Author Archives: Vince Miller

The Four Stages of Leadership Contribution – Where Do You Stand?

The Four Stages™ of Contribution Model developed years ago by Gene Dalton and Paul Thompson. This model identifies the stages in which leaders participate and develop and describes what high performance is in each stage—Contributing Dependently, Contributing Independently, Contributing Through Others, and Contributing Strategically.

This model has continued to influence leadership even today and provides a thoughtful structure through which organizations can think about developing competencies, behaviors, attitudes, and skills that focus on developing current good leaders into future great leaders.

Ask yourself, “Where do I stand?”

On Endurance | Leadership Quote #14

British Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) placed this advertisement in London newspapers in 1900 in preparation for the National Antarctic Expedition (which subsequently failed to reach the South Pole).  Shackleton later said of the call for volunteers that “it seemed as though all the men in Great Britain were determined to accompany me, the response was so overwhelming.”


Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.  Honor and recognition in case of success.  — Ernest Shackleton.

Character Matters in Leadership

Phil Mickelson Tiger Woods 9 Million Payoff a daily devotional by Vince Miller

Rick Reilly  wrote an excellent little rant entitled, Tiger’s Ad Way Out Of Bounds.  This short article is a great reminder on two items as they relate to leadership:

  1. Character matters, even more than winning, as the chief indicator of great leadership.
  2. Honesty matters, even more than a carefully spun brand, especially when truth does not evade the rest of the world.

Take these two personal values and apply them to any leadership situation.

Fear In The Face Of Faith

I recently challenged my a group of RESOLUTE men to discover the tension between fear and faith. They came to understand that fear and faith must coexist and that reverent fear (Proverbs 1:7) is very different from human fear which produces anxiety. We were studying how this works in a man’s life through a story found in Matthew 14:22-33, which is the familiar occurrence of Jesus walking on water to meet the disciples in the storm.

The challenge following study was to read 2 Kings 6:11-23, a story with a little different angle. Here is the text and one participants response as he interacted with this text.

11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, ‘Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?’ 12 ‘None of us, my lord the king,’ said one of his officers, ‘but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.’ 13 ‘Go, find out where he is,’ the king ordered, ‘so that I can send men and capture him.’ The report came back: ‘He is in Dothan.’14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. 15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?’ the servant asked. 16 ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ 17 And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all round Elisha. 18 As the enemy came down towards him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, ‘Strike this army with blindness.’ So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. 19 Elisha told them, ‘This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.’ And he led them to Samaria. 20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, ‘Lord, open the eyes of these men so that they can see.’ Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. 21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, ‘Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?’ 22 ‘Do not kill them,’ he answered. ‘Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.’ 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.”

The short story of Elisha in 2 kings is an amazing read. I have read it before, but especially in the context of our study with Jesus walking on water last week, I found it even more powerful and poignant. We see a very different picture painted of what our life with God can look like. Elisha was faced with a life and death situation and his reaction was much different than Peter’s. There was nothing timid about Elisha’s response. There was no doubt or fear in Elisha’s response. The servant saw the forces of the enemy and was afraid. Elisha only saw the army of God and he never wavered. This is bringing home the point that in EVERY single circumstance in my life, the ONLY thing I ever need look at or think about is the power of God.

Those chariots of fire are not gone. They were not carried up into heaven with Elisha. They are here with us, all around us each and every day. I focus so much on the temporal, the things that will be gone in the blink of an eye. We are surrounded by the Eternal! It is more real than this world though we cannot see it. I pray for eyes to see as Elisha saw — to see the Eternal.

Men, how do we approach all the circumstances of our life if we know there is a supernatural Army of God, with us and around us, always? Whom then shall we fear? What a wild and awesome God we serve!

A few years ago, my wife’s father was dying, Takatoshi Terahira. He had had a stroke 5 years before and it was a hard 5 years to watch his mind and his body wither. We stood next to his bed in the hospital and he restlessly slept coming in and out of consciousness. I was praying to God for Takatoshi, a powerful and very successful business man in his temporal life. God granted me eyes of Elisha for a brief minute and there we two very powerful, very imposing Angels standing on either side of Takatoshi. He was never alone, and though his temporal body faded, his true body was growing stronger.

I believe this is true throughout our lives. There are supernatural forces in us and around us constantly and the majesty and the mystery of our God. How cannot we live a life other than boldness and fearlessness? Why do I have to continually remind myself of this?


Preventing Leader Derailment

Senior leaders are known for their drive, unfortunately this drive also comes at a price that can potentially damage their careers and their relationships. The question we all have is this:

“Is it possible to avoid this potential derailment by acknowledging and identifying key behaviors?”

