JCLP Featuring Rich Birch

Rich Birch has been in church leadership for over 20 years. He had the privilege of leading in one of the very first multisite churches in North America and has served on several highly influential church teams including Connexus Community Church and Liquid Church.

He’s the founder of Unseminary and his latest book is, Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church.

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Highlights from our conversation:

  • What Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge tells us about how to engage with people.
  • The unique dynamics of first chair and second chair leadership
  • What is on the horizon that leaders need to be paying attention to.
  • Why leaders need to live at the intersection of vision and reality.

Listen to this episode via Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle Play, or your favorite podcast app!

Connect with Rich:

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Website

JCLP Featuring Dee Ann Turner

You all are gonna love this one!

Dee Ann is a 33-year veteran of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Prior to retirement in 2018, she was Vice President, Talent and Vice President, Sustainability. The company’s first female officer, she was instrumental in building and growing Chick-fil-A’s well-known culture and talent systems. During her long career, she worked closely with Chick-fil-A’s founder, S. Truett Cathy, and other key leaders as an architect of their organizational culture. Additionally, she led Talent Management, Staff Learning and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Culture and Engagement.

Today, she leads her own organization, Dee Ann Turner, LLC, writing books, speaking to over 50 audiences per year and consulting and coaching leaders globally. She is the author of the bestseller, It’s My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture. Her latest book, Bet On Talent, will be released in September 2019.

Highlights from our conversation:

• Dee Ann’s recipe for a remarkable culture
• How she discovered that her calling was to help others find and develop their calling
• Her greatest learning from @chickfila founder Truett Cathy
• The important difference between principles and rules

This one is SOOO good! Go listen, rate, review, and share!

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Pre-order her new book: Bet on Talent

Connect with Dee Ann:

Instagram

Website

 

JCLP Featuring Troy Polluck

Troy is the VP of Community at Pushpay, a software company based in Redmond, WA. As the first U.S. employee, he has helped shape the company to be one of the fastest growing SaaS companies today. He has been an integral part of the development, strategic planning, and “hyper-growth” classification that surrounds the success of Pushpay internationally. Prior to joining Pushpay, Troy helped pioneer a healthy church in Southern California, where he served as an Executive for 6 years.

Highlights from our conversation:

  • How he led their team from 25 to 80 staff in 6 months
  • How he and the team at Pushpay exceeded their goal of $1 Billion in giving in less than 2 years
  • Why collective wisdom is significantly greater than independent wisdom
  • How if you hire the right people they’ll create the right product

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Connect with Troy:

Instagram

Website

 

 

JCLP Featuring Matt Brown

Matt Brown is an evangelist, author and founder of Think Eternity.  He and his wife, Michelle, are impacting millions of people with the gospel each year online and through live events. They also minister to more than two million followers on social media daily.

Matt joins me on the podcast to share more about is new book Truth Plus Love.

Highlights from our conversation:

  • What it means to be an influencer for the sake of the gospel.
  • What does truth without love look like? What about love without truth?
  • Why the fruit of the spirit strengthens our EQ.
  • How is the world supposed to see the grace of God when the people of God aren’t gracious?

Listen to this episode via Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle Play, or your favorite podcast app!

Connect with Matt:

Instagram

Website

JCLP Featuring Annie F. Downs

 

This one probably needs no introduction. I’ve had the privilege of knowing Annie F. Downs for 8 years or so. Every Enneagram 3 needs a good Enneagram 7 in their life and Annie is one of those 7s for me. She makes life better. She makes me better. She reminds me to “look for lovely”.

Just to make sure you have the details, Annie F. Downs is a bestselling author, nationally known speaker, and host of the popular That Sounds Fun Podcast. She’s the author of multiple bestselling books including Remember God, 100 Days to Brave, and Looking for Lovely.

Highlights from our conversation:

  • Hearing Annie’s journey to becoming a full-time author and speaker
  • Why leaps of faith are never a straight line from A to B
  • How to see rejection as roads signs/direction rather than personal
  • Why every leader needs to “just tell your story”
  • Getting a peek behind the scenes at Annie, the business leader
  • Annie’s advice to leaders: be fully yourself!

Listen to this episode via Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle Play, or your favorite podcast app!

Connect with Annie:

Instagram (for the best stories!)

Website

JCLP Featuring Dr. Randy Ross

 

 

Dr. Randy Ross is founder and CEO (Chief Enthusiasm Officer) of Remarkable! A master of cultural transformation, Dr. Ross has a unique understanding of employee engagement and offers practical solutions for increasing both team morale and performance.

He shared ideas and concepts from his brand new book: Relationomics: Business Powered by Relationships

One of my favorite things Dr. Ross shared is that “thriving organizations are powered by people”. 

