February, 2014

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The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks book published

3DDear Restorer,

I am pleased to inform you that “The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks for continued success in leadership” book recently published. If you may remember, I have been sharing with you some contents from the manuscript such as Jesus’ extraordinary self-awareness, and his discerning ability. I also promised to inform you when the book is published.

For your info, Jesus is one of the three great leaders featured in the book. If you’re interested to know how Jesus adopted The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks and how they enabled him to succeed as the most celebrated leader in human history, you should read it from the book. Yes, most of us are acquainted with him as a redeemer, healer, and Messiah. Very few Christians look up to him when it comes to leadership, and learn leadership lessons from his approaches. We undermine or neglect that he was also a leader:

  1. Who recruited team members;
  2. Articulated his mission, knew who he was, what he should do with his life, from where he came from, and where he was going;
  3. Casted his vision skillfully;
  4. Displayed undying sense of urgency;
  5. Strategized brilliantly;
  6. Communicated artfully;
  7. Persisted and overcame daunting challenges and continual setbacks;
  8. Demonstrated unparalleled character; and
  9. Grown on a consistent basis to launch his ministry, train his team, and finally fulfill his assignment on earth. If your desire is to succeed and get fulfilled in life, and finish your assignment and say “It’s finished”, learn from Jesus’ leadership principles and approaches. And the book is a good starting point to do so…

Whether you’re a professional, business owner, community or church leader, you need to adopt, develop, and refine these 9 Cardinal Building Blocks, if your desire is to succeed continually in your leadership. The book provides you reality checks, assessments, processes, steps, tools, individual and group assignments, and more. 

You are marked to succeed. You’re predisposed to win. You’re called to serve the world using your talent and gift. If you haven’t yet, this is time to bring out your best and serve the world as a leader of your life/calling, team, business, organization, and/or church/ministry, and this book equips you to succeed continually in your leadership.

Below are some info about the book:

Title: The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks: For continued success in leadership

Author: Assegid Habtewold

Publisher: Success Pathways Press

ISBN: 978-0615965451

Sell Sheethttp://www.assegid.com/Successpws/Documents/SellSheet_The9CardinalBuildingBlocks.pdf

Press Releasehttp://www.prlog.org/12280617-the-9-cardinal-building-blocks-for-continued-success-in-leadership-just-released.html

You may order the book online from:

1. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Cardinal-Building-Blocks-leadership/dp/0615965458

2. CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/4473923

For more information, please contact me using assegidh@gmail.com

The Significance of Discernment

DiscernmentDear Restorer,

In this edition of Restorers Connector, I would like to continue our discussion on the theme wisdom. Today, let’s talk about one of the expressions of wisdom. When you have wisdom, you discern things. You scan your environment, and understand what is going on around you, in your family, neighborhood, community, and organization. You connect dots. You won’t make the same mistake again and again. And, you demonstrate many more similar attributes of a wise person.

Jesus discerned people, their intentions, and carefully chose with whom to fellowship, and partner. Here is the testimony of John: “But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.” (John 2: 23 – 24)

Don’t get me wrong. Jesus loved, preached, healed, and fed everyone without discrimination. But he was very selective when it comes to trusting others. Do you follow suit? Or do you trust everybody and get hurt every time? Do you apply wisdom and discern who is who before you jump into giving your heart to some people who wish to trap, hurt, and manipulate you?

Nobody desires to get hurt. We do get hurt because we don’t know how to protect ourselves (because of lack of wisdom). We do get hurt because, we don’t follow the example of Jesus, and how he dealt with people. Surprisingly, many Christians paint Jesus as if he went out carelessly lived his life without discernment. That is wrong.

Jesus avoided multitudes of traps his enemies put in front of him because he was wise and discerning. A good example is when some proxies of the Pharisees approached Jesus and flattered him with the hope to cause him make a mistake that might alienate him against the Roman Empire (Mark 12: 13 – 17). They sent their proxies to Jesus in order “to catch him in his words”. They flattered him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

But Jesus didn’t buy their flattery nor fall into their trap. Knowing their disingenuousness he replied, “Why are you trying to trap me?” Then he quickly asked them to bring him a denarius and asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” They replied “Caesar’s.” Then he replied, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

Here we can easily appreciate how Jesus discerned their hypocrisy and their dishonest intention to trap him. Rather than playing their game using their own rules, he declined. Rather than answering their YES or NO question and getting in trapped, he talked about a principle and left them make their own choice.

The question to you is, how much do you discern the dishonest intentions of others? Most importantly, do you avoid falling into the traps of your distractors? Do you know how to deal with deceitful individuals who approach you by disguising themselves as friends and genuine partners? Do you take time, pray, and connect dots, and remain alerted when you deal with some mendacious people, wolves with sheep closing?

Let me stop here for now…

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