Research over the last decade has proven that a leader’s inability to see their fatal flaws is often associated with significant career and personal derailment. Despite this lack of self-awareness, it is still worth the investment to correct this issue in leaders, since these good leaders have the potential to deliver great business results while also becoming great leaders.

Resolute provides comprehensive discipleship and leadership development which can help direct leaders at all levels to discover what will help them becoming greater men as leaders and disciples. Consider utilizing our cohorts which include 360 Reviews, robust conversations, group coaching, and detailed monitoring which has the power to reshape our character and transform leadership at all levels. See our testimonies of the current results and impact.

Designing Your Leadership

I assume there are few people who set a goal of being “average.” Then there are those who are above average and have accomplished amazing results. These people are those who have a strong understanding of the convergence of the above there items. They can articulate very specifically their competencies, opportunity, and passions with unique clarity and power. Where these worlds collide they discover a sweet spot — the place where they are compelled to lead.

Are you in your sweet spot?

If not, why?

On Obedience | Leadership Quote #51

He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. — Aristotle

Obedience is the ultimate test of a great man who has the greatest leadership potential. Strict and unswerving obedience is what make a honorable soldier, a high performing athlete, and a sold-out disciple of Christ. And it is this type of obedience that demonstrates the awareness of one who has come to terms with with their own frail existence and shallow perspective. This is the man that God seeks. The man who chooses not an independent self-serving life apart from God but chooses to move willing into slavery to Christ.

For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ. — Galatians 1:10

Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. — 2 Timothy 2:3-6

Intrinsic Motivation

As Dan Pink suggests here we all know that intrinsic motivation is far more beneficial than extrinsic motivation.  This short and simple presentation lays out foundation for how this works in it simplest form.  Pink lays out the candle illustration, results only work environments (ROWE), the 20% principle, and the Fedex Day concepts and how we use these principles to become more creative in motivating our people.

Are you really motivating your people?

On Problems | Leadership Quote #45

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. —

Colin Powell

Great quote right!

Now imagine as the Divine being posed with the greatest problem of all the time — the issue of planetary sin that has impacted every single person who has ever lived on the face of earth. But add a level of complexity to this problem since you know that a solution is needed that will not alter your Divine holiness yet allow you to deal in finality with human sin. Think of the divine complexity of holding to attributes & character of perfect holiness yet still getting “dirty” with and in the sin problem without sinning. Add to this the fact that sin has to be punished & forgiven simultaneously and that love & justice must coexist! And throw in the theological fact that humans can do nothing about this and only a perfect and holy Trinitarian God can reconcile it. Herein is the greatest problem (sin) resolved in the Divine solution (Jesus) and there you have the greatest leader who ever lived solving the most profound problem of all time.

None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

Romans 3:10-12

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:3-10

Tell Me Why!

This video has well over 10 million hits and is totally worth 18 minutes of you time.  Let his words sink in as a leader because this principle is something leaders come back to again and again. The “WHY” question should is the primary motivating factor for mission and purpose in everything we do.  Great leaders ask this question with frequency and at every level of their organization.

This is concept is not something invented by Simon but a desire created in us by God at the beginning of time itself. This desire is what causes us as humans to ask the great metaphysical questions and motivates us to seek beyond ourself. So while you are asking “WHY” on an organizational level, begin to think about the bigger question and answer to “WHY” on a cosmic level.

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What If The 80:20 Percent Rule Was Wrong

paretoThe Pareto Principle, named after an Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, originated the 80:20 concept out of an application he applied to the distribution of wealth (20% of the people owned 80% of the wealth). But over time the 80:20 rule has been expressed in a number of different ways. Here are a few examples:

  • 80% of the results are achieved by 20% of the team.
  • 20% of the actions account for 80% of the outcome.
  • 80% of process are trivial and 20% are vital.
  • 20% of the things we do are usually worth as much as the other 80% put together.

This rule has been scrutinized over time, yet has lasted over 100 years because of its simplicity. The real genius behind the concept is in the versatility of the application. For example, when applied to our work environment we are forced to think differently about the 80% and the 20% of…

  • Our customers
  • Our products
  • Our stocks
  • Our sales
  • Our teams
  • Our efforts
  • Our employees

Now before you starting pruning people, processes, and teams and that 80% of theoretical waste, what if you could squeeze 100% out of the 20% & the 80%? Is that even possible? And is there anything that ever actually produces 100%?

Well there is one thing that is always guaranteed to produce results 100% of the time — God’s Word. Consider these verses.

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty but it shall accomplish that which I purposeand shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

ISAIAH 55:10-11

Even though our efforts occasionally produce extraordinary outcomes while other times produce disappointing results; God’s word always produces results. Every single time. Therefore when our efforts align with His Word (the truth) we are guaranteed something that would disappoint even Vilfredo Pareto. The 100:100 principle.