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Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith by Sharon Daloz Parks
Living Your Strengths
Albert L. Winseman - 2003
Even in a country as religious as the U.S., many people feel disengaged from their faith communities. More than half report that they really don't get the opportunity in their congregation to do what they do best. People just feel disconnected. Maybe it's because those faith communities make unwitting missteps: Pastors ask shy people to be greeters or recruit innately disorganized people to coordinate church events. The problem is simply this: Too many people's talents are going unappreciated. But it doesn't have to be this way. Living Your Strengths shows readers how to use their innate gifts to enrich their faith communities. The book — written by former pastors Albert Winseman and Curt Liesveld and Don Clifton, coauthor of the national bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths — shows people how to identify and affirm their talents and how to use them for growth and service. Most importantly, Living Your Strengths helps people discover their true calling. The book includes an access code to take the CliftonStrengths assessment (formerly called Clifton StrengthsFinder) that reveals a reader’s top five talent themes. Spiritual enrichment begins with turning talents into strengths. Living Your Strengths is an indispensable guide to help readers to just that.
The Compassionate Samurai: Being Extraordinary in an Ordinary World
Brian Klemmer - 2007
The first are those who are nice, good-hearted, and compassionate but can’t make much happen. The other kind can make everything happen—they’re the creators, the go-getters, and the aggressive producers in society—however, they’re often self-centered, greedy, and unethical. Wouldn’t it be great if you could make things happen in a really big way but not lose your integrity? The Compassionate Samurai will show you the way to produce extraordinary results in a dog-eat-dog world and still maintain the highest levels of ethics.You’ll learn:· How to always be satisfied and motivated regardless of your circumstances· Why all people have freedom but very few have liberty· What competing commitments are and how they prevent you from having what you want in life· The secret to operating optimally in an untrustworthy environment· How to make the shift from scarcity to abundance even if you’re knee deep in debt . . .and much, much more!
It's Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men
S. Truett Cathy - 2004
In an age when kids all around us are growing up without strong, positive guidance from their parents (who are busy, distracted, gone, or choose to be buddies instead of parents), children need someone they can look to with respect to help them build their lives. When he was thirteen years old, Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, had such a man step into his life: a Sunday school teacher who modeled love, respect, hard work, and discipline. Cathy decided to follow that model, and today he has some 130 foster grandchildren, many of whom have broken their family's generational cycle of neglect through the encouragement of Cathy and other adults who reached out to them. In It's Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men, Truett Cathy lays out a simple model for adults desiring to reach out to youth and challenges readers to allow God to work through them to change the life of a child. His book is filled with stories illustrating the principles of discipline, trust, reputation, generosity, common sense, peer pressure, and family stability. Readers who follow their hearts into children's lives will find that their own lives are enriched as well.
Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World
Zig Ziglar - 1985
Now, the bestselling motivational author reveals his simple prescription for success with children, step by positive step.Drawing on the most comprehensive measurable results ever made available to an author – his "I CAN" course, taught in more than five thousand schools with more than three million participants – and his own successes and failures as a parent, Zig Ziglar offers sensible guidelines on:Praise and encouragement: Children can hardly have too much of the right kinds. Look for the good in your children and you will find it.Drugs: The latest statistics and a winning approach to teaching kids to say no, starting with cigarettes.Time: Quality time is not enough. Kids need a lot of time with parents (and virtually none with TV).Discipline: The loving parent will not shirk it.Sex and romance: Be frank, be firm, be realistic.And much more, in a book that is both refreshingly old-fashioned and startlingly new.Previous edition: 0-34541-022-x
ReLaunch: How to Stage an Organizational Comeback
Mark Rutland - 2013
A college that had lapsed into a coma, its buildings in shambles, its faculty demoralized, its enrollment at rock bottom. A university facing lawsuits, scandal, and near-bankruptcy. Each situation involved different financial needs, different lost dreams, different personal wounds. But they each had one thing in common: each needed a leader who could restore hope, vision, and viability. Dr. Mark Rutland has led three institutional turnarounds over the past twenty-five years. He has seen organizations that were dying come to new life. And he knows the steps you need to take right now. How do you know what to do to help your church or organization make it, even when circumstances and personnel challenges seem too much to handle? Here are the answers. As Dr. Rutland writes, the true leader can say, “This book is for the rugged visionaries who see in the wreckage a hope for the future and are willing to pay the price for a relaunch.”
Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs
Steve Cuss - 2019
You will increase your sensitivity to the way groups develop systemic anxiety that keeps them trapped. Your personal self-awareness will increase as you learn how self gets in the way of identifying and addressing issues.Managing Leadership Anxiety offers valuable principles to those who are hungry to understand the source of the anxiety in themselves and in the people with whom they relate. Readers will be empowered to take back control of their lives and lead in mature and vibrant ways.
