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Three Books by Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon is a best selling author and keynote speaker known for developing positive leaders, organizations, and teams. He has written more than a dozen books. Here are 3 I recently picked up (read the first two last week while on vacation):

  • The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy
    This book takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment – at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus you’ll enjoy the ride of your life!
  • Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone Else
    This book follows the story of Martin Jones, an un-drafted rookie trying to make it to the bright lights and big money of the NFL. He’s spent his whole life proving to the critics that a small guy with a big heart can succeed against all odds. After spraining his ankle in the preseason, Martin thinks his dream is lost when he happens to meet a very special coach who shares eleven life-changing lessons that keep Martin’s dream alive-and might even make him the best of the best. Whether you play sports or the piano or work with numbers, a computer or a scalpel, these lessons apply to everyone who must climb the mountain before reaching its peak.
  • You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life
    This book draws on the extraordinary experiences of Coach Mike Smith and Jon Gordon—consultant to numerous college and professional teams—to explore the seven powerful principles that any business, school, organization, or sports team can adopt to revitalize their organization.

Your turn… If you’ve read any of these books take a moment to share your impressions.

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Three Forces That Shape Character by @MichaelHyatt

This will be my last post for a few weeks (I plan to resume after the Holidays but probably not until early February as I’ll be tied up with planning a big Men’s Conference with Donald Miller and Bob Goff). So, as I close out this year I thought you would be blessed with some thoughts from a recent Leadership Podcast by Michael Hyatt. This episode focuses on the 3 forces that shape character. I’ll mention them here and encourage you to go and check out the complete episode (by the way, if you don’t already follow Michael Hyatt; do yourself a favor and start today — he consistently provides great resources focusing on Intentional Leadership).

There are three forces that shape who we are at the core of our being:

  1. The input we consume.
  2. The relationships we pursue.
  3. The habits we acquire.

Your turn… You can listen to, watch, or read the transcript from this podcast here. What resonates with you from this podcast?

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Three Leadership Messages Every Leader Should Listen To via @AndyStanley

Leaders are learners… I believe every leader would benefit by regularly listening to Andy Stanley’s Leadership Podcast. Here are 3 messages every leader should listen to:

Your turn… Share your thoughts on these messages and/or on others you’ve heard Andy share.

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Three Books Focusing on Developing Next Generation Leaders

Developing leaders doesn’t just happen; you must be intentional. Here are 3 books focusing on how to develop next generation leaders:

“The Next Generation Leader has been challenging young Christians eager to learn, grow, and lead in ministry or in the marketplace since its original release in 2003. Now with an all-new look, this repackaged version continues to advance the mission of the first release. Mentoring young leaders as they face the unique issues of a changing world has been pastor and bestselling author Andy Stanley’s passion for more than a decade. Here he shares material from his leadership training sessions, developed to address essential leadership qualities such as character, clarity, courage, and competency. This is the perfect guide for any new leader—or for the mentor of a future leader!”

Erich’s note: this is one of Andy’s best books; you’ll find it helpful for personal development and developing other leaders.

“Have you as a leader ever wished for more hands-on development and mentoring from a ministry veteran? Wouldn’t that kind of investment accelerate, deepen and intensify your leadership skills and impact? God is raising up a generation of young ministry leaders—protégés—who need guidance in their calling to serve and lead people in the pursuit of God. These protégés need our help. Steve Saccone has a history of being part of this calling to help the called. With over a decade of leadership development experience, he has, through God’s help, catalyzed the growth and character of protégés around the globe. In this book Saccone shows how you can raise up leaders from within your own community and develop them into passionate, faithful servants of God. You will be personally challenged to grow as you discover how to cultivate a culture of leadership development in your ministry. In a sense we are all protégés who have much to learn and much to teach—and we can either help those who are behind us or seek help from those who are ahead of us. Along the way, we’ll watch the kingdom grow in our midst.”

Erich’s note: you can also download a brief summary called Protégé: A Visual Experience.

