Julie’s Friday Favorites for 9/25/15

Leadership Resources Worth the Look

1095865_74207826At the end of a week filled with leader meet-ups, I look for the themes from our conversations. This week’s theme was crystal clear:

Managers control and contrive their people and projects; leaders give freedom so their teams can flourish.

Leaders making it happen let go of the vice grip they have on their teams and empower them to get results. Coaching and cheering them on, leaders look for every opportunity to encourage their team members to reach their potential.

How can you give a little more freedom to your team today?

Lead True and Lead On, Julie

P.S. Just in case you missed it, earlier this week I shared this post: 3 Ways to Speak Up and Be Heard.

Four Links I Loved:

  1. 22 Leaders Share About Peer Relationships (So fun to contribute my post 3 Circles of Community Every Leader Needs.)
  2. How to Keep Leaders from Going Rogue
  3. How to Refocus Your Team Now that Summer Is Over
  4. The Secret to Holding a Meeting that Gets Results

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.

  • Book: Simon Sinek. (sounds like “cynic”) If you don’t know his name, stop right now and go watch this TED talk and then this one. I’m finally reading his excellent book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’’t. And every leader I’ve spent any time with lately has heard all about it. Because it’s greatness.
  • 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 9/4/15

Leadership Resources Worth the Look

Leader friend, when was the last time you walked on water? When was the last time you took a big step of faith to follow God’s invitation to join him at work in your life and leadership? Are you a critic safe and dry in the boat or a leader shaking and a little wet from walking on water?

This past Sunday, our pastor, John Stickl, preached a challenging message from Matthew 14 called Walking on Water. He asked us, “When was the last time you walked on water?” I have been thinking about his piercing question all week. Because the boat is safe. And dry. And did I mention safe?

Leadership requires faith-filled risk. And risk requires being just brave enough to take the first step. Leader friend and author Nicole Unice shared a bit more on my blog this week with her post titled, What Makes You Brave?

I hope these resources fuel your leadership today!

Lead Brave and Lead On, Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Blanchard LeaderChat shared 4 Steps to Finding, Defining and Taking Action on Personal Growth.  (If you need help with this, that’s what I’m here for! Shoot me an email to get the conversation started: julie@empoweredbypierce.com)
  2. A right-on read from Inc. about The New Kind of Company Everybody Wants to Work For. (A complimentary conversation on culture for consideration happened over at The Five Questions About Leadership podcast.)
  3. Tara Sophia Mohr has an interesting perspective on what not to wear in her post Let’s Talk Clothes.

What I’m Recommending:

  • Grown-Up Coloring Book: I loved coloring books as a kid. Adult coloring books are all the rage right now – this post from Gifted for Leadership shares the benefits for your mind and soul of taking time to color. If you’re looking for a fun place to start, author and friend Margaret Feinberg just released a new adult coloring book to help you refresh, unwind, and connect with God through Scripture. (Mine is shipping this week!)
  • Speaking: Do you need a leadership speaker for your conference or team retreat? I would love to invest in your team! I’m currently accepting requests for 2016: get started by visiting my speaking page.

Julie’s Friday Favorites Leadership Resources 8/28/15

Happy Friday, Leader Friend!

Who do you love to work with? This week was filled with opportunities to collaborate with leader friends at Polish Ministries, a couple of corporate consulting clients, and the dynamo team builders at Group Dynamix. Through planning and processing we worked together to build something better than what we could have accomplished on our own.

I also enjoyed collaborating with leadership experts around the country by contributing to this month’s Frontline Festival from Let’s Grow Leaders. This collection of blogs features our collective best thinking about communication. 

Who can you work alongside to build something better? Which leader would be a dream to partner with? Why not get started now?

Lead True and Lead On, Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Forbes Women uncovered The Biggest Mistake You’re Making at Work. 
  2. Lead Change Group shared what to do When Training and Coaching Fail.
  3. Michael Hyatt responded to Amazon’s culture with No You Don’t Have to Work 24/7 to Be Successful. (Amen and amen.)

 

Julie’s Friday Favorites Leadership Resources for 8/21/15

diveDo you remember your last week of summer break as a kid?

My boys go back to school on Monday so we’ve been saying yes as much as we can to “just one more”: one more swim at the pool, one more late night playing outside past dark, one more chapter, one more sleepover. The school year requires so many “no’s” that I love to say yes as much as I can for these last few days of summer.

