Shepherd Links – 12/23

This is a pure King Links edition of of Shepherd Links. I’ve come across several helpful articles on leadership and productivity – an unsurprisingly popular topic as we change calendars. I hope they help you get your new year off to a solid start.

King Links

Why Leaders Need Managers From Barnabas Piper: “A false dichotomy has been set up pitting leadership against management. Leaders are forward-thinking, entrepreneurial, inspirational, make-it-happen types. Managers are laggardly luddites who do little but meddle and muddle the direction of the leader…Real leaders recognize they need managers, people who can implement that inspiring vision. Real leaders recognize they must manage their own time, their resources, and their staff.”

How to Make Your Resolutions Stick From Mike Cosper: “The new year is a great time to start fresh. Many of us will make familiar resolutions about diet, exercise, Bible study, prayer, and money. As the clock counts down for the new year, I wanted to offer a few thoughts about making resolutions, helping them stick, and starting them off right.”

The #1 Reason Leadership Development Fails “According to the American Society of Training and Development, U.S. businesses spend more than $170 Billion dollars on leadership-based curriculum, with the majority of those dollars being spent on “LeadershipTraining.” Here’s the thing – when it comes to leadership, the training industry has been broken for years. You don’t train leaders you develop them – a subtle yet important distinction lost on many. Leadership training is alive and well, but it should have died long, long ago.”

3 Studies That Changed the Way We Think About Productivity “These studies are often conducted over decades and follow people across their careers to offer the rest of us a template to follow for our day-to-day lives. Below are three studies that are behind much of the productivity and creativity advice you read every day.”

The 7 Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives Here’s some “research on what over 50 former high-flying companies – like Enron, Tyco, WorldCom, Rubbermaid, and Schwinn – did to become complete failures.  It turns out that the senior executives at the companies all had 7 Habits in common.  Finkelstein calls them the Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives.”

Fourteen Indispensable Leadership Quotes from Jim Collins From Thom Rainer: “The first book I read by Jim Collins was Built to Last. I was hooked immediately on his research, his insights, and his writing style. I later read Good to GreatHow the Mighty FallGood to Great and the Social Sectors and, most recently, Great by Choice. I have savored every word and read each book at least twice. Collins has been a vital resource for my own leadership development. Jim Collins is especially adept at writing the pithy quote. He can say more in a few words than I can say in an entire book. Allow me to share with you a few of those quotes.”

Don Carson’s Three Secrets of Productivity and Godly Efficiency From Andy Naselli (Hat Tip: Vitamin Z), Carson says, “My schedule varies so much from day to day and from week to week that it is difficult to give you a realistic picture. Many weeks during the academic term, my working hours are heavily tied to responsibilities at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). One year in three, however, I have no regular lectures at TEDS—though I do maintain my PhD students.” Read the article and find out how he still gets so much done.