“More time, spent with fewer people, equals greater kingdom impact. Desiring to see God widely embraced as more than a remote concept, entrepreneur Regi Campbell began a deeply successful mentoring program years ago that has become one of his greatest joys. Though it seemed radical at first—spending more time with less people to further an all important message—he soon realized this is the discipleship model Jesus set out during his ministry; today two billion people worldwide embrace the wisdom He entrusted to a small band of disciples two thousand years ago. Mentor Like Jesus is Campbell’s revelation of what he now calls “next generation mentoring,” an exponentially rewarding process that is resulting in “lives changed, marriages saved, children dealt with in a more loving way.” Readers of any age and in any situation will clearly understand how the return on a meaningful investment in another person is truly immeasurable.”

Erich’s note: for more great resources from Regi Campbell check out his website Radical Mentoring (including a program you can use to mentor people). You can also download his free ebook, The Mentoring Manifesto: A Radical Plan to Change the World a Few Men at a Time for a quick overview of the power of mentoring.

Your turn… What are your thoughts on these resources?

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Three Traits of a Great Leader

Jeff Goins, a popular writer and blogger, recently shared a good article called What Does a Great Leader Look Like? In this article he shares 3 lessons he learned from a mentor of his, Seth Barnes. Here is an excerpt of the 3 traits he mentioned:

1. Great leaders share their time

Remarkable influencers give their time and talent, almost recklessly, away. Seth’s philosophy of this was simple: keep showing up in people’s lives, and eventually you will win them over. Leadership isn’t about charisma or any special personality traits; it’s just about showing up.

2. Great leaders share what they know

Leadership is not only about sharing your time. It also requires opening up about your past, giving insight into processes that otherwise could only be learned through experience. This is difficult, because it requires a certain amount of humility and vulnerability. You have to be willing to “go there,” talking about your failures and the things you could’ve done better.

3. Great leaders share their power

It’s not enough to share your time and knowledge. To give away wisdom without providing the context to apply it is not leadership. It’s advising. And there’s great value to being an advisor; it’s just not all a leader does. Great leaders understand the law of legacy, that on their own they can only be so good. They know what makes them great is not them, but what they leave behind.So what determines the success of a leader is their ability to invest in others and multiply themselves.

Jeff goes on to share three simple things you can do as a leader to put these principles in practice:

  1. Notice something special in someone else (or just plain notice them as a person).
  2. Affirm gifts and talents as you see them develop.
  3. Empower and entrust others, giving them opportunity to fail, learn, and eventually succeed.

Your turn… What are some other great traits you see in leaders? What next step do you need to take?

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Three Leadership Resources via @MichaelHyatt

Michael Hyatt is an author, popular blogger, and a provider of great resources. His blog focuses on “intentional leadership.” His mission is to help leaders leverage their influence. Here are 3 of his leadership resources you should take a look at:

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Note: make sure you sign up for Michael’s leadership podcast, This Is Your Life.

Your turn… What are your thoughts on these resources?

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Three Resources for Personal Development

Last week I had the chance to attend a Men’s Ministry Network meeting with about 25 other guys from around the country at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL  We had some great conversations and I learned a lot. Two comments by Todd McIntyre, Men’s Minister of Gateway Church, stood out to me: “The first man you need to minister to is yourself” and “You can’t give what you don’t have!” By the way, you might want to check out these two Equip Classes taught by Todd: Spiritual Fitness and Field Manual for Your Home.

With those thoughts fresh on my mind I want to share 3 resources aimed at personal development:

This has been a long-time favorite of mine (I read it in the early 1990’s). Develop these 7 Habits and you’ll not only be a more effective person but you’ll leave a legacy worth following as you make a difference today (as Covey says, “private victories precede public victories”):

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin With the End In Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
PS: If you enjoy this one you’ll also want to check out The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness (written about 15 years after 7 Habits).

John often says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” With that in mind he has spent the last 40 years writing more than 70 books aimed at developing leaders. Take a spin around his website to see all the resources available and make sure you subscribe to his Leadership Wired Blog. He has written so many good books. You can browse them here (I might devote a future post on my 3 favorites). For today’s topic, I would say check this one out first: Develop the Leader Within You.

This step-by-step guide will help you design the life you’ve always wanted. You can get this free e-book by simply subscribing to Michael’s email newsletter which always contains helpful resources and information. Make sure you subscribe to his Leadership Podcast as well.

