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February 2017

Strategic Thinking

Nike impacted the world in 1988 with its inspirational slogan “Just Do It!”  Chances are that if you’ve never owned a piece of clothing with those words on it, you know several people who have.  Nike’s slogan is a powerful call to action.  And it’s surely encouraged countless people to get off their couches and get moving.  But is success in life really just a result of action or busyness?  Of course not!  Generally, taking action or being busy is not difficult to accomplish.  However, there is great wisdom in thinking before you act.  Wise leaders may in fact prefer a slogan contrary to Nike’s which says, “DON’T just do something, sit there and think!”  That slogan represents the heart and soul of strategic thinking.  How often do we sit back to think and pray, brainstorm with God and others, and plan out a logical course of action that will help guide us in the direction of our end goals?  This month’s issue of The Learning Leader focuses on how to be a Strategic Thinker.  Don’t miss it!

Make sure to also check out the ALLC’s recommended leadership resources of the month, as well as the upcoming leadership schools, trainings and events both online and throughout Asia. 
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Learn how to capture the big picture, while being more creative and focusing your thinking.  Maxwell explains a total of 11 keys to improve your thinking, including how to develop collaborative ideas with others and learn from the past to better understand the future. 

Walk through the questions in this worksheet to help define why your ministry exists, what is non-negotiable, what your core strategies are, who you are trying to impact, what difference you’re making, what your focus areas and priorities are, and what action to take.

Try using this simple visual to capture your ministry’s vision, values, broad goals or strategic focus areas, as well as the programs and capabilities you need for optimal success.

ALLC Resources on Strategic Thinking
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Upcoming Leadership Events

Online FaceTime with Alan Lim
Creating Effective Ministry/YWAM Teams - Ensuring Fulfilling Purpose
Date: March 1st, 2017
Time: 9:00-11:00AM ICT (Bangkok Time)
Cost: Free!
To Register: Contact us here
Alan has 36 years of experience with YWAM, served as a regional leader for YWAM Southeast Asia, and currently leads the UofN Bali.
Online FaceTime with Averyl Aeria
Date: March 14th, 2017
Time: 10:00AM-12:00PM ICT (Bangkok Time)
Cost: Free!
To Register: Contact us here

Averyl has been in YWAM since 1983 and living in Thailand since 1995. Her main passion is to challenge thinking of younger leaders, provoking and inspiring them to live in a way that will express God’s heart and mind.
Webinar with David Hamilton: Understanding Our Role as Great Commission Leaders to Shape the Spheres of Influence for God's Purposes 
Date: May 15th, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:00PM ICT (Bangkok Time)
Cost: Free!
To Register: Contact us here

David Hamilton is the the father of many mission innovations such as 4K, Uniscript and the SourceView Bible. He is gifted at painting the big picture of missions as well as developing strategies on how to reach all nations. He has served with YWAM for over 30 years.
2018 YWAM Asia Leadership Summit
Plan to join the 3rd annual YWAM Asia Leadership Summit, sponsored by the Asia Leaders Learning Community (ALLC). This event is intended for any and all experience levels of YWAM leaders.
Dates: January 24th-27th, 2018
To Register: Contact us here. W
e will let you know as soon as the official registration process begins.

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