Leadership


30 Surprising Life Lessons I Learned by Age 30

I never believed this day would come so fast. I turned 30 years old today. I can't help but ponder the significance of age 30. In the Bible, the number 30 can symbolize dedication to a particular task or calling. In Old Testament, priests were dedicated to serve at 30, in part because it was the age when a person reached both physical and mental maturity and could therefore handle major responsibilities. John the Baptist was age 30 when he came out from the wilderness to pave the way for the Messiah. Jesus officially began his public ministry at 30. So, here's my 30 ...

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What Google Learned From Its Pursuit to Build the Perfect Team

Google embarked on a study to identify the common denominators successful Google teams. After more than 200 interviews of 180+ active Google teams over the course of two years, the results defied their initial expectations. Originally, they thought a dream team would consist of one Rhodes Scholar, two extroverts, one engineer, and a PhD. Surprisingly, Google discovered that who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work and view their contributions. Google learned that there are five key dynamics that set successful teams ...

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5 Things to Ask Before Getting a Masters, Doctorate or Ph.D

This is guest post by Daniel Im. Daniel serves as the Director of Church Multiplication for New Churches and LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multi-site church in Nashville. He's the co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply with Ed Stetzer. Daniel has a M.A. in Global Leadership and have served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. You can connect with him at www.d...

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The Daily Questions Ritual that Helps You Become Better at Anything

Every morning, Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s number one executive coach, gets a call from the same women. She sits pretty quiet – she’s there to listen as Goldsmith reads off a list of 32 questions and she answers with either a yes or no or a number between 1 to 10. In the evening, Goldsmith pays an associate to call him and ask a series of questions that force him to recap whether he has been true to his behavioral goals through the day’s events. The beauty with this process is that it ensures accountability. Goldsmith says there’s one overarching ...

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Catalyst LIVE Notes // Brian Houston, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church

I’m live blogging from Catalyst Conference. Catalyst is a next-generation conference that embolden leaders from all over the world. The theme of Catalyst for 2016 is “Uncommon Fellowship.” Brian Houston is a senior pastor of Hillsong Church. I want to talk about ceilings and floors. How would you define success in life? What would I consider? If I can build a platform that sets up the generation to win, that's what I would call success. We tend to hold onto the past. Past teachers. Past traditions, and past ways of doing things. I get so excited to ...

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Hot New Releases Of Leadership Books in October 2016

1. Rock Bottom to Rock Star Author: Ryan Blair Release Date: October 4th, 2016 Amazon Rating:  Overview: In his first book, Blair shared the brutally honest story of how he went from an at-risk youth, sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a shack, to a self-made multimillionaire by his early twenties. As his story became a national sensation, fans started asking him how they too could become entrepreneurs, take their careers to the next level, and achieve financial freedom. Rock Bottom to Rock Star answers those questions. Much of his advice is counte...

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Catalyst LIVE Notes // Andy Stanley on Uncommon Fellowship

I’m live blogging from Catalyst Conference. Catalyst is a next-generation conference that embolden leaders from all over the world. The theme of Catalyst for 2016 is “Uncommon Fellowship." Andy Stanley is a senior pastor of North Point Ministries Uncommon Fellowship. Definition: Head-turning, jaw-dropping, never-would've-imagined association. The only the 12 disciples had in common was Jesus. Jesus modeled it. People who were nothing like Jesus like Jesus, Jesus liked them back. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my ...

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One Simple Way to Build Better Professional Relationships

Remember the oft-quoted cliche? It’s not just what you know that makes a difference; it’s who you know. In business and life, relationship is everything. Sounds so pedestrian, but it's so true. I consider myself in the people business. My vision is to raise up a new breed of leaders who steward their calling to turn the world right side up. If I don't serve, connect, and network with people, everything I do is is vain. In Tommy Spaulding's It's Not Just Who You Know, the author categorizes relationships into five floors of a building and identifies key attributes ...

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What I Learned About Teamwork from the Team Who Built the Largest LEGO Model

Angela Watercutter writes in Wired Magazine about the largest Lego model ever. "The newest addition to the grand list of Coolest Things Ever was first unveiled in New York City in 2013: the Lego X-Wing, the largest Lego model ever built. The model of the classic Star Warsfighter has a wingspan of 44 feet and comes complete with R2-D2 and a full range of sound effects. It's a super-duper-sized version of Star Wars Lego starfighter set #9493 and was made with 5,335,200 Lego bricks. That, according to Lego, makes it the largest model ever built, eclipsing the Lego ...

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What Dying to Self Taught Me About Leadership

This is a guest post by Elisa Watson. Elisa is a mother to four smart, funny, kind and amazingly chill boys, and she is the other half to Showit CEO and Owner Todd Watson. She loves good storytelling of all sorts, from books to blogs to television to movies to music, and writing is her favorite way to process all that is hard and wonderful and absurd in life. Learn more at showit.co and elisajoyful.com My husband has asked me to wear less makeup, maybe even none. I don't wear a lot, but my life is very full and I sleep very little and I'm very tired, and I wear makeup ...

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