LEADERSHIP LISTENS

Recently, I read something that floored me. Yes, being born in 1972, I LOVE THE 80’s! That was my era growing up. Personally, tv sitcoms are NOT what they used to be and NO tv theme songs today can compare to those from decades gone by. Regardless, if it were the theme from “DALLAS” with the iconic stadium in the opening scene or KITT from Knight Rider blazing down a desert road. Who could forget the bulging biceps of The Incredible Hulk as Lou Ferrigno was prancing on anyone or anything that stood in his way when the hulk got hot? I love the music from that decade (synthesizers in all) and one of my favorite shows was about a private investigator who wore a Detroit Tigers hat riding in a fancy Italian sports car.

THE REST OF THE STORY: The producers of Magnum P.I. initially approached PORSCHE and asked if they would create a special sunroof for their upcoming tv show. They wanted to use the 928 and requested a custom stretched sunroof for aerial shots of their aspiring actor, Tom Selleck on the sunny cliffs of gorgeous Hawaii. Porsche responded with a note basically indicating: “We don’t cater to customers.”

Dissapointed but not undaunted the producers found what they were looking for in the Ferrari 308 GTS. It was red equipped with more than a sunroof but the sky was the limit with the timeless targa roof that would dissapear instantly with the release of two clasps. When reading this instantly I learned some leadership lessons. BUCKLE UP

The morale of the story: 1) May we never get so “big” that we don’t listen to those around us. Leadership is leading but also LISTENING. Not that Porsche needed anymore help in the PR world but they missed out on a decade of FREE air-time television and commercials when Selleck’s mustache, muscles and wheels raced into millions of hearts with the hit show. Literally, over-night the car became iconic. What is ironic is PORSCHE missed out.

2) Sometimes what is initially dissapointing could be a promotion permenanetly. Tom Selleck next to a Porsche would be like Troy Aikman suiting up for the Redskins. Somethings just go together and the Ferrari despite not being their first pick never took second place or a back seat since starring in their hit show.

3) Leadership makes the hard decisions but it also requires flexibility. JESUS often would be en route to a town or city and then re-routed to heal an individual. GPS is God’s Plan of Salvation. It has been said regarding leadership “if we forget the who we will forget the why?” QUESTION: Why do we do what we do? Secondly and perhaps primary whom do we serve? If cars are to be built with drivers in mind and businesses to serve customers we as Christians need to minister to others on a dime. We can change course without compromising our core values.

As communicators many of us can “speak” in our sleep but to be most effective is the discipline and art of listening. We must be INTENTIONAL about listening to Christ and those around us. In the mid 1990’s, while working in Washington, D.C. I recall firsthand the political demise of Rep. Tom Foley from the state of Washington (west coast). He was not only from the west but his policies were way left! He was so busy serving at the U.S. Capitol on the east coast that he failed to listen to his constituents on the west coast and lost re-election. What made it even more dramatic wasn’t that he was a Member of Congress (Because he was one of 434 others elected to serve the people) but was Speaker of the House when he lost!

Having addressed audiences in both secular and spiritual platforms it is easy for the stage to become seductive. Yes, the platform can get a message or product out but also intoxicate the presenter to thinking they don’t need the advice of those around you or in the audience. Entitlement can creep in and kill you. It is also tempting to believe some of the press clippings opposed to dying daily to self. The Apostle Paul said to “forget the things behind and PRESS ON to the High calling of Christ.” Basically, what he was saying was be thankful for the past victories but put them behind and move onward. Success should be guideposts NOT hitching posts. I once heard a coach implore his athletes to take their trophies and remove them from the public pedastal and place them in a private closet. Those whom won them knew what they had but in order to go and grow to the next level had to almost pretend they were not there. Complacency and arrogance are the two twins that are worse than cancer in maturing your career or character.

In closing, may we learn from Porsche and politicians whom were so busy producing from their platforms that they failed to remember the clients, customers, constituents and “average Joes” on the street. That aspiring actor on Magnum P.I. was an unknown when the request came in but went down as one of the biggest stars in Hollywood history. Everyone is important and if we are too busy to listen than we are underserving to speak.

2016-10-20T23:10:23+00:00

About the Author:

Part author, comedian & visionary but FULL communicator of Biblical Truth, Frank Shelton travels the globe pointing people to a personal relationship with Jesus. He shares HUMOR, celebrity impressions and powerful life stories that Exalt the Savior, Encourage the Saints and Evangelizes the Sinner desiring to build God's Kingdom not his. Frank has a God given gift to "dial in" to those disconnected from God and hung up in life. He is an evangelist and encourager and ideal for students, singles and Sunday services speaking over 200 dates per year at various venues. Three times he has addressed audiences over 100,000 but just as content preaching in the country church but his passion is going after ONE more soul before its eternally too late.

12 Comments

  1. David Burkett September 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    I remember that show like it was yesterday. Thomas Magnum, Rick, TC, Higgins, &, of course, Robin Masters (Higgins??).

  2. Jim Moss September 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    My buddy chased Tom Selleck in the Ferrari, in a 80’s model toyota celica while stationed in Hawaii. Needless to say, Tom waved, pushed the pedal, and was gone. haha – My buddy said they used to see him alot all over the island.

  3. Gloria S September 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Loved that show. Tom selleck was one sexy dude!

  4. Cindy W September 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Frank how true! I was just thinking about you about an hour ago! I see this is when you posted this. My phone decided to stay asleep so i need your phone number again. (I have a new phone the last one was 7 years old!) I am very interested in going to Haitti.Bless the work of your hands.

  5. Louie September 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    2 ears one mouth – God wanted us to listen twice as much as we speak… or so it seems

  6. Jackie September 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Those were the days I loved that show! Blessings from Arkansas

  7. Jason Luby September 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Oh, thank you Frank Shelton. Sitting in my car (NOT a Ferrari GTSi) watching the opener. Man, took me back! I used to drool over that car

  8. Yvonne September 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    We are soo excited about you returning to Anchor Baptist in Virginia to preach our revival again this year in 2 weeks! Cant wait to see you and hear you again.

  9. Jimmy Davis September 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Frank, keep up the good work! Love to see how God uses you my friend.

  10. Martin D September 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Frank, I am so glad to hear the reports still coming in from London. Thanks for opening the door for me to be part of the Olympic Outreach. God bless you!

  11. Jack September 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Brother Frank, we loved you when you came back to minister to us at First Baptist of Easton, MD last month. Once again you were a BIG hit. Thank you for all you do on a daily basis to preach the Gospel at home and around the world. God’s richest blessings on your family

  12. Pastor Rodney September 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Anything in Hawaii – ALWAYS caught my attention. Great post Frank!

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