Cheap Kindle Books 5.11.13

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Here are some cheap kindle books worth picking up that are on sale today for $3.99 and under:

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
  1. Forbes Magazine on The #1 reason leadership development fails.
  2. Brian Tracy on 7 habits of successful people.
  3. 4 simple things to keep in mind as you plan 2013.

Here’s a helpful video to get you started in 2013 on the art of stress-free productivity.

Links for Your Morning Reading

  1. Brad Lomenick on Are you a leader or a follower?
  2. How to criticize your pastor
  3. Brian Tracy on 5 tips for running an effective meeting
  4. Mark Driscoll on 8 principles for churches that want to grow
  5. Perry Noble on 8 reasons churches don’t grow
  6. The top 5 things introverts dread about church. As an introvert, I agree with this list. 

Links of the Week

  1. When a pastor loses heart
  2. Scott Williams on Leadership lessons from Southwest
  3. Get the dad, get the family
  4. Ed Stetzer on Surviving unhealthy organizations part 1 and part 2.
  5. 12 communication tips from the world’s best
  6. Brian Tracy on Work/Life balance
  7. What’s the difference between a good pastor and a great pastor?

Links of the Week

  1. Michael Hyatt on How leadership at home affects the rest of your life
  2. 5 ways to move from selfish to a servant when you’re single
  3. Tony Morgan on the top 10 leadership mistakes
  4. 6 time management tips
  5. David Walker on What every worship leader wants their pastor to know. Makes me grateful for Paul and the relationship we have. 
  6. 3 common traits of youth who don’t leave the church
  7. Brian Tracy on How to influence people
  8. Top 7 church planting challenges
  9. Gloria Furman on What a pastor’s wife is supposed to be like. I did a series of blog posts on this topic and it is still my most read series ever. 

Links of the Week

  1. Mike Breen on Keys to integrating mission & discipleship with your life. Great stuff.
  2. There’s no such thing as free porn.
  3. Brian Tracy on 3 easy habits to a healthy lifestyle.
  4. 5 reasons most people won’t become wealthy.
  5. Mike Anderson on How to start projects well.
  6. How Andy Stanley handled a heckler in his sermon.
  7. J.D. Greear on Does your church have what it takes to reach college students.
  8. The 6 types of people you meet in church planting.
  9.  Al Mohler on a major victory for Christian liberty, also see CNN’s Religion Blog’s take.
  10. Resources for discipling your children. Lots of helpful things here.
  11. Jared Wilson on Jesus was religious.

Hire & Keep the Best People

Just finished reading Brian Tracy’s book Hire & Keep the Best People for my coaching network. While the book clearly lays out how to hire staff and keep them (which is a huge need, especially in churches), I think the principles he laid out apply to how a church raises up volunteers. Here are a few principles that I found helpful and how they can work with paid staff or volunteers (in no particular order):

  • Go slowly. Churches always have holes, they always have needs for people to step into. This is good and bad, it is especially true in a growing church. The problem churches run into is that in an effort to get a warm body in place, they rush. They don’t give the person a chance to prove themselves, you only have to attend a church for 2 weeks to become a leader, or maybe you don’t do a background check on someone. Obviously, there needs to be things in every church that someone can step right into (ie. greeting, set up and tear down, hospitality), but most roles in a church you need to take time (small group leader, teacher for kids or students). To become an elder at Revolution, you have to attend Revolution for 1 year, be a partner, in a small group, serve in the church, give back to God and then start the process (which takes 8 – 12 months). The reason is that through all of those steps, you will prove your capability to fill that role.
  • Be clear on what you are asking. What do you want someone to do? What are the goals? How will you know if they did a good job or not? Be clear on this. What is the win?
  • Go for the best. Many leaders, especially pastors have a hard time going for the best person or leader for a role. Whether it is a volunteer or staff position. The reality is, if you want the best, you have to ask the best. This means you will often have to make a big ask to someone who is busy, or on staff at a larger church knocking it out of the park. When we hired Paul, he was on staff at a church 25 times larger than Revolution, yet I believed he was the missing piece for us moving forward. So, I shot high, made a big ask (which included a significant paycut for him and Jennifer), but they said yes. Don’t be afraid of going for the best person.
  • Be weary of the available person. This goes with the previous one. Regardless of what a person tells you, if they are unemployed, not volunteering somewhere, or bounce from church to church (but they always have a great story why it wasn’t them), be weary. There is a reason. You should also be weary of the person who overpromises and sells themselves high. I had a guy tell me once that people told him when he preached he sounded like Perry Noble. I thought, “that’s incredible. If you did sound like Perry Noble, you would be speaking somewhere every weekend. Not looking for a place to speak.”
  • After making the big ask and they say “Yes,” ask them why. This was eye opening because Tracy points out they might have an idea of what the job or role will be like, and it might be incorrect. If you ask them why and they say, “I’m excited to play the guitar” and the role is teaching 2 year olds, they might miss the boat. They might also say something that is contradictory to your mission and if you can catch mission confusion at the start, it will save a ton of headaches.

Here are a few quotes from the book:

  • The critical constraint on the growth and success of your business, or any business, is the ability to attract and keep good people.
  • The 10/90 rule. The first 10% of time that you spend thinking and planning will save you 90% of the time and effort required to make the right decision and get the right result in the long run.
  • The best predictor of future success is what that person has done in the past, don’t be fooled.
  • Morale does not rise in an organization, it always comes from the top down.

I think the most helpful thing about this book was his process of interviewing. As our church is growing and we will have to bring on new staff members in the future, I will definitely be stealing his interview process. It is incredibly thorough.

Definitely a book worth reading as a church leader, and the best part is that it was less than 11o pages.

You Become what you Think About

You become what you think about most of the time.

Most of the time, leaders think about the qualities of leadership and how to apply them daily.

Leaders have a clear vision of where they are going, and they convey this vision to everyone around them.

Leaders have the courage to take risks, to move forward, to face danger with no guarantee of success.

Leaders have integrity. They deal honestly and straightforwardly with each person. They tell the truth, and they always keep their word.

Leaders are humble. They get results by using the strengths and knowledge of those around them. They know how to listen, and they know how to learn.

Leaders have foresight. They continually look ahead and anticipate what might happen. They make provisions to guard against possible reversals and put themselves into a position to take advantage of possible opportunities.

Leaders focus on what’s important. They concentrate their time and resources, and the time and resources of the company, on the activities that will make the most difference.

Leaders cooperate well with others. They are liked and respected by everyone around them. They go out of their way to get along well with the key people upon which the company depends. They truly believe that people are their most valuable asset.

The best companies (churches) have the best leaders. The second-best companies (churches) have the second-best leaders. The third-best companies (churches), in these times of turbulence, are unfortunately on their way out of business.

The most important contribution you can make to your company (church) is to be a leader, accept responsibility for results, and dare to go forward.

-Taken from How the Best Leaders Lead by Brian Tracy