Every Friday I post a short list of the things I’m reading, listening to, loving and wrestling with:
Here’s what I’m reading right now:
12 Ways to Build Staff Morale by Dan Reiland. If you lead a team…this is a must read.
8 Red Flags for Ministry Staff Recruiting by Paul Alexander on TheUnstuckGroup.com. Pretty timely. If you’re hiring, this is a good read.
7 Leadership Blind Spots That Drive Your Team Crazy by Carey Nieuwhof. #4 might be something I need to be aware of.
How to Build Snowmen from a Snowflake Generation by Tim Elmore. Great read by a leading expert on the next generation.
4 Simple Ways to Celebrate with Your Team by Megan Hyatt Miller. Truly simple. Add this to your recipe.
Four Ways to Help Your Pastor Get Excited About Groups by Chris Surratt on LifeWay.com. If you’re trying to build a thriving small group ministry, this is a key understanding.
How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority by Clay Scroggins. This is a great read! If you lead anything, you need this!
Here’s what I’m listening to:
25 Questions That Will Help You Get Unstuck by Todd Henry on The Accidental Creative Podcast. I’m a fan of great questions. This is a great list!
Todd Adkins, Eric Geiger And Carey Nieuwhof On The Lies Leaders Believe on the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. These guys are both included in the Leadership Pipeline conference.
Escape the Competition — with PayPal’s Peter Thiel on the Masters of Scale podcast. This is probably my favorite podcast right now. So good!
Charles Koch—The Danger of Complacency on the EntreLeadership Podcast. Great conversation with a very smart industry leader.
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson Love Isaacson’s storytelling. Glad I picked it up (on Audible).
Quotes I’m wrestling with:
“Asking the wrong questions gives us status quo answers and status quo results.” Dave Ferguson, Hero Maker
My own posts I hope you’re reading:
Try this hypothesis on for size:
In view of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25), we should be paying attention to results.
And it follows that we should be mindful of the connection between design and results. (Remember…”your ministry is perfectly designed to produce the results you are currently experiencing”).
Finally, wise stewards will evaluate results on a regular basis to ensure their activities are continuing to produce the kind of results that will one day prompt “well done.”