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I am not big on, no, actually I am completely against using prescriptions or some of the other more known type of stuff to help increase a persons’ leadership development skill of productivity. Well, the Amazing You is just the thing I was looking for that would give me the maximum gains from the minimalist efforts. All without going against my belief in God, or taking prescriptions, or even having to twist my body like a pretzel.

The Struggle Is Real

For all of my 27+ years of being in leadership roles, I have always tried to be a human sponge. Reading everything possible, listen to every tape, CD, mp3, podcast etc that I could get my hands on. I knew that to become better it was going to take new habits to be created and those habits I was going to need to learn from others who I admired and saw results that they had accomplished.

The networking would start. I took from all the resources that I used one important lesson that all would mention which was the same, Networking. I started networking with everyone I could. It seemed that no matter how many I would network with, or how many books, or audio resources I would take in or conferences that I would attend, there always seemed to be “something” that was just out of reach for me to help connect all the dots.

What else could I do? The struggle was real and remained real for many years. I just kept trying to do whatever I would learn from all the resources and tried to have patience as I went through it all. I have no patience though but remained some-what patient for years still.

What else could I do that would help me to connect the dots so that I could become the leader that Christ desired for me to become? To fulfill the dreams that I had?

I Could Do Nothing

This is and always has been an option, just never truly an option for me. I am not one who likes the status quo and I refuse to allow it to settle into my life.

if I did nothing I would never become the Amazing Me that I just knew I was to become. This knowledge of what I wanted to become and knew I was to become but always felt like I was hitting a ceiling to my growth in my Leadership Development Skills still haunted me. So I would put my head down even more and read more, attend more conferences still, and network with even more people.

So doing nothing is no option.

Figure It Out Myself

Another idea was to keep trying to figure it out myself. This strategy had me wading through so many resources that I became a taker and not a giver. I become a consumer (because that is all the time I had which was devoted to taking in information) and not a contributor.

As long as I was mainly a consumer I always seemed to be missing out on some of my God-given excitement. I wasn’t meant to always just consume. For me, mainly being a consumer always made me feel like I was missing something and I thought everyone else had “it” except me.

I believe I learned this lesson, even more, when I began to coach. I started to see myself in many of those that I was coaching. They would hire me to give them what they were missing or felt they were missing. The more people I would coach and see this come across as a general them the clearer it became to me that I was doing the same thing with others. I would network because someone had different connections than me. I would read because the authors had more and better experience than myself. I would attend conferences because the speakers had the answers to my situations.

I was still trying to figure it out all by myself and not connecting the dots the way I need them to be connected. I would become oftentimes paralyzed by the wealth of information that I had.

Try Amazing You

Then I stumbled across Amazing You. Now the dots were able to be connected.

The Amazing You is a self-improvement product based on research of a Harvard Trained Psychologist. Marion Neubronner is sharing with you the top-secret used by the executives of the top 500 Fortune companies. Through her over 13 years of research, she has proven that success has nothing to do with money, education or drugs. This product aims to bring out the gift that is within you and propel you to success. She discovered that there is a “brain gap” between the common people and the top 1% of the most successful people in the world. She is an example of the success that can be achieved by the techniques shared in this product. Marion is on a mission to bridge the gap between the 99% and the 1% that control the world’s wealth resources. She is doing this by sharing the amazing technique used by the top executives of the Fortune 500 companies to achieve maximum happiness and success.

Now What?

The Amazing You is a product that combines over a decade’s research in Harvard and the secret knowledge shared only in the top 500 Fortune companies’ executive boardrooms. Marion Neubronner wants to inspire and teach people to make the best out of their hidden abilities.

Within this 1 resource I found, the coaching I enjoy, the reading that has always been joyful for me, the audio aspect so that I can take the teaching everywhere with me, and the networking possibilities that I have always enjoyed taking part in. It is all here in one place.

Take this opportunity to improve your life now. You don’t need to go along as I did with being confused, lost, feeling like I was on the outside looking in at everyone else who appeared they were getting it. You can develop your leadership skills, and believe it or not, you have most everything you need right now.

Order your copy of the “The Amazing You”.

