Recommendations from the TTG Book Shelf this Month:

Life Coaching, Ministry Opportunities, Servant Leadership
In order for us to grow and give to others, we need to stay intentional about pouring into ourselves. We also know that takes time and intentionality, so we thought we would pass along several recommendations we have read over the past month in case you have been looking for some great reads. Be challenged and inspired to apply to your own life and enjoy!  Nehemiah (Bible)  Nehemiah shows us an example of what a prayerful leader looks like while encountering opposition, trusting God and moving forward with a plan.  The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life by Erwin MacManus Drawing from the life and story of Elisha, MacManus offers a challenge to all of us to live our lives to the fullest, to stop wasting time and…
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The Five Actions of Great Leaders

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
Developing leadership potential can seem like a daunting challenge. In his book, The Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni simplifies the art of leadership by describing five active characteristics of great leaders. 1. Building Trust  Great leaders know that vulnerability builds trust. They acknowledge their own weaknesses first; people already know them anyway. Authentically acknowledging their own mistakes and growth areas builds trust with the team. 2. Establishing Healthy Conflict  Great leaders don’t passively choose harmony over conflict. They seek to be peacemakers, rather than merely peacekeepers. They allow and encourage collaborative, engaging discussions to take place.  3. Providing Clarity   Great leaders commit to commitments by establishing parameters upfront. Deadlines are great accountability partners, plus Clarity reduces Confusion.  4. Holding People Accountable  Great leaders don’t choose popularity over accountability…
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Canoe Trips

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
Three friends went on a canoe trip. It was a beautiful summer day and the river height was perfect.  The ripples of the water and the current slapping the banks was soothing and added to the wonderful views of wildlife and nature surrounding the three friends and their adventure.   As the day progressed, Bob, who was sitting in the center of the canoe, was getting tired and paddled less and less and finally just left his paddle in the water in fear that Joe, who was in the front of the canoe, and Bill, who was in the rear of the canoe, would notice that Bob was no longer contributing to the progress of the canoe. In fact, he was beginning to be a drag.   At some point…
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Foxhole Friends

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
When I was a kid, my favorite Bible story was that of David and Jonathan. It seems interesting that out of all the colorful, vivacious stories that are painted throughout Scripture—the floods and lions and giants and whales, the multiplication of bread and fish, and miraculous returns to life—my childhood self chose a simple story of friendship.  I’m not sure what it was that made the story of David and Jonathan stand out in my young mind. But looking back on the story, I’m reminded of the exemplary model of friendship that these two men lived.  Jonathan, the son of King Saul, befriended David, the chosen successor of King Saul. As the son of the king, Jonathan could have become jealous of David, feeling he was stealing the throne from…
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Happy or Healthy?

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
“My name is Bruce and I’m a recovering people-pleaser.” In the past, I would spend the majority of my time keeping people happy… while remaining frustrated at the lack of progress and growth. I discovered that the happier I tried to keep people, the more unhealthy things became—both within the organization, and within myself. I’ve also seen this a lot in the many organizations and teams that I’ve spent time with, in the workplace and beyond. This is what has propelled me to move toward and promote what I’m finding to be a huge culture shift needed in our homes, businesses, churches and organizations. The Culture Shift: Moving from a Happy Culture to a Healthy Culture. Giving candy to your kids to quiet them down will make them happy, but not…
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Learning and Leading

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
My desire is to learn something from each person I come in contact with on a daily basis, whether for a few minutes or hours. A couple weeks ago I was engaging with another individual through one-on-one coaching, and I came away forever challenged with a statement this gentleman shared with me.   The question was simple: What is the difference between confidence and arrogance?  He sat up straight cleared his throat and, with a clear and confident voice, spoke these words: “Confidence is quiet and arrogance is loud.”  I will admit the initial statement was zipping through my mind at a high rate of speed, then everything slowed down. I began to process this simple phrase, and will continue to in the coming weeks.     As I process this…
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Guard the Unity

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
Unity is a big deal- whether in a marriage, a coaching staff, or in any team. Unity keeps us on mission and helps us persevere to reach our goals. It values and validates the need for each team member and the significant role they play. It reminds us that results together go further than results alone. I’ve heard it said that individuals win trophies, but teams win championships. No matter what context, the concept stands true. Because unity is so valuable and a key to health and success, we would be wise to know how to protect it: Communication. Take time to communicate and answer as many questions as you can. What questions don’t get answered, the team will fill in the blanks with their own truth. Be proactive and…
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Internal and External Customers

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
There are two types of customers, internal and external. By nature, we’ve typically been led to believe that the most important customers are the ones that walk through our doors and purchase our products. In reality, the most important customers we encounter by far are the internal ones we come into contact with on a daily basis: Our co-workers. With external customers, we do everything we can to treat them in a way so as to gain their trust and ultimately their repeat business. If I’m working with someone on a day-to-day, hour-to-hour basis and they’re not “buying what I’m selling,” it’s going to be an uphill battle. However, if I am trustworthy and therefore, worthy of their “repeat business,” the entire culture and organization will flourish beyond belief. If…
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Who Are You?

Life Coaching, Servant Leadership, Speaking Topics
Who are you? Seems like an innocent enough question. I am a product of the decisions I have made in the past and will be making in the future.  Scripture tells us who we are. . .  So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; Male and Female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)  1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1) Recently my son requested a new catcher’s mitt for Christmas. We…
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Leadership Huddles Provide a Place to Learn Together

Servant Leadership
The heartbeat behind Toward the Goal's Leadership Huddles is to provide a place of learning together. After hearing from leadership coaches, business and/or church leaders, those in attendance have an opportunity to discuss in small groups or "huddles," practical ways to implement and apply those leadership lessons in their various environments of leadership. Just as importantly, they have the opportunity to share ideas and learn from one another. Bruce Hamsher, founder of Toward the Goal Ministries and Leadership Coach at Provia shared at TTG's first Leadership Huddle in February about leading through change. Following are just a few of his highlights. One thing leadership requires is the ability to lead through change. Leading change is one of the most difficult, time-intensive tasks a leader must do. If  leaders don’t change, the organization will…
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