Highlights from our conversation:

  • People craft the culture
  • 4 Principles to cultivate healthy relationships – Intentionality, Humility, Accountability, Sustainability
  • 4 Steps of growth – Know yourself, Choose yourself, Create yourself, Give yourself
  • Tension is healthy, resistance isn’t
  • The way we work is a form of worship

Listen to this episode via Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle Play, or your favorite podcast app!

Connect with Dr. Ross:

Get the book!

Check out his website

 

4 Tips for Using the Enneagram as an Effective Team Development Tool

4 Tips for Using the Enneagram as an Effective Team Development Tool

By: Jenni Catron

 

About 10 years ago my counselor introduced me to the Enneagram. It was one of the many tools that she used to help in discovering my motivations and convictions. We wrestled for months to accurately type me. Was I a “One” or a “Three”… maybe even a “Five”. She wasn’t in a hurry to determine my type although I was. To her, the process was a sacred discovery that would ultimately help us identify what some Enneagram scholars call the “automatic” self – the way I have learned to show up in the world to succeed.

 

Ultimately our discussions led us to conclude that my automatic self is a Type 3. Early on in life I learned to succeed by achieving. I internalized the belief that I was most valued when I performed well, whatever the role called for – teacher’s pet, straight “A” student, top of my class, star role in the musical, obedient child. Funny enough my nickname growing up was “Winners” although no one can remember exactly when or how that name was given.

 

Little about this process was humorous or entertaining. It was raw and many times painful but it was also incredibly beautiful. The Enneagram has been a tool of immense personal growth. It has stretched me and it has given me a framework for continued growth.

 

For the last decade, I have actively continued to study this tool both for my personal development but also for helping to serve the leaders I work with.

 

For many years when I would introduce the Enneagram, I would get strange looks and tentative questions “Ennea – what?” I’m pretty sure a few people thought I was drifting into some new age spirituality.

 

And so I have been mostly delighted with the rise of the Enneagram’s popularity. I’m thrilled that more people are aware of this tool and actively seeking to grow in their self-awareness.

 

As with any tool, knowing how to use the tool is important for it to be effective. A tool misused can be dangerous.

 

With a passion to help leaders use the tool well, I want to give you some thoughts on how to use the Enneagram effectively for you and your team.

  • Resist the desire to type someone. Sure, it’s kind of fun to try to peg someone based upon what you experience in their personality. But what we see on the surface is not always an indicator of underlying motivation. For example, I have perfectionist tendencies that can often be mistyped as a Type 1. With a closer look, you’ll discover that my pursuit of perfection is directly related to whom I’m trying to please. As a Type 3 I may shift my behavior according to whose approval I’m seeking. If you type someone too early, you may confuse them and yourselves and short circuit their discovery. When you allow someone to arrive at an understanding of their type, I promise you will learn much more about them.

 

  • Remember that the Enneagram is not designed to pigeon-hole someone into a type. While we all have a type that reflects our automatic self and this type will not change, the Enneagram is designed to help us become more integrated. Our automatic type will learn to be more fluid and balanced. As we grow and move to the healthiest version of our type, we will not be as extreme in our type or reflect the negative attributes of our type as strongly. I often hear individuals use their type as an excuse for behavior or I see team members box someone in with phrases like, “as an 8 you always have to be in charge” or “she’s a 4 that’s why she’s so moody”. We must resist the urge to limit people’s potential by seeing them as the stereotype of their number.

 

  • Use the Enneagram to spark understanding of one another. We naturally view the world through our own lens and as a result have difficulty understanding the motivations and behaviors of others. Healthy processing of the Enneagram equips your team to have a greater understanding of one another because you learn the automatic responses and motivations of each type. Using the Enneagram as a tool for learning more about one another can open up curiosity and lead to greater compassion for your team members.

 

  • As a leader, use the Enneagram to know how to coach and develop your team. You will build trust and influence with your team as you seek to understand them. Knowing your teams’ core motivations and fears give you powerful insight to know how to coach them, encourage them and provide feedback. For example, when you’re working with a Type 2 you can be sensitive to the fact that their desire to help everyone often leads them to overcommit and often feel taken advantage of. With this knowledge, you can be on the lookout for when they are overextending themselves and help coach them to be more clear with their boundaries. You can also keep an eye out for other staff who may take advantage of their tendency to rescue others.

 

Helping your staff be both self-aware and others-aware is a tremendous way to build trust and develop healthy teams. The Enneagram is just one of many tools that can be a powerful resource in creating healthy and thriving organizational culture.

 

What tools have been helpful for the health and development of your team?

How to Finish Well in 2018

How to Finish Well in 2018

By: Jenni Catron

 

These last few days of the year are a treasure to me. The busyness of Christmas is behind me and the opportunities of a new year are still ahead.  I want to bottle up these days and savor them. They are hopeful. Reflective. Unhurried.

