Saturday, February 18, 2017

THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM

Self-centeredness is the root of virtually every problem on the planet: personal, marriage, family, business and global problems.

The solution is LOVE. Authentic, unconditional, self-less, SERVANT-HEARTED LOVE.

Want to deal a blow to self-centeredness? Ask yourself: "Who can I serve today (with no expectation of receiving anything in return)?" Then, serve that person joyfully and wholeheartedly.

If enough of us do this...we could change — I could change. You could change. Our marriages and families could change. Our workplace could change. Our churches could change. Our communities could change. With that momentum, maybe we could change the world?

Every day I have to acknowledge my propensity for self-centeredness, and make a willful decision to LOVE and to SERVE. When I choose not to do this, I create a little bit of "hellishness" in my personal world; for, according to C.S. Lewis, one of the primary characteristics of hell will be self-centeredness that is never satisfied.

But when we choose to LOVE and to SERVE? Well, we create a little glimpse of HEAVEN here on earth. 

Today's job? Deal with self-centeredness, and make a decision to LOVE and to SERVE!

We can do this! I can. You can! We can. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me..." (Philippians 4:13)  

Monday, February 6, 2017

LEADERS ARE LEARNERS - Week of February 6, 2017



A weekly digest of some the things I’m learning in hopes that it will help you on your journey. To sign up for the weekly email, simply email me at cgoins@a2church.org



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FIVE QUOTES I’m Thinking About:

“If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.” —Jim Rohn

“We set to-do goals instead of to-be goals. [For too many of us] success is measured by what we accomplish instead of what we become.” —Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page, One Word

“So many people will tell you, ‘No!’, and you need to find something you believe in so hard that you just smile and tell them, ‘Watch me!’ Learn to take rejection as motivation to prove people wrong. Be unstoppable. Refuse to give up, no matter what. It’s the best skill you can ever learn.” —Charlotte Eriksson


“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” —Francis of Assisi

“Royalty is my identity. Servanthood is my assignment. Intimacy with God is my life source.” —Bill Johnson

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Podcast Worth Listening To:


Three weeks ago I featured Part 1 of Andy’s incredible interview with Horst Schulze. If you haven’t listened to Part 1 yet, check it out. On this month’s edition of Andy’s podcast, he wraps up his conversation with Schulze, the Chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group. Schulze says that regardless of the industry, your customers and clients have at least three expectations: 1) They want a quality, defect-free product, 2) timeliness, and, 3) caring service.

Listen to Parts 1 and 2 of this insightful interview. You may want to have your team listen to and discuss the interview. Both conversations are “gold.”

By the way, Andy provides excellent Podcast Show Notes that are available hereYou can also listen to the podcast on iTunes.

A Little Extra: You can also listen to an entire talk where Horst describes his approach to “providing exceptional customer service” here 
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This conversation is fascinating! John is the CEO and President of Ace Hardware. You may not be aware of it, but every Ace Hardware Store is independently owned. All 4,8000 of them! That means that these owners and operators have to find ways for Ace to competewith big box stores like Home Depot.

John describes what sets Ace apart — their “irrational commitment and pursuit of amazing customer service.”

If you are a small business owner or a person who is looking for ways to distinguish what you do from the much larger entities in your field, listen to this podcast. It was so enlightening for me.

The Entreleadership podcast is available here and on iTunes.
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Two Articles Worth Reading:


This article gets to the heart of what makes for a leader worth following.

Carey nails it with this statement: “Even criminals can gain a following. Not all leadership is great leadership.”

So what does “a leader worth following” look like? Check this article out…
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Lolly writes, “It’s easy to find lists of all the things that leaders shouldn’t do. Here are the positive steps you can take to build successful leadership.”

Some of my favorites in Lolly’s list:

·      Listen to learn.
·      Speak well of everyone.
·      Know what is and isn’t important.
·      Make character matter.
·      Stay focused on the mission.
·      Lead by example.

Her list is excellent. And, by the way, these steps aren’t just things that “new leaders” should do, these are things that all leaders can do to keep improving and growing their leadership.

Check this article out asap.
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Next Lunch and Learn
Save The Date
Thursday, March 23, 11:30 am – 1 pm
a2 Church

Lunch and Learn provides a great lunch at an affordable price, the opportunity to network with other area business leaders, and a learning experience based on the materials produced by the John Maxwell Team by a certified JMT coach!

$10 per participant covers the cost of lunch and the leadership / lecture materials. RSVP by emailing us at cgoins@a2church.org
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New MasterMind
INTENTIONAL LIVING: Choosing A Life That Matters
Thursdays, 6:15 am / Launching February 2

The Big Idea: We all have a longing to be significant - to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. Achieving significance isn’t about age, money, status or power. The only thing you really need to achieve significance is intentionality. 

Based on John Maxwell’s best book yet, the Intentional Living MasterMind will help participants discover steps towards building a life, career and legacy that actually matter. Participants will build a plan to make 2017 their best year ever. 

Curriculum: Intentional Living by John Maxwell ($13 per book) and Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath ($18 per book)

IMPORTANT: This MasterMind is already filled. To join a waiting list for the next MasterMind email me at cgoins@a2church.org.
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Until next time: 
Keep learning! Keep leading!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A NEW MASTERMIND: INTENTIONAL LIVING

A New MasterMind
INTENTIONAL LIVING: 
Choosing A Life That Matters
Thursdays, 6:15 am
Launching This Thursday, February 2
 
The Big Idea: We all have a longing to be significant - to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. Achieving significance isn't about age, money, status or power. The only thing you really need to achieve significance is intentionality. 
 
