Thursday, March 26, 2009

Book Notes - Axiom

Axiom by Bill Hybels

Catalyst sent me a copy of this and after the first chapter, I asked myself why I had never read Hybels before. This is a great book and although the lessons are short and succinct, it should make you ask questions about your leadership style and habits of influence.

Axioms that caught my attention:
Language Matters - the right words give weight to vision or ideas.
Make the Big Ask - let people tell you no instead of you thinking they won't.
Values Need Heat - practice intention and purpose around the values you want to have.
First Tested - never put someone in leadership without seeing them up close and personal.
Pay Attention to Greetings and Goodbyes - the most important part of a meeting is your personal greeting and goodbye [esp context of a board]
Give Me an A, B or C - grade every person on the team [not sure how I feel about this one]
Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn't For Hire - it's possible to be mentored by someone that you have never met. [yes, i do this, but don't call it stalking]
Read All You Can - self explanatory.
Lead Something - the best way for leaders to get better is to lead something that is not their 'main' thing.
Arrive Early or Not at All - promptness is about character.
Fight For Your Family - leadership's first test is the test of the family.

You should pick this up for yourself.

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