“Don’t come to me with a problem.; come with a solution”
What if you don’t have a solution? Should you bring the problem to their attention? Do they not need to know about it? It seems to imply that if you don’t have a solution to a problem then you should not alert those above you about the problem.
But Joseph proves the saying true. When Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream about the coming seven years of plenty and then then famine. Joseph doesn’t just explain the problem. He also provides the solution. He explains the problem to Pharaoh and then lays out a plan that includes strategy, personnel, and logistics.
Nehemiah again proves the point. He had a careful solution in mind before king even asked him what was bothering him. Nehemiah not only clearly articulated the problem, but he provided a solution that the king could immediately act on.
“We move fast!” or “Move with the movers”
I have never seen anyone sprinting while carrying their cross.
Leadership is influence and persuasion and that requires patience.
A shepherd can move the herd, but he can’t sprint ahead of them and expect them to follow. If the shepherd is not close enough for the sheep to hear his/her voice, then the leader has moved to fast and to far.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
I have always bristled at this quote by Steve Jobs, probably because of what kind of leader Steve Jobs was notoriously described as.
But in Luke 5:1-11, we see Jesus does some pretty innovative things.
First, Jesus turns a boat into a pulpit. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. v. 3
That is new. That is innovative.
Next, Jesus flips the standard approach to fishing on it’s head.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.’Master,” Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.'” v 4-5
Everyone knows that you don’t fish during the day in the deep water, you fish close to shore.
But this innovation, brings results…“And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!” v 6
There are hundreds of leadership sayings…and I am sure you have bristled at many, thinking them to simple, contrived, unpractical, ill-thought out, flowery, etc.
But, as the saying goes, “All truth is God’s truth.”….