Finally a post on leadership that puts it in caffeinated terms!! As a lover of coffee, and a pastor in church leadership, I get what this post is all about. I know you’ll enjoy it too. First, grab a good cup of jo’ and settle in for a good read.
Originally posted on One Beat Blog:
Coffee and leadership go hand in hand. Sometimes, the best leadership advice that I could give you would be to drink a cup of coffee. I don’t know if there are any leadership books out there that revolve around coffee but I firmly believe that I could be the first to write an entire leadership book based on the principles on coffee. I’m what you would call a coffee aficionado or some would harshly label me a coffee snob.
I am “that guy” who refuses to drink Dunkin Donuts, Folgers, or Maxwell House type coffees made with low quality poorly roasted coffee beans. I know that the majority of people out there drink McDonald’s coffee as their main source of Heaven’s Nectar (coffee) but that doesn’t mean that it’s “good” coffee. I am also “that guy” who once answered a Starbucks’ customer’s question because the employee didn’t know the answer themselves. The fact is that in my spare time I like to experiment with coffee brewing, coffee blends, and other such coffee related things. However, for the sake of this post, I want to talk about what making a high quality pot of French Press coffee and leadership have in common.
Most people who really love and take the time to appreciate coffee would tell you that there is nothing like a pot of French Press coffee. The next time you go into Starbucks or your favorite local shop and have time to sit and enjoy a cup splurge and buy a pot of french press. If you’ve never had it, but you love coffee, this cup will rock your world. However, french press take more time, effort, and investment than a simple drip coffee maker. While the coffee quality is much greater, the investment for your yield is also much greater. In the same manner people who want to be really successful in their ministry and life value leadership. However, building leaders who are worth having takings time and investment. In order to make a really good pot of french press you have to invest in the right things, and our leaders are much the same way.