Book Review: “Leadership Pain: The Classroom for Growth”

Leadership Pain: The Classroom for GrowthLeadership Pain: The Classroom for Growth by Samuel Chand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was just what the doctor ordered. My wife and I have gone through two years of leadership pain. We thought following the plan God laid before us meant sunshine and unicorns. When things didn’t go the way we thought they should, a friend recommended this book. It has been very instrumental in reminding me that pain is actually part of growth and leadership. It all comes down to this equation:

Growth = Change
Change = Loss
Loss = Pain
thus, Growth = Pain.

It is not something American Christians want to hear, but it has proven true for me. The book uses testimonials from pastors and non-profit leaders from many backgrounds. The author’s story is also a powerful anecdote on what happens when leaders persevere through the pain. I fully recommend this book.

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A Senior Pastor’s Moat

Cartoon of a man at an alligator-infested moat
Copyright ©2017 Kidzmatter | Kevin Spear

Cartoon of a man at an alligator-infested moat. The man yells, “Doris! It’s Bob, the Children’s Pastor. I have an appointment with Pastor Kenneth!

No matter where you go, it can be difficult to get access to leaders. Sometimes, it is because leaders get interrupted continually. Sometimes, it can be because of personalities that clash. Other times, it may be because there was a great sale on moats and alligators. It can be for a host of reasons.  

This cartoon was not taken from a real-life experience. Nor were there any reptiles harmed in the creation of this cartoon.

I drew this for Kidzmatter Magazine.

Sketch Notes from 2014 Orange Conference: Public Speaking by Jeff Henderson

first page of sketch notes: Public Speaking by Jeff Henderson
First page of my sketch notes. The rest are below.
The 2017 Orange Conference is finished. I may post more sketch notes in the coming days. In the meantime, here is a set of my notes from the 2014 conference.

I attended a session where Jeff Henderson (@JeffHenderson), Lead Pastor at Gwinnett Church, talked about public speakingContinue reading “Sketch Notes from 2014 Orange Conference: Public Speaking by Jeff Henderson”

How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins | Sketch Notes

Page 1 of sketch notes on "How to Lead When You're Not in Charge," by Clay Scroggins
Page 2 of sketch notes on "How to Lead When You're Not in Charge," by Clay Scroggins

At yesterday’s Orange Conference, I heard Clay Scroggins give a great talk on leading yourself. The big takeaway I got from this talk is the importance of balancing positivity with a critical thinking. It is important to think critically in order to make things better while keeping a positive spirit. it is a balance, much like balancing between an aggressive and passive approach in leadership. Neither extreme is helpful.

Boards, Committees and Servant Leadership

Cartoon of two men looking at a wad of paper. One says, "We need to form a committee to decide who will pick up this trash."

When it comes to the balance of power, boards and committees can be tricky. Some believe their goal is to tell other people what to do. Others don’t have a clue how to get the ball rolling on tasks as simple as picking up some trash. Continue reading “Boards, Committees and Servant Leadership”