I Proudly Carry

... and here's why ...

It’s true!
I’m the proud carrier of a brand new library card.
My first?  Not at all.  From the earliest I can remember, I had my very own library card that we used every single week … especially during the summer.  As a teacher, I ‘upgraded’ to a card that would allow me to check out twice the number of books for double the time.
Where did those cards go?  And, why?
I don’t know and I don’t know.  All I know is that within the last month, I have been pondering why I don’t access that amazing free resource.  The only answer I could think of was just plain laziness.
I scooted over to the library, went up to the desk and asked for a new card.  Come to find out I was still in their system.  Even though I had “dropped them” temporarily, they had not dropped me.  I felt special.  Ha!
Zero wait time. Out I came with my new card, new resources to tap into, a new place to settle in for several hours of work each week and new sense that I had gotten back to some sort of basic thing that I never should have left to begin with.
My card?  Well, the gal asked me if I wanted a business-look or something fun.
And, of course I chose FUN!!!!
What about you?  
Do you tap into all the offerings of your public library?
What other resources are at your fingertips that you could re-engage with?
I bet the person behind the counter at your local library would love to see you!!

FAB FOUR!

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

ONE
Got people?
Here’s a great list of folks each of us need in our lives!

TWO
This Family Ministry guy is really great!
Check out Sam Luce and all his wisdom if you aren’t already familiar …

THREE

FOUR
Do those negatives hang over you like a dark cloud?  Here’s some great encouragement!

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FAB FOUR!

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

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Things change!
Communication is key.
Send the right signals.

TWO
Relationships are messy.
I needed this reminder today:
“It’s almost impossible to persuade someone that he’s wrong.
Almost impossible to make your argument louder and sharper and have the other person say, ‘I was wrong and I will change my mind.’

THREE
Ladies!  I’d love to have you join me for the Take 5 in November.
Check out all the details and let me know what other questions you have.

FOUR
What are you reading these days?
Here’s a list of suggestions for the remainder of the year and into 2018.
(Note:  I have not personally read all of these and there are several that I won’t be reading, but for the most part it’s a great list!)

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FAB FOUR!

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

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

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

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

FOUR

FAB FOUR!

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

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

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

THREE
Read this week & definitely recommend!

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

FAB FOUR!

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

ONE
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.

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

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

FOUR
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!

FAB FOUR!

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

ONE
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.”

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

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

FOUR
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.

FAB FOUR!

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

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

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

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

FOUR
Small things add up and become big things!

FAB FOUR!

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

ONE
A good reminder!
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. (Will Rogers)

TWO
A word on finishing well may be just what you need in this
season of life.

THREE
Are you unintentionally killing your momentum?
Here’s a list of 8 things to avoid.

FOUR
Need suggestions for that summer reading list?
Check out the Read to Lead Podcast.

FAB FOUR!

... 4 Quick Leadership Bits for Your Friday!

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

TWO
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.

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

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

FAB FOUR!

ONE
There are a zillion great podcasts to learn from.  You, no doubt, have some personal favorites and I would LOVE to know what those are (comment below).  If you are not already a subscriber, Dr. Henry Cloud’s Leadership University is totally worth your time.

TWO
Do you love lists?
You may find yourself somewhere in this list of 20

THREE
Dave Ramsey on a mistake we need to avoid.  Take a look at the (less than 3 minute) video that could potentially impact your leadership in a big way!

FOUR
Every single day is the right day to say Thanks!  Need some creative ideas that work for volunteers as well as paid staff?  98 Thank Yous For Volunteers is a good list to keep handy.

Going Deeper

Current book I’m in:  Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success In A Distracted World by Cal Newport … oh my goodness!!!  Not quite at the half-way point and it is rocking my world.

According to Newport, deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.  No doubt I could use more focus and less distraction!

From my reading to this point, there are several things I know I must decide:

  1. If I want my life to matter (and, I do!), am I willing to do deep work to make it happen?
  2. What shallow work is currently in my life?  And, am I willing to make adjustments in those areas?
  3. How am I going to practically pursue deep work in my weekly schedule?

So, for starters, I am certain that there are multiple Social Media habits that fall into the shallow work category that I will adjust.  I am choosing to quit Twitter before I even begin … this was something that I honestly thought I had to do for business purposes.  I’m choosing otherwise.  I’ll also be evaluating Facebook time – not eliminating it, just scaling back the hours.  yes, hours … 🙁

On purpose, I have used the words “decide” and “choose” multiple times.  I’m thrilled that pursuing things like deep work are totally in my control.

Now I’m headed off to increased deep work … off to strengthened leadership … off to finish that book!!!

Let Me Introduce You …

If you are not already acquainted in the virtual world, please let me introduce you to Michael Hyatt.
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Michael is a leader of leaders and a person who continues to have tremendous influence on my personal growth.  You can read his bio HERE and then begin exploring all of the great content on his blog.
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He doesn’t know me.  I’ve never met him in person.  In fact, I may would pass him by in a crowd.  Yet he is a mentor, a leader I share common values with and a person I allow to frequently speak into my life.  He challenges me, suggests new books for me to read, and offers incredible wisdom and real life helps in regard to productivity, technology and so much more.
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In addition to his blog and books, This Is Your Life podcast is one of my favorites.  His practical and encouraging dialogue with Michele Cushatt is a on my weekly personal growth plan.
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I highly recommend you get to know Michael Hyatt and allow yourself the opportunity to learn from his years of experience and God-given leadership gift.