It hasn’t always been this way. In years past we were on epic road trips trying to visit every possible family member across four states in ten days. From Christmas to January 1st was a blur and I found myself facing a new year with no perspective and no energy.

In my coaching calls this month, I discovered that for many leaders peace is the last word they would use to describe the Christmas season. Many looked at me with tears bubbling up in the corner of their eyes when I asked them if they had scheduled time to pause and reflect before they went racing into the New Year. Time to reflect? That sounds like a ridiculous question for most of you juggling the expectations of extended family and travel madness.

After years of frantically racing through December, I have become more intentional with seizing these last few days of the year. I adjust the pace.  I resist a schedule (which is a complete act of discipline for this Enneagram 3). And I engage a process of reflection that has become an anchor for perspective in the coming year. 

I wanted to share with you my process in hopes that it might inspire you to carve out some time these next few days to dream, pray and plan for 2019.

  • Relax/Refresh

Catch your breath. Drop your shoulders. Do something that allows you to change gears from the overdrive you’ve been in all month. For me that is often a long walk or hike. For some of you it might be some time at the spa. For some it’s playing games with your family. Consider what relaxes you and helps you feel refreshed and purposefully spend time doing these things.

  • Reflect

To plan for where you want to go you must reflect on where you’ve been. Perspective is essential to your success. Here are some questions I use to help me reflect on each key area of my life (spiritual, relational, personal, vocational):

– What were my favorite moments/memories?

– Where did I grow?

– What changes can I make?

– What does it look like to be intentional in the year ahead?

  • Recommit/Reorient

I intentionally use the word “recommit” or “reorient” because as I begin to plan for the upcoming year I’m rarely setting new goals that I’ve never considered before. Rather, I’m recommitting myself to my values and my passions. Tactically the goals may be new or they may be the next iteration of living out my purpose. But what I really need to do is to reorient myself with the gifts, passions and purpose that I feel God has called me to and is equipping me for. 

With this reorientation or recommitment to my sense of calling, I then set one to three big goals in each of the four key areas of life: spiritual, relational, personal and vocational.

I’m praying that 2019 is an extraordinary year for you! I hope that you’ll find time to reflect and relax, that you’ll adequately reflect and that you’ll passionately recommit to the work God has called you to do.  As one of my favorite passages of scripture says, “Do the creative best you can with your own life!” – Galatians 6:5 MSG

Jenni Catron 4Sight Group Leadership Podcast

JCLP Featuring Jo Saxton

This girl is one of my favorites!

Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, leadership coach, church planter and visionary, who empowers women, challenges societal stereotypes and helps people discover who they truly are, by seeing themselves the way God sees them.

I might have let my love of all things British detour our conversation at the beginning but that didn’t keep Jo’s passion for healthy identity to emerge.

Jo’s most recent book is called The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For

Highlights from our conversation:

  • Who were you before anyone told you who you are supposed to be?
  • What have been defining relationships in your life?
  • It’s harder to take risks when you are a people pleaser.
  • Where do you go to fall apart?

Listen to this episode via Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle Play, or your favorite podcast app!

Connect with Jo:

Get the book!

Check out her website

Follow on Instagram

Jenni Catron 4Sight Group Leadership Podcast Brad Lomenick

JCLP Featuring Brad Lomenick

 

Are you familiar with the Kevin Bacon rule?  According to Wikipedia, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a parlor game based on the “six degrees of separation” concept, which posits that any two people on Earth are six or fewer acquaintance links apart. Movie buffs challenge each other to find the shortest path between an arbitrary actor and prolific actor Kevin Bacon.”

Well, I submit that Brad Lomenick is the Kevin Bacon of Christian leadership.  If you don’t know Brad personally I’m pretty sure it will take six or fewer acquaintances to make the link.

We kick off this episode of the podcast with me sharing that theory as well as Brad telling a rather disparaging story about my skills at the game of corn hole (bean bag toss).  If you’re curious about one of my more embarrassing moments, you’ll want to take a listen!

Brad is a consultant, author, speaker and for 12 years served as the leader of Catalyst – a dynamic conference for young leaders.  He’s also the author of H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.

Highlights from our conversation:

  • Sometimes your most intentional influence is in a small circle of people.
  • What can you own/be the expert of?  How can you highlight and celebrate the work of others?  Brad started “The Young influencers List” over 10 years ago and it is a “go to” resource for identifying young and upcoming leaders.  
  • If you’re not bringing someone with you then you’re not truly leading.
  • So many leaders get to a place of unhealthy-ness because they are insecure.  
  • Be humble. Stay hungry.  Always hustle.

 

Listen to this episode via Apple PodcastsStitcherGoogle Play, or your favorite podcast app!

Connect with Brad:

Get the book!

Check out his website

Follow on Instagram

 

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