Leading LDS http://leadinglds.com Become a Leader, not a Calling Wed, 27 May 2015 12:45:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2LDS 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 “Tell me about your mother.” | Leader to Leader Episode 13http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/tell-me-about-your-mother-leader-to-leader-episode-13.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/tell-me-about-your-mother-leader-to-leader-episode-13.html#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 12:45:11 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2328 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/tell-me-about-your-mother-leader-to-leader-episode-13.html/feed 0 This experience comes from the April 1985 General Conference when Elder Marvin J. Ashton talked about his experience learning from a prophet while visiting those in prison: - Another lesson was learned from President Kimball as we visited a prison tog... This experience comes from the April 1985 General Conference when Elder Marvin J. Ashton talked about his experience learning from a prophet while visiting those in prison:Another lesson was learned from President Kimball as we visited a prison together. One day a few years ago President Kimball said, “Marvin, I’d like you to take me to visit the Utah State Prison.” He remembered that when I was in charge of the Social Services programs for the Church I had had the responsibility for prisoners. I said, “President Kimball, I don’t want you to go to the prison. I am afraid for your safety. There are some men confined there who would do anything to attract attention by embarrassing, injuring, or insulting you. I just don’t want you to go.” That was once when I felt I couldn’t grant his request. He took my advice, and we didn’t go. However, about two months later, D. Arthur Haycock, President Kimball’s personal secretary, phoned me and said, “Elder Ashton, President Kimball wants you to go to the Utah State Prison with him.” The next day we went. My delaying tactic had lasted only a few weeks. I called Warden Morris and said, “May we come and visit you? We do not want anyone to know of our visit. Could we just meet in your office and not go through the minimum, medium, or maximum security places? Perhaps you could invite two inmates with whom President Kimball could visit in your office. Later we could look around the grounds and talk with others.” He agreeably made the arrangements. We traveled to the institution, where about a thousand people are incarcerated. Soon into the warden’s office came two prisoners. I was impressed with how hard the convicts looked—how mean, how sullen. After they were introduced and sat down, I broke the silence by saying to President Kimball, “Would you like to say a few words to these two men?” He said, “Yes.” They both looked steadily down at the floor. President Kimball waited, and finally when one raised his head up a little, President Kimball looked directly into his eyes. Let me just pause for a minute and set the stage. One prisoner had been convicted for murder and the other for manslaughter. Here is a prophet. Here were two hardened criminals. What do you say? What do you do? Do you say, “Aren’t you ashamed of yourselves? What a waste for you to be in such a place as this”? Those are things that might cross your mind and mine. As I mentioned, as President Kimball caught the eye of one of them, he looked at him with a penetrating stare and said, “Tell me about your mother.” This inmate looked up and told him about his mother. Tears came to his eyes as he talked in detail about his mother. When that was over, President Kimball looked at the other one, who was now paying strict attention. He said, “Young man, tell me what your father does for a living.” The prisoner said, “I do not know where my father is. I never hear from him.” And he went on and on talking openly about his family. I won’t tell you the details, but what a lesson in counseling, interviewing, and kindness was being taught by this great prophet. I learned more about interviewing in those fifteen minutes than in any similar period in my life. No condemnation. No judging. Only displaying a real interest in the person and his circumstances. Before our interview was over, somehow the press found out that President Kimball was there. They were at the door and wanted to get into the warden’s office for an interview and a picture. I remember one of the inmates said, “Mr. Kimball, could I have my picture taken with you?” President Kimball responded with “Why don’t I stand between the two of you, and we will take all three of us at once.” I did not feel very comfortable with President Kimball standing between those two men in this setting. I had the responsibility for his safety. I had tried to talk him out of it. But he is a disciple of Christ and holds on to the words of God: “I was an hungred, Leading LDS clean 15:05 Innovating Home Teaching | Thoughts From Clay Christensen & James Quigleyhttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/clay-christensen-james-quigley-fixing-home-teaching.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/clay-christensen-james-quigley-fixing-home-teaching.html#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 15:56:47 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=691 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/clay-christensen-james-quigley-fixing-home-teaching.html/feed 6 Great inspiration comes to those that listen to genius. Great minds challenge one to think deeper about the problem in front of them. One of those geniuses is Clayton Christensen. Not only is he a Harvard Business Professor and famous author he is also... Great inspiration comes to those that listen to genius. Great minds challenge one to think deeper about the problem in front of them. One of those geniuses is Clayton Christensen. Not only is he a Harvard Business Professor and famous author he is also... Leading LDS clean 26:11 How I Lead and Manage LeadingLDS | An Interview With Kurt Francomhttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/how-i-lead-and-manage-leadinglds-an-interview-with-kurt-francom.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/how-i-lead-and-manage-leadinglds-an-interview-with-kurt-francom.html#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 11:17:06 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2285 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/how-i-lead-and-manage-leadinglds-an-interview-with-kurt-francom.html/feed 0 Chris Staggs was so kind to sit in the interviewer chair and ask me some questions. With more than 20 How I Lead interviews on LeadingLDS I thought it was time to open up personally and talk more specifically about how I lead as a bishop, Chris Staggs was so kind to sit in the interviewer chair and ask me some questions. With more than 20 How I Lead interviews on LeadingLDS I thought it was time to open up personally and talk more specifically about how I lead as a bishop, why I started LeadingLDS, and what I see in the future for this organization. Leading LDS clean 1:08:34 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 12http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-12.