Friday Finds - Lies, Flying, Meetings

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I spent some time this week working with a church in south Florida. One of my favorite things about my job is sitting with pastors and leaders who are on the front lines of ministry discerning where God is calling their church next. It is such an honor to be able to lift a weight off their shoulders and help them find highly-competent staff members who fit their culture and DNA. Wow, what a privilege.

I also love adding value to you and your leadership. Here are several articles to help you sharpen your leadership this week. Let me know what you think of these articles in the comment section. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Want To Be Successful? Stop Telling Yourself These 4 Lies by Minda Zetlin via

If you're having a hard time accomplishing what you set out to or meeting your goals for the year, it might be because you're telling yourself these four things. Stop, and you might gain some traction. 

5 Ways To Be More Productive When You're Flying by Marla Tabaka via

A couple of hours of uninterrupted time 30,000 feet in the air may sound like the perfect time to get caught up on everything you haven't made time for on the ground. But airplane productivity doesn't just happen by accident. It's take intentionality. Here's a great list of five ways to plan for a productive flight. I spend a lot of time on flights these days, so this article was particularly helpful for me. 

Meetings Waste Money And Now You Can Calculate Just How Much by Ben Schiller via

I think this is a great tool to get a practical sense of how much money weekly meetings may be costing your company. Meetings are important and you can't be successful without them, but perhaps bringing more focus and direction to them could save you money in the long run.

5 Incorrect Assumptions About First Time Guests via

Do you have a hard time retaining first time guests to your church? In this article, my friend, Tony Morgan, points out five assumptions about these families that you might be making that are ultimately turning them away.

The Typical American Lives Only  18 Miles Away From Their Mother by Quoctrung Bui and Claire Cain Miller via

While this isn't an article about leading smarter in your company or church, it is a fascinating piece on an interesting cultural phenomenon. Research shows that as a whole we're sticking close to our mommies. I find this to be true in my work helping churches find their new team members. How close does the candidate live to their parents and in-laws? It's a vital question to consider during the hiring process.

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