Julie’s Friday Favorites Leadership Resources 1/15/16

Leadership Resources Worth the Look

Intentional is my one word focus for 2016.

This year I want to be even more intentional in every area of my life: my relationships, my work, my words, my time, my influence, and my resources.

I am intentionally choosing to simplify in order to be present in each situation. I am intentionally saying no to good opportunities in order to say yes to the best opportunities for me. I am intentionally choosing to put hard-to-nail-down dates on the calendar in order invest in relationships. I am choosing to slow down my responses in order to give an intentional and thoughtful word when needed.

What is your one word focus for 2016 and how is it shaping your leadership so far?

Lead True and Lead On, Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Powerful questions bring reflection and clarity. Seth Godin shared a superior list in his post, 10 Questions for Work that Matters.
  2. Fast Company offered practical responses you can use today in 5 Ways to Respond When Someone Rejects Your Idea. (So. Stinking. Good.)
  3. I’m always looking for ways to simplify my life and leadership. Ron Edmonson gives us 7 Things Every Leader Needs To Quit.

What I’m Recommending for Intentional Living:

Leadership Resources for the New Year

Happy New Year, Leader!

I hope these leadership resources bring you just the insight and perspective you need to lead well in 2016!

Lead True and Lead On, Julie

The following are a collection of resources I’ve used to get the new year started in the right direction:

  1. Choose a one word focus. Each year, I like to choose one word to inspire me and keep me focused in the months to come. Author Margaret Feinberg offers a free download to help you determine your word for 2016.
  2. Make a plan and make it happen. This year I’m using Lara Casey’s PowerSheets to set goals and see them through. I’ve become a little obsessed with her online shop and would like to order one of every single lovely thing. (I’m also enjoying her Write the Word journal every day in my time with God.)
  3. Write it down. I love my productivity apps as much as the next leader. But for me, there’s something about seeing my calendar and notes and lists on paper all in one place. Enter Passion Planner. (Be sure and let them know I referred you when you checkout by including my email: julie@empoweredbypierce.com)

And I have to share a few of my favorite reads to empower you to make it happen in 2016:

Julie’s Friday Favorites Leadership Resources 12/11/15

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Happy Friday, Leader! As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, take time to pause. Take a deep breath, or a walk outside, or a long winter’s nap. Enjoy the anticipation, the sparkles, the memory making moments. Celebrate your team, your family, your life. I promise you, these intentional acts of presence will refuel your life and leadership during this often hectic season.

I hope these leadership resources bring you just the insight and perspective you need to lead well today!

Lead True and Lead On, Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Mark Miller shared his core beliefs in 11 Things I Believe About Leadership. (We all need to make a list like this!)
  2. I just had a conversation with a leader about this critical mindset shift: 8 Ways to Adopt Abundance Theory in the Workplace.
  3. Who doesn’t love to make life more simple? Lolly Daskal shares 10 Ways to Simplify Your Leadership. 
  4. Blanchard LeaderChat shared a powerful post in Four Gifts We Can Give Each Other: A coaching perspective. 

Gifts I’m Recommending:

Julie’s Friday Favorites Leadership Resources 12/4/15

Leadership Resources Worth the Look

Happy Friday, Leader! I hope your Thanksgiving was refreshing (and delicious) and filled with memory making moments.

In lieu of meeting you for a gingerbread latte, I hope these leadership resources give you just the boost you need today!

Lead True and Lead On, Julie

P.S. Don’t miss the NIV Bible for Women Giveaway!

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Because we’ll all be making the rounds this month, Inc. shared How to Win Your Next Promotion at the Office Holiday Party.
  2. I wish there was no need for this post, but since there most definitely is, Fast Company gave us How to Survive 8 Straight Hours of Meetings.
  3. John Maxwell asked: This Christmas, Will You Be Intentional Making Memories?
  4. This Simple Rule that Can Make Life More Fun applies to every aspect of my life and leadership. (Every. Single. One.)

Gifts I’m Recommending:

Julie’s Friday Favorites Leadership Resources 11/20/15

Leadership Resources Worth the Look: Thanksgiving Edition

fall leavesI am overwhelmed today.

But maybe not how you think. I’m not overwhelmed by the idea of hosting almost 40 people in my home next week for Thanksgiving dinner. (But maybe I should be?) And I’m not overwhelmed by my neverending to-do or to-read or to-shop-for lists.

I am overwhelmed today with gratitude.

