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... 4 quick leadership bits for your Friday ...

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No money, No team?  Likely all of us at one point or another.
Check out these great words from Carey Nieuwhof.

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“Never play the hero in the story. Play the guide.
The purpose of the leader is to be the guide, not the hero.”
– Donald Miller
#leadercast17

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Have time to sneak in a great October conference?
Check out this family ministry conference!

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Do you ask for help?  Most of us try not to at all costs (that’s for another post …).
Here’s a great read with some practical help-asking encouragement.

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... 4 quick leadership bits for your Friday ...

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Coming soon … check out a possible location near you!
Deep & Wide Tour with Andy Stanley.

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With every person and in every situation,
do we make it our goal to add value?
Here are 10 great reminders and points of encouragement.

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Have you reflected on your WHY lately?
Find a few quiet moments soon and think on your leadership why.
This will benefit you and those you lead tremendously.

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Whatever is happening around you today …

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Want to challenge yourself?
Here are 10 questions to reflect on.

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Something special for Sunday!!!
The 27th is National Just Because Day.
Think of a fun way to celebrate your team … just because!!

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Annual Volunteer Training is in full-swing in many places.  Thinking past the “big event” in August or September, here are other ways to train year-round.

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Anyone else guilty of this or is it just me?!!?

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... 4 quick leadership bits for your Friday ...

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Jason Young’s web site is a great one to check out … he’s all about leadership growth and shares much encouragement as well as challenge.

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What are your plans for Monday?  The Great American Eclipse is happening!  A local meteorologist put together some great info … be sure to be in the know, enjoy the experience and stay safe.

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Say what??
Listening is not an option in leadership.
Here are 4 dangers of choosing not to listen.

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You may be one friend away from a better marriage.
You may be one confession away from overcoming an addiction.
You may be one conversation away from getting in better shape.
You may be one introduction away from climbing out of the doldrums.
You may be one mentor away from becoming a better leader.
It’s not too late to connect with someone who will change your future.
– Craig Groeschel

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... 4 quick leadership bits for your Friday ...

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How secure are you in your leadership?
Here are some ways to measure that

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Anything that we INTEND to do requires us to be INTENTIONAL!

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A suggestion to add to your leadership listening library.
The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast is a great one!

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... 4 quick leadership bits for your Friday ...

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“I’m so busy” … 5 great reasons to avoid that phrase!

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To handle yourself, use your head;
to handle others, use your heart.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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Read this week & definitely recommend!

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Desire to be an exceptional leader?  Here are 7 traits to reflect on and use as growth areas.

My Top 5 Reasons for an A.M. Walk

... vs. later in the day ...

A (big) part of leading myself well is taking care of this one and only body that God has given me. I’m the only one who can. I’m the only one who will.  So, I MUST!!  And, at the top of my self-care list is regular Monday-Friday early morning walks with my neighbor.  (and, just like that, I’ve combined some exercise with some social time!)
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As much as I love my pillow and dislike my alarm clock, I have proven to myself why I really do prefer my 45-minute walk to be in the early morning rather than later on a summer day.
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  1. The sun in the South is very hot later in the day.  The a.m. cool(ish)ness is much preferred!
  2. In the morning, I haven’t consumed several glasses of tea.  By the afternoon, I almost need a potty break mid-walk!!
  3. The neighbor’s dog walks with us.  In the afternoon, she really wants to lay down multiple times in the shade … I almost would have joined her. Did I mention that sun is hot?!?
  4. I prefer to “get ready” (shower, make-up, hair) just 1 time per day.  A walk later in the day creates the need for a 2nd of everything and I just don’t like spending that much time looking in the mirror.  Pre-shower in the a.m. with a hat is definitely my first choice.
  5. An A.M. walk helps me wake up … better yet, I’ve walked over half of the hills before I’m fully awake and not as aware of the incline.  Later in the day, awake and watching every approaching hill with dread!
  6. (bonus!) My Fitbit showing high step count early in the day is very encouraging.  Some days, when combined with early morning yard work, I have most of my 10,000 steps in by 8:30!
How about you?  How are you leading yourself well in the area of physical care?  What are some of your exercise preferences?

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Vacation Time?
Check out some great ways to optimize your time away.

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Familiar with this one?  The ChurchLeaders Podcast is a great one to add to the list of leadership learning.

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Consider.  5 Tendancies … that aren’t always right.

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I become the best version of myself when I must give my very best each day.
(Tim Elmore)

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Are you a healthy leader?  Check out these 25 signs to know areas you’re doing great with and areas that need to be worked on.

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“The highest calling of leadership is to unlock the potential of others.”
– Carly Fiorina

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Just finished!  Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.  Good read and highly recommend.

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If you need consistent doses of humor in your week, you really should follow John Crist.
H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!!

Here’s a little sample for a Friday chuckle … and seriously, y’all, the sports clips are too funny!

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... 4 quick leadership bits for your Friday ...

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If we are actively seeking to grow & learn every single day,
we can say with confidence:
“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”

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Do you hire staff or recruit volunteers with their EQ in mind?
Here are 4 great questions to ask during the interview process.

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Andy Stanley’s Leadership Podcast is a great one to consider adding to your listening learning & growing time!

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Annoying habits?  Me?  Surely not!  Well, yep … we all have them.  The key is to identify and eliminate as often as we can.  This article is a good prompt for that.

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... 4 quick leadership bits for your Friday ...

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“We need to quit apologizing for using our gifts and start apologizing for not using them.” – Jennie Allen

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What I’ve read this week! The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone is a business book.  If you need a good just-do-it-no-excuses kick in the pants, then this should be on your reading list.  Note to my ministry friends:  the author reads the audio book and ad libs a bit with colorful language that isn’t in the paper copy.  This may or may not affect the content for you so I thought I’d give you fair warning!!

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When things are going well, have you ever made one of these dumb moves?

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When I Say I Read …

Readers are Leaders …

I’ve heard that for years.  It’s true.  As part of my personal self-leadership, I am always in a book.  I will share these with you from time to time and give honest feedback.  But, I also want to give a disclaimer and an explanation …

When I say I “read a book,” 95% of the time I will have actually listened to the book!!  Without apology, that is my preferred reading style during this season of life.  It hasn’t always been and may not continue, but for now, I’m loving my audio books.

For the past 4 years since becoming an avid book “listener,” I have averaged over 40 books per year.  That’s a lot of reading.  I can guarantee that it is way more than if I had solely relied on consuming books in their paper version.

It’s interesting the occasional criticism that I receive.  Some believe to their core that listening to a book is not really reading and that it is somehow cheating.  I was told once that I had misrepresented myself and my reading habits.  Without being (too) sassy, I kindly asked the person how many books he/she had read in the past year.  Enough said and that was the end of the conversation!

My goal in reading a book is not to highlight important lines or take notes or dog-ear the pages.  If any of those were important to me, listening would not be such a good idea.

My goal is exposure and consumption.  My goal is to absorb all that I can from each book and figure out if/how it applies to my life.  My goal is to learn and grow and to keep on moving.

The very practical way that I accomplish this is through Amazon’s Audible and my iPhone.  I have a subscription to Audible for credits.  I keep my wish list full (currently 47) of “next reads” and add titles whenever I hear great ones recommended.  Adding a book to my cart, making the purchase, and having it sync to my phone happens in just a matter of moments.  And, just like, that I’m reading my next book.

So, how about you?  What’s your preferred method of reading?  Paper copy?  E-book?  Audio?

Most importantly, what are you currently reading???  Leaders are Readers!