Top 20 Business Leadership Books 2017

Leaders are readers. Ever heard that? To help you stay on top of your game, we’ve put together a list of the Top 20 best selling Leadership books of 2017, so far. Whether you read it, listened to it (what I love to do), or a combination of the two…these resources will help you be the kind of leader you want to be.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Stephen R. Covey

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brené Brown

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
by Patrick Lencioni

Not Another Resolution

AA017935Ah, New Years. It’s that lovely time of year where well intentioned resolutions, die a slow (or truthfully, fast) death as life rolls on. Can you relate?

I wish I could tell you that as I look back over the many years, I see nothing but completed objectives and fulfilled dreams. I wish I could say that every time I set my mind to it, I was able to change this habit or that behavior. Unfortunately, I know all too well the regret of leaving something incomplete.

What starts as a truly motivating desire to see improvement in a relationship, a project, a personal goal…ends in a “oh well, maybe next year” or worse “I wish I had stuck with it“.

Have I depressed you? I think I just depressed myself!

So, what are we going to do about it? Are we going to let 2018 be another year of the same old thing? Or, are we going to take this annual “reset” and be greater than our 2017 self?

If you’re reading this post and thinking, “I never keep the resolutions I set“, then let me throwout some ideas so you can tell your subconscious “it wasn’t my idea“…”I’m just doing what someone else suggested“. (Note: if that sounds ridiculous, then you haven’t ever had the internal dialogues that plague so many of us when it comes to motivating ourselves. I can motivate others, but sometimes motivating me to exercise or read a book or whatever, is like coaxing a donkey to climb up the Himalayas)

Alright, here are some suggestions that may help you on your way to becoming a better you in this new year:

  • Exercise 3-5 times per week. Everything stems from your health. If you are in better shape, you will think better, relate with people better, sleep better, etc etc.
  • Read 1 book every month. Might be easy for some, but for many it’s a daunting thought. Reading is a fantastic way to increase your mental capabilities, vocabulary, stimulate creativity, etc. (extra credit: read the bible weekly, if not daily. no other book can encourage you and challenge you all at the same time. the time spent in this activity is invaluable.)
  • Spend more time with good people. I mean the people that “give” life, not suck it out of you. Don’t surround yourself with gossips, negative thinkers, etc. Place yourself in an environment that lifts you up and gets the most out of you.
  • Speak life. In every situation, you have the opportunity to change the atmosphere. Speaking life into other people’s lives will encourage them (and you).
  • Give away money. Yeah, that’s what I said. Tithe at your church, give to missions organizations, donate to folks trying to adopt, etc. Giving away a portion of what you worked hard to earn is a transforming exercise in seeing the world beyond your small part of it.
  • Be a better leader.Whether you are a boss or an employee, you have the opportunity to be a leader. Start this year by being intentional with what you say, how you act, etc in the workplace.
  • Remember to breathe. Working hard is great, it’s awesome to accomplish a ton of stuff. However, that is not all that life is about. Take time (on a very regular basis) to chill out. Go for a walk, take a nap, go to the movies, roll around on the floor with your kids, take your spouse on a date…breathe.

Certainly not an exhaustive list, but hopefully one or a few of them have sparked something in you. (I know they have in me)

I wish you luck as you begin this year, desiring to live intentional. May the grace and peace of God be with you everyday.

Written by Andrew Pino

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Eliminate Chaos In Your Life

AA017960You know the moms with the planners; the crazy organized, perfectly scheduled kind?  They absolutely amaze and intrigue me!  I, unfortunately, didn’t get that gene, but I’m finding more and more that I need one!  See, I could get away with my disorganized chaos so much better when I was younger, before I was married; before I had kids.  It was just my sanity it affected.  Now, with the husband and three small kids, I’m having to rethink how I go about my day; how my choices effect them.

