Leading LDS http://leadinglds.com Become a Leader, not a Calling Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:11:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1LDS 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 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 6http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/03/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-6.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/03/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-6.html#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:11:37 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2088 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/03/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-6.html/feed 0 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 5http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-5.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-5.html#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:59:41 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2075 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-5.html/feed 0 “A Prophet Who Asks for Counsel” | Leader to Leader Episode 12http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/a-prophet-who-asks-for-counsel-leader-to-leader-episode-12.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/a-prophet-who-asks-for-counsel-leader-to-leader-episode-12.html#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:43:54 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2070 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/a-prophet-who-asks-for-counsel-leader-to-leader-episode-12.html/feed 0 A story told by Elder Marvin J. Ashton in the April 1985 General Conference A few years ago I was in my office about 6:30 A.M. I am mentioning that so you will know I was there early—it takes some of us a little longer. My phone rang, A story told by Elder Marvin J. Ashton in the April 1985 General ConferenceA few years ago I was in my office about 6:30 A.M. I am mentioning that so you will know I was there early—it takes some of us a little longer. My phone rang, and as I answered it, I recognized that special voice that said, “Marvin.” I replied, “Yes, President Kimball.”He said, “Could I come up and see you?”His office is on the first floor, and mine is on the third. (That is the only time I am ever higher than he is.)My reply was, “President Kimball, if you want to see me, I will be right down.”He then responded with, “Would you do that?”He did not exhibit any authority. There was no feeling of “Do you know who this is?” or “You’d better come.” He courteously asked, “Could I come up and see you?” When I told him I would be right down, his voice reflected gratitude as he said, “Will you do that?”I went to his office in a hurry. After we shook hands, he handed me a letter and said, “How would you answer this?”I read it quickly and said, “President Kimball, you might want to consider this approach,” and told him what I thought. “I agree,” he said. “That is my thinking also.” He shook my hand, and I was on my way, reflecting about a prophet who asks for counsel and puts himself above no man. Leading LDS clean 3:42 Success As Young Women’s President – An Interview With Heather Mechamhttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/success-as-young-womens-president-an-interview-with-heather-mecham.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/success-as-young-womens-president-an-interview-with-heather-mecham.html#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 05:20:38 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2058 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/success-as-young-womens-president-an-interview-with-heather-mecham.html/feed 0 Heather Mecham was born and raised in Indiana. Moved to Utah about 20 years ago and currently lives in West Jordan, Utah. She has two daughters ages 14 and 17. - Until recently she had been serving as the Young Womens President in her ward until her h... Heather Mecham was born and raised in Indiana. Moved to Utah about 20 years ago and currently lives in West Jordan, Utah. She has two daughters ages 14 and 17.Until recently she had been serving as the Young Womens President in her ward until her husband was called as the Bishop. Heather first reached out to Kurt after his interview with @ldsEQpres recorded in May 2014 to give positive feedback she had received from that episode about creating a fellowshipping plan in the Young Women's organization. In this episode she talks about how she continues to lead as a 2nd Counselor in the Young Women's organization as well as her previous experience in the Relief Society and Primary. Leadership Principles Discussed IncludeBeing a Shadow Leader and Coach and not the Class President as a Youth Leader The process she follows to help class presidencies fulfill their duties as outlined in Handbook 2 : 10.3.5 “We succeed when we invite.”Idea taken from Clayton Christensen's, ‘The Power of Everyday Missionaries’Stand on Doorsteps: "Nimrod or Bust"In Ether 1:42 the Lord commands the Brother of Jared to, “head of them down into the valley which is northward. And there will I meet thee…” In Ether 2:4 we read that the Lord met them in the valley of Nimrod and gave them instruction on how to build their barges that would take them to the promised land. Heather relates that when she feels prompted to make a visit it may not always be clear in the moment what the intention of that visit is, but when she goes to the doorsteps of these individuals the Lord meets her there.Take Good Care of What You Already Have Prepare Spiritually and then Get Out of the Way and Let the Spirit TeachCome Follow Me Youth CurriculumOther Tools and Links ReferencedEvernote Pinterest Links Courtney Taylor Diane Pike Brittany Clark Heather's personal Pinterest boardLDS Gospel Library App Facebook GroupsA big thanks to Jon Albright for writing the summary for this interview. Leading LDS clean 56:21 Teaching Help: Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson | Chapter 4http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-4.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-4.html#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:24:27 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2027 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/teaching-help-teachings-of-ezra-taft-benson-chapter-4.html/feed 1 How I Lead and Draw Pickles | An Interview with Brian Crane, Creator of Pickleshttp://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/how-i-lead-and-draw-pickles-an-interview-with-brian-crane-creator-of-pickles.html http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/how-i-lead-and-draw-pickles-an-interview-with-brian-crane-creator-of-pickles.html#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 23:24:11 +0000 http://leadinglds.com/?p=2034 http://leadinglds.com/my-blog/2015/02/how-i-lead-and-draw-pickles-an-interview-with-brian-crane-creator-of-pickles.html/feed 0 Brian Crane is the creator of Pickles Comic Strip (see more information below about Brian and Pickles), which is the fullfilment of a childhood dream. He is a life-long member of the Church who was born in Twin Falls, Brian Crane is the creator of Pickles Comic Strip (see more information below about Brian and Pickles), which is the fullfilment of a childhood dream. He is a life-long member of the Church who was born in Twin Falls, Idaho and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. Brian served in the Uruguay Paraguay mission (the same mission as Steven Shallenberger whose interview you can listen to here). He attended BYU (where he met and married his college sweetheart) and majored in graphic design. He worked as a graphic designer and art director for many years when in his late 30s his childhood dream returned. He pursued it and has now been drawing the comic for 25 years from his studio in Sparks, Nevada. Brian often includes LDS references (temple pictures on the walls or quotes from church leaders, for example) in the comic.Brian has served many years as a Scout Master and was recently called to be the 11-year-old Scout leader. Prior to this, he was serving as a counselor in a Young Single Adults ward bishopric. In that capacity he worked with the Relief Society. He has also served as a high counselor and in several other bishoprics. Leadership PrinciplesLearn names quickly Appreciate enthusiasm of those you serve Leadership trainingtrain from the Handbook 2: Administering the ChurchMake callings meaningful Be a self-starter Building effective relationships with other leaders To find joy in your life, serve! Do good in all aspects of your lifeOther InformationThe Art of Making Pickles from BYU Magazine Bio from PicklesComic.com About Pickes (from WashingtonPost.com) Read his daily strip at GoComics Thanks to Nathan Waldron for writing the summary of this interview. Leading LDS clean 53:36 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 1 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