Leading LDS http://leadinglds.com Become a Leader, not a Calling Sat, 31 Jan 2015 18:52:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1LDS leaders are faced with problems relating to home/visiting teaching, activation, missionary work, class participation, and many more. It’s time we consider applying established research and innovative ideas in order to find fresh ideas for these perpetual problems. By doing so, it will help leaders approach problems differently. There are also leaders that are currently over-coming problems with ideas that could be shared with the masses. We must find those LDS leaders and invite them to share. We encourage all to share ideas and strategies that have brought success in your respective ward or stake.Whether you are called to preside over meetings or vacuum cereal off benches LeadingLDS is for you. Regardless of your calling all are leaders in the church through example and fellowship. Leading LDS clean Leading LDS kurt@leadinglds.com kurt@leadinglds.com (Leading LDS) Leading in the LDS World Leading LDS http://leadinglds.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Leading-LDS-Podcast.pnghttp://leadinglds.com Becoming Your Best Leader – An Interview With Steven Shallenbergerhttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/becoming-your-best-leader.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/becoming-your-best-leader.html#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:00:19 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2030 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/becoming-your-best-leader.html/feed 0 Steven R. Shallenberger is the father of six grown children (five boys, one girl) and lives in Provo, Utah. His journey started in Vallejo, California where he learned about setting goals (he counted down to the time he could serve a mission--2, Steven R. Shallenberger is the father of six grown children (five boys, one girl) and lives in Provo, Utah. His journey started in Vallejo, California where he learned about setting goals (he counted down to the time he could serve a mission--2,153 days). It is during this count-down that he was exposed to different economic conditions through various jobs he had and he began to wonder “what makes the difference between those who are successful on a sustainable basis and those who are not?” Years later, at 27, Steve bought his first business and published illustrated stories of the presidents of the church (check out some of the books on Amazon) and began teaching his employee leadership skills. During this time he worked closely with Steven R. Covey (author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and then-Elder Thomas S. Monson (His relationships with both on these inspirational men are discussed in the interview). He later worked for Covey Leadership Center and founded an energy services company, Synergy Companies, in California. He currently serves as a Branch President in the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center. Previously he has served as a Stake President, Mission President (Spain Madrid), Stake Young Men's President, Bishop (first time at 27) and others. Steve recently completed a national best-selling book, Becoming Your Best, which is the culmination of his life-long pursuit of excellence.  Becoming Your Best identifies 12 “guiding constants” that will help on your journey to become your best. Steve is Chairman of the leadership firm he founded, Becoming Your Best, where he works to help others throughout the world (he recently returned from a trip to Rwanda) be their best in their own lives, families and organizations.Steve’s favorite scripture is found in James 1:19, which states, “wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” and he lives and teaches this principle through the 12 Guiding Constants. Steve effortlessly applies the 12 Guiding Constants to all areas of life Be True to Character Lead with a Vision Manage with a Plan Prioritize Your Time Live the Golden Rule in Business and in Life Build and Maintain Trust Be an Effective Communicator Innovate Through Imagination Be Accountable Apply the Power of Knowledge Live in Peace and Balance Never Give Up!Key Principles Discussed Establishing and maintaining a vision (for yourself, family, calling, work, etc.) Developing a plan to achieve the vision Having a positive mindset Moving from transactional leadership to transformational leadershipDo you just interact with people or strive to develop them? Thank you to Nathan Waldron for writing this summary of the interview. Leading LDS clean 1:15:19 “We Have Not Left This Room…” |Leader to Leader Episode 11http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/leader-to-leader-episode-11.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/leader-to-leader-episode-11.html#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:53:06 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2036 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/leader-to-leader-episode-11.html/feed 0 A story about unity in councils and meetings. Listen to how Joseph F. Smith urges B. H. Roberts to change his perspective about a church policy regarding politics. A story about unity in councils and meetings. Listen to how Joseph F. Smith urges B. H. Roberts to change his perspective about a church policy regarding politics. Leading LDS clean 7:24 How I Lead in Peru: Bishop Oswaldo Tello | 4 Time Bishophttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/how-i-lead-in-peru-bishop-oswaldo-tello-4-time-bishop.