Friday’s List | August 25

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fridays-listEvery Friday I post a short list of the things I’m reading, listening to, loving and wrestling with:

Here’s what I’m reading right now:

Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss by Kim Scott. Hands down, the best thing I’ve read or listened to this week. HT @TerryStorch.

WHEN DELEGATION BECOMES ABDICATION by Michael Hyatt. I don’t know about you, but I’m having to learn how to lead a team well. This is good stuff!

The Current American Tension And 4 Opportunities For The Church by Carey Nieuwhof. We are all of us living in a very challenging environment (no matter where you are). Good reading here and very thoughtful.

How Do Older Leaders Follow Young Leaders? by Dan Reiland. As always, spot on and very helpful.

Don’t forget the second step by Seth Godin. Seth Godin’s blog is one you should be subscribed to. This post is a good example of why.

How Do You Stay Spiritually Healthy As A Creative Leader? by Stephen Brewster. A very creative guy, this is excellent stuff for all of us.

A Better Way to Respond to Unsolicited Advice by Gavin Adams on We have created a culture that invites feedback and participation. This is good stuff.

The Magnificent Story: Uncovering the Gospel of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth by James Bryan Smith. Read slowly. Savor.

Here’s what I’m listening to:

Clay Scroggins On How To Lead When You’re Not In Charge on the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. This is our world. What a great conversation.

Masters of Scale: Handcrafted — with Airbnb’s Brian Chesky by Reid Hoffman. This is a great podcast always, but there is a ton of great insight on this one. Learn how Airbnb might have insight that will help you.

Stephen Mansfield—Avoiding the Fall on the EntreLeadership podcast. This is a very powerful episode. Lots of great insight into the issue.

Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You. I reviewed the DVD and Study Guide in 2014. Loved that part of the project and this one is very good too. 

Quotes I’m wrestling with:

“A change is as good as a rest.” Winston Churchill. I’m finding that I have an “addiction” to work and doing. It’s becoming very hard for me to do nothing or even find a way to unplug. But I’m “working” on it.

App I’m using:

I’m learning to consistently leverage Evernote as my go-to place to store ideas, quotes, and content. I’ve had this app for several years and always mean to use it more.

My own post I hope you’re reading:


“Hey Mark…you do know it’s 2017, right? It’s been the 21st century for like…seventeen years.”

Yes, I do know that. I also know that one of the most common reasons small group ministries struggle is that they are using a design that would have been awesome in the 20th century.

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