One of the best things we can say “yes!” to as leaders is relationships. Relationships with friends outside of work, peers inside our work, and most importantly, members of our team. I wrote a little something about this over at Margaret Feinberg’s blog: This One Thing Will Destroy Your Team. 

Soak up these last few days of summer (wearing sunscreen of course!). Dive in and say yes to relationships that breathe life into your leadership!

Lead True and Lead On, Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Alli Pollin challenged us with Four Sentences to Amp Up Your Personal Leadership. 
  2. Leadership Freak pulled no punches with The Behavior Leaders Fail at Most.
  3. A must-read from HBR no matter your title: Admitting You Don’t Know When You’re the CEO.

What I’m Recommending:

  • Writer’s Boot Camp: If you write, want to write, or dream of writing, you MUST get yourself registered for Margaret Feinberg’s Writer’s Boot Camp this fall! (Like now.) Don’t miss your moment!
  • Coaching: I have just a few more spots available for one-on-one leadership coaching this fall. I would love to empower you to finish this year with tremendous impact and fierce focus!
  • Speaking: Do you need a leadership speaker for your conference or team retreat? I would love to invest in your team! I’m currently accepting requests for 2016: get started by visiting my speaking page.

Julie’s Friday Favorites: Leadership Resources for 8/14/15

Happy Friday, Leader Friend! In case you missed it, on Wednesday I shared my 40 Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned in 40 Years.  I’ve loved seeing leaders post this list and then share their own leadership lessons!

What about you? What’s one leadership lesson you’ve learned lately? Share in the comments below so we can all benefit from your life wisdom!

Lead True and Lead On, Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Inc. gave us 5 Reasons You Don’t Speak the Truth to Those in Power & How to Change That and The Post It Note Approach to Time Management.
  2. Carey Nieuwhof asked, Want More as a Leader? 5 Signs You’re Ready to Handle It.
  3. SmartBlog on Leadership gave us an excellent post about Leadership and Storytelling.

What I’m Recommending:

  • Coaching: I have just a few more spots available for one-on-one leadership coaching this fall. I would love to empower you to finish this year with tremendous impact and fierce focus!
  • Speaking: Do you need a leadership speaker for your conference or team retreat? I would love to invest in your team! I’m currently accepting requests for 2016: get started by visiting my speaking page.

Julie’s Friday Favorites Leadership Resources 8/7/15

Leadership Resources Worth the Look!

blurred_linesHappy Friday, Leader Friend! I’m wrapping up my first week in a new decade and so far, the forties are living up to their hype. While it’s only been a week, there’s one thing I know for sure:

I want this decade to be marked by fierce focus

Making margin. Limiting my list. Clearing clutter. Doing less to accomplish more. Practicing presence. Saying no to the so-so and yes to the best.

I recently spoke with a leader friend wanting much of the same for her own life and leadership. She’s feeling stretched too thin. Her mind is overflowing with responsibilities, ideas, and dangling decisions. She has tremendous potential and asked me to coach her through this cluttered space to clarity.

Want to join us?

I have just a few more spots available for one-on-one leadership coaching this fall. I would love to empower you to finish this year with tremendous impact and fierce focus!

Lead True and Lead On, Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. If you’re feeling stuck or pinned in a corner, this post’s for you. Michael Hyatt asks Are Limiting Beliefs Keeping You Trapped at Work?
  2. Fuzzy expectations make everyone on your team a little cray cray. Leadership expert Karin offers insight and clarity in One Thing to Eliminate from Every Job Description.
  3. What’s most important to you? Donald Miller shares Why You Need a Personal Code and How to Create One.
  4. As a leader who has taken two maternity leaves, I’ve been intrigued by Netflix’s recent paternity leave policy change. Inc. looks at what this could mean for your organization.

What I’m Recommending:

  • Speaking: Do you need a leadership speaker for your conference or team retreat? I would love to invest in your team! I’m currently accepting requests for 2016: get started by visiting my speaking page.

Julie’s Friday Favorites: Leadership Resources 7/31/15

row of old Books --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisHappy Friday, Leader Friend!

Tomorrow I turn 40! To celebrate this final day in my 30’s, I’ve let the book nerd in me come out in full force. I placed a big order on Amazon and am sharing 30 of my favorite reads below. (Do I know how to party like I’m 39 or what?!)