There’s so many things I want to do, to be a part of, but most of the time I can’t figure out how to fit one more thing in or the thought of one more thing just overwhelms me.  Now, I agree that many times our lives our filled with business and chaos that we just don’t need, but that’s not what I’m talking about here.  I’m talking about just finding time for the things that mean something to you; the things you’re passionate about or that you feel called to do at this moment in time, but are struggling to make room for.  I feel like many of my weeks are spent running around from chore to chore, errand to errand, putting out fires ALL OVER THE PLACE, doing multiple things at once and forgetting what I was doing to begin with and rarely sitting down until after the kids are in bed.  Anyone? Anyone?  Well then, lie to me – tell me you’ve done this too and I’m not alone!

But, I’ve decided to put a stop to it.  I can’t accomplish all that I want to, all that is in my head to do, living in the chaos that has been my day to day.  I’ve been thinking about the things that kill my best intentions to be organized and productive….and that’s where we all have to start: Identifying what’s tripping you up.  For me it’s:

1) Lack of Focus – Allowing myself to get distracted with anything and everything.  Yes, this happens ALL THE TIME with kids, but that can also be our excuse <gulp>!  If I’m really being honest with myself though (and with you), it also happens when I stop to check email or Facebook or Pinterest for “just a second” and 15 minutes (or 30) goes by before I know it.  It takes discipline to stay focused and sometimes we have to say no to those kinds of little things in the moment so we can say yes to the things we really want to do later.

2) Procrastination – I am so amazing at this!  I’m reasonably sure I drive my proactive, get it done right away husband absolutely crazy sometimes!  No, really, it’s bad!  It’s the reason I feel overwhelmed so much of the time.  I put off so many things that they snowball and come rolling over me.  I actually have been working on this for years and I have improved in a lot of areas, but when I have those train wreck weeks, I know there’s still plenty of room for improvement…which I will get to someday.  Kidding!

So I’m off and running with this “organized life” thing (with lots of help from my husband!) because I want an intentional life and I want to teach my kids how to lead intentional lives.  I want to be able to do the things God has put in my heart to do and I can’t do them well or perhaps at all with a disorganized schedule that runs me. What about you?  What are the things that hold you back from an organized schedule?  What does it keep you from accomplishing?  Or for the “Planners” out there (that cringed their way through this post), what helps keep you organized?

Written by Amy Pino

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Press On

ACT0042AHave you ever been at the gym, running on the treadmill or maybe over in the weights section and reached that place in your workout where everything inside you is saying,”Stop What You Are Doing To Me!” Minutes ago things were fine, you were working hard but your body was working with you to make it happen. Before you know it though, your mind and body have taken two different courses.

At that moment you have two choices: 1. Quit or 2. Press On

I can say that in the workout scenario, I’ve taken both options. Unfortunately in life, I have taken both options too. I’d like to tell you I’ve never quit something before I should or that I never sabotaged myself so that “I was no longer allowed” to continue, but I can’t say that. There have been many times in my life where quitting just made things easier, or so I thought. That short-term relief of being done with something hard or seemingly insurmountable so often turned to regret for the immature decision to quit.

What I’m proud to say, is that over the years there have also been quite a few times when I chose to press on. And believe me, it’s a choice. Often no one else is going to get you there. Sure, folks will encourage you and try to support you, but in the end it’s on you. In my experience, the only person you can fully trust in, that will stay with you through anything, is God. There’s something supernatural about what you can achieve, if you allow Him to be your strength.

In those moments when you are ready to give up, back down, quit…if you will talk to Him (prayer), He will give you what you need to get beyond your current circumstances.

Disclaimer, I’m not saying everything will be easy. Or that you have a “get out of jail free” card, so no need for you to really make an effort. Quite the opposite. God is no genie in a lamp that we can summon whenever we need Him. He is a Savior King, worthy of our praise and adoration at all times. Again, that’s not easy to do either. Life has a way of distracting us from the things we know we should do, spend our time on, etc. It’s only when we make a conscious decision to “Press On” that we will find His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

What are you struggling with? Where do you need to call on God for strength? What are you ready to quit (or maybe already have)? It’s time to stop pushing with all your strength to lift the weight you’re bearing; turn to THE source so you can press on!

Written by Andrew Pino

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