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Herm Edwards speak on leadership lessons that must be learned

The following are Leadership Lessons That Mist Be Learned according to Herm Edwards. All quotes are from Coach Edwards.

“The only thing you can control, you be ready to go…” Take Personal Responsibility For Your Preparation

There Is A Limited Amount Of Opportunity. Take Advantage Of It. – “1,900 football players are professional football players. That’s it.”

Talent Is Never Enough – “Right now they got more experience than you. Nothing you can do about that.
You might have more talent but they have more experience.”

Providing For Your Family Is A Privilege – “It’s not a right but a privilege to play and coach in the National Football League.”

Unto Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required – “Talent, expectations, and production can sometimes be a curse. You’ve got so much talent you don’t live up to it.”

God Gave You Your Talent – “Talent, you didn’t earn it. God gave it to you.”

“You got talent but does the production equal the talent?..If you’re not a productive player then it becomes a curse.” Parable, of the talents, Matthew 25:14-30.

Don’t Waste Your Talent – “You’ve got an opportunity. Don’t waste your talent.”

“Expectations. A goal without a plan is a wish…What’s your plan to be a professional football player?” Take time now, to make a plan for your future, your career, your family.

“Nobody’s going to play for you. Nobody’s going to practice. You got to do that. You got to do all the work.” You won’t just happen to fall into your ideal future. You need to present it to God. Take time to listen to Him, ask Him what are the plans. Then prepare!

“This is where young players struggle. Priorities. Your habits create who you are.” Habits are serious. Little ones or big ones, they all shape you.

“If you’re not willing to change your habits, you’re not changing.” Be a change agent not just with your work or ministry, but with yourself.

“My priorities are real simple – My Faith. My Family. My Occupation.”

“When you leave this room today there are cameras watching you wherever you go.” You Are Always Being Watched. You are part of a larger team and we were paid for with a huge price. We are not our own. 1 Cor. 7:23

“It’s embarrassing (when a player gets in trouble).” Immature Behavior Is Embarrassing

Your Immature Behavior Affects All Of Us – “You think it only affects you. It affects everybody.”

“You think, ‘I’m all this.’ You ain’t all that.” Stay humble.

“When you get that jersey it’s rented. When you come out of the league they’re going to take your name off and give somebody else your number.” Lead and manage with an open hand.

“Everything you do on the field, and now off the field, it becomes news.” You Have More Influence Than You Know

“Nothing good happens after 12:00 o’clock…After midnight, something bad’s going to happen.” Don’t allow yourself to get into any compromising positions. Live above reproach.

“You get one girlfriend OR you get one wife. You can’t have both.” Stay faithful to your spouse.

“If you play for the Dallas Cowboys and you go to Philadelphia, you still got that one girlfriend or that one wife. Don’t screw that up.”

“You’ve been told.”

3 Reasons why men don’t go to church

Seeing how this week has been very heavy work wise for me as I am preparing so much for this summer ministry to the boys and girls in our community, I will share another video again.

This video does have some good input, so sit back, watch and enjoy. Leave your thoughts below in the comments.

A conference call in real life – Funny

Spend a lot of time in meetings will drive anyone a little stir crazy over time. Taking part in on-line conference calls is something that is becoming more popular with a lot of people, myself included.

Conference calls if done properly can be extremely beneficial. To name a few reasons they eliminate the travel, a lot of the trouble trying to match calendars with those who need to be part of the meeting (A growing number of those who can attend due to their expertise are coming from a wider geographic area because of the technology of conference calls), hotel cost, and simply the convenience of conference calling.

Conference calls also have their challenges due to the people using conference calls, the lack of familiarity and comfort of using technology, plus the limitations that come from the different quality of internet speeds that people subscribe to.

Here is a funny video show casing the challenges. Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

I still prefer to use conference calls and live online collaboration.

What do you think about this form of meeting?

Do you use it? If so what do you use and how helpful is it?

Children’s Ministry Videos

Call me slow, but I just discovered these you tube videos from Children’s Ministry Magazine. They have a full list of videos on a variety of topics about things on Children’s Ministry.