Celebrating the end of an epic decade, Julie

These Are a Few of My Favorite Books:

  1. Here are my Top Ten Recommended Reads for Leaders
  2. Because one list is not enough: More Recommended Reads For Women Leaders

These books have had a tremendous impact on my 39th year:

  1. What to Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn) by Seth Godin
  2. Chess Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game and The Secret of Teams: What Great Teams Know and Do by Mark Miller
  3. Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears. by Margaret Feinberg (And while you’re at it, go ahead and read every other book from this leader friend.)
  4. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst
  5. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller

I’m looking forward to diving into these reads soon:

  1. Brave Enough: Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and Free by leader friend Nicole Unice
  2. Rising Strong by Brene Brown (to be released August 25!)
  3. Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow Prior
  4. Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard (because there’s a Paris trip in my near future)
  5. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker (to be released August 18!)

 

 

Julie’s Friday Favorites: Leadership Resources 7/24/15

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As you wrap up the week, what are you celebrating? Maybe you won a new client or landed a big contract. Maybe you overcame the odds and barely made the deadline. Maybe you survived a week when everyone was on vacation – without you.

This Friday, I’m celebrating firming up a new consulting partnership, finally scheduling an important meeting, and surviving a week with my husband out of town. (Jumping for joy over here!)

Your turn. What made you spontaneously break into song or bust out your happy dance? What did you or your team accomplish that made the whole week worth it?

Leader friend, whether big or small, wins are worth celebrating. How can you celebrate your leadership wins today?

Cheering and celebrating with you, Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Just like a bad apple, it only takes one bad attitude to spoil a whole team. Leadership Freak shares The Complete List of Toxic Behaviors that Poison Teams.
  2. Making a life-altering decision can be agonizing. Leadership expert Karin Hurt gives us a simple tool: The Most Important Question to Ask When Facing a Big Decision.
  3. Ever find yourself saying “yes” to way too many opportunities? Take the Lead Women remind us The Art of Leadership Is Saying “No”.

What I’m Recommending:

  • Lunch: Join me in Dallas at the next Polish professional women’s luncheon on August 5! (Think nails not Poland.)
  • Conference: Today is the last day to register for the first ever Leaders Intensive for ministry leaders on August 1 at The Hope Center in Plano. Register here!

Julie’s Friday Favorites: Leadership Resources 7/17/15

 

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.” Steve Jobs

My passion is to empower women leaders to change the world. When I get stuck or frustrated, I think about you, Leader Friend, and how much I want you to become that leader God is creating you to be. Thinking about you and your potential helps me stick it out!

Passion for the vision can fuel you through a stall or setback. How can you share your passion with your team today?

This week’s Friday Favorites list includes a variety of leadership resources to empower you as you lead. I hope they serve as a refreshing boost as you wrap up your week!

Lead True and Lead On, Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. Superstar Seth Godin shows us the one option better than bouncing back: Bouncing Forward.
  2. I’ve been on my soapbox lately about the need for crazy clarity in leadership. My leadership crush, Mark Miller, adds fuel to the fire in this post.
  3. You know how sometimes you need a creative idea and quick? Inc. shares a simple way to Make Yourself or Your Team More Creative in Just 15 Minutes.

What I’m Recommending:

  • Lunch: Join me in Dallas at the next Polish professional women’s luncheon on August 5! (Think nails not Poland.)
  • Conference: Today is the last day to register for the first ever Leaders Intensive for ministry leaders on August 1 at The Hope Center in Plano. Register here!

Julie’s Friday Favorites 7/10/15

Leadership Resources Worth the Look

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Last weekend, my family and I visited Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle. The second largest canyon in the country did not disappoint. Our challenging hikes led to breathtaking views. As a native Texan, I was surprised by this hidden gem I had never visited.

What soothed my soul beyond the beauty of the canyon were the plains surrounding it. They stretched on for miles with no end in sight. One field of flowers flowed into the next prairie pasture followed by countless corn rows.

Wide open spaces are my happy place. They refuel this country girl in a way that no suburban coffee chain can ever do.

This week’s Friday Favorites list includes a variety of leadership resources to empower you as you lead. I hope they serve as a refreshing boost as you wrap up your week!

Lead True and Lead On, Julie

A Few Links I Loved:

  1. 2 Simple Questions Reveal Your Ability to Handle a Crisis
  2. How to Lead When You Aren’t the Leader
  3. Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work and What Does

What I’m Recommending: