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Tales of Leadership and Life with Jo Saxton and Pastor Steph O'Brien

Tales of Leadership and Life with Jo Saxton and Pastor Steph O'Brien
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Tales of Leadership and Life with Jo Saxton and Pastor Steph O'Brien






S06: Episode 17 - The End of Season 6 - Plan for summer and fall!

Jo and Steph look back at Season 6. Listen in to hear which ones you missed and reflect on the ones you did hear! AND… find out what is going on on the podcast over the summer and into the fall… We would love you to pre-order Steph’s book! It’s called ‘Stay Curious: How questions and doubts can save your faith’. Steph is also available to speak at your church/group about her book! Check out the contact details below! Want to see some intentional, measurable growth? Check out some...


Maximizing Your Writing! A conversation with Hope Writers Founder, Emily P Freeman!

On this bonus podcast Steph and Jo speak with Emily P. Freeman, author of 5 books and founder of Hope Writers - a community for writers of all stages who want to take their writing to their next level! Lead Stories is so thankful to partner with Hope Writers because we deeply believe in what they do! If you are thinking about writing, have just started writing, or have been writing for a while - the Hope Writers Community is for YOU! Hope Writers is a community of working writers...


S06: Episode 16 Maximizing Skills and Training

What are your God-given talents and gifts and are you unwrapping them and maximizing them? Listen in to hear Jo and Steph practically discussing how we can faithfully invest in our gifts and see our skills grow to maximize kingdom growth. Passages mentioned: Matthew 25 / Luke 19 Discussion questions: How can you identify your gifts so that you can begin to maximize them? What are the things others have complimented you on, or is there a test you can take or friends and family you can...


Lead Voices Episode // Beatrice Achieng Nas from Uganda

This week's Lead Voices Episode is an interview Beatrice Achieng Nas who is the founder and director of Pearl Community Empowerment - Foundation. Beatrice was born in the Tororo district of Uganda where she grew up in a town with no access to clean water and needed to travel far to just go to school. She ended up becoming the first person from her town to graduate from college. After going on to become successful leader in humanitarian work in the UK, she returned to invest in her own...


S06: Episode 15 - Maximizing Drive and Ambition

What does healthy ambition look like? Is it a God-given thing or just our own strivings? Do we have to make a choice between being ambitious and being happy? Jo and Steph tackle these questions and more in today’s episode on maximizing drive and ambition. Together they will look at what can happen when we repress ambition and how to discern which dreams are God-given (and how to embrace those healthily), and where we need to be cautious. Discussion questions: What has driven you in...


Lead Voices Episode: Pastor Rachel Billups

Listen today as Stephanie and Jo speak with Pastor Rachel Billups about leadership, identity and calling. Rachel is a visionary, leader and author. She currently serves as Pastor of Ginghamsburg Church and Lead Communicator. She partners with family and young adult ministries to dream and deploy discipleship opportunities for making young disciples of Jesus Christ. Rachel is an ordained Elder within the United Methodist Church and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible/religion and History from...


S06: Episode 14 - Maximizing Your Leadership with Pastor Laurel Bunker

Pastor Laurel is back talking maximizing leadership with Jo and Steph. In this highly practical episode, Pastor Laurel shares from her personal experience and tools and resources which have helped her move forward into all God has for her. A practical way to maximize your leadership: Divide your paper into two down the middle.Write your gifts and dreams on one side and fears and vulnerabilities on the other side. Draw yourself in the center.Put the people you trust most on one part of...


S06: Episode 13 - Maximizing Mentorship & Sponsorship

How do mentors and sponsors impact our leadership and how do we find them? Listen in to hear how Jo and Steph’s leadership has been helped by mentors and sponsors and what we can all do to open the doors for others. Discussion questions: Who could you sponsor right now? Where do you have influence? Is there someone who you can open a door for who is a different gender or background than you?Are you praying about finding a mentor/sponsor? Are you meant to take a next step in approaching...


Lead Voices Episode: Hillsong Channel's Natalie Manuel Lee

Today on this Lead Voices episode of The Lead Stories Podcast Jo and Steph talk with Natalie Manual Lee - Executive Producer and host of Now with Natalie on the Hillsong Channel. Check out the show here! Follow Natalie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nataliemanuellee/


S06: Episode 12 - Maximizing Your Tribe

Do you have a tribe? Join Jo and Steph as they talk about the why and hows of maximising your tribe and the barriers to them. Things that hinder us from being part of a tribe: Feeling you need to / should do something on your ownFeeling we are in competition with othersIdolising the nuclear family ‘Now he's using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone.’ Ephesians 2:10 - Message translation. Target image: Click here to get the target...