Your turn… What are some other personal development resources you would recommend?

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Three Books I’m Currently Reading

I love to read. I usually have 2-3 books going at once. Here are the 3 I’m currently reading (with descriptions from the publishers):

The premise of the book is simple and 100% Biblical: when Jesus was on the earth, He was rejected everywhere He went . . . from Bethlehem, to Nazareth, to Jerusalem. The only exception was the little village of Bethany.  The curtain opens with Lazarus, who is now ready to die, telling the incomparable story of Jesus’ interactions with him, Martha, and Mary. God’s Favorite Place on Earth blends drama, devotion, theology, biblical narrative, and first-century history. Within each narrative, the common struggles that we Christians face are addressed and answered.

Erich’s note: This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It won’t take you long to breeze through it but I imagine you’ll be thinking about it for quite awhile afterwards. The story is told in six parts from the vantage point of Lazarus. At the end of each part Frank has a “walking it out” section that helps us practically apply what we’ve learned. By the way, if you love the story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus I would encourage you to also spend some time with these 4 messages by Steven Furtick from Elevation Church (the 4th one is by Jonathan Martin) —  The Expectation Gap

When it comes to their spiritual journey, many men feel defeated. Hindered by ‘giants’ they stand motionless feeling like wimps instead of warriors. Whether they feel intimidated, unmotivated or just downright out of touch with what it means to pursue a relationship with God, Facing Goliath offers help to every man who wants to overcome his giants and experience a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Addressing topics like intellectual doubt, fear, pride and selfishness men will find practical steps to discovering the answers to questions, of faith, salvation and spiritual growth.

Erich’s note: I’m just getting started with this one. I don’t know much about JP but I received this book from Kenny Luck, Men’s Pastor at Saddleback Church & founder of Every Man Ministries, due to our connections with Men’s Ministry. It looks like a book that will equip men to face their “giants” with courage. Each chapter includes a discussion page that looks great for personal reflection or small group interaction.

Are you a high-octane, energizing leader with big ideas and the skills to back them up? Do you help shape the hearts and minds of those you lead? In short, are you a Catalyst leader? The reality is that most of us want to be good leaders, but we’re not sure how to build those elements in a way that will deliver the most impact in our leadership.  The Catalyst Leader lays out the key elements and defines what it means to be a Catalyst and reveals the path for developing these elements in your own leadership skill set.

Erich’s note: Brad leads and directs a movement of young leaders called CatalystI’ve had the privilege of attending several Catalyst Conference’s (if you haven’t been to one you should make plans to attend one soon)  I’m looking forward to seeing what all I can learn and apply from this book.  A DVD-Based Study Kit is also available (looks like a great resource to take your team through).

Your turn… What are you currently reading?

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Three Leadership Podcasts You Should Listen To

Leaders are learners! With that in mind here are 3 podcasts you should listen to on a regular basis:

Michael Hyatt is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson). His blog focuses on “intentional leadership.” Spend a few moments browsing around his site, you’ll find lots of great resources there. His weekly podcast is designed to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.

Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries (NPM). Each Sunday, more than 33,000 people attend NPM’s five Atlanta-area churches. Over two million of Andy’s messages are accessed from North Point websites monthly, including both leadership and sermon content. You’ll definitely want to spend some time looking around Andy’s website where you can access free content, leadership resources, and upcoming events—all designed to help leaders go further, faster. Here is a direct link to the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast via iTunes. By the way, you’ll also want to listen to his weekly messages from North Point (always relevant and practical).

Perry Noble is the founding & Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church, a multi-campus move of God on a mission to reach 100,000 people in South Carolina with the Gospel. You can find lots of great resources on Perry’s website. Here is a direct link to the Perry Noble Leadership Podcast via iTunes (his most recent podcast is called: LESSONS LEARNED AT CHICK-FIL-A). Perry is one of my favorite communicators to listen to and watch (his messages are powerful, convicting, expressive, and full of humor). You’ll also want to listen to the messages he delivers each weekend at NewSpring Church. Trust me, you’ll enjoy them — Perry’s messages.

Your turn… What three leadership podcasts would you recommend for us to check out?

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