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Five Factors: A podcast about leadership

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Jenni Catron on Leading Holistically and Women Leaders in the Church

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Leadership is an act of love. ‘Leadership is about loving and serving others well and drawing out the best from them and aligning them on a mission together.’Leaders are not well-rounded. Each of us naturally leads from our heart, soul, mind or strength. But healthy leaders develop ways to lead with awareness of the value of each perspective. We need more women leaders. Women leaders struggle with insecurity and a lack of opportunities. Men can be...

Duration: 00:57:17

Secret #3 - Healthy Leaders Finish The Year Well

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Take time to evaluate and plan for the year ahead. You don’t have time to spend the next month only thinking about next year. But it’s a smart play to take an hour, a half-day, or a full day to look back and look ahead.Set expectations with your family and employees. Don’t assume that everyone understands and agrees with your work plans. I’m sure you have great reasons behind your schedule; make sure the people that matter most are on the same...

Duration: 00:35:11

Secret #2 - Healthy Leaders Know How They Feel

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: We need to find better ways to describe how we feel. Most of us don’t know how to describe how we feel beyond “OK” or “good.”Use a feelings wheel to develop emotional accuracy. This tool visualizes the relationship between emotions and helps us push past surface emotions or words that do not accurately describe how we feel. The road to emotional intelligence takes less than 3 minutes per day.Using the feelings wheel 5 times a day creates...

Duration: 01:44:43

Secret #1 - Healthy Leaders Are Flexible

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Healthy leaders stay open to reality. Because you have blind spots, you won’t always see the world with accuracy. Be willing to intentionally and consistently learn from the perspective of other people.Healthy leaders stay open to change. Past success does not guarantee future results. Create space for feedback and innovation.Healthy leaders stay open to pivoting. All-or-nothing changes rarely produce the desired results. Play the long game and be...

Duration: 00:27:36

Scott Sauls on How Leaders Turn Weakness Into Strength

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Finishing well is more difficult than starting well. Scott wrote his book in response to an 18 month period where five of his friends lost their ministries because of their character. Wherever you are in your journey as a leader, you must lead with the end in mind.What can you learn from your critics? Scott shares the examples of Tim Keller and Bob Goff, as well as wisdom from John Newton, to help you grow from criticism, even when you are treated...

Duration: 00:42:13

A Simple (And Effective) Way To Develop Leaders - Ep. 10

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Training doesn’t develop leaders. Training allows organizations to batch content and scale their message. But the results speak for themselves - leadership training doesn’t produce better leaders.The best way to develop leaders is through relationship. Taking a more personalized approach that emphasizes empathy, clarity and serviceresults in leaders who do their best work for the long haul. Develop emotional intelligence and you’ve done 80% of the...

Duration: 00:58:29

How To Build A Life You Love - Ep. 009

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: The work you do must have motivation and purpose. God uses the work that you doto make him impossible ignore to the people around you.Who are you growing into? Building a life you love is an ongoing project, not just a mile marker as we begin our adult lives. What you do with your life does not define who you are. You are a person created by God who made you in his image, for his glory, to be loved by him forever. “We gotta talk about calling.” I...

Duration: 03:28:51

The Real Reason You Want To Be Productive

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Pay attention to your productivity. A Microsoft study found that the average worker in the U.S. wastes 17 hours in a 45 hour work week. Honoring our employer and the people we serve by working with focus is a surprising way to make Jesus impossible to ignore. Be like Ike. President Dwight Eisenhower developed a matrix for making decisions based on the importance and urgency of a particular task. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritize your...

Duration: 01:03:31

How To Slow Down and Lead Well with Pastor Leonce Crump Jr. - Ep. 007

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: If you are under the age of 40, slow down. Embrace the process of maturity. Move patiently toward the time when your experience and results earn you the right to be heard. The importance of leading locally. Social media creates an opportunity to influence people you’ve never met in places that you’ve never been. Time-tested leadership, however, requires focused work and a shared life with the people around you. Jesus is a friend of sinners....

Duration: 00:58:01

Friends and Family - Don't Discount Your Relationships - Ep.006

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Healthy relationships begin with you. Leaders are surrounded by distractions at the office, on their phone and in the world around them. Those distractions make it difficult to gain clarity about what's going on inside of your head and heart. There is a genuine and present stress on the marriages of leaders. From working too much to bringing work home to the challenges of making friends, resentment for that work grows in the hearts of leaders...

Duration: 00:51:34

3 Signs Of Spiritual Health - Ep. 005

I (Matt) can still remember the scene… I am in kindergarten. My mom has just arrived home from the commissary (grocery store) with a car filled with groceries. Next to the car is a big orange box of Tide laundry detergent. And by big, I mean big. But I want to help so I try to pick it up. Hulking up like Lou Ferrigno in green body paint (again, this is 1980...some of you know!), I am bound and determined to carry that box into the house. But it doesn’t budge. So I try to drag it. Just...

Duration: 00:54:13

Ambition - Ep. 004

On the way home from his flag football game last night, my (Matt) son, Will, asked what he could work on to get better before his next game. Will is nine years old. This season is the fourth time that he's played flag football and after every game, we talk about how his team played and what he did to positively contribute to his team. I've never treated him like he's gonna be a five-star recruit playing on Saturdays in the SEC. He makes mistakes, but he's a little kid, so my feedback has...

Duration: 00:58:30

Resilience - Ep. 003

Some leaders have a high level of natural, God-given, intuitive, emotional intelligence. They know how they feel and they understand how others feel. They can build connections based on those feelings, and everyone is the better for it. I (Matt) did not receive that particular gift under the leadership Christmas tree. I went to school for more than 20 years, and nobody told me that emotional intelligence was more important than 10th-grade geometry. Talking about feelings wasn’t something...

Duration: 00:51:28

Strength - Ep. 002

I (Matt) grew up playing baseball in the 80s. The high school I went to in Abilene, TX won the Baseball America (mythical) national championship in 1987 and 1988. As big as football is in West Texas, baseball was a close second at our school. My primary position was pitcher. I wasn’t that good, but I wanted to be. Trouble is, I was “husky” - details are inside this podcast episode - which meant that I had zero athletic advantage over anyone on our team. I was not strong. I was not fast....

Duration: 00:30:10

What is Five Factors? Ep. 001

The Five Factors Leadership Podcast is a project that began almost twenty years ago at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. And while neither Tal Prince nor I (Matt Adair) had grand plans to take over the world with a podcast, here we are. And that’s a win for you. Tal was the teaching assistant in a preaching class I had at Beeson, and he gave me a D- on a book review that I wrote for the class. I don’t remember the book, but I do remember Tal’s note: ‘Your writing deserves an...

Duration: 00:28:50