Month: October 2010

Fun Friday – Who Would You Meet?

Scott Harrison

We’ve all got someone we’ve never met, but look up to dearly; someone who’s brain we would absolutely love to pick.

I’m wondering who you would like to meet.

I’ll go first.

Scott Harrison, founder of Charity:Water. He’s got an amazing story about how he went from a self-indulgent New York City club owner to a passionate world changer. In just 4 years, his organization has raised over $20 million, funded 2,906 water projects, and brought clean water to 1.3 million people.

Check out the site. Check out his story. It’s truly inspiring.

Ok. Your turn.

If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?

Setting People on Fire (Not Literally)

How to Set People on FireDo you get excited when you talk about what you do? Do you feel yourself slip into a frenzy of over-exaggerated enthusiasm when you describe your line of work? Do you seek out opportunities to communicate your vision to the people around you? Are you going to explode if you can’t get every single person you meet to see that vision with you?

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Focus

Kenny Silva's Blog | Faith Based Leadership - FocusI feel like I’m being pitched a new project every day. Most of them seem really great. They’ll be fun, interesting, and worth my enthusiastic participation. The majority of them, however, will not help me accomplish my personal life goals.

Sure, I’ll have fun working on them and probably earn some folks’ approval, but they’ll ultimately subtract from the greater things I’m trying to accomplish with my life.

I’ll spend time fulfilling the plans that other people have for my life, and less time on the calling that God has spoken into my life. Sound familiar?

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You’re a Leader – Don’t Drop the Ball

You're a Leader | Kenny Silva's BlogLast Sunday after church, our small group discussed the idol of power that Pete Wilson had taught about earlier that day. During the discussion, one of our group members claimed that he was a ‘chronic follower’ and didn’t have to struggle with power issues. I found that idea to be pretty interesting, so I spent some time thinking about it. My conclusion: what a dangerous way of selling ourselves short.

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Fun Friday: Seinfeld or Friends?

Seinfeld vs. Friends | Kenny Silva's BlogThis is where our brains take a break and we have a fun little chat before everybody checks out for the weekend. You can try your hardest to extrapolate a leadership lesson from this post, in which case I’d gladly give you a digital high 5 and a lollipop as a reward.

So here’s my question: (stolen from a dinner conversation I had earlier)

Seinfeld or Friends?

My answer: Seinfeld.

Why: It’s comedy genius. I love Friends, but Jerry and his crew win hands down.

So, once again, my question to you:

Seinfeld or Friends?
(Show your work.)

3 Key Elements of a Biblical Influencer

3 Key Elements of a Biblical InfluencerYou know you’ve arrived at a significant level of influence within your nation when you are the one God chooses to anoint the king. Samuel was that kind of guy; chosen by God to lead his people as prophet and judge.

The Lord had a mighty plan for him and the story of Samuel’s life provides an excellent pattern for becoming a leader of great influence. Let’s take a look.

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Some Thoughts on Influence…

Thoughts on Influence | Kenny Silva's Blog | Faith Based LeadershipLeadership is all about influence. It is the invisible force that drives people to give a hoot about what you’re saying and follow you. A leader without influence is like a kite without wind; lifeless and grounded.

Influence is a by-product of trust.

Think about someone you really trust. I’m not talking about someone you trust to successfully execute a Starbucks run for you. I’m talking about someone who you can trust with your ideas, thoughts, and emotions. Does this person have any influence over you or your decisions. Most of you just said yes. If you didn’t, I’d humbly ask you to re-evaluate the level of trust you have in your friend.

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7 Traits of a Great Leader – Servant

Be sure to pick up your FREE copy of ‘7 Traits of a Great Leader.‘ You’ll find an updated and expanded-upon compilation of all this series on leadership.

 This is the last of the 7 Traits of a Great Leader. Today we’ll explore why every leader must be a suffering servant and how we can accomplish that.

7 Traits of A Great Leader | Servant“…And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” 2 Tim 2:23-26

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