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-12.html#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 09:46:55 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2301 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-12.html/feed 0 How I Lead the Elder’s Quorum | Creating a Superior Quorum Meeting Experiencehttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/how-i-lead-the-elders-quorum-creating-a-superior-quorum-meeting-experience.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/how-i-lead-the-elders-quorum-creating-a-superior-quorum-meeting-experience.html#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 13:55:01 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2266 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/how-i-lead-the-elders-quorum-creating-a-superior-quorum-meeting-experience.html/feed 1 President Rychen Jones is an elder's quorum president in Salem, Oregon. At the time of this interview he had served for 9 months. Listen to this interview in order to hear how he approaches his weekly quorum meeting to make it focused and enjoyable for... President Rychen Jones is an elder's quorum president in Salem, Oregon. At the time of this interview he had served for 9 months. Listen to this interview in order to hear how he approaches his weekly quorum meeting to make it focused and enjoyable for those in attendance. President Jones' 5 Leadership Principles 1. Great counselors who I trust completely 2. Find, beg for (if necessary) and call great quorum instructors (who do people respond to?) 3. Have a purpose for every lesson and activity (can it be readily identified by a stranger?) 4. Allow room for the spirit to work (ponder teachers for a specific lesson) 5. Never ever feel bound by "traditions" of how things have been done in the past. Periodically ask "why are we doing this? Is it necessary? Is it helping?"Links BatchGEO.com7 Unbreakable Rules of a Church Meeting Leading LDS clean 43:44 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 11http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-11.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-11.html#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 13:00:56 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2294 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-11.html/feed 0 How I Lead As A Long-Term Bishop | An Interview with Bishop Chad Francomhttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/how-i-lead-as-a-long-term-bishop-an-interview-with-bishop-chad-francom.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/how-i-lead-as-a-long-term-bishop-an-interview-with-bishop-chad-francom.html#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 13:20:35 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2281 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/how-i-lead-as-a-long-term-bishop-an-interview-with-bishop-chad-francom.html/feed 0 Chad Francom is a bishop in West Valley City, UT. He is also my older brother. I was excited to interview him and hear about what he learned in the last 8 years as bishop. Yes, that right's, he's been bishop for 8 years and counting. Chad Francom is a bishop in West Valley City, UT. He is also my older brother. I was excited to interview him and hear about what he learned in the last 8 years as bishop. Yes, that right's, he's been bishop for 8 years and counting. He's a remarkable big brother and I am excited to share with you his knowledge in this interviews. Bishop Francom's 5 Leadership Principles:Delegate or Make Auxiliary/Quorum President's make most decisions that affect their auxiliary/Quorum (with reason) Make everyone feel loved like Christ would (visit every home/be among the people) Have Fun/Joke Relax/Nobody's Perfect Strengthen Testimonies of Heavenly Father/Christ/Gospel Bring neck beards back Leading LDS clean 45:02 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 10http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-10.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-10.html#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 15:03:44 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2275 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-10.html/feed 4 Creating Positive Change Through Vital Behaviors| An Interview with Steve Willishttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/creating-positive-change-through-vital-behaviors-an-interview-with-steve-willis.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/creating-positive-change-through-vital-behaviors-an-interview-with-steve-willis.html#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 04:02:06 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2270 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/05/creating-positive-change-through-vital-behaviors-an-interview-with-steve-willis.html/feed 0 Steve Willis has served in many leadership capacities in the church including Bishop, Branch President, Stake Presidency, and is currently serving as a Young Men’s President.  He has also worked at VitalSmarts, the company behind , Steve Willis has served in many leadership capacities in the church including Bishop, Branch President, Stake Presidency, and is currently serving as a Young Men’s President.  He has also worked at VitalSmarts, the company behind , Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change and Crucial Conversations, for over 20 years.One aspect that VitalSmarts teaches is how to focus on vital behaviors and how to achieve specific outcomes.  Whether you are a bishop looking to improve your ward’s mission plan or a youth leader trying to increase attendance, focusing on the techniques outlined can help you magnify your calling.In this interview we find some valuable take-aways such as:Finding the vital behaviors-the most effective actions that lead to our desired results (not all activities are created equally.) When we zero in on vital behaviors, it creates focus and we realize what needs to be done to influence someone to engage in the behavior we’re looking for. How to get sensitives topics out-if you can’t talk about it, you can’t fix it! There must be a balance between being direct and candid, and showing love.  This is done by establishing mutual purpose and respect. Leading LDS clean 49:57 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 9http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/04/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-9.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/04/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-9.html#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:14:13 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2253 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/04/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-9.html/feed 1