From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership
Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr. - 2011
The journey to becoming a values-based leader starts with self-reflection. He asks, "If you are not self-reflective, how can you know yourself? If you do not know yourself, how can you lead yourself? If you cannot lead yourself, how can you lead others?" Kraemer identifies self-reflection as the first of four principles that guide leaders to make choices that honor their values and candidly recounts how these principles helped him navigate some of the toughest challenges he faced in his career.Offers a framework for adopting the principles of values-based leadership--self-reflection, balance, true self-confidence, and genuine humility--to lead organizations effectively Based on Kraemer's popular Kellogg MBA course on values-based leadership A recognized expert in values-based leadership, Kraemer is a sought after speaker on the subjectLively and engaging, Kraemer's book comes at a critical time when true leadership in every facet of society is desperately needed.
Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: The First in a Series of AI Workbooks for Leaders of Change
David L. Cooperrider - 2002
"Appreciative Inquiry Handbook explains in-depth what AI is and how it works, and includes stories of AI interventions and classic articles, sample project plans, interview guidelines, participant worksheets, a list of resources, a glossary of terms, and more.
Enough: Silencing the Lies That Steal Your Confidence
Sharon Jaynes - 2018
By recognizing the lies and replacing them with truth, you'll be able tosilence the voice inside that whispers you're just not good enoughaccept God's grace and move past failures that have defined and confined youpreload your heart with truth to fight your deepest insecuritiesYour confidence and faith will grow when you trade self-defeating thoughts for God's truth. Today is the day to embrace your incredible worth as a woman who is uniquely fashioned and spiritually empowered.
Self-Improvement 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know
John C. Maxwell - 2009
Maxwell, an expert in leadership development, uses his decades of experience to teach readers how to reach their full potential through a commitment to personal growth. In Self-Improvement 101, he provides the essential tips and tools to help any leader continue striving for excellence no matter what industry, business, or level of leadership. You’ll learn: the secret of becoming a lifelong learner, where to focus your time for maximum growth, what sacrifices are worth making to keep getting better, how to overcome obstacles to self-improvement, the key to turning experience into wisdom, and why leaders need to be learners, among many other essential lessons. People never reach their potential by accident. Often, those who achieve the greatest success have the greatest desire to learn and grow. Self-Improvement 101 guides readers on an essential journey to uncovering their own desire, commitment, and unyielding determination to improve their life--and to improve themselves.
Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others
Shane J. Lopez - 2013
So, what exactly is hope and how can you get it, too? Using discoveries from the largest study of hopeful people ever conducted, world-renowned expert on the psychology of hope Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., reveals that hope is not just an emotion but an essential life tool. Hope is also a leading indicator of success in relationships, academics, career, and business. With Making Hope Happen you can measure your level of hope and learn how to create and share it. In this newest evolution of positive psychology, Dr. Lopez provides strategies for building a high-hope mind-set and shares uplifting stories of real people -- parents, educators, entrepreneurs, young and old people with health challenges, and civic leaders -- who create hope and who change their own lives as well as their schools, workplaces, and communities. They include: - The CEO who befriended a curious nine-year-old, bringing him into the company and transforming his attitude toward school and future goals.- A young entrepreneur who worked to change laws that stood in his way, recruited friends to support his start-up, and rebuilt from scratch after a fire.- The college president whose creative fundraising during the worst of the economic downturn kept her neediest seniors in school through graduation.- The city council members who developed a visionary recovery plan only days after their community was flattened by a tornado. - Two mothers and a principal who reversed decades of neglect and mismanagement to turn a failing school into a neighborhood magnet. - A college student who is thriving after two heart transplants, and whose hopeful self-care has been key to her survival. Making Hope Happen is for people who believe that the future can be better than the past or the present and who are looking for a way to make it so. The message is clear: Hope matters. Hope is a choice. Hope can be learned. Hope is contagious.
Write It Up! Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles
Paul J. Silvia - 2014
The book's guiding idea is that academics should write to make an impact, not just to get something published somewhere. Your work will be more influential if you approach it reflectively and strategically. Based on his experience as an author, journal editor, and reviewer, Paul Silvia offers systematic approaches to problems like picking journals; cultivating the right tone and style; managing collaborative projects and co-authors; crafting effective Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion sections; and submitting and resubmitting papers to journals. With its light-hearted style and practical advice, Write It Up will help graduate students struggling with writing their first paper, early career professors who need advice on how to write better articles, and seasoned academic writers looking to refresh their writing strategy or style.
An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence
Alan Fadling - 2017
Pastor. Executive director. Parent. Professor. Spouse. We have many roles and relationships. And in the midst of all we do, we're tempted to frantically take control of situations in hopes of making good things happen. Alan Fadling, author of An Unhurried Life, writes: "That kind of unholy hurry may make me look busy, but too often it keeps me from actually being fruitful in the ways Jesus wants me to be. Jesus modeled grace-paced leadership. To learn that we begin not with leading, but with following." In these pages Alan Fadling unfolds what it means for leaders to let Jesus set the pace. Through biblical illustrations, personal examples, and on-the-ground leadership wisdom, this book will guide you into a new view of kingdom leadership. Along the way you just might find that the whole of your life has been transformed into a more livable and more fruitful pace.