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Shake up your notions about leadership. Let Jim Seybert's perspective help you to see things about leading in a completely new way. This book could completely change the way you lead and help others lead.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 7.50 X 4.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414322259
ISBN-13: 9781414322254

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A go-to book for any leader, whether in the church or business world, Leadership RE:Vision provides daily meditations written to help leaders think through their problems and challenges from a fresh perspective. Successful business consultant Jim Seybert inspires readers to examine their own beliefs about leadership in light of what the Bible says, rather than in terms of conventional wisdom. Leadership RE:Vision explores relevant topics such as time management, staff relations, truth telling, image management, corporate growth, and excellence. Contains chapters such as: “Don't Waste God's Time,” “Customers Don't Always Come First,” “Good Stewardship Doesn't Mean Stinginess,” “Time-Management Training can be a Con Game,” and “Be Alert for Huge Mistakes.”


Leadership RE:vision by Jim Seybert is iconoclastic, radical, revolutionary, and, in more than one instance, illogical and dangerous. Seybert's advice purposely flies in the face of traditional training in the areas of leadership, management, organization, and planning. On the one hand, he presents some suggestions and concepts that are designed to shake today's churches out of their complacency, and that's not all bad. For example, in chapter six, "Tell Them What You Like," he adamantly insists that leaders should tell their followers (church boards, deacons, elders) what the leader expects from them and how to provide it. Too many pastors or lay leaders just tell followers what to avoid, but never present the destination of where the organization is supposed to be heading. That's good advice. Similarly, in chapter eight, "Give Them Bullets," Seybert points out that too many leaders demand great accomplishments from their followers, but they never give them the ammunition to fight the good fight. Followers need tools, equipment, training, leadership, guidance, plans, financial support, and incentives. Andy Taylor only gave his deputy Barney Fife one bullet for his sidearm. Too many leaders today are the same way. They expect their employees and followers to do battle, but they don't provide the bullets. I agree with Seybert on this.

Unfortunately, other chapters in the book are nothing short of shallow and outright nonsensical. In chapter four, "Time Management...a Con Game," Seybert takes a stand against teaching workers and members techniques and systems that will reduce work hours, increase production output, and better organize employees. He claims that churches and companies have cut out too many positions and have asked remaining workers to pick up the slack, without getting raises. Instead, management should just reduce workloads. That's a pretty thought, but welcome to the 21st century, pal. Companies are going bankrupt or are hanging on by a thread in this disastrous economy. They are reducing workforces by necessity, and those employees who remain need all the time management training and help they can get.

Likewise, chapter 11, "Quit Playing It Safe," is about taking risks and exercising options that will push workers to the limit in trying to reach phenomenal achievements. Doesn't Seybert read the newspapers? That is what got this country in the mess it's currently in. People who could not afford to buy homes risked their jobs and futures and savings in order to jump out and buy a huge home anyway. When the banks called the loans, the home owners lost their equity, savings, and homes. They had no back-up plan. They were reckless and foolish, and it cost them everything. A far better idea would be to be like Jesus, who said that before a man builds a tower, he needs to sit down and carefully consider all the costs involved. Challenges are worthy, but over-the-top gambles are outright stupid.

This book will cause readers to think in new ways. However, not all the new ways will be wise ways. This text must be read with caution, careful analysis, clear perspective, and balance. Those suggestions that are sound, creative, and functional should be adopted. Those that are irritating, outlandish, and irrational should be ignored. Proceed with caution. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Author/Artist Review

Author: Jim Seybert
Located in: Arroyo Grande, CA
Submitted: January 14, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am a private practice consultant who specializes in helping companies think differently. After 30 years in business, I launched the consulting business in 2001.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  There's a story in two of the Gospels where James and John ask to be at the right and left hand of Jesus. The other disciples hear this and become upset. Jesus stops the complaining by telling them all, "In the world kings and masters will lord their authority over others - but among you it will be different." This book helps leaders think and act differently.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  From my perspective, business managers and organization leaders who are Christians have gotten off-track in the way they lead.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Any time you spend as much time as I did in the Bible, you are going to impacted. I think the biggest personal benefit was the confirmation of what I believe are some important words for leaders.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Bob Briner's "Management Methods of Jesus" was the first business book I read written from a Christian world view. It was instrumental in showing that God cares deeply about my life at work.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I honestly hope that at least one of the 30 chapters ruffles someone's feather. the book was written to help people think.

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