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The basic premise is the problem
on 19 February 2011
I'm a fan of Bill Hybels. I like his writing and his preaching. However, I was disappointed with this book. It took me many months of picking it up and laying it down, before I was able to finish it. There is a lot of very valuable material contained in this book (which is why I kept picking it up); but there is something stilted and artificial about the presentation (which is why I kept laying it down). It reads like series of blog posts that have been stapled together, which I didn't enjoy.
But it was only when I had finished the book and looked at my book notes again that I realised what the problem really was - and it's the basic premise of the book! in the introduction Bill Hybels states:
"I think seasoned leaders ought to be able to pinpoint their guiding principles on the important stuff of leadership and distil them down to memorable sound-bites that can be called upon at a second's notice to inform a critical decision."
In my opinion, the first part of that statement is absolutely valid - leaders must be able to identify their guiding principles (through a process of reflection and self-evaluation). But I would strongly dispute the second half of it - distilling these principles to sound bites. Yes we need to be able to explain and communicate our principles, but these can be complex and merit more than a 'sound bite'.
So this one wasn't a hit with me, but I will keep reading and listening to Bill Hybels - he has a great deal to teach us.