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Discovering Advantages eBooks Have.

I have always enjoyed reading. Reading for me is therapeutic, enjoyable, adventurous, challenging in helping me improve skills and so much more. Often times I want to pull out a book and re-read it for some of the great nuggets I received from it. Problem is, I may not be around that certain book at the time. Maybe, I am waiting in line for the doctor or my kids to get out of school and want to feed my mind but I didn’t bring a book. This is where the advantages ebooks have in my reading. They can go everywhere with me!

Advantages eBooks have to me.

I have gone almost totally with ebooks for many reasons. Here are just a few of those reasons.
– I can take them anywhere without the extra weight and cumbersome of real paper books.
– I have them with me regardless if I have just my MacBook Pro, iPhone, or iPad.
– With the Kindle app, I no longer need to type up the nuggets that I underline in my books and file them away. Instead, Kindle does it for me and I can pull them from where ever I am through my Amazon account.
– I can share books with others, and not worry about them getting ruined or lost.
– I can move all my thoughts and ideas that I make note of in each ebook, and file them away in what I call my digital brain: Evernote.
– I can share in twitter and Facebook nuggets and thoughts from each book with just a click or two.

I am sure if I thought about it, I would discover many more reasons.

eBook reading strategy

With almost any book today having a digital copy and paper version I have discovered a reading strategy that works for me. I do still enjoy the feel of the paper in between my fingers and who doesn’t love the smell of a good paper book. I also do still enjoy sitting down and reading a good paper book with a cup (or two or three) in my hand while I read about how I can develop the 5 Leadership Skills to become a successful leader.

So my strategy to feed my paper book fetish and my practical, convenient reading side involve both.

Since all books are usually cheaper in the digital version that is how I start when I buy them. This allows me to save money on those books that are not as good as I was hoping but allows me to spend little on great books and the years of experience that I gain from each author.

Advantage eBooks have also according to my wife is that I don’t use all the shelf space in our house on my books alone. Moving is not as difficult either.

Now that I own the ebook and I have read it, if it is a great book then I will go and purchase the paper version as well. Great books are books that I enjoy reading yearly, like Peter Drucker’s book titled The Effective Executive or any of John Maxwell’s books like the 5 Levels of leadership. These are books that I have both electronic and in a paper version. I read these books every year like clockwork because they are filled with that many nuggets for me.

Reading books with this simple but very cost effective method saves me not only money but, having to take as many trips to second-hand bookstores to donate books that I didn’t receive as much value as I wanted from them. Not to mention the frustration that you suffer when you spend so much money on a book to only be disappointed that the title of the book was worth more than the content inside the book.

eBooks on my current reading list

Click on any of these if you would like to read these ebooks yourself.

1. Think in Systems

2. Talent Wins

3. Team of teams.  New Rules of Engagement  for a complex world

4. Leadership Coaching. Tony Stoltzfus

5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

It is my hope that through this post you are discovering the advantages of ebooks. You have possibly learned a new system of reading books that will be more economical for you and give you access to all the great teaching you get from your books just right at your fingertips.

Any other eBooks you would recommend for me or this community to read? Why are you recommending this book?

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Leadership Development Skills – 5 Levels of Leadership

The middle of 2018, my wife and I were laid off from our ministry jobs. In one day we lost my pastoral job and her admin job at our church. This created some time where I would use to help build into my leadership development skill toolbox. One of those tools is a book I turned back to by John Maxwell titled: 5 Levels of Leadership. This book is one that was used greatly to help aid in my leadership development skill sets.

One leadership development skill I developed thanks to coaching I have had over the years is when finished with a book I ask myself “How can this help me in being a better leader”? The answer to that question for me is what I am going to quickly hit on in this post.

Leadership Development Skills Overview

Level 1-Position. Anyone can be appointed a position but does not make them a leader.

Level 2 -Permission. People follow because they want to. You have developed trust.

Level 3 – Production. Here is where people will follow because of what you have done for the organization.

Level 4- People development. Here the leader becomes known to not just get things done but they invest in others and help them develop.

