I read the executive summary of Great Employees Only and decide since the summary was so good, I should buy the book. I'm glad I did. This was a really good book and an interesting view of leadership. Dauten's premise is that employers should spend 90% of their time hiring, 10% de-hiring and 0% managing. The idea is, when you hire stars you don't have to manage them. You simply have to let them loose. I tend to agree, unless you're hiring a diamond in the rough of course. The book is 48 short chapters (which you know I love) ... Read More
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Reason for God" when I read it, but "The Prodigal God" was a great read. I have been thinking about doing a series on the story of The Prodigal Son and Tim Keller knocked it out of the park with an insightful look at this famous story. I read the book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. I was reading the book and making a list of all the people I was going to buy this book for (Christmas spoiler alert :) I have read some of Kenneth Bailey's books, whose books are ... Read More
First, let me say that's Im a huge fan of Guy Kawasaki's books. In fact, I have the church planters I coach read "The Art of the Start". But his latest book, "Reality Check" was amazing! It's not a small book by any means, but it's packed with insight and practical help for anyone starting or leading an organization. The section on staffing alone is worth the price of the book. Plus, the whole book is written in 3-5 page chapters (which if you know me, short chapters are my favorite thing in the world) If you're leading a church ... Read More
I'm going to spend the week reviewing some great books that I've read over the last couple of weeks. But I did want to mention that Nelson Searcy and I just did a podcast covering what we thought were the top 8 books of 2008. You can listen to the podcast here. It was tough to narrow it down to just 8 books, but I hope they are a benefit to you as you think about what to read in 2009.
I've spend a lot of time talking with Pastors over the last month about budgeting. Unfortunately, there isn't a ton of information out there to help guys figure out how to budget during the strange times we're living in. So here's a few thoughts I've been sharing about budgeting with the Pastors I interact with: 1. Be conservative - I'd rather be conservative now and change the budget mid-year because we have a surplus. But I don't want to paint myself into a corner by approving a budget hat is too aggressive. 2. Be Realistic - I think you can ... Read More