Friday’s List | December 8

fridays-listEvery 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:

7 Ways Great Leaders Handle Their Mistakes by Carey Nieuwhof. Should be required reading for ALL leaders.

5 Grave Dangers For Any Local Church by Dan Reiland. This post will challenge you…I know it did me. Very helpful right now.

I’m Called and I Know My Purpose… Now What? by Brandon A. Cox. Some very good and inspiring thinking on this one.

4 More Biblical Practices that Businesses Embrace and Stuck Churches Avoid by Tony Morgan. Great insights! Always love this kind of thinking from Tony.

6 Questions To Maximize Your Leadership Energy by Dan Reiland. You know I love a great question. Here are 6!

REAL WORLD INNOVATION: IT’S A LOT LIKE SAUSAGE by Larry Osbourne on Outreach.com. Love Larry’s thinking! Read this one!

Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt. This is a great read! Don’t miss this one!

Here’s what I’m listening to:

Andy Cunningham—6 C’s of Positioning a Brand on the EntreLeadership Podcast. Right out of the gate, there are several real “ahas.” Also…a guest shot by Dave Ramsey on goal setting. Good stuff!

Dave Ferguson On The Future Of Church Growth And The Rapid Multiplication Of Church Leaders And Churches on the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. Dave Ferguson is definitely one of the smartest people I know. This is a FANTASTIC  conversation!

Giving and Receiving Feedback, Part 1 by Craig Groeschel on the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. Important topic and so helpful!

Uniquely Better, Part 2 by Andy Stanley on the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast. I loved part 1 last month, and part 2 is great! Don’t miss either one.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Fascinating! I heard/read about this book from multiple VERY smart people. Glad I picked it up (on Audible).

All the Earth by The Belonging Co. So good! Wait until you hear Peace Be Still.

Quotes I’m wrestling with:

“He shaped how I came to view the world. It is hard enough to see what is already there, to remove the many impediments to a clear view of reality, but Steve’s gift was even greater: he saw clearly what was not there, what could be there, what had to be there. His mind was never a captive of reality. Quite the contrary He imagined what reality lacked, and he set out to remedy it. He had an epic sense of possibility.” Laurene Powell Jobs, quoted in Your Best Year Ever from Becoming Steve Jobs.

My own post I hope you’re reading:

Here’s What’s on My Ministry “To Do” List for 2018

Every year about this time I begin assembling my “to do” list for the next year. This year is no different. But…this may be the most ambitious list I’ve made in quite a while!

Adam Grant on The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”

Arriving at Your Preferred Future

I love a great quote. And one of my favorite lines concerns what for me is an essential idea. Arriving at the preferred future.

A few years ago I was listening to an Andy Stanley talk about the principle of the path. So good. The line I’ll never forget happened when he said:

Direction, not intention, determines destination.

Think about it. No matter your dreams, your vision, your hopes or your good intentions…the path you’re on absolutely determines the destination.

Andy told a great story about a time in his youth when he was careening down what he and Louis Giglio believed to be the quickest way to get home, only to be flagged down by a speeding car trying to get their attention. Only when they stopped to see what the other driver was trying to tell them did they realize that the bridge ahead was under construction.

Their best intentions––get home on time––would not matter. The path they were on didn’t lead to the preferred destination.

Forget about your dreams, your vision, your hopes, your intentions. Does the path you’re on actually lead to where you’d like to go?

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What I’m Reading Right Now

What I’m Reading Right Now

Are you a reader? When I was just beginning in ministry, my senior pastor told me that you could tell when someone’s brain had died by looking at the copyright dates on their library shelves. I don’t know if that’s true…but I’d never argue against the idea.

I know this, though, about reading. I hope the day never arrives when I don’t have a stack of books that I’m reading, will be reading soon, or am continuing to mull over.

I also know that anyone looking over what’s in the stack can often tell what I’m working on and what’s next on the learning horizon.

Here’s what’s in the stack right now:

Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck. Great read! Gives a very good overview of the conviction, culture and constructs needed to develop a leadership pipeline and pathway in the church.

The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter and James Noel. Like all things Ram Charan, this is an excellent and very detailed explanation of building a leadership pipeline.

Leadership Code: Five Rules to Lead by Dave Ulrich, Norm Smallwood and Kate Sweetman. This book (and particularly a fascinating diagram) was cited in Designed to Lead. It’s next up and I can’t wait to dig in.

Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization on the Growth Track-And Keeping It There by Les McKeown. I have the Audible version and will be picking up the print version. Some very good stuff that will play into my work with Intentional Churches.

Image by Sam Greenhalgh