most leaders live with axioms - statements that they tend to bring out regularly which guide their decision making.
and Steve lists a few of his own. Bill Hybels apparently has 76, which makes me wonder how he manages to decide on anything. So here's a few of mine, off the top of my head.
Without vision, the people perish
Communication is about who you are as much as what you say
Don't let your ministry outgrow your character or your prayer life
The local church is the hope of the world
Mission is the agenda
The everyday is spiritual, if you look hard enough
Family is a sacred trust
Action and reflection, not either/or
Everyone is here for a reason.
Who is going to do this, and when?
How does this help the person who's not yet a Christian?
Take responsibility for your own growth: we only spoon feed babies.
It's better to win people than win an argument
Some things are too important to be left to chance.
Don't copy my list, blog your own......
...and Tale Spin has some excellent maxims for a happy marriage.