Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I’ve read this week, for spiritual leaders, preachers and others.
Here are the top five articles on leadership or productivity I’ve read this past week:
One of the things we ought to be doing as preachers is to be listening to other preachers. Not only can we learn from others, but we can grow from others. Brandon’s hope in putting this list together is to expose preachers to some preachers that other preachers (including me) recommend they listen to. The big thing with this list is that Brandon asked people making recommendations to focus on preachers who aren’t “big names.” I have already subscribed to a number of these preachers thanks to this post.
Lolly highlights a study conducted at Harvard Business School, which found that a daily 15-minute habit can increase your productivity and effectiveness. The daily habit is as simple as they come—making time every day for reflection will help boost your leadership. Thanks to my Full Focus Journal, this has become easier for me, and I really am sensing the benefit of reflecting every day through journalling.
Tim argues that when we tie our value as preachers to the number of people that we are preaching to, we don’t realize we are devaluing the Christ who we preach. Jesus is all-glorious and he is worthy of being proclaimed in both small churches and mega churches, in small towns and large cities. A great reminder!
I have been a long term user of OmniFocus for task management, and have implemented many of the ways Asian Efficiency have suggested using it. So I was interested in the new workflows they suggest for OmniFocus 3 for iOS. I’ve been using OmniFocus 3 on my iPad and iPhone for a while now, and look forward to implementing some of these suggestions.
Research and anecdotal evidence are both beginning to show that our smartphone use might be harmful. Eyal’s argument is that with very few exceptions, when a product harms people, they use it less or look for alternatives. Apple and Google therefore have an incentive to fix harmful aspects of their just like car makers have an incentive to make cars safer. So although it may seem against their interests, Apple and Google know helping people use their phone less is good for their businesses.
And why not read some of the equippinghispeople posts you may not have seen this week:
This week, special guest Major Sue Betts preaches on the story of Israel crossing over the River Jordan in faith into the Promised Land.
Contemplation is essential for spiritual leaders. A Christian leader’s life must be one of loving attention to God, even in the midst of providing effective leadership and keeping up productivity levels.
When it comes to productivity, almost everyone struggles with work-life balance. So how do I work towards balance as a spiritual leader?
When it comes to leadership, like General John Gowans, I often wonder, Why Me? But God calls, so I have to say, yes.
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