Jim Wideman took the stage by storm in session 5 of Napkin. He is internationally respected for his leadership expertise and practical wisdom. Fellow blogger and highly respected children’s pastor Kenny Conley explains in more detail the blessing that Pastor Wideman is to him specifically, and also to the many others Wideman influences through his infuse experiences, cd Club, conference speaking, writings, and web presence.
Because I got caught up in listening to him, I did not discipline myself to take detailed notes of his presentation. However, there are a few highlights which stood out to me as important. Here are some morsels for you to chew on.
- He said, “Every dream has come true by helping others’ dreams come true.” That statement, alone, is worth thinking on at length.
- He recommends Peter Drucker’s book, “The Effective Executive.”
- He said, “It’s not what you know. It’s what you do.” I am going out on a limb here, but I assume he means by that we must apply what we learned, rather than simply resting on the laurels of head knowledge with no practical application.
- He said, “The test of leadership is in how you manage change. Nothing stays the same except that change is always present.” I completely agree!
- He said, “Things aren’t as bad as you think they are.” Often true, especially for someone like me who is constantly critiquing himself. It is easy to overdo critique. However, I am sure there are nearly incurable optimists out there who could use a tiny dose of reality concerning their performance and situation. I know, the critic in me is meddling again!
- He said, “Every believer is a ministry, including kids.” We goes on to cite the importance of appreciating workers, including the youngest of them.
- He said, “Have a creative team and put kids on it.”
- He recommends Constant Contact for email marketing because it is measureable; you can see who opens emails and clicks on your links.
- He said, “If you can’t follow, you can’t lead. Lead by example.” He cites the importance of humility, echoing Ryan Frank’s comments in a previous session.