Tuesday, August 22, 2017

AN AGENDA FOR ACTION

Look for intelligence and judgement, and most critically,
a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners.
Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive,
a balanced ego and the drive to get things done. [1]
Visceral Reaction

The very best leaders seem to have a natural intuition when it comes to envisioning and handling difficult situations or deciding which direction to steer a company. Often, they have learned to listen to their inner feelings and just trust themselves during those critical periods that a new roadmap needs to be created for the company.

1965 LONDON
       
  The Salvation Army remains a frontier movement, even though a century ago that frontier was restricted to a Whitechapel side­walk and, at its widest, extended no farther than the boundaries of that Paradise Lost, the East End of London.
At that time William Booth could hardly have dreamed that a day would come when his soldiers—and these laymen and women account for nine-tenths of the Army's strength—would be drawn from all levels of society and be as much an accepted part of the social scene in the Eastern Highlands of New Guinea as in the suburbs of Toronto.
         In those pioneer days the frontier was plainly defined. A flap­ping sole or a greasy shawl were obvious signs that the foe was around. The unkempt children in the sleazy streets were tokens of his handiwork.
         This fact greatly aided the early day Salvationist. He did not need to be told who was responsible for the individual and col­lective misery which confronted him.    None but an enemy could have sown such ferocious tares.
         Nowadays the frontier is less clearly defined. For more miles than arc conducive to the Christian soldier's peace of mind there seem to be no boundary posts at all. But instead of wasting his time deploring the current situation, the Salvationist today makes his front line where he is. Thus the new frontier may run through a Clydeside shipyard, or by Leicbhardt River at Mount Isa, or through Transport House or Times Square, along the Pasir Panjang goad in Singapore or across the University quad in Auckland. In this holy war the twentieth century Salvation­ist knows that the best means of defence is attack, so he is ever on the Christian offensive without being offensive. General Frederick Coutts

1987 LONDON
        
General Eva Burrows declared, "We need an agenda for the future, to make us aware of what we stand for, to direct our thoughts as to where we are heading, to set out our priorities and the issues we really feel strongly about, and to be a means by which we can evaluate our efforts."
         The agenda embraced the following declarations: To emphasize the supremacy of evangelism in fulfillment of the Lord's great commission—"Go therefore and make all nations my disciples".


From Volume Two. RETURN TO BATTLE IN RUSSIA AND BEYOND




[1] General Gordon Powell’s rules for selecting leaders

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