Item description for Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs by bill hybels...
Overview Hybels reveals 80 winning points of view--succinct, practical, portable leadership proverbs that help church leaders arbitrate decisions and rouse troops to action.
Publishers Description The best leaders not only lead well but also reflect on their leadership long enough and thoughtfully enough to articulate the philosophies that cause them to do so. Whether serving in the marketplace or in ministry, as executives or rank-and-file employees, as salaried staff or volunteer servants, good leaders can pinpoint the rationale for their actions and decisions with the ease of reciting their home address. In Axiom: author Bill Hybels divulges the God-given convictions that have dictated his leadership strategy for more than three decades as senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Oriented toward four key leadership categories ...1. Vision and strategy ('Promote Shameless Profitability, ' 'Take a Flyer')2. Teamwork and communication ('Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn't for Hire, ' 'Disagree without Drawing Blood')3. Activity and assessment ('Develop a Mole System, ' 'Sweat the Small Stuff')4. Personal integrity ('Admit Mistakes, and Your Stock Goes Up, ' 'Fight for Your Family') ...Axiom brokers accessible wisdom from one leader's journey, as well as emboldens you to nail down the reasons why you lead like you lead.
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Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., and chairman of the board for the Willow Creek Association. The bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Leadership Axioms, Holy Discontent, Just Walk Across the Room, The Volunteer Revolution, and Courageous Leadership, and classics such as Too Busy Not to Pray and Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels is known worldwide as an expert in training Christian leaders to transform individuals and their communities through the local church. He and his wife, Lynne, have two adult children and two grandsons, Henry and Mac.
Bill Hybels currently resides in the state of Illinois.
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30+ Years of Leaders Distilled as Proverbs Apr 14, 2010
Twenty years ago, I attended Willow Creek Church for the first time. My first impression wasn't positive. The church was large, the campus sprawling, and the service a performance. Bill Hybels' message that day - if memory serves - lasted about 45 minutes. As a college senior about to embark on a career in ministry, I thought to myself, "If this is the future of church, God help us all."
Ten years later, I attended my first Leadership Summit with my senior pastor and another colleague. This time, I was bowled over by the content of the seminars, the quality of the music and dramas, and the depth of hard-won wisdom that lay behind Bill Hybels' 75-minute presentation. I thought to myself, "This is the future of leadership."
Willow Creek hadn't changed. I had. My experience in local-church ministry showed me the value of what that church was doing. I don't agree with every jot and tittle of Willow's methodology, but I've stopped pretending that I know how to lead people better than Bill Hybels.
Axiom is Bill Hybels' distillation of 30+ years of learning about leadership in proverb form. It is a gem that belongs on the shelf of anyone who leads, especially if they are ministers leading churches. I say especially, not only, because while Bill Hybels leads a church, the proverbs in this book have a much wider application.
The book contains 76 chapters divided into four categories: vision and strategy, teamwork and communication, activity and assessment, and personal integrity. The title of each chapter is a proverb. The chapters themselves are short. Each one includes real-life examples that helped Hybels formulate the leadership proverb. My favorite chapters were Language Matters; An Owner or a Hireling; Never Say Someone's No for Them; Speed of the Leader, Speed of the Team; Umbrella of Mercy; The Bias toward Action; Find the Critic's Kernel of Truth; Never Beat the Sheep; Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn't for Hire; Always Take the High Road; and Excellence Honors God and Inspires People.
As I wrote above, I don't agree with everything in Willow Creek's seeker-sensitive methodology. But Bill Hybels is a leader, and Axiom deserves a wide reading by church leaders.
Proverbs for leaders Dec 5, 2009
"Seasoned leaders ought to be able to pinpoint their guiding principles on the important stuff of leadership and distill them down to memorable sound-bites that can be called upon at a second's notice to inform a critical decision," says Bill Hybels in this book. The book is a collection of 76 of Hybels' own leadership proverbs, with an explanation of the story behind each.
Many of the author's distinctive phrases will be quite familiar to those who are frequent attenders of his leadership conferences, such as: "Make the big ask," "Vision leaks", "How are you doing... really?" and "Finish well." It is difficult to choose any particular proverbs as being worthy of highlighting amongst such a large selection, but one thing which struck me was the balance which the author advocates between risk-taking and safety. In Chapter 12, he advises us to "take a flyer", but not to "bet the farm". Churches should continually be taking big risks, but those risks should not be so large that the situation is unrecoverable in the event of failure.
There were no major surprises in the book, and many of the stories and pieces of widsom which it contains have been recorded elsewhere. Nonetheless, I have always found it worthwhile to read whatever Hybels publishes, and this book was no exception. The advice which he gives is almost invariably good advice, and the book is liberally sprinkled with anecdotes which make it easy to read and understand. Highly recommended.
A pleasant surprise Nov 30, 2009
I have been involved in leadership development for years. Read so many books by great authors. When I saw the words "Proverbs" in the subtitle, I almost did not buy it. I thought it would be one more of those marketing ploys in which books come from "compilations" of what was said a million times... but because of a recommendation from someone I deeply respect, I bought it. Wow. Refreshing. A hard word to describe books on the subject of leadership as so much is rehashed stuff. Not this one. Refreshing. Good. Great really. I highly recommend it. We gave it to our business executive coach (who has given us many good books on the subject). He was impressed and bought several for his clients and friends. If you are ready to put into practice what you have read, this book will give you great, simple, practical yet non-negotiable tools to practice TODAY. It also applies to any relationships.
Practical, one to share with others Oct 15, 2009
This is a great book that I will be sharing with lots of church leadership. It is a fast read and quite practical. Lots of tid bits that leaders of all kinds can learn from and grow as they read them
An invaluable Leadership Resource Sep 24, 2009
Bill Hybels shares the leadership wisdom he has gleaned over all his years of ministry and I benefited greatly. This book really shines not only because it contains a wealth of wisdom but also because that wisdom is given in a compact, memorable way. This is the type of book a pastor/church leader needs to pull out a few times a years and refresh themselves on the proven principles of leadership.