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/how-i-lead-in-peru-bishop-oswaldo-tello-4-time-bishop.html#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:29:42 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1957 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/how-i-lead-in-peru-bishop-oswaldo-tello-4-time-bishop.html/feed 0 Oswaldo Tello is originally from Lima, Peru where he was baptized at the age of 18. While serving a mission a little more than a year after his baptism in the Peru Mission his family slowly began to join the church. - Oswaldo Tello is originally from Lima, Peru where he was baptized at the age of 18. While serving a mission a little more than a year after his baptism in the Peru Mission his family slowly began to join the church.After his mission he started his family and career in the banking industry. In 1992 he was called for the first time as a bishop and served until a job change came which moved he and his family to Chiclayo, Peru. He was subsequently called again as bishop but only served for 6 months before Elder Jay E. Jenson visited to form the Chiclayo Peru Latina Stake and call Oswaldo to serve as the stake president.Promotions and a new career focus came in the form of social and economic development which brought opportunities to live and serve in more native areas of Peru where he provided leadership in various branches.Moving back to life in the city has brought him the chance to serve as a bishop two more times including today where he currently lives in Arequipa where the church will be breaking ground on a new temple some time in 2015. Leadership principles discussed include:What changes you experience having served as a bishop multiple times What his interactions with General Authorities have taught him about humility The unique challenges of administering welfare resources without the presence of a storehouse How social and economic conditions require the modification of certain programs and youth activities. How he relied on his wife as another counselor when it came to understanding the needs of the ward in generalShout out to Jon Albright for writing the summary for this podcast episode Leading LDS clean 1:05:15 Ward Councils Gone Wrong & Purpose of LDS Disciplinary Councilshttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/ward-councils-gone-wrong-purpose-of-lds-disciplinary-councils.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/ward-councils-gone-wrong-purpose-of-lds-disciplinary-councils.html#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:38:56 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1960 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/ward-councils-gone-wrong-purpose-of-lds-disciplinary-councils.html/feed 0 This is an episode of random thoughts, I'd love to hear your random thoughts as well. - My first thought is regarding the discussion of disciplinary councils. Have you participated in such councils? Has your experience been good? Bad? Spiritual? This is an episode of random thoughts, I'd love to hear your random thoughts as well.My first thought is regarding the discussion of disciplinary councils. Have you participated in such councils? Has your experience been good? Bad? Spiritual? I shared some thoughts on the subject over at This Week in Mormons in my article titled Mormon Disciplinary Councils Aren't About Sin. Please give the article a read and then share your thoughts below. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, but I'd love to have an open dialogue about the topic. I want to thank the This Week in Mormons team for allowing me to share my thoughts. They've been very good to me.I also received some fan mail this week! ;) I'm kidding, of course, but I did get an email from a faithful executive secretary that experienced an awkward ward council full of finger pointing and yelling.Here's what the email said: Thanks for creating such a great site and resource for members of the church. I'm currently the executive secretary in my ward and not technically a leader, but I enjoy learning about it. I especially like your Saint Nicholas talk :)I have a question though... have you experienced any conflict or dislike among the auxiliary leaders in your ward? If so, how did you handle or help the situation.In our ward council a few weeks ago there was finger pointing and a screaming match over not having enough butter at the ward Christmas party and the Relief Society president ended up storming out of the room. I had never seen people lose it in a setting like that, and I thought it was an isolated situation in a unique ward. However, a friend in our last ward mentioned that there was a conflict in one of his ward councils recently, and ended with the ward mission leader walking out.From what I saw, in both cases the Bishop's handled it well, but I am not sure what was said behind close doors. These may be isolated situations, but I'm sure that it happens else where in the church. How would you counsel in a situation like that?I'll keep reading and listening. Thanks. I give my response in the podcast episode, but in short, the solution to a situation like this comes from the book Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior. If you haven't read this book, GO. READ. IT. NOW. It has had a great impact on my communication as a leader and helped me diffuse awkward situations.I'd love to hear how others would have handled this situation or other stories of when ward council blows up! :) Please comment below. Leading LDS clean 19:55 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 3http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-3.