Browsing articles in "Reading List"
Dec
5
2012

Reading List: The President’s Club

the presidents club

I originally picked up The Presidents Club as a fun read for our recent vacation. While I expected to find leadership applications for the church world, I wasn’t expecting to find quite so many similarities between being President of the United States, and the pastor of a local church. The book tells the stories of the relationships between former presidents, and how sitting presidents have leveraged them. What I didn’t think about heading into the book, though […]

Oct
30
2012

Reading List: Love Works

love works

One of my passions in life is helping people figure out how to integrate their faith into their day to day life. Whether it is in our family life, our relationships, or the marketplace, our faith is meant to permeate every part of our lives. While integrating faith into family life and our friendships can be fairly easy, living out our faith within our workplace can be tricky. This is why I was so glad […]

Oct
1
2012

Reading List: Take the Lid Off Your Church

lid of your church

A couple of weeks ago I was given a copy of Tony Morgan’s new book to read and post a review for today. Last week was the first time in two years that this blog has gone dark for more than a day or two. My life changed significantly last week, and I look forward to sharing some of what has happened, and will happen over the course of the next several weeks. I am […]

Aug
15
2012

Reading List: Turn the Ship Around

Turn the Ship Around

Several weeks ago I stumbled upon an article on Fast Company’s site about David Marquet’s book Turn the Ship Around!: How to Create Leadership at Every Level. Marquet is a retired Captain in the Navy, and is best known for engineering the remarkable turn around of the USS Santa Fe. Upon taking over the boat, David became the captain of one of the worst performers in the fleet and was given very clear instructions: turn […]

Jun
6
2012

Leadership Reading List: The Advantage

the advantage

We all have addictions.  Some may gamble, some may smoke, some may drink… I, on the other hand, consume Patrick Lencioni books.  That’s right… as soon as one is hinted at being published, I have pre-ordered it on Amazon.  As you might imagine, when I first heard about The Advantage I was a little giddy. Having read the book, I must say it is excellent material.  Organizational health is something that church leaders must learn, and this […]

May
30
2012

Leadership Reading List: Great Leaders GROW

great leaders grow

I love getting things in the mail.  The other day, I got a copy of Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller’s book Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life, compliments of Michael Nichols (whose blog you really need to be reading).  The book is short and sweet, I read it in a little over an hour (120 pages), and while we all know that we need to be growing as leaders… it gives a simple […]

May
3
2012

Leadership Reading List: Making Ideas Happen

making ideas happen

Scott Belsky introduces his book Making Ideas Happen by saying something that anyone who has led a ministry for more than three days knows quite well: Ideas don’t happen because they are great- or by accident.  The misconception that great ideas inevitably lead to success has prevailed for too long.  Whether you have the perfect solution for an everyday problem or a bold new concept for a creative masterpiece, you must transform vision into reality. We […]

Mar
21
2012

Reading List: How Do You Kill 11 Million People?

11 million people

Yeah, I know.  The title of Andy Andrews’ new book is a little on the depressing side.  While the title is dark, the message behind the book, How Do You Kill 11 Million People, is something that every leader, and every follower, needs to hear. The book might take you an hour to read, but the message is one that should stick with you while.  Over the course of ninety-six pages will very simply answer […]

Mar
14
2012

Leadership Reading List: Great By Choice

great by choice

I will be the first to admit that I have a man crush on Jim Collins. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s talk a little bit about Collins’ new book: Great by Choice.  I first learned of this book while at Catalyst this past October.  Great By Choice takes a look at how companies have managed to continue a pattern of success, even in uncertain times.  Collins studies seven companies that have done […]

Mar
7
2012

Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership

dark side of leadership

Whenever I go to ministry conferences I am always amazed by the stories that I hear, by the people that I meet, and all the different ways that God has wired people for ministry.  While we often celebrate the strengths that God has given us, we also need to be aware of our weaknesses, and the vulnerabilities that come with those strengths.  Gary McIntosh and Samuel Rima’s book Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership helps leaders […]

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