All these leaders were made. They were not born.
This book was given to me by my great friend, Greg DePriest. Upon receiving it, I moved it to the top of my reading list. This is the best leadership book I have read in several years. It is more than a modern repackaging of the same cliche materials that have been circulated and recirculated over and over again for the last 2 decades.
Forged in Crisis is a collection of 5 short stories. The heroes are shown in their humanity with intriguing insight into their triumphs and struggles.
One quote that particularly resonated with how I often feel came from Bonhoeffer:
“It is strange that in all my decisions, I am never completely clear about my motives. Is that a sign of lack of clarity, inner dishonesty, or is it a sign that we are led beyond that which we can discern, or is it both?” – Bonhoeffer
Continue reading ““Forged in Crisis” by Nancy Koehn”
Gladwell ranks among my favorite authors. Blink, Tipping Point and especially Outliers are among my favorite personal, leadership and business reads of all time. I also enjoyed What the Dog Saw; however, it is of a different genre – more of a coffee table collection of short stories. David and Goliath is a combination of both. Gladwell explores the weakness of perceived power and the power of perceived weakness by sharing a wonderful collection of true stories. At no point does Gladwell propose that a deficiency is desirable, simply that they can be overcome. Continue reading ““David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell”
What you do daily, over time, becomes your legacy.
John Maxwell is probably the world’s foremost thought leader on leadership. He has written many books to teach and reinforce his learnings and experience. This book offers nothing new; however, it packages material familiar to his readers in a new way. Maxwell offers a picture of what leadership looks like through all 5 levels and offers practical steps on reaching the next level. Continue reading “Quotes from “How Successful People Lead” by John Maxwell”
As often occurs, I read this book at the request of a friend I admire who would like to discuss it. This particular individual touts the diary of a catholic priest’s 7 month monastic sabbatical as her favorite book of all time. While I am not quite so captured, I did find myself embracing this work at a deeper level as I journeyed through the months. I chose my words in that last sentence carefully. It’s not that I ‘liked’ the book more as I read on; it’s more like a sense of self-reflection began to occur as the days and various thoughts were contemplated.
When God is my only concern, when God is the center of my interest, when all my prayers, my reading, my studying, my speaking, and writing serve only to know God better and to make him known better, then there is no basis for anxiety or stage fright.
On this earth the experience of great beauty always remains mysteriously linked with the experience of great loneliness.
Continue reading “Quotes from “The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery” by Henri J. M. Nouwen”
There is nothing more important to your health – and, ultimately, your life – than what you believe to be true.
The full title of this book is “Elite Minds – How Winners Think Differently to Create a Competitive Edge and Maximize Success”. That full title, along with a recommendation from a friend, is what brought this book into my reading queue. However, I was quite skeptical that this would be yet another rehash of the same content floating in the self-help success genre for the past 20 years. I was pleasantly surprised. Continue reading “Quotes from “Elite Minds” by Dr. Stan Beecham”