Here are just a couple:

The Mohawk Snap Object Lesson

20/20 Vision

So do you have any other places or videos that you have stumbled across recently that can be used in children’s ministry?

Urbanization what part will your church have in it

With roughly 84% of Americans now living in cities, many of which are marked by communities in desperate need of revitalization, what does this mean for the church in the coming years? Can current church models have a lasting impact in urban areas?

Over on Leadership Network I found this conversation taking place with the “What’s Next Online Conversation” which features Mike Slaughter from Ginghamsburg Church talking about the impact and opportunities available in urban areas for churches. How is your church involved in the revitalization of communities in urban areas? What opportunities for impact do you see in the next 5-10 years?

Martin Luther King Jr – Did you know

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. Here are some things about King that you may not have known.

1. In 1964, King became the second African American—and the third black man—to win the Nobel Peace Prize

2. A decade before he was assassinated, King was nearly stabbed to death in Harlem when a mentally ill African-American woman who believed he was conspiring against her with communists, stabbed him in the chest with a letter opener. He underwent emergency surgery, and remained hospitalized for several weeks but made a full recovery. The doctor who performed the operation said, “Had Dr. King sneezed or coughed the weapon would have penetrated the aorta. . . . He was just a sneeze away from death”

3. On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated by the #277 man on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives list. In 1967, James Earl Ray escaped from the Missouri State Penitentiary by hiding in a truck transporting bread from the prison bakery. After being convicted for the murder of King Ray was sentenced to 99 years in Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary. In 1977, Ray became the #351 on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives list after he and six other convicts escaped from the prison. He was recaptured three days later and given another year in prison, bringing his sentence to 100 years.

4. While much of King’s philosophy of nonviolence was derived from Christian—especially Anabaptist—sources, a significant influence was the work of Indian leader Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi. While in seminary King’s gave a presentation he prepared for a class entitled “Christian Theology for Today,” where he included Gandhi as one of a number of figures he identified as “individuals who greatly reveal the working of the Spirit of God.”

5. King is one of three people to have a federal holiday in his honor, according to The other two people with the recognition are George Washington and Christopher Columbus. Although the holiday celebrates King’s birthday, which is Jan. 15, MLK Day is considered a floating holiday, and is always observed on the third Monday of January.

6. Getting all 50 sates on board took until 2000. New Hampshire was the last state to adopt MLK Day as a paid state holiday in 1999, according to Fact Monster. Several states, including Connecticut, Illinois and Massachusetts, celebrated King before the federal holiday was created, only 27 along with the District of Columbia recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day after the federal law.

7. 17 Minutes: King delivered his most famous address, the “I Have A Dream” speech, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. According to National Public Radio, King spoke for 17 minutes to more than 200,000 supporters, calling for an end to racial discrimination.

Digital Books are for Common Sense Kids

Common Sense Kids began when 4th grade teacher, Cortney Campbell of Warren T. Jackson Elementary in Atlanta, GA, sought out to motivate her students with a persuasive writing topic she knew they would love. That weekend she had watched the Apple Education Summit and learned for the first time how iPad technology was replacing textbooks in schools. A few days later, as she was teaching her students about Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” and the impact he had on American independence, it clicked!

Watch their video, is really is a thought-provoking video.

One item as I watched the video stood out to me:

The belief that they can and will make a difference.

I believe in what they are doing and it makes complete common sense to me. I enjoyed watching the kids talk as they laid out a well thought out case for the reason of moving away from paper school books and into digital school books.

Their belief in what they are going for in my view is strengthened by being in an environment that allows them to believe that they can make a difference. Their intensity of seeing this change happen comes not from a state of mind but from emotion which is where true intensity comes from.

I would like to learn more about Cortney Campbell their teacher. What a great class environment she must have created. The emotions in theses kids were stirred in such a way to unleash the intensity of belief for change that was then converted into action to produce this video.

How do you foster an environment of those you lead to believe they can and will make a difference? How do invite others to connect their emotions and convert it into intense passion to make a difference?

You can also click on over and find out more about Common Sense Kids here.