S06: Episode 11 - Maximizing Your Leadership

Listen in today (and be moved!) as Steph shares about her recent trip to Uganda and what she encountered regarding the celebration of leadership and women there. Listen in also to hear an introduction to the new Lead Stories series - ‘Maximizing your leadership’. Resources: Graham Hill - Global Church Project https://theglobalchurchproject.com/ Discussion questions: How would you feel if someone celebrated and literally danced when hearing your calling? Read Zephaniah 3:17 and...


SPRING BREAK REPLAY - Criticism Part 1

This episode originally aired in the Lead On series in November 2017. When you lead you will be criticized. So how can we lead on in the midst of criticism? Jo and Steph talk from personal experience about how they have received criticism and how to filter negative feedback without getting bitter or discouraged. Discussion questions: Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo: Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast Facebook:...


SPECIAL EPISODE: Water Changes Everything - On location in Uganda with Pastor Steph

Journey with Pastor Steph and experience the moment when a community gets fresh water for the first time! To help the O'Briens fund a well for a community just like the one featured in this podcast head to: JDandSteph.com You can also see photos of what you are hearing! The group they traveled with is FieldsOfLife.org


SPRING BREAK REPLAY - Comparison and Competition Part 2 #LeadOn

Spring Break Replay during the month of March! Enjoy these previously published favorites! Also, check out this link to download a copy of "Lead On: A Resource for Leading in the Midst of Anxious Times" We need practical tools to help us thrive in a world of comparison and competition, which so often begins with our minds! This week Jo and Steph talk about internal and external struggles with comparison and competition and how we can practically face them head on, changing our mindsets,...


SPRING BREAK REPLAY - Comparison and Competition Part 1 #LeadOn

Spring Break Replay during the month of March! Enjoy these previously published favorites! Also, check out this link to download a copy of "Lead On: A Resource for Leading in the Midst of Anxious Times" Comparison and competition are as old as Cain and Abel. Rachel and Leah struggled with it and the disciples too. This week Jo and Steph discuss the difference between a scarcity and an abundance mindset and ask how we can create cultures where people can flourish rather than strive or...


SPRING BREAK REPLAY - How to Beat The Impostor Syndrome #LeadOn

Spring Break Replay during the month of March! Enjoy these previously published favorites! Also, check out this link to download a copy of "Lead On: A Resource for Leading in the Midst of Anxious Times" Last week Jo and Steph discussed the Imposter Syndrome and this week they show you how to overcome it! Using the letter A (because Jo has loved Sesame Street since childhood) they are going to discuss 8 points which use the letter A. 1) Admit this a problem and begin to address it. 2)...


SPRING BREAK REPLAY - Imposter Syndrome #LeadOn

Spring Break Replay during the month of March! Enjoy these previously published favorites! Also, check out this link to download a copy of "Lead On: A Resource for Leading in the Midst of Anxious Times" Jo and Steph discuss the ‘Imposter syndrome’ today, the feeling that many people have, even high achievers, that they just got lucky and are not as able as it appears. ‘Imposter syndrome’ is an internal insecurity and a fear that eventually they will be figured out and exposed for who they...


S06: Episode 10 - Pastor Laurel Bunker's Story #TheSacrificesOfLeadership

Join international speaker Pastor Laurel Bunker as she chats healthy and unhealthy sacrifices with Jo and Steph. Listen in to this passionate conversation to hear how she responds positively to the sacrifices of being a black female leader and what she does to sustain God’s call on her life without making unhealthy sacrifices. Discussion questions: Can you name some positive sacrifices you have made in your leadership?Can you identify some negative sacrifices you have made in your...


S06: Episode 9 - Pastor Steph's Story #TheSacrificesOfLeadership

Pastor Steph grew up with parents who understood the sacrifice of leadership in full-time ministry. Listen in as Jo interviews her about what her early understandings of leadership and sacrifice were and what being a leader has cost her as a woman and as someone who breaks many different stereotypes. Discussion questions: How are you different from other people? What is your leadership ‘flavor’?Where do you particularly find it difficult to disappoint others?What things have you had to...