  • I’m grateful for how you have invited me to invest in your leadership life.
  • I’m grateful to be married to a man who cheers for and challenges me.
  • I’m grateful for the generosity of friends who have made connections and referrals on my behalf.
  • I’m grateful for friends and family who encourage and support me.
  • I’m grateful for two kiddos and a lab who make me belly laugh.
  • I’m grateful for opportunities to connect my experience with leaders’ potential.
  • I’m grateful for God’s grace: fresh starts and new mercies every morning.

What does your gratitude list look like? How will you express your appreciation for the blessings in your life and leadership today?

Grateful for you,  Julie

P.S. I’ll be back on the blog after Thanksgiving to share my favorite reads of 2015 as well as some exciting ways to close out the year with purpose!

A Few Thankful Links:

  1. Seth Godin shares an idea for a new Thanksgiving tradition.
  2. This week I shared practical ways to be Gushing with Gratitude.
  3. As we’re counting our blessings, I now include how I’m Grateful for the Tough Stuff in Leadership. 
  4. Good for any day, here are 5 Simple Ways to Thank Your Team.

What I’m Recommending:

Julie’s Friday Favorites 11/13/15

Leadership Resources Worth the Look

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I hope these leadership resources give you the leadership boost you need to hurdle the obstacles you face to finish strong this week!

Lead True and Lead On,  Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Lolly Daskal shared How to Make Better Decisions for the Best Results. (Yes, please!)
  2. The king of all things leadership, John Maxwell, shared what it looks like when you’re Moving from Survival Mode to Significance.
  3. Forbes Leadership asked us if we are asking our employees this question. (It’s a good one.)
  4. Blanchard LeaderChat asked, Is Your “Tour of Duty” Over In Your Current Job?

What I’m Recommending:

Julie’s Friday Favorites 11/6/15

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Today, I head south for San Antonio to speak at the Stream Energy Women of Power retreat. I’ll be sharing my 5 Secrets of a Polished Team with over 200 women leaders from around the country. High performing women leaders in the hometown of legendary Tex Mex?

I. Can. Not. Wait.

(And yes, I’ve already mapped my Tex Mex marathon. This is not my first San Antonio rodeo, amigas.)

I hope these leadership resources give you the leadership boost you need to keep going and finish strong this week!

Lead True and Lead On,  Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Women 2.0 gave me a post I’m still thinking about: Kill the Performance Review and Try This Instead.
  2. HBR asked the leadership version of “the chicken or the egg?” in Leadership Qualities or Competence: Which Matters More?
  3. One of my business mentors (and an all-around great guy) Chris Lema says High Performers Have No Time for Drama. Truth.
  4. I just had to share this post from Donald Miller’s blog: How I Learned to Stand Strong in the Face of Rejection.

What I’m Recommending:

  • Play Days: Time away with your team just for the sake of play is priceless. Days of purposeful play build relationships and communication like nothing else. To get started building your own team play day, check out my e-book Play, Team, Play! 12 Themes Plus Countless Team Building Activities for Playing Your Way to a Stronger Team. 
  • Help for Your Play Days: If you would love to get away and not be in charge of your team building day, look no further than Group Dynamix. I’ve partnered with Group Dynamix in facilitating purposeful days of play for over a year now and can’t say enough good things about their indoor ropes courses and innovative activities. (Tell them Julie sent you!)

Julie’s Friday Favorites 10/30/15

Leadership Resources Worth the Look

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Yesterday, I had pumpkin slime all over me and my hair.

This was twenty minutes before I needed to take one child to a piano lesson, another to grandmother’s house, and myself to a ministry fundraising dinner in downtown Dallas. And did I mention I serve on the board of directors for this ministry? Or that I was the emcee of the dinner? Or that the organization is named Polish: Refining the Details not Pumpkins: Seeds, Slime, and Smells?

Not so polished on my part.

Some days are like that, aren’t they? You find yourself in a sticky scenario fulfilling an overdue jack-o-lantern carving request and cleaning up far-flung pumpkin goo before collecting yourself and your thoughts while creeping along in traffic.

More often than not, our days don’t go quite like we planned. The project pitch is less than perfect. The nagging cough becomes a full blown infection. The launch gets pulled at the last second. The sometime soon becomes right now.

The seldom heralded hallmark of high performing leaders is resilience: to regroup and recover when life and leadership are just a little off. To let go of the expectation of perfection and get back up after a stumble or fall.

I hope these leadership resources give you the leadership boost you need to keep going and finish strong this week!

