BOOKS

Living Your Strengths - Catholic Edition: Discover Your God-Given Talents and Inspire Your Community

Even in a country as religious as the U.S., many people feel disengaged from their faith communities. More than half report that they really don't get the opportunity in their congregation to do what they do best. People just feel disconnected.

Maybe it's because those faith communities make unwitting missteps: Too many people's talents are going unappreciated.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Living Your Strengths shows readers how to use their innate gifts to enrich their faith communities. The book --- written by onetime pastors Albert Winseman and Curt Liesveld, and Donald O. Clifton, co-author of the national bestseller Now, Discover Your Strengths --- shows people how to identify and affirm their talents, and how to use them for growth and service. Most importantly, Living Your Strengths helps people discover their true calling.

 

Expanding Your Strengths

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone knew and understood their strengths so we could all work together more effectively? Now you can take the next step to advance the strengths mission. Expanding Your Strengthsintroduces you to theme dynamics and includes access to an interactive Web app you can use with the people you manage and coach. The portability of the Web app allows you to pull it up on your desktop, phone or tablet or on third-party devices. Access the Web app anywhere — from your own office to a client’s conference room to a college classroom — for coaching sessions, one-on-one discussions or high-level meetings.

This powerful resource allows you to dynamically select theme pairings, see how different talent themes combine and complement each other, and explore the StrengthsFinder talent themes one by one. Take your relationships to the next level. Use this book and Web app to create stronger teams, coach friends and associates, and develop your employees.

 

The Permanent Revolution Playbook: APEST for the People of God: A Six Week Exploration

For far too long now the church has tried to extend the logic and impact of Jesus's ministry on its own terms. And yet there is clear guidance from Scripture itself as to how the church can be the fulness of Christ in the world. A vital part of the answer to a renewed ministry in the church, one capable of matching the challenges we face, is found in Eph.4:1-16. 

Every time the explicit teaching of the text has been is taken seriously and properly integrated into the life of God's people, history has been in the making. 

This playbook (developed from the award winning The Permanent Revolution) is designed to introduce the disciple to his or her own, Jesus-given, vocational profile. This is important for all of God's people, because discovering your ministry will give you a direct clue to your distinctive contribution in the world.

 

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

A thought-provoking, accessible, and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Including a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, as well the five key disciplines that turn smart leaders into genius makers, Multipliers is a must-read for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders.

 
 

For a New Generation

In For a New Generation, Lee Kricher outlines five practical change strategies for church leaders and members who are committed to reversing or avoiding church decline. This book is not about changing your church's statement of faith. It is about evaluating and changing, as needed, your church's programs, ministries and practices to ensure the long-term health and vitality of your church. 

The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation

We all know that higher education has changed dramatically over the past two decades. Historically a time of exploration and self-discovery, the college years have been narrowed toward an increasingly singular goal—career training—and college students these days forgo the big questions about who they are and how they can change the world and instead focus single-mindedly on their economic survival. In The Purposeful Graduate, Tim Clydesdale elucidates just what a tremendous loss this is, for our youth, our universities, and our future as a society. At the same time, he shows that it doesn’t have to be this way: higher education can retain its higher cultural role, and students with a true sense of purpose—of personal, cultural, and intellectual value that cannot be measured by a wage—can be streaming out of every one of its institutions.

 

The Language of Blessing: Discover Your Own Gifts and Talents . . . Learn How to Pour Them Out to Bless Others

Most people have no idea who they were created to be, nor what their own unique gifts and talents are. So how can we recognize and affirm these things in others—especially if we were not encouraged ourselves as we were growing up? How can we change course and learn a language of blessing that will lead to positive change in all of our key personal and professional relationships? In The Language of Blessing, Joe Cavanaugh gives us practical tools to recognize our own gifts and those of others and to use our newfound “language” to bless the ones we care about, breaking a destructive generational cycle and setting a new course for our loved ones’ futures.

 

More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure

By Todd Wilson  (Author), Rick Warren and Robert Coleman (Foreword).  More meets Christians where they’re at, acknowledging the roots of their discontent and demonstrating how to move from inspiration and desire into action. Church strategist and ministry activator Todd Wilson shows how all believers can live more abundant lives around the uniqueness of how they were made and what they are called to do.


Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person

What if we were able to gain profound insight into the unique design, creative drive, and potential destiny of the people in our lives? The bold promise of this book is that we can.

This ability carries an awesome responsibility: We must all be mentors and midwives to the personal vocations of others.

Unrepeatable is about the urgent need for each of us to cultivate the vocations of others and the steps we should take to do it well.


Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.


Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church is suffering its worst decline in five centuries—a precipitous slide that will turn catastrophic unless reversed by fundamental changes in strategy, culture, and leadership style. Even the inspiring leadership of Pope Francis will not reverse the slide without a strategy for action, from the grassroots through the hierarchy. Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit seminarian and business executive who now chairs one of the world’s largest Catholic ministries, not only outlines the challenges but also maps the path forward in Everyone Leads. 


Articles & Websites

What  ‘renewing the Church’ really requires

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. • Archbishop of Philadelphia

The Archbishop’s following  published by the Pontifical Council for the Laity, are a condensed and adapted version of comments he shared in May 2015 with his brother Philadelphia priests at their annual convocation

 

Build a dynamic community by having them do what they do best. 

by FATHER BOB STEC, The Priest.

Human formation necessarily requires growing in our self-awareness — understanding our strengths, limitations, blind spots and the complexity of how we are beautifully and wonderfully made in God’s image and likeness. 

Thankfully, there are tools to help us do this. 

 

Your employees and human flourishing

Michael Matheson Miller writes that treating people as subjects and helping them to flourish as persons is a powerful witness to the joy of the Gospel. Such thinking is counter to today’s utilitarian culture of using people to accomplish personal or corporate goals. Miller gives several practical ways to encourage human flourishing in your workplace..

 

Multipliers and the Church  

Rev. James F. Podlesny, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent, is currently pastor of Saint Cecilia and Sacred Heart Parish, Diocese of Greensburg, PA.

There are those who expect great things from their people and drive them to achieve extraordinary results.  These Multipliers use their intelligence to draw out the smarts, creativity and capability of the people around them.  They amplify or “multiply” the genius of the people around them.

 

The Newton Institute

Rick Newton, in partnership with Dr. John Stahl-Wert, heads the Newton Institute, which offers leadership training to take organizations from performance to purpose and produce bottom-line results.  They identify, affirm, and empower your unique design, so you can lead authentically and more effectively, teaching the principles of Serving Leadership through the stories of other leaders, both their successes and failures. Rick believes the ultimate goal of leadership is to create a flourishing environment where everyone can be their best. Through Serving Leadership, managers become leaders.

 

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™

The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ has a simple goal: To help people discover how to build a truly cohesive and effective team. Based on Patrick Lencioni’s internationally best-selling leadership fable The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, this assessment-based program focuses on putting The Five Behaviors™ model into practice.

 
“We no longer say that we are "disciples" and "missionaries", but rather that we are always "missionary disciples"."  -Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 120

“We no longer say that we are "disciples" and "missionaries", but rather that we are always "missionary disciples"."

-Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 120

3 Reasons The Church Needs Leaders Who Empower Others

Jesus wants us to make more leaders, because “the harvest is plentiful and the laborers few.” Therefore, Jesus needs us to delegate to others, to build His Church. It isn’t our Church, it is His and we have been given a model of how to empower others, by deeply investing in a few & sending them out to do the same. Don't wait for your Father-in-law to call you to task, when he sees you failing as a leader.

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