29: What I Learned Through My Greatest Failures

This podcast: Seven failures in my leadership and what I learned from each.? What can we learn from our mistakes?
I highly suggest you do a couple of things. First of all, listen to the podcast!
1) Make a list of your greatest mistakes that YOU have done and what you learned from them. ? Reflection is a powerful tool for learning.
2) Listen carefully to what I am sharing with you today – try to avoid this common mistakes.

This will be a very vulnerable show. ?I will open the curtain.? I really let you in. ?

1. Hiring people without enough research – Podcast 16 touched on this.

2. Avoiding conflict – Podcast 21 touched on this one.

3. Avoiding confrontation – Results of not going into the danger zone (21)

4. Holding the reigns too loosely – See quote below

Leading and Managing Both are Key to Effective Leadership


“The distinction between leading and managing is a subject of ongoing debate. Leading is often characterized as the more glamorous job: leaders guide, influence, and inspire their people while managers implement ideas and get things done. But leaders who focus exclusively on coming up with big, vague ideas for others to implement can become disconnected from their team or organization. Avoid being a “big-picture only” leader. Make decisions and develop strategies that take into account the real-world constraints of cost and time. Stay involved with the details of implementation. Sure it’s easier to come up with ideas and tell others to make them so, but you also need to roll up your sleeves and understand what it takes to make those ideas a reality.”


Harvard Business Review by Robert Sutton who has conducted extensive research on effective leadership.?

5. Appointing the wrong people into the leadership team – bad people hire more bad people and things spin out of control.

6. Underestimating the power of relationship – This is a huge issue for all of us.

7. Ignoring my own blind spots. ?Emotional Intelligence and building better feedback systems on my team.

Rick Warren addresses these issues in a message entitled ?Cultivating Community? as follows,
John Ortberg says we need to be truth tellers. ?Every one of us needs a few people to tell us the truth about our hearts and souls. We all have weak spots and blind spots that we cannot navigate on our own. We need someone to remind us of our deepest aspirations and values; we need someone to warn us when we may be getting off track. We need someone to help us question our motives and examine our consciences. We need someone to perform spiritual surgery on us when our hearts get hard and our vision gets dim. We need a few Truth-Tellers.?[1]
A sermon entitled ?Accountable-Discipleship? from Garden City Church in Beverly, MA, is also very instructive. Citing Matthew 7:3-5, the author states,
We all need people who see our ?specks of sawdust.???People we trust who have to the best of their ability removed the planks in their eyes so that they can see the ?specks of saw dust? in our eyes that we are blinded to. We need someone who can see our blind spots. We all have blind spots in life. Things we are oblivious to, but are so obvious to the people around us.?[1]


[1]?”A Theology of Accountability”, Garden City Church?http://www.gardencitychurch.net/resources/downloads/discipleship-resources/59-a-theology-of-accountably??(accessed March 7 2011).

[1].?”The Purpose Driven Life: Cultivating Community “, Christ Church?http://www.cc-vw.org/sermons/1cor5.htm?(accessed February 28 2011).