Lead True and Lead On,  Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Gifted for Leadership gave us an insider’s interview with Heather Larson, Executive Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in their post The Power of Leading by Influence.
  2. Let’s Grow Leaders shared 7 Strategic Questions Your Team Should Be Able to Answer.
  3. Two challenging posts about mentoring relationships: 10 Traits of Highly Effective Mentors from Michael Hyatt and How to Connect with Top Mentors Without Asking Them to Coffee from Jon Acuff’s blog.

From Conversation Cards: 5 Questions about Halloween 

Use these questions to spark fun and intentional conversation with your team, friends, and family this weekend!

  1. What was your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
  2. What movie still scares you like no other?
  3. What Halloween treat is your absolute favorite?
  4. Which trick or prank wins your “lifetime achievement award”?
  5. What real-life scare still gives you nightmares?

What I’m Recommending:

  • Propel Women Digital Magazine: The Propel Collective is an excellent and FREE resource for women leaders. Sign up to download it here. 
  • Coaching: Are you feeling stuck? Do you need fresh perspective? Leadership Coaching can help you sort through the haze and find clarity for action. Take a first step in reaching out to me to get started and get unstuck! (What are you waiting for?!)
  • Grown-up Halloween Treat: I make these no-trick, easy-to-make, best-ever peanut butter cups for my husband and I to enjoy Halloween night. (Because we deserve them after a long night of trick-or-treating with our boys. And because they pair perfectly with red wine and a slightly spooky movie.)

Julie’s Friday Favorites Leadership Resources 10/9/15

Leadership Resources Worth the Look

I hope these leadership resources give you just the leadership boost you need to finish strong this week!

Lead True and Lead On,  Julie

Four Links I Loved:

  1. Mark Miller shares how to create a stop-doing list in The Courage to Change Course.
  2. How the Most Successful People Keep Track of Their Ideas: a collection of inspiration from Fast Company.
  3. Women in the Workplace: Three Questions to Ask Your Leaders: an excellent post from Forbes.
  4. For Ministry Leaders: How to Spot Rising Women Leaders from Gifted for Leadership.

What I’m Recommending:

 Devotional Bible: Friends, I can’t begin to express the absolute honor it was to contribute devotionals to the newly released NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World. If you are needing a new Bible for you or a friend to encourage you in your life and leadership, consider this beautiful edition.

Pinterest Inspiration: Looking for leader resources? Need a yummy fall recipe? Follow me on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration and ideas for your life and leadership!

  • Coaching: Are you feeling stuck? Do you need fresh perspective? Leadership Coaching can help you sort through the haze and find clarity for action. Take a first step in reaching out to me to get started and get unstuck! (What are you waiting for?!)

Julie’s Friday Favorites Leadership Resources for 10/2/15

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It’s OK to have limits.

In case you’ve never heard this, never believed this, or never allowed this statement to be true in your life, allow me to speak this truth in love. Even leaders have limits. We have physical and emotional limits. We have resource and relationship limits. We have a limited number of hours in our day and a limited number of places we can be at one time.

As I type, I’m preparing to leave for a fun girlfriends trip to Paris of all places. Which means I’m fiercely focused to knock out my list before I turn on my out-of-office notice. Which really means I’m revising my list in light of my limits and saying no and pushing a few unrealistic to-do’s to next week. (Or never.)

While we may be limited in our lives and our leadership, we serve a God who is unlimited. Limitless in his grace. Limitless in his peace. Limitless in his love for us. Our limits are not a weakness to push past but a gift to point us back to the One who is unlimited: the unlimited supply of our leadership strength.

Blessings to you as you lead today,  Julie

Four Links I Loved:

  1. Thanks, Let’s Write That Down: a great word on criticism from Seth Godin.
  2. 7 Things There Will Never Be Enough Time For: truth for leaders from Carey Nieuwhof.
  3. 4 Basic Human Needs Leaders Must Meet to Have Engaged Employees
  4. 6 Simple Secrets to Traveling Internationally : timely tips since I’m traveling this week!

What I’m Recommending:

 Devotional Bible: Friends, I can’t begin to express the absolute honor it was to contribute devotionals to the newly released NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World. If you are needing a new Bible for you or a friend to encourage you in your life and leadership, consider this beautiful edition.

Pinterest Inspiration: Looking for leader resources? Need a yummy fall recipe? Follow me on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration and ideas for your life and leadership!

  • Coaching: Are you feeling stuck? Do you need fresh perspective? Leadership Coaching can help you sort through the haze and find clarity for action. Take a first step in reaching out to me to get started and get unstuck! (What are you waiting for?!)