Do yourself a favor and watch this. It’s 7:15 minutes long but well worth your time.
Such a substantive leadership lesson in itself by Bill Hybels as he explains why Howard Schultz withdrew his commitment as a speaker at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit (held on August 11-12). And furthermore, how he and Willow Creek are responding…
I was particularly convicted and stirred by these leadership ideas:
Build rather than Burn Bridges
I’m not a huge Howard Schultz fan. Honestly, I’m sure he’s a swell guy but the whole Seattle Sonics fiasco has left me a
little very bitter. I would have used the opportunity to subversively question Howard’s character but Bill offers three suggestions to exemplify grace:
- asks people to contact Howard and Starbucks to invite him back.
- blesses him by encouraging folks to buy his book.
- asks people to go buy Starbucks.
Wow. I would have offered some other suggestions that I’m too embarrassed to share on the blog.
Throw stones first. Ask questions later.
Lastly, I resonated with Hybels’ concerns about the growing culture of
“Throw stones first. Ask questions later.” Respect and civility seem to be a growing issue – not just in the public forum of politics but in our broader society – especially as it pertains to our engagement with whom we have disagreements.
- If you don’t support homosexuality, you’re anti-gay.
- If you support gay rights, you’re anti-marriage.
- If you don’t support women in leadership, you’re anti-women.
- If you support women in leadership, you’re anti-Scriptures.
- If you don’t support the war in _________, you’re anti-American.
- If you don’t support Eugene, you’re anti-Eugene.
I want to go on the record and declare that I”m anti anti-________. I’ve neutralized your anti-ness. And I’m brilliant.
Really…We often live as people who are defined by what we are against and not necessarily, what we are for.
Seriously, it’s hard to love your enemies when you can’t even hear what they’re saying…
Which is another reason why building bridges > burning bridges (a la the video below).
Your turn: What did you think of Hybels’ chat?