Level 5- Pinnacle. This is a level that only naturally gifted leaders make it to. Here people follow because of who the leader is and what they represent.

The Question: How Does This Make Me A Better Leader?

As I was rolling these levels over and asking myself how can this help me become a better leader I had a few thoughts.

As a leader, we lead a variety of people and have the opportunity to influence many different generations but our influence will shorten out if we are not working on our leadership to help lead all those different generations. We can not just stop with a position that we have been given.

Leadership development must cover all those we are responsible to lead.

In today’s world where we have the internet, it has become so easy to learn and grow in an area we want to. Check these out these few links that I found by doing just a quick Google search to further my development in leading different generations if that is where I was wanting to grow in my leadership.
Managing People from 5 different generations
Leading across the generations.
Working with 5 generations in the workplace

To stop at level one, Position, cannot be accepted if you want to lead. Get out there and grow.

Responsibilities Grow and Privileges Decrease

The higher you go the more time and commitment it takes to advance to a new level. Because of the time needed it will create a change in how we must spend our time. When days were once filled with chasing whatever projects came into our emails or calls that came in, we will find that often those times are strategically replaced with us building new and improved leadership skills.

Some of those skills to be developed or improved could include:

1. Earning respect.
As the workplace evolves to become more transparent, collaborative and mindful, leaders must be equally diligent to earn respect from their team. Leaders must hold themselves responsible and accountable for the effect their influence has on their employees and the organization as a whole. Leadership should be earned anew each day. – Sheri Nasim, Center for Executive Excellence

2. Empathy.
The future of leadership will revolve around our capacities to build emotional intelligence within ourselves as leaders, and those whose lives we touch.

3. Flexibility
The days of cubicles and 9-to-5 routines are winding down. Teams are quickly transitioning to work from remote locations, on their own time, on platforms that change every single day. Flexibility may be an old-school idea, yet it’s a principle leader will always need. Adapting to the changing technology and millennial-created cultures continue to keep leaders fresh and effective. – Hanna Hermanson, Dream Life is Real Life

4. Listening
The pace of work, innovation, and change continue to accelerate. Leaders need to be highly skilled listeners to stay ahead of the curve on what’s happening with their teams, their clients and their partners. That will require learning to listen on multiple levels, including being able to tune in better to the emotional soundtracks of those they lead, serve and work with. – Joe Casey, Princeton Executive Coaching

5. Communication and soft skills
“Soft skills” like communication, listening and public speaking have become crucial in the day-to-day leadership environment. Without effective communication, leaders are just figureheads. By focusing on interpersonal interactions, leaders can reach individuals where they are and connect. – Jennifer Oleniczak Brown, The Engaging Educator

Growing the 5 levels of leadership skills will produce the desired growth.

Each new level of growth will require new leadership development skills to be learned. My team building skills that I had to learn when I was just given a position of leadership and my team was a handful of people basically all my own age as compared to when my leadership has grown through the 5 levels of leadership that John writes about, are night and day.

These are only a few quick thoughts I took from this book and incorporate into my leadership skills. I do recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to go to another level in their leadership.

  • What Leadership Development Skills do you need to work on?
  • What is your game plan for working on those Leadership Skills?
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Books that change your life

Books have always proven to be a significant part of my growth in leadership. Books have changed my life significantly. I can pick one book up that teaches time management and become a student of a great time manager. One who may charge thousands of dollars for their time and it is costing me only $20 for the price of the book. Next, I pick up a book over team development and gain insight from a leader who has been at this for 30+ years. One who can speak as an authority with proven experience.

The following list of books is to only suggest some of this life changing books from my life and will hopefully get you started in reading the same ones or exploring some of your own that will provide change for you.

Overall Life Changing Book

For me, I just would not be doing this post over Books that change your life if I did not start with the number book that challenges me every time I pick it up to read it – the Bible. Here is “the book” that is filled with challenges, encouragement, ideas, life stories, goals to strive for, and so much more. This is a book that I read daily and miss it if I do not make the time to read it. Every year I enjoy reading it in a different translation which often times put a new understanding on parts of it for me. This is by far the book that continues to keep on giving to me.

