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Feb
29
2012

Leadership Reading List: Our Iceberg is Melting

melting iceberg

Organizational change can be hard.  Regardless of the context in which we lead, change is a difficult task.  John Kotter’s 1996 book Leading Change is the seminal text on guiding an organization through transition.  Through the course of the book Kotter maps out a process and strategy for helping an organization go through the process of organizational change. Ten years after Leading Change’s publication, Kotter and Holger Rathgeber wrote Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any […]

Feb
15
2012

Reading List: The Three Commitments of Leadership

three commitments

Regardless of what we do, regardless of our local context, leadership at its very core is about people.  Ministry leadership, while grounded in God’s Word, is no different.    Tom Endersbe, Jay Therrien, and Jon Wortmann’s book Three Commitments of Leadership calls leaders to create an environment that is created to developing clarity, stability, and rhythm in the lives of their teams. As I think back on the teams that I have been a part of […]

Jan
26
2012

Leadership Reading List: When to Leave

when to leave

Earlier this week I had a conversation with a friend of mine who works to serve the church in similar ways as I.  As we spoke, we came to the mutual realization that the majority of our conversations are about one of four things: “What you are doing is really cool!” “You really need to connect with my friend ____________.” “You really should think about leaving your current church.” “You may want to consider leaving […]

Jan
5
2012

Leadership Reading List: The Millennials

the millenials

The millennial generation is here. I have written before about some of the generational struggles that are going on in churches and other organizations, and how there is a clash between the perceptions of arrogant impatience of the millenials and the boomer’s stubborn refusal to empower the next generation.  While we know that the truth lies somewhere in between the generalizations, I think it is incredibly helpful to get a better understanding of just what […]

Nov
29
2011

Leadership Reading List: The Secret of Teams

secret of teams

I am a fan of Chic-fil-A. Not only do they make a fantastic chicken sandwich, I love the culture that the company has created.  In an industry whose typical employee turnover is 107%, Chic-fil-A’s turnover is a whopping 60%.  The employees that I have experienced have always been pleasant… responding with “my pleasure” after I thank them, and genuinely seeming to enjoy their jobs.  Whether you eat chicken or not, you have to admit that […]

Nov
17
2011

Leadership Reading List: Zarrella’s Hierarchy

Zarrella

Yesterday afternoon I spent some time with a some old friends talking about what I am doing with Church Simple.  During our conversation we ended up talking about how important social media is for the rising generations and how any church that intends to do effective ministry with and for the thirty and under crowd must have a social media strategy in place.  In many churches, the social media policy, like the website, is handed […]

Oct
27
2011

Leadership Reading List: We Are All Weird

we are all weird

Full disclosure: I have a rather large man-crush on Seth Godin. That said, I think that the church could learn a good bit from his new Domino Project book, We Are All Weird.  The idea behind the book is that the bell curve that has for years defined our society is fading away, and that the “mass market” is going the way of the dinosaur.  No longer is one type of coffee, one style of […]

Oct
13
2011

Leadership Reading List: The Dog Poop Initiative

dog poop

Having spent nearly a decade as a youth pastor, I know the value of using the word poop in your communication.  There are very few words that can be said in polite company that are guaranteed to get a quick chuckle, goofy smile, or a middle schooler’s attention as quickly as using the word poop at the right moment.  The word poop is youth pastor gold (between that, and my post on Domino’s Pizza earlier this week, […]

Aug
24
2011

Leadership Reading List: The Accidental Creative Part 3

accidental creative

All this week I have been sharing an interview with Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice.  On Monday we talked a little bit about why Todd wrote the book, and who he considers to be creatives.  On Tuesday he shared some of the relational disciplines that he engages in, and today I am excited to have him share a few of the disciplines that we as […]

Aug
23
2011

Leadership Reading List: The Accidental Creative Part 2

accidental creative

Yesterday began an interview with Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice.  Today I want to look a little bit at the relational disciplines that can help keep church leaders, as creatives, prolific, brilliant, and healthy.  Reading through chapter five of the book, I was struck by the amount of importance that Todd places on relationships, and the disciplines that he suggested be part of our lives […]

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