Based on John Maxwell's best book yet, the Intentional Living MasterMind will help participants discover steps towards building a life, career and legacy that actually matter. Participants will build a plan to make 2017 their best year ever. 
 
Curriculum: Intentional Living by John Maxwell ($13 per book) and Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath ($18 per book)
 
The Intentional Living MasterMind is a 5-6 week MasterMind with participants meeting once a week. Register today by emailing Chris at cgoins@a2church.org.

General INFO: What is a MASTERMIND GROUP and what can I expect?

—The purpose of a MASTERMIND GROUP is to bring together likeminded people who are dedicated and motivated to making effective and lasting changes to their lives in a collective group.

—The MASTERMIND meets an hour a week, once a week.  

—The cost for the MASTERMIND is $100 per participant. Group size is limited to no more than 11 participants.  

—If at the end of the MASTERMIND, you have fully participated in the sessions and are not completely satisfied with your experience, I will gladly refund the cost of the MASTERMIND. 

—I am prepared and certified as a John Maxwell Team Speaker, Trainer and Coach to lead both of the above courses. 

LEADERS ARE LEARNERS - Week of January 30, 2017

A weekly digest of some the things I’m learning in hopes that it will help you on your journey. To sign up for the weekly email, simply email me at cgoins@a2church.org

New MasterMind
INTENTIONAL LIVING: Choosing A Life That Matters
Thursdays, 6:15 am 
Launching This Thursday, Feb 2

The Big Idea: We all have a longing to be significant - to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. Achieving significance isn’t about age, money, status or power. The only thing you really need to achieve significance is intentionality. 

Based on John Maxwell’s best book yet, the Intentional Living MasterMind will help participants discover steps towards building a life, career and legacy that actually matter. Participants will build a plan to make 2017 their best year ever. 

Curriculum: Intentional Living by John Maxwell ($13 per book) and Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath ($18 per book)


The Intentional Living MasterMind is a 5-6 week MasterMind with participants meeting once a week. Register today by emailing Chris at cgoins@a2church.org.

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FIVE QUOTES I’m Thinking About:

“Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” —James Allen

“Begin with the end in mind.” —Stephen Covey

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.” —Howard Thurman

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.” —Calvin Coolidge

Every single emotion you have should be processed in prayer. —Timothy Keller
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YOUTUBE CLIPS Worth Checking Out:

TED Talk with Brene Brown

Chad Sepulvado and I referenced this TED Talk at our last Lunch + Learn. I’ve listened to it several times. I even downloaded it and created an mp3 to put on my iPhone so that I could listen during my workouts. It’s that good! It is my favorite TED talk of all time… Evidently it resonates with a lot of people. It’s been viewed almost 6 million times!

The insights and principles Brown shares have the power to transform your life, your relationships and your work place.

Check this out asap. 
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TEDxMarin with Robb Willer

While we’re on TED Talks, here’s a very important talk. Especially right now… Seriously, we need this…

I know… I know… We’re all weary of politics. But wouldn’t you have to admit that there’s got to be a better way to have a political conversation than what we are hearing and seeing played out on talk radio or television news talk shows on a daily basis? It’s disheartening…

Social Psychologist, Robb Willer, describes the problem, shares some observations, and then points to a possible solution. By the way, the take-aways in this talk translate beyond the arena of political conversations and provide some helpful strategies you can employee in any conversation.

Another great Ted talk!
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PODCAST WORTH LISTENING TO:

Season 8, Episode 1

I’ve really enjoy listening to Michael’s podcast. Right now, he’s in the process of revamping it, but this episode from June 2016 is “gold.”

I’ve probably listened to this podcast three, four or maybe more times. In it, Michael discusses the differences between a “scarcity mindset” and an “abundance mindset,” and how “scarcity thinking”  will limit your future and sabotage your life. You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or using this link.

BTW, One of the things I love about Michael’s podcast is that he provides a full transcript of each episode. In fact, here’s a link to the transcript of this episode: https://michaelhyatt.com/se0801-limiting-mindset.html

This is a session you’ll find yourself going back to again and again. It really is that good!


THREE ARTICLES WORTH READING:


The culture you establish, build, cultivate and nurture at your workplace, on your team and in your family is critical! It will impact the performance and effectiveness of your team, more than any other single factor. In fact, leadership and business guru, Peter Drucker once said it like this: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

In this post, Dr. Tim Elmore, describes five attitudes and actions that will kill your company, team and / or family culture. This article is a great read! Check it out asap!

Seth Godin’s Blog

Seth’s ability to distill poignant insights in really short pieces blows me away. This is a really short post by Seth that packs a powerful punch!

Discover an “addiction” that many of us have and aren’t even aware of. Make a decision today that you’re going to do something about it! The insanity stops now!

What Leaders Need to Know About Their Most Important Relationship

Since I’ve already referenced Michael Hyatt, not only is his podcast excellent, but he is sort of “the man” when it comes to blogging! The dude is prolific! I love his stuff!

If you’re married and you’re a leader, the health of your marriage will directly impact your effectiveness.

In this excellent post, Michael lays out three rubber-meets-the-road, life-related suggestions for improving a good marriage and rebuilding a broken one. This is an excellent post. Check it out!


Until next time: 
Keep learning! Keep leading!