Draw to Win (New York: Penguin Random House, 2016)

Leader’s need to learn and try new things so that they can better influence the people around them.  For me, Draw to Win, fits that category of trying new things.

Currently, I am only a couple chapters into the book.  I am definitely a novice when it comes to art, so this is out of my comfort zone.  However, I am learning some things I can incorporate into meetings, teachings, and presentations.

Every year I want to learn something new that I can add to my leadership toolbox.  This might just be an unexpected find.

I recommend you give this a try.  Remember, you can never let your skills become stale.  Leaders must set the pace for their team and continually find ways to maximize their influence.

Prayer: Experiencing Awe & Intimacy with God (New York: Penguin Group, 2014)

It is remarkable that in all of his writings Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes in their circumstances.

Rather, in them he reveals what he asked most frequently for his friends–what he believed was the most important thing God could give them.

It is– to know Him better.

 

Prayer is a spiritual discipline that can be very mysterious.  Although invisible and many times silent it is the power source for life.  I can’t say even after following Jesus for many years that I have a full understanding, but I do know the effects and affects that prayer brings.

Keller’s book address prayer through the years and leads to a follower of Jesus to experience God personally through prayer.

The Advantage (San Francisco: Josey-Bass, 2012)

Organizational health will one day surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage.

~Patrick Lencioni

 

It doesn’t matter if it is businesses, non-profits, or churches the health of an organization will come into play quickly.  Healthy organizations learn how to engage opportunities, challenges, and problems differently.  I believe you can never be healthy enough take your hands off the wheel and coast.

The moment you take health for granted you begin to allow the culture to erode.  It may not be noticed at first, but it won’t take long.  Lencioni provides insight that on the surface may seem simple, but the execution of these principles is completely different conversation.

Living Forward (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2016)

Discovering real purpose, meaning, and finding happiness in life can be like a never ending journey.  Sometimes even worse than a never ending journey is not being able to find the right tools or information to help.  In Living Forward Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy provide a step by step guide to with easy to use tools to help you stop drifting in your life.  Life doesn’t have to aimless, but does require conscious choices to change the course of your life’s journey.

“We live in the aftermath of our choices.  But the good news is, our decisions are the one thing we can control.  Today’s the day to make those choices really count.”

The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015)

I am always looking for ways to become a little more productive.  I have to be creative and need fresh ideas to help me become more efficient with my time as I am launching new projects while working a full schedule.

A productive life is a conscious life, and that takes mental energy.  But with today’s technology-enabled unstoppable flow of everything coming at us, we can often feel so worn out and tired that we face our own personal energy crisis.

-Taken from book The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

The goal is to make progress.  This was a great read to help rethink your productive use of time.