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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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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.

FOUR
Whatever is happening around you today …

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

TWO
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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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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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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“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.

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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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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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“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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Have you subscribed for email updates?  I promise not to send you crazy amounts … not more than 1-2 per month at this point … and, you can unsubscribe at any time.  The content will be different that these posts so it will definitely be worth your time!!

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!

Serve.

... one of the best ways to develop as a leader

SERVE.

Leaders who strive to be life-long learners are constantly ready for the next great book, anxious to hear the upcoming podcast, available to attend the new conference and always looking for ways to grow.

An often overlooked ‘best practice’ for leadership growth is through serving opportunities.  Seriously.

This particular “serving” that I’m referring to involves the leader putting herself in the position NOT to lead.  Just by virtue of the way leaders are wired, this can be a challenge to find such opportunities.  I promise they exist because I am committed to finding them and have involved myself in many.

I specifically look for situations where I can truly be the volunteer, be the one who asks the questions, be the one who doesn’t know the answers or have the plan or have the lists.  On one level, there is a very personal motivation to give of myself.  There is also such a huge potential to learn as a volunteer how to better equip and communicate with volunteers.

Here are just a few examples from my personal experience:

  • Mission Trips.
  • Conferences.
  • Disaster Relief Call-Outs.
  • Local Food Pantries.
  • Town-Sponsored Events.
  • Elementary School Reading Programs & Events.

What are other situations you’ve been able to serve in (without being the one in charge)?

 

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Do these 10 traits of a high character leader describe you?
Which one(s) do you need to strengthen?

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Today is the Friday before the 4th of July … hope you’re planning some downtime of some sort.  Whether a large gathering with friends/family, a quiet day at home, fireworks or the beach, I hope you enjoy the day!  If you’re on Pinterest, here’s my board of red/white/blue food & fun.  Happy 4th, y’all!!

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I often scribble down quotes and such when I hear them.  I failed to note the source of this one, but it is a current favorite and one to ponder!
……….. If you are a leader & not self-aware, you are an accident looking for an intersection………..

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A leader works at keeping all areas of life in check … finances is a biggie for many.  Whether you are struggling, needing some suggestions or simply want to stay the course, Dave Ramsey is the guy!  We regularly listen to his daily show (via podcast) and learn answers to questions we didn’t know we even had.  We stay encouraged and challenged and focused.  Watch or listen here!

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Conference Time!  Planning to attend Global Leadership Summit 2017?
Here’s a great word on 6 themes you can expect this year.

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Shipwreck.  Not a good thing.  Watch out for these 3 lies in leadership.

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Another great podcast to add to your regular learning-on-the-go:
Craig Groeschel’s Leadership Podcast.

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Small things add up and become big things!

School’s Out!!!

Remember the last day of school in an elementary grade?
Excitement about carefree summer days, a family beach trip, a week at grandma’s house …

What about the last day of an upper grade?
Dreams of time with friends, extra late nights, summer jobs …

Regardless of the grade, the last day of school typically meant no more homework!  No more studying!  No more tests!  No more school … in essence, summer-mode would equal no more learning!!!  Freedom.

Then (finally), graduation.  From high school.  From college.
Moving on to Real Life.

Somehow, in all the efforts our teachers made to instill learning as a life-time process, most of us came out on the other side with the mindset that we were finished with learning.  Afterall, we had been tested on absolutely everything we were supposed to know.  We would no longer be tested.  We must be done learning, right??

How very wrong.  And, how very sad.

Real Life.  Leadership.  Let the MOST LEARNING EVER begin!!!

Earlier posts have referred frequently to the concept of self-leadership.  And, in a nut shell, that is speaking to the life-long-learning process that each of us must monitor for ourselves.  Life is our teacher.  There will be tests of all sorts.  We must manage our learning, our growth, our progress to be ready for all that life and leadership will send our way.

So, as children everywhere are plotting and planning a summer full of lazy days with toes in the water, let us be just as diligent.

Here are a few great summer questions for leaders:

  • What is on my summer reading list?
  • What area of my own communication do I need to strengthen?
  • What local leader do I need to have lunch with to learn from?
  • What podcast should I begin listening to?
  • What are 2 practical ways I can be more generous?
  • What do I need to delegate?

Make it fun!  Summer doesn’t have to be boring just because we are in Real Life & Real Leadership … go put your toes in the water as you ponder these questions.  Take a hike in the woods as you listen to that new podcast.  Try a different restaurant when you meet with that local leader.

Model margin to your team and enjoy these extra warm months called summer as you continue learning & growing!

 

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The Global Leadership Summit 2017 is happening all over the world on August 10 & 11.  There is a site near you and this is a conference that you don’t want to miss!  Register before 5/23 to take advantage of the early bird savings.

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5 phrases to avoid that are potentially killing your leadership.

THREE
Would YOU want to attend the meetings you lead??
Take a look at these tips that may give a breath of fresh air to the next session with your team.

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If you’re married, consider taking this challenge over the weekend.
Your spouse will appreciate this more than you can know!

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... 4 Quick Leadership Bits for Your Friday!

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Love this word from Carrie Wilkerson:
Choose your inner circle.  Don’t let folks ‘yuck’ on your ‘yay!’

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The very first episode of The Global Leadership Podcast was just released this week!!!  30-minute episodes will be available first & third Tuesdays of each month and the learning opportunity from the world’s top leadership experts is tremendous. There are also accompanying downloads & resources including Reflection Questions that can be used as a team discussion.

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Feeling a bit of time pressure during this season of life?
Here are 10 Ways to Get The Most Our of Your Time.

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A little laugh for the day!
Paper is Dead??!?
(35 seconds … turn sound up)

A Job (not!) Well Done

… there’s the clean floor … and then there is stuff under the rug!! 
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First impressions are not always correct.  On this particular day, if you stopped by for a visit, you would find a fairly clean and tidy place that we live in.  But, please don’t look under my rug.  Not only do I not clean under it regularly, I may have been known to sweep a little extra underneath from time to time.  Reason?  Laziness.  Just too plain lazy to walk in the other room and grab the dustpan so that I could do the job completely.
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The same thing can happen with our leadership … particularly in the manner we lead ourselves.
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What is currently under the rug of your self-leadership?
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Have a book only half-finished?
Need to follow-up with a mentor?
Been meaning to listen to that great podcast someone recommended?
What about that journal that hasn’t been updated in 6 months?
Wish for deeper time in scripture?
Need a personal retreat?
Been saying yes to the wrong things?
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The fact is that my floors under the rug will not clean themselves.  I must choose to make it happen.  So, I tell you what!  I’m going to sweep under my rug today.  I am deciding that for this day, for this task, I shall fight with Lazy and I shall win.
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What about you?  What choices will you make today? What step toward leading yourself better are you going to tackle on this day??
Make it so.
Those you lead are counting on you and need you to do this.