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Stories of leadership and life with Jo Saxton and Steph O'Brien

Nov 20, 2017

Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is a writer and speaker Author, writer and columnist and is talking to Jo and Steph today about anxiety, marriage and her new book, Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-up World.

Listen in to hear how Dorcas and her husband have cultivated their marriage through international moves and juggled family life and their careers as they have sought to love and support one another well.

 

Check out Dorcas’ new book now: Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-up World

Www.chengtozun.com

Find Dorcas Cheng-Tozun on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Other resources mentioned:

The Good Marriage - Judith Wallerstein & Sandra Blkeslee

 

Check out Sacred Holidays for Advent resources. 

Www.sacredholidays.com

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Nov 13, 2017

How can we access whether the feedback we get (and give) is worth investing time and energy in or not? That’s where the feedback assessment tool comes in.  Looking in depth at the 4 spectrums, Jo and Steph examine how we can filter our feedback and invest our energies where they should be - in growth and learning, no matter how the feedback is presented.  

The 4 spectrums:

1) Kind of feedback it is

2) Kind of person

3) Clarity of the feedback

4) Relevance to our call, context and community

 

If you do not see the free resource attached to the show notes you may use this link:

Feedback Assessment Tool

 

Discussion questions:

1) List 3 people you know who are trusted experts or mentors.  Do you respond well to and ask them for regular feedback?

2) Whose feedback do you find yourself spending more brain energy on than you should?

3) What have you learned in this podcast that can help you give good feedback to others?  

 

Check out Sacred Holidays for Advent resources.  

Www.sacredholidays.com

For 10% off use the code: LEADSTORIES   

Please note that this book is NOT written by our Lead Stories Jo Saxton: Snail Trail: In Search of a Modern Masterpiece.  It is a lovely book for your kids so you may want to check it out, but any positive feedback needs to be sent to the real author and not our Jo Saxton. Thank you.

We would however love feedback on the feedback assessment tool! You can let us know at:

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Nov 8, 2017

Amena Brown is laughing with Jo and Steph on the podcast today as she shares about her new book and what it means to be a businesswoman offering the service of poetry, the spoken and written word.  Listen in to hear her journey in growing in confidence in her calling and her laugh-out loud stories!

 

Check out her new book: How to Fix a Broken Record out now!

 

Www.amenabrown.com

 

Books Amena recommends: 

- Business Plans for Dummies

- ‘Awakening the entrepreneur within’ by Michael E. Gerber

 

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Nov 6, 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:

  1. What have you not done for the Kingdom because of the fear of rejection or criticism?  

 

  1. What inner critique do you have of other leaders that you haven’t processed yet?

 

  1. What is at stake if you don’t lead on in the midst of criticism or potential criticism?

 

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Oct 30, 2017

There is a take-over on Lead Stories today!

 

To celebrate the 100th Episode, Keisha Polonio and Sally Breen have taken over the mics and are quizzing Jo and Steph on some very important questions:

  1. Jo, what is your favorite lip gloss color?
  2. Steph, what has been something about marriage that has surprised you? And what has been a challenge?
  3. Jo, what are you and Chris doing to prepare your girls for the future world they may face?
  4. Steph, how do you deal with people who are unsure how to respond to you as a Pastor as a woman?
  5. What do you do when you want to de-stress?
  6. Jo, when you became a Christian at 9, what was the first thing you wanted to do after you became a Christian?
  7. What was your first impression of each other?
  8. Do you have any advice for people who are looking for mentors or who should be mentors?  How should you engage with people who say they are going to stalk you?!
  9. Jo, What do you do when you get afraid?
  10. Who has been the interviewee who has most impacted you personally?

 

Listen in to hear their answers and celebrate with Lead Stories Live the 100th episode!

 

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Oct 25, 2017

Don’t miss today’s podcast as Christine shares her journey into leading A21 an anti-trafficking organization which is dedicated to abolishing this century’s modern day slavery and ’holocaust’.  She also shares about her heart with the two other strands of her ministry - Propel and Equip and Empower Ministries.

In a passionate and profound conversation with Jo and Steph, Christine challenges us to live fully in the world as carriers of God’s Presence and to be leaders who seek Him and His Presence more than our platforms or pleasures.

 

Discussion questions:

1) Christine talked about feeling called but totally unequipped and under-resourced but walking by faith.  Where do you feel called but have yet stepped out in faith?

2) What practices do you have in place to get deep into His Word and allow it to penetrate your inner being in the midst of life’s storms?

3) What does it mean for you practically to be a leader who doesn’t minimize others’ pain and suffering but who continually points people to Jesus and His hope and redemption and healing?

 

Check out Christine’s New Book: Unshakeable, 365 devotions for finding unwavering strength in God’s Word.

 

http://christinecaine.com

Propel http://www.propelwomen.org/

A21 http://www.a21.org

Equip and Empower Ministries http://christinecaine.com/content/equip-empower-ministries/gjqe7s

 

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Oct 23, 2017

Lead Stories is Live at Awaken Community Church in St. Paul where listeners are getting a chance to ask their questions about leading in the midst of anxious times.  Listen in to hear how Jo and Steph answer the following questions:

  1. As a leader in whatever space we may have influence, what does it look like to use our platform and privilege to elevate the voices that are not the same as ours?
  2. We live in a culture where people are desperate for connection and much of that happens now in digital spheres.  How do you lead and love well on the internet?
  3. As you grow in influence - how do you decide who to invest in and what sphere people should be in?
  4. What does it look like as a young leader to lead along different generations and still walk along in integrity?
  5. What does it look like for us to lead well within a corporate context?

 

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Oct 16, 2017

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, practice and culture.

 

Discussion questions:

1.  Where is your biggest struggle with comparison and competitivity right now? Internally or externally?

 

2. How easy do you find it to affirm and encourage others who are doing what you want to be doing? Who can you encourage today?

3. How clear are you on your vision and what God has called you to do? You