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Leadership Axioms: Powerful Leadership Proverbs
Previously titled: Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs

Bill Hybels


9780310495963
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Format: Paperback, 224pp.
ISBN: 9780310495963
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub. Date: Reprint Edition April 3, 2012

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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: Powerful Leadership Proverbs, 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. 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, Illinois. Willow Creek’s pioneering ministries have made it one of the most-attended churches in North America with an outreach that extends worldwide. Hybels has authored more than twenty books, including Fit to Be Tied and Rediscovering Church (with his wife Lynne), Too Busy Not to Pray, Courageous Leadership, Just Walk Across the Room, and Holy Discontent.



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Foreword by Henry Cloud, PhD9
Introduction11
 
Category 1: Vision and Strategy
1Language Matters17
2Make the Big Ask21
3You’re Always in a Season24
4Explosive Growth Equals Dramatic Meltdowns27
5Vision: Paint the Picture Passionately29
6Bold Move32
7An Owner or a Hireling34
8Hire Tens38
9The Fair Exchange Value40
10The Value of a Good Idea42
11Build a Boiler Fund46
12Take a Flyer49
13Vision Leaks52
14Values Need Heat54
15The Dangers of Incrementalism56
16Six-by-Six Execution58
17Only God61
18Plus-Side/Minus-Side63
19Institutionalize Key Values67
20This Is Church68
Category 2: Teamwork and Communication
21The Three Cs75
22Never Say Someone’s No for Them78
23First Tested 80
24DNA Carriers83
25No Eleventh-Hour Surprises, Please86
26How Are You Doing . . . Really?88
27Get the Right People around the Table91
28Know Who’s Driving93
29Speed of the Leader, Speed of the Team94
30Pay Attention to Greetings and Goodbyes96
31Deliver the Bad News First99
32The Tunnel of Chaos101
33Just Say It! 104
34Disagree without Drawing Blood106
35Umbrella of Mercy108
36Help Me Understand110
37Leaders Call Fouls112
38Real-Time Coaching115
39Just to Be Clear117
40Give Me an A, B, or C120
41Keep Short Accounts 123
42We Got to Do This Together!126
Category 3: Activity and Assessment
43A Blue-Sky Day131
44The Bias toward Action134
45Performance Buys Freedom 137
46Sweat the Small Stuff139
47Doable Hard versus Destructive Hard142
48Develop a Mole System145
49Is It Sustainable?147
50Don’t Screw Up150
51SOSs152
52Facts Are Your Friends155
53Find the Critic’s Kernel of Truth159
54Every Soldier Deserves Competent Command161
55Brain Breaks164
56Speed versus Soul166
57Did We Do Any Learning?168
58Create Your Own Finish Lines169
59Let’s Debrief172
60Pay Now, Play Later174
61Are We Still Having Fun?175
62Never Beat the Sheep177
Category 4: Personal Integrity
63Obi-Wan Kenobi Isn’t for Hire183
64What Life Are You Waiting For?187
65Lead with All Diligence190
66To the Core of My Being192
67Always Take the High Road194
68Read All You Can196
69Lead Something198
70Arrive Early or Not at All200
71I’d Never Do This for Money201
72We Need Us All203
73Excellence Honors God and Inspires People206
74Admit Mistakes, and Your Stock Goes Up209
75Fight for Your Family212
76Finish Well214
 
Acknowledgments217
Notes218



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