Leadership Books

Here is a topic that even though I could add numerous books to, which you can read my books read over in Goodreads, I am going to keep this post down to adding only a couple books to.

First book that Ill mention is John Maxwell book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Learn these 21 laws that John teaches and you will so much of the leadership that you come across really do involve these 21 laws.

The Effective Executive a book by Peter Drucker. Here is a prime example of a book that I can pick up every year and re-read to refresh myself on some important keys to management that a world-class management guru, Peter Drucker, teaches and would be able to charge more than I could afford to attend one of his conferences (if he was still alive) but his teaching are within reach for me through his books.

Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner. This is one of those classic books as well that dives into all kinds of leadership topics and philosophy. This book has 2 versions. The first version I discovered years ago as part of a book club I belonged to is written for the whole leadership community. The newest version that I discovered a few years back is written if you are a Christian. It takes all the principals from the first and helps to translate it into a Christians world as well.

Marriage Books

Choosing to Cheat by Andy Stanley is the book I am going to mention here. I know there could be numerous books that maybe I should mention here but I want to go off the beaten path a little and give a book that maybe you would not have thought of or even found if searching on this topic.

This book is one of those quick reads but packed with great content. The biggest piece I got from this book which changed my life was, we all will cheat people from our time every day. There is always going to be people who feel they should have gotten more of our time. So it is not “if we will” cheat people of our time, but, choosing who we will cheat of our time. This is where priorities need to be set up. This lesson alone is where I came t firm decisions that my God, my wife, and my family would not be cheated and so I arrange my whole schedule around not cheating them.

Ministry Books

Because I have been in full time pastoral ministry for over 27 years as of the time I am writing this, I could really list a ton of these books, but will limit it to just a one.

7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley. Here was a book when first read I thought I would not enjoy as the first half of the book is setting the stage for giving the leadership lessons in the second half of the book. It uses a baseball team analogy which even though I thought that would lose me (I am not the biggest baseball nut) it was actually written in a way that kept my interest. So many lessons where gleaned from this book that have created a solid foundation in my ministry leadership that I still use to this day.

Leadership Change Books

This last category that I will mention is over the importance of changing properly in leadership. Don’t get stuck!

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson. This book was a great challenge over how we are creatures of habit and how it can stunt our growth.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith. Many lessons in this book but one that I will mention here would be, that for each level of growth it takes different and more learning than we currently have.

The price of these books have more than paid for themselves.

Books that can change your life, I have only mentioned a few. I am confident that the teaching, the lessons, the experienced shared, the thoughts and dreams that came from each one of these authors would financially be out of my reach. Some of these authors are not even around anymore for us to learn from outside of books. Through their books though, it is financially possible now.

This is why as part of being a productive leader you must use your ABC’s (Apps, Books, Coaching). Books that change your life are a must have tool. Now go and enjoy a book.





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Leadership Handbook Book Review

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The book, as its title suggests, The Leadership Handbook. 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs, is broken into 26 “lessons.” These are short chapters that you can breeze through quickly, but try to resist the temptation to do so. What should be the goal is slow down and work methodically through them. Having the knowledge is great, but the application of that knowledge is what shows wisdom (this discipline of slowing down and application is what makes you a better leader). Maxwell suggests that emerging leaders read one chapter each week for 26 weeks, and he suggests experienced leaders to take two weeks per chapter — one week for you and one week to mentor someone else about the lesson.

If there was one big obstacle that kept creeping back in for me on not slowing down with the reading of this book was it had that familiar feel of, “I have read this before” and I was very familiar with the lessons and disciplines that were being taught in this book. Then it came to me, I was very familiar with most of this book already due to reading a earlier book of Maxwell’s titled: Leadership Gold. If you the reader are not familiar with Maxwell’s work, you will find the material in this book helpful. However, if you are familiar with his work, you might be disappointed as I was.

Maxwell remains an author that when he comes out with anything new, I will at least review what it is to be over as I hold out for him to bring some new Leadership truths again some day. He is a great story-teller, user of quotes, and has a writing style that I have enjoyed since I started down my purposeful leadership journey back in the early 90’s.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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