. Deftly stepping around the still-swinging pendulum, I asked the class, “Does he believe in the law of the pendulum?”

The students unanimously answered,NO!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Birthday Wish

This may sound odd. 
I have a birthday wish.  It is not for myself, it is for you.

My birthday wish for all of you is to listen to this very inspiring story of Sylvester Stallone told by Tony Robbins.

If you decide to listen ... may you be inspired to go after your dreams like The Italian Stallion did!

Anthony Kladitis

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

3 Choices in Life....

-You've only got 3 choices in life:
Give up.
Give in.
or Give it all you've got.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

When my child grows up ...

This question has been asked to thousands of parents...

-Let's see how you respond:

"When my child(ren) grow up, I want them to be ... "