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-3.html#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:37:10 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1932 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-3.html/feed 0 Scouting in the LDS Church | Interview with Director of LDS-BSAhttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/scouting-in-the-lds-church-interview-with-director-of-lds-bsa.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/scouting-in-the-lds-church-interview-with-director-of-lds-bsa.html#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21:10:14 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1934 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/scouting-in-the-lds-church-interview-with-director-of-lds-bsa.html/feed 0 Mark Francis is the director of LDS-BSA Relations, which is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America that strives to maintain a positive and helpful relationship with the LDS church. - In this interview we discuss: - Mark Francis is the director of LDS-BSA Relations, which is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America that strives to maintain a positive and helpful relationship with the LDS church.In this interview we discuss:A brief history of relationship between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America. How LDS Scout troops differ from non-LDS Scout troops The Green Scouting Handbook Why LDS Scout Troops are based on geography Option to combine scouting units, especially as it pertains to areas outside of Utah and Idaho LDS Scouting Objectives (Purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood) LDS members in non-LDS troops False Traditions in LDS Troops How do to motivate LDS men called as Scout leaders How to create an effective Scouting experience for boys not interested in the outdoors The role of parents in Scouting Scouting leadership trainings (i.e. Philmont Training) More information about the Philmont Training The future of the Boy Scouts of America's relationship with the LDS Church Pres. Monson’s relationship with the BSA Leading LDS clean 55:07 Why Your Bishop Should Be A Rookie | Book Review: Rookie Smartshttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/bishop-should-be-a-rookie.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/bishop-should-be-a-rookie.html#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 23:50:16 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1921 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/bishop-should-be-a-rookie.html/feed 0 Are you the same Bishop/President/Counselor/Teacher today as you were on week two of your calling? As you look back to the rookie you, are there ideas and a spark that made your new calling something exciting and your service such that benefited those ... Are you the same Bishop/President/Counselor/Teacher today as you were on week two of your calling? As you look back to the rookie you, are there ideas and a spark that made your new calling something exciting and your service such that benefited those ... Leading LDS clean 43:10 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 2http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-2.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-2.html#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:06:14 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1905 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-2.html/feed 1 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 1http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-1.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-1.html#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:27:33 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1887 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/01/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-1.html/feed 4 How To Report Home Teaching Electronically | RETURNandREPORT.COMhttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/how-to-report-home-teaching-electronically-returnandreport-com.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/how-to-report-home-teaching-electronically-returnandreport-com.html#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 20:34:27 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=1894 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2014/12/how-to-report-home-teaching-electronically-returnandreport-com.html/feed 1 Have you ever been frustrated with trying to collect home teaching and visiting teaching information? - Brad Oldham is a software developer and winner of the 2008 LDS Tech Award from Irvine, CA. In 2006 his Stake President challenged his Elder’s Quoru... Have you ever been frustrated with trying to collect home teaching and visiting teaching information?Brad Oldham is a software developer and winner of the 2008 LDS Tech Award from Irvine, CA. In 2006 his Stake President challenged his Elder’s Quorum to report their home teaching 3 times per month. In response to that challenge Brad, serving in an elder's quorum presidency at the time, began working on the application now called ReturnAndReport.com.In this discussion Brad talks through the purpose, implementation and some of the issues of an online reporting system for home and visiting teaching.We are looking for willing participants who would like to integrate Return and Report in their ward. If you would like to be included in the group of test cases we will follow up with please contact Kurt. Websites referred to during the podcast: RETURNandREPORT.comHome Teaching Helper Specific discussion links from tech.lds.org: Return and Report Website OverviewReturn and Report Strengths and WeaknessesHT / VT Application Discussion Leading LDS clean 47:28