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Links for your Weekend Reading

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.

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Chuck Lawless on 10 questions every leader should ask every week.

Most leaders, though, would benefit from more regular evaluations – particularly self-evaluations. Even daily and weekly self-evaluations merit our consideration if we want to lead well, regardless of our position.

12 things TEDx speakers do that pastors do not.

“An idea isn’t just a story or a list of facts. A good idea takes evidence or observations and draws a larger conclusion.” Of course TEDx talkers often have multiple points, but they always have direction: they’re always moving forward to a set conclusion (and that’s all big idea preaching is, for all the flack it gets). They also suggest to the speaker: “Get your idea out as quickly as possible.”

Joe Stengele on 4 time management tips for leaders and pastors.

I get to meet lots of leaders. Some are young, some are old, but without a doubt the ones who get the most done always manage their time well. Most young leaders I meet have no idea how to manage their time. I’m one decade into what I pray will be a lifetime of ministry, and I have made plenty of mistakes, but there are four time management tips I have learned. I pray these will help you as you grow in leadership, by God’s grace.

Brian Dodd on 5 lies men believe. This is so good.

J.D. Greear on Why plant campuses when you could plant churches.

One of the most frequent objections I get to our multi-site approach is this: “Why do you plant more campuses when you can plant churches instead?” Since our church is committed to church planting, I take this objection very seriously. And at first glance, the objection seems rather intuitive—people and money you could be investing in a church plant are instead being re-directed into a campus. This objection, however, is built upon two assumptions: first, that church planting solves the problem of overcrowding; second, that the multi-site approach competes with—or even precludes—church planting. But neither assumption is true.

Dave Page on Why people leave a church plant early.

Those who start the journey with you seldom finish with you. In the church planting world I call this principle THE LAW OF SCAFFOLDING. The people you start the church with are not the people you grow the church with. This is one of the hardest lessons I had to learn as a church planter.

Ruth Graham on The heresy of Jesus Calling

I’m tempted to call this blasphemy. Thomas Nelson specifically requested I not use the word “channeling” to describe Young’s first-person writing in the voice of Jesus—the word has New Age connotations—but it’s hard to avoid it in describing the book’s rhetorical approach.

Todd Rhoades on Are you more like Jay Leno or Jimmy Fallon as a leader?

Leno was, by most accounts, forced out early by NBC.  A new article/commentary at Mashable tells why:  Jay Leno, while he was doing great in the traditional measures (nationwide TV audience in a given demographic) could not make the switch to the future (which included youtube, vine, twitter, facebook, and all the viral directions that TV and late night was going).

Bryan Rose on How to ask the right questions when hiring a church staff member.

Mistakes are most often made when hiring is based on surface characteristics like stage ability, resume experience or fashion sense, rather than on the foundation of church culture. Your values define your church’s culture. Therefore, values should form the basis of your staffing logic, whether the prospective leader is paid or unpaid. Well thought-through interview questions, based on values, could be the difference between a perfect match and the perfect storm.

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Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.

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Michael Hyatt on Business mastery.

Your business will not grow unless you grow as a person. If you want to lead others, you have to lead yourself first.

Rich Birch on 7 tensions of growing churches.

Leadership is about living in the middle of a number of tensions that won’t ever be resolved … in fact if you resolve the tension you end up creating a whole bunch of other problems for your church.

Andrew O’Connell on Upward mobility can be hazardous to your health.

A study of hundreds of low-income American youths shows that at age 19, those who had been rated as diligent and academically successful were less healthy than peers who had been labeled aggressive, difficult, and isolated, a team led by Gregory E. Miller of Northwestern University writes in The New York Times. Highly motivated people from low-income backgrounds often feel tremendous internal pressure to succeed, but behaving diligently all the time may leave them feeling exhausted and sapped of willpower, and they may let their health fall by the wayside, the researchers say.

Casey Graham on Anxiety attacks, depression, addictions & business.

If you have it all together, you might not want to read this post because I don’t. Hi, my name is Casey and I’m a mess sometimes.  As I’ve shared before, I have a completely addictive personality.  I’ve always been extreme.

Bill Donahue on How to help people connect to your church.

Don’t let your church miss the opportunity to connect with people who are already sitting there.

The History of Rap w/ Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake

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Links I Like

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  1. Eric Simmons on I hate porn, I love Jesus.
  2. The difference between buzzwords and leadership.
  3. Melissa Kruger on The loving intolerance of God.
  4. How some not famous pastors prep a sermon. Great wisdom here.
  5. Carey Nieuwhof on 3 essentials for a leader’s inner circle. As a leader, the people closest to you is one of the most important decisions you will make.
  6. Brian Dodd on 10 practices of leaders of fast growing churches.
  7. Dan Reiland on 10 basic people skills leaders should have.
  8. Why I believe in the doctrine of election.

Jimmy Fallon’s Best Musical Impersonations

Leadership Lessons from The Tonight Show Debacle

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of The Tonight Show. I was surprised when Jay Leno left it to do his own show in primetime, but it made sense. It was cheaper, Conan was getting more and more popular. And apparently, someone at NBC felt sorry for Jimmy Fallon and wanted to give him a job (sorry about that, I love Jimmy, but the only thing cool about his show are The Roots and when he writes his thank you notes).

So, when news started to come out that they were changing the format, I was surprised. Especially, when the unveiled their plan of making Jay’s show 30 minutes and bumping everyone back. I was even more surprised when I heard that no one had talked to Conan.

The powers that be at NBC thought their plan was good and that everyone would just buy in. This is something that is so easy to do in leadership. You have all the information (or, at least all the information you need to have to make a decision) and you make the decision. The problem comes when you unveil it and you don’t have buy in from the people it will affect the most. Now, one crucial component of leadership is making tough decisions and sometimes making decisions that your followers don’t like and running the risk of alienating your followers.

The end of the story for NBC is that they are moving Jay back to his old show. They are paying Conan a reported $45 million to walk away from his show.

The point of this move was to appease their affliates and to save money. Not sure how $45 million saves money.

So what does this have to do with leaders or what can leaders learn from this debacle. Here are a few:

  1. When you make a decision, stick to it. NBC made this move and stuck to it for 7 months. That is not nearly enough time for an experiment to take shape.
  2. If you make a decision, stick to it. Let it run its course.
  3. Give yourself an out. NBC gave themselves no out if they decided to jump ship (which they did).
  4. Get buy in from everyone involved. To do this, Jay, Conan and everyone else affected by this decision needed to be a part of the discussions. This does not mean that Jay and Conan should have final say, but should be a part of the discussions. The CEO of NBC makes the call, but after hearing everyone.
  5. No matter how good a plan sounds in a board room, it always plays differently when it is made public. Why? In the board room, you get tunnel vision. You have all the information.
  6. Help everyone see the information you have. Be as transparent as possible. Too many times leaders just assume that everyone knows what they know or will just trust them without all the information. Share as much information as you can.
  7. Talk. There is a great speech at the end of The American President where the character played by Michael J. Fox says to the President, played by Michael Douglas, that “the reason everyone believes the other candidate is because he is the only one doing the talking.” In a situation, in a crisis, when there is no clear answer or leadership, the leader needs to stand up and talk. In those moments, when there is disagreement or when it seems like something is wrong, people will listen to the loudest voice. The reason most change does not stick in churches is because the leader is not the loudest voice.