Napkin Ideas Session 5: Jim Wideman

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.

3 thoughts on “Napkin Ideas Session 5: Jim Wideman

  1. Thanks Glen for doing this recap and saying such nice things the full quote on that was from my mom she would tell me ‘Things are never as bad as you think they are and you are not as wonderful as you think you are it’s always somewhere in the middle.”
    It was great seeing you, wish we could have hung out more. I am so honored to be included with everything and everyone here.
    the three main thoughts where…
    1. the quest to learn leadership is the start of becoming a leader
    2. The proof of your leadership is not what you know but what you put into practice and do!
    3. The test of your leadership is how you can manage change in yourself and in others.
    hope to see you again soon

  2. Hi Pastor Jim,

    Thanks so much for reminding me of the three main points! It was good to see you again, too. Hopefully I will find a way to meet you again in the future. I have been following your life for a lot of years, starting back when you first began The Club. I subscribed for a couple of years and it was so very helpful! Keep doing what you are doing. You are making a difference among both the young people, and older folks like myself.

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