We are always looking for help.
Searching for a website or author that can answer our questions. Motivate us when we are down. Or help us to crystallize our thinking.
Here are 5 websites and 1 author that helped me with all of these things.
When I meet with leaders and ask what conference they are going to this year the vast majority say Catalyst. This conferences reputation is stellar. The great part is you don’t have to just wait for the conference.
The people at Catalyst offer a great blog that is giving you more of their stellar stuff. A recent article that I think is just great is called, “Stop Preaching & Start Communicating”.
The reason I am writing this blog today is because Marv Penner told me to check out Michael Hyatt’s website. Hyatt was the president of the largest Christian book publisher and now writes and speaks full-time. He knows a thing or two about leadership.
Not only does Hyatt write some great things on his website but he also has a world class podcast. The podcast alone is worth any leaders time.
Godin is a marketer. He has written books like Purple Cow, but he also writes some great leadership content. His blog is great and different from anything else out there. He writes often but short blogs that often have a very different perspective on leadership.
From reading his blog and some of his books it seems like Godin is a really nice guy. His ideas seem more important to him then the money he can get from selling his stuff. One way I have seen this is he gives away a bunch of free stuff on his site. Check it out.
What would happen if you counted your life in days instead of years? This is something that Robert asks and it is a fascinating ride. He is convinced it will create more focus and purpose on each day that we have. This spills into the areas of leadership, time management and purpose with a interesting perspective.
If you are curious on how many days you have lived so far check out this link. After spending some time on this site I realized it truly is a helpful way to think.
So I am cheating. This isn’t a leadership blog or website. It is youth ministry website. But Marko does address leadership issues occasionally. What I think Marco does better then most is talk about complex youth ministry issues in a easy to understand way. A classic example is his look at the adolescent brain and how it shape our ministries.
Marko also runs a great youth ministry company called The Youth Cartel that publishes some of the most interesting youth ministry books on the market.
Lenioni is my favourite leadership author. Probably because he tells fables. I love a good story, even if it is a leadership fable. Lencioni is able to take a leadership issue and give you great solution through a story. For all of you nonfiction lovers, in his last chapter he then explains to the reader the leadership principle.
The great thing about Lencioni’s website is that he gives away a lot of free resources for ever book. These are super helpful if you want to teach these ideas to your team.