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Matthew A. Bradshaw, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M.

Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®)  and  Supplier Diversity™ (CPSD™)                                      RESOURCEFUL & Tenacious Problem Solver

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10 posts published in February 2016

Desire: What Separates Leaders from Followers

Posted:February 13, 2016 | Tags: words; commands; wisdom; understanding; discernment; understanding; silver; treasure

Good leaders seem to know what steps to take into a bright future. But what enables them to know what to do? How do they differ from followers? Proverbs 2 tells us the key difference may be desire. We all must answer three great questions in life:

1. What do we want?

2. Why do we want it?

3. How badly do we want it?

Consider the phrases Proverbs 2 uses to talk about the passionate search for wisdom:

  • receive my words (v. 1)
  • treasure my commands (v. 1)
  • incline your ear to wisdom (v....
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The Irony of Spiritual Leadership: Get Understanding but Don't Lean On It

Posted:February 13, 2016 | Tags: Spritual, Godly, leaders, think, Leadership

Proverbs 2 and 3 poses an apparent paradox in spiritual leadership. We are to get wisdom and understanding (2:1-5), yet we are not to lean on it apart from the Lord (3:5,6). Even good wisdom divorced from God can become a snare. So how are godly leaders to think?

  1. Godly leaders think big: They realize God's vision is usually bigger than theirs.
  2. Godly leaders think other people: They always include others in the mix.
  3. Godly leaders think continually: They're not satisfied with today's...
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Decision Making: The Fast Way to Gain Leadership

Posted:February 15, 2016 | Tags: Decision Making, Leadership, Wisdom

Wisdom can be a leader's best friend, especially in times of decision. Suppose You find yourself in a large committee meeting in which a crucial decision must be made. The committee reaches an impasse and everything stops. Who will become the most influential person in that room? Answer: the one with the wisdom to draw a conclusion that not only works, but which receives the blessing of that committee.

Proverbs 1 describes wisdom as a woman crying out in the streets (v. 20). What a...

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Principle - Centered Leadership

Posted:February 15, 2016 | Tags: Principle, centered, leadership

Leaders who last do not merely react to their culture; they base their leadership on timeless and universal principles. They remain relevant because they marry cultural context to timeless truth. Proverbs 4 encourages leaders to become principle centered. Verses 20-27 teach us that God's principles give us three crucial tools.

  1. They are a guide; they help us stay on the right path.
  2. They are a guard; they keep our hearts and bodies protected.
  3. They are a gauge; they enable us to evaluate...
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Moral Failure: Disciplines Prevent Nightmares

Posted:February 16, 2016 | Tags: Moral Failure, Disciplines Prevent Nightmares

How many leaders have ruined their lives and damaged the lives of others through immorality? Character has become a crucial issue today precisely because of the myriad (of) leaders in the political, business, and religious worlds who have fallen morally. No doubt spiritual warfare has played a big role in the tens of thousands of leaders who have failed. They fall partly because the enemy has targeted leaders for attack.

Leaders need to remember that they influence many others beyond...

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