Monthly Archives: June 2007

The myth of the omni-competent leader

Great article on leadership. HT: Kairos website

Here is a partial quote from the article…

“There’s a myth out there right now that’s fairly common. It’s the myth of the omni-competent leader. It’s a myth that is partially true because there are truly outstanding leaders out there. But in the end it isn’t true or helpful for a number of reasons:

  • There aren’t enough extraordinary leaders to go around.
  • Where they exist, a personality cult develops.
  • As Jim Collins points out, these extraordinary leaders aren’t good long-term for an organization. “The moment a leader allows himself to become the primary reality people worry about, rather than reality being the primary reality, you have a recipe for mediocrity, or worse.”
  • Within the church, the extraordinary leader receives undue attention and the other necessary parts of the body don’t get to play their roles.

But still the myth of the extraordinary leader persists, even (especially?) in the church.”


stay hungry, stay foolish — by Steve Jobs


voice of the day

“It’s a big book, full of big stories with big characters. They have big ideas (not least about themselves) and make big mistakes. It’s about God and greed and grace; about life, lust, laughter and loneliness. It’s about birth, beginnings, and betrayal; about siblings, squabbles, and sex; about power and prayer and prison and passion….And that’s only Genesis.”

~N.T. Wright on the Bible, quoted from Simply Christian


Praying with the Psalms

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Psalm 88:4-5 (RSV)

4 I am reckoned among those who go down to the Pit;
I am a man who has no strength,
5 like one forsaken among the dead,
like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom thou dost remember no more,
for they are cut off from thy hand.

Eugene Peterson: “Two images describe the misery: that of being buried alive (“you have put me in the depths of the Pit”) and that of drowning (“you overwhelm me with all your waves”). The grave, whither in cold earth or deep waters, tells the story of extreme trouble. In this time of need the name of God is repeat four times (vs. 1, 9 , 13, 14): no trouble can rob us of the power to prayer.”

Prayer: Dear Jesus, you were tested at every point that I can be. Lead me through the time of testing, defend me against despair and guide me into the place where my prayers for help will be changed into shouts of praise. Amen


Alex, my German friend

I met Alex my friend from Kairos for lunch…

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L.A. is terrible for driving — but if you are going from Hollywood to downtown — it couldn’t be easier.

From our duplex, to parking the car, to getting on the subway…

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– to getting downtown…

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– it can be done in as little as 25 minutes. (which in L.A. terms — is next to nothing).

Anyway, he took me to this amazing Vietnamese restaurant. I think I have a new favorite food — it is called Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup….

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After lunch we went to this great little coffee shop tucked away at the end of a downtown alley…

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It was a really nice time, and to end our lunch – we took this ridiculous self-portrait…

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La pura vida beckons in L.A.

Garrison Keillor was just out here in L.A., and here is what a Midwesterner had to say about this great city.

(the subtitle of the article — “How an out-of-towner learned to appreciate the paradise of Los Angeles — traffic, drought and all.”)


voice of the day

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
Helen Keller

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