Phil Pringle Said What? (VII)

August 6, 2011

Note: All quotes are from Phil Pringle’s book, ‘The Leadership Files Volume 2’ (2002). This book is still promoted by him and are promoted in his colleges. His college library has shelves dedicated to his material. He still promotes ALL his books to this day.

I’d encourage you to compare them to his other quotes.

These quotes are for the purpose of critique and review.



These ‘files’ began as small notes and letters I sent to leaders I am responsible for. They were just e-mails. Some forwarded them on to their friends. Soon a network of thousands were receiving these notes. I was then urged to make them into a book. So, here it is.

Many people are also looking for something like a daily devotional they can use to give them an emotional and mental road map at the start of each day. Hopefully these ‘Leadership Files’ will help with that too.

If you read one a day (do it with a friend), and do them, your life will begin to transform – upwards!” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 9. Introduction, 2002.


“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” Phil 2:3

The base line motivations of our life must be right.

Bad roots equal bad fruit.

Is my motivation arrogance, arrogance, selfsh, anxiety, anger, impatience. [sic]

Or am I acting out of love, joy, peace, unselfishness, purity.

These things will bless my life.

Whatever I act on I strengthen.

If I act out of love I strengthen love.

If I act in faith, I strengthen faith.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 2. Motivations, 2002.



“Beaten paths are for beaten men.”

A leader without courage is a leader without leadership.

Amazingly, courage prevails over wisdom for leaders.

David and Goliath.

The strong persist through discouragement.

They pursue even when their heart flags.

Personal faith is absolutely essential for the leader.

Failure is not final!

Whether we get up again will render the failure final or not.

High visionary leaders require high-level encouragement.

Learn to encourage yourself.

Develop relationships with encouraging people.

Remove unnecessary discouraging influences from your life.

Let everything be done to build up your spirit.

Watch, read and listen to what builds you up.

God moves through people of courage.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 3. Discouragement, 2002.


“It costs five times more to obtain a new customer than to retain an existing one.” ‘Reinventing Australia’, Hugh Mackay, 1993

The baseline for leadership is servanthood.

Peter calls on those who rule to serve – 1 Pet 5:2

Seven qualities of servanthood:
1. Willing – Get willing about what you have to do.

2. Excellence – Be the best. Do the best.

3. Swift – Be quick. Don’t keep people waiting.

4. Respectful – Honour everyone somehow.

5. Humble – Do whatever it takes to get the job done.

6. Works Hard – Don’t be lazy.

7. Unselfish – Do things for others at your own personal expense.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 4. Servanthood, 2002.


“You can’t always get what you want.”

Mick Jagger

We don’t live in a perfect world.

Learn to live with imperfect situations, unresolved issues, and unfulfilled expectations without losing your great spirit.

There’s always something that isn’t like you want it.

Get happy in spite of this.

As you deal with it stay happy, not upset.

If the unresolved problem gets you, then it’s won.

Stay on top even when it’s trying to get you down, and you’ll win.

This is Christianity at it’s best.

Staying up in a down situation.

That’s leadership.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 5. Unfinished Business, 2002.



Fact – ‘One of the giant redwood Cedars of California, is 270 feet high, and weighs 6,300 tons. It came from a seed weighing three thousandth of an ounce.’

Generosity is a foundation for greatness.

Great leaders inspire people to give.

Giving is like sowing a seed.

Whatever is given will return multiplied.

When we take from people, they aren’t giving.

When people give to us, we aren’t taking from them.

When we take from people they feel they lose control.

Once people start giving they are ennobled and empowered.

Our best results come from what we give, not from what people take from us.

The team that gives more time than they have to, will bind together.

The people that give money they don’t have to create a culture of celebration.

The leader that gives attention they’re not paid for will exceed expectations.

Let the people give!” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 9. Freewill Giving, 2002.


“A good idea is worth one dollar. The plan for implementing that idea is worth a million dollars.”

Page 87, Jesus CEO, Laurie Beth Jones, Hyperion 1995.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 11. Planning, 2002.


“The entire world is founded on the seed principle.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 12. Problem Solving, 2002.


“When your ears hear your lips start to sing the song of the weasel, you must learn to immediately slap the weasel within.”

Roy H Williams, “The Wizard of Adds”, Bard Press, 1998, page 162.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 12. Complaining, 2002.



“Eighty percent of graduating students from universities in the U.S. said they would violate ethics if it meant it would help them get ahead”, Chuck Colson, Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Canberra, November 17th, 199

When success is at the expense of integrity we have failed, not succeeded.

We should not be so result-orientated that we will do ‘whatever it takes’ to achieve the bottom line.

Doing the right thing may sometimes jeopardise the bottom line.

Respect for God, once called the fear of God, needs to guide our choices.

Do the right thing.

Let the chips fall where they may.

The people who matter will respect and trust you.

You’ll sleep at night and save thousands of dollars on therapy. ( Haha…You gotta admit, it is comical…a little at least)

The mind with a fractured conscience sees with a broken perspective.

The untroubled mind is free to dream.

“Blessed are the pure in heart. They shall see….” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 15. Integrity, 2002.


“… bring back word to us of the way by which we should go up…”

Deuteronomy 1:22

The leader communicates the vision and announces the plan.

He selects and commissions a team to find the way to make it happen.

Consensus us good to a point. Then it’s all about leadership.

The team are not the ones to say whether it can or cannot be done.

Moses’ team exceeded their commission.

They were meant to find a way to implement their leaders’ vision.

The finance people are not to say whether it can or can’t be done.

The HR people, the PR people, the management team are to find ways to make it happen, not find reasons why it can’t happen.

A majestic thing is a leader and his team working together properly (Proverbs 30:30-31)” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 16. Finding A Way, 2002.



“Love is more than a feeling, it is a behaviour.”

Rick Warren, ‘The Purpose Driven Church’

You’ll love what you’ll love.

Whatever you give your heart to is what you’ll gain pleasure from.

Whatever the heart loves it wants more of.

The heart is not satisfied with what it loves.

Thus we need to ensure that what we love is the highest.

If we love small valueless things, that’s what we will gain our joy in life from.

This is why we must decide to love what we choose to love.

What we love must be the highest priorities of life.

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…,’ (Mark 12:30)”Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 19 Heart Priority, 2002



“No longer shall your name be called Abraham, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.”

Genesis 17:5

God changed Abram’s name to Abraham (‘father of a multitude’), years before he was a father.

Abraham was past 80 at this stage, his wife also past child-bearing.

He accepted the name.

He accepted a reality about himself that could not yet be seen.

He accepted a reality about himself that seemed impossible.

Faith accepts the name before reality comes.

What do you name yourself today?

What is the name God has given you that describes your seemingly impossible future?

Accept it!”Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 20. Your Name, 2002.


“The atmosphere we live in shares our lives.

The invisible shapes the visible.

We live out the culture we live in.

The atmosphere we create within ourselves is the life we will live, the thoughts we think the emotions we fee.

We create our own atmosphere with the words we speak, the attitudes we hold and the songs we sing.

We create our culture with the vision we have, the people we mix with and the values we live by.

Let’s shape UP! “Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 21. Atmosphere, 2002.


“Great leaders master the art communication. [sic]” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 22. Clarity, 2002.


“The poor leader uses pressure to manipulate others into action.

They treat people unjustly, violating people’s rights, trust and confidences.

They lead by intimidation.

People can’t breathe. They feel suffocated.

Poor leaders tell lies to get others to do what they want.

They use people for their own purposes and when their usefulness expires they are discarded.

Poor leaders create fear, mistrust and intrigue in the organisation.

People are manipulated into conformity for fear of arousing the anger of the leader.

Poor leaders use violence in their words.

They expect unquestioning, gagged, blind obedience.

Don’t lead like Saul. Lead like David!” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 23. Saul or David?, 2002.



“Despair leads to death. The entrance to hell in Dante’s inferno: ‘All hope abandon, ye who enter here’.”

Philip Baker, Webb & Partners 1997, Pg 50.

A man is sitting on his porch in Kentucky.

He’s just retired from the post office.

His first Social Security check arrives.

He’s very, very discouraged. He thinks, “Is this my life now- sitting on the porch waiting for my check?”

He made a list of all the blessings and capacities he had.

The list was long. In the list was his mother’s recipe for fried chicken. It used eleven different herbs and spices.

He went to a nearby restaurant and asked if he could cook the chicken.

It soon became the most popular item on the menu.

So he opened his own restaurant, then others, then a string of restaurants.

Eventually Harland Sanders sold the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise across all of America.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 24. The Phoenix Principle, 2002.


“Don’t assume people have remembered what they were meant to do.

Remind them.

Don’t assume people burn with the same fire for the vision as you do.

Fire them up morning and night.

Don’t assume people are on track.

Focus them again and again. Keep everybody achieving the vision.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 25. Assumption, 2002.



“What would you do if were ten times bolder? Go out and do it. When and what has it cost you in life to be bold?”

Jesus CEO, Laurie Beth Jones, Hyperion 1995, Page 113.

A bold color stands out from the rest.

We make font bold to emphasise the point.

Life makes way for the bold person.

Fortune favors the bold, the brave, the courageous.

The small vision fails to motivate.

The vision that takes breath away, that’ll capture attention.

Boldness is not bold unless we laugh on the edge of our nervous boundaries.

Bold is Winston Churchill standing on the rooftops of London yelling defiance to Hitler whilst the bombs rained down on the city around him.

Be bold, be strong, for the Lord your God is with you! (Josh 1:9)” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 26. Bold, 2002.



“…he (sic) will gather.”

Isa 40:11

Successful leaders identify what gathers or scatters people – customers, clients, staff, congregation and leaders in the organisation.

People gather to light, fire, beauty, sweet fragrance, excitement, success, celebration, where they are loved, respected, welcomed and recognized; laughter, vision, bold leadership, energy, high skill, courage, the new, the clever, the excitingly different, the well done, gifts, generosity and mercy.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 27. Gathering, 2002.


“Team members speak faith into each other, not fear.

In a positive atmosphere teams do the impossible.

A leader must speak faith into his people.

Leaders who communicate fear kill their organisation.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 28. Team Faith, 2002.


“Logic fails to answer the argument offered by a wounded heart.

The wounded justify bad attitudes with logic.

‘They did it first’. ‘Everybody does it’. ‘They deserve it’.

A rational answer doesn’t solve an emotional problem.

Forgiveness is the key to healing.

Forgive people before they apologise.

Even though it doesn’t seem fair. You want revenge.

But forgive them. Let it go. Be bigger than your offenders.

Everyday, forgive everybody everything they’ve ever done against you.

And healing and health are yours.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 30. Forgiveness, 2002.


“Great leaders understand the strategy of accepting defeat as much as the strategy of victory.

Setbacks in gaining approvals, finances, and personnel is part of the journey – they are never though.

A road to victory includes concessions.

A step back can allow two step forward.

Jesus knew the cross precedes a crown.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 31. Retreat, 2002.


“If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay that way, but if you treat him as if he were what he could be, he will become what he could be.”

Treat people with respect and they respond with dignity.

Treat people badly and they respond with disrepute.

Love brings the best out of the loved and the lover.

Open a door for someone. Let them go in front of you.

Carry a bag for them. Get them coffee. Wait for them to finish. Listen well. Phone back promptly. Ask what they would like. Pay for the meal discreetly. Say thanks with a gift they would like.

Do the right thing!

This is how your world goes round!” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 32. The Golden Rule, 2002.


“Give loyalty to the worthy.

Ill-deserved loyalty to Brutus was fatally paid for by Caesar.

Rewards, inclusion, acceptance, honouring, all engender loyalty.

If you err at all err on the side of generosity in these areas.

A competent but disloyal team member is a far worse curse than an average but loyal member.

No skill or other contribution atones for disloyalty.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 33. Loyalty, 2002.



“My food is to do the will of Him who sent me.”

John 4:34

Energy comes from doing the will of God.

Not from resting from work, but from doing the work we’re meant to do.

When we do what we’re gifted to do we get energized.

When we do what we’re not gifted or called to, we de-energize.

When we engage our whole heart, mind and body, we get energized.

When we’re occupied doing something our heart and mind are not interested in, we fatigue.

We’re not meant to do more than we’re meant to do.

At the end of our life we should be able to say, we ran our race, fought our fight and completed our course.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 35. Energy, 2002.


“There are two worlds: the world that we can measure with line and rule, and the world that we feel with our hearts and imagination.”

Leigh Hunt, “The Wizard of Ads”, by Roy H Williams, Bard Press, 1998, page 47.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 36. Storytelling, 2002.


“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” Luke 8:11

We cannot make a tree.

But if we plant the seed of a tree, a tree will grow.

Seed in soil releases a miracle.

You can tell your future by the seed you sow today.

Words and deeds are seeds we sow.

As a leader I soften the soil (the hearts) of the people I lead.

I remove weeds and pests from the young plant.

I arrange the weather, warm, sunny, watery encouragement.

Then I harvest the crop fully grown.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 38. Seeds, 2002.



“Today’s excellence is tomorrow’s mediocrity.”

Jurgen Matesius, Youth Pastor, Christian City Church,

Oxford Falls Australia

Constant renovation is imperative.

The law of decay affects everything in our world.

Without renewal we do not move forward, we do not stay as we are, we move backwards and die.

A leader must constantly renew himself.

A leader constantly leads his people into renewal.

Not just ‘revive’ the old.

Never say, ‘Let’s do it again next year’.

Say, ‘How can we do it fresh, new, better next year’.

Transformation is the essence of renewal.

A leader is a transformation expert.

He leads change and everyone buys in.”Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 39. Renewal.


“A person is known by the friends they keep.

No matter what we say we are, it’s our associations that define us.

We attract people like us, to us.

We are attracted to people like us.

Our friends verify who we are.

We should choose friendships that elevate us.

Friends that help us rise are friends indeed.

Those ‘friends’ that pull us down are not friends at all.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 40. Associates.


“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets.”
Habakkuk 2:2

Vision is to leadership what oxygen is to lungs. Essential!

It’s the difference between life and death for a leader.

Vision must be written down.

Don’t just leave it in your imagination.

Write it down. All the time.

Receiving a vision is important.

Writing it down is more important.

The magic of a vision is in it being written down.

What’s your vision?

Write it down.

Again and again.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 42. Write It Down.


“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

Alan Kay

Forecasting is based on a predictable future.

That animal is extinct.

Forecasting says, ‘this is what we believe is going to happen’.

Futurecasting says, ‘this is what we are going to make happen’.

Futurecasting easily predicts the future because those who futurecast are going to make that particular future happen.

What are you going to make happen?” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 47. Futurecast.


“The difference between flattery and encouragement is appreciation is appreciation.

Genuine thankfulness is the basis for encouragement.

We need to distrust those who flatter us.

Ingenuine praise has mixed motives behind it.

Insincere admiring strokes your ego and blinds judgment.

Being ‘charmed’ suspends discernment.

Be wise. Know the difference.

Fools fall for flattery.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 48. The Real Thing.


“When you respect your current limits and play your game within them, you’ll achieve more, recover less and grow faster.

We grow where we are, not where we wish we were

Accepting our current limit is difficult, but it’s a secret to success.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 49. Know Yourself.


“When we try to control people leading us we steal their initiative.

Give a leader leadership and their gifts will surface.

Manipulate them and they suffocate.

If you’re in the leaders role but everyone else is setting your agenda your motivation will lag.

Get control back! Set your schedule yourself.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 50. Leadership.



“…when He was reviled, did not revile in return” – Jesus (sic)

1Peter 2:23

Our great opportunities lie in our response to negatives.

We prove our Christianity when we love thos who hate us.

When we do good to those who do us bad.

When we bless those who curse us.”

Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 4. Servanthood.



“God’scommands (sic) are not always accompanied by reasons, but always by promises.”

F.B.Meyer, ‘Great men of the Bible’, Zondervan, pg 14.

We don’t have to understand everything.

Much of life contains mysteries which call trust.

If we have to ‘see’ before we ‘believe’, we have joined the Thomas generation.

Believing before we ‘see’ introduces us to greater blessing’.

If we don’t understand why things bad happen, we engage trust, rather than cynicism.

Do what God says, even when you don’t understand why..

Trust Him. He knows what He’s talking about.” Phil Pringle, The Leadership Files Vol 2, File 52. Motivations.


One comment

  1. Hey Phil, got an idea – stop selling this in church and get it sold in a non-church bookstore.
    Not only does it contain very little Scripture, it seems to contain a lot of quotes from random people but also a lot of quotes from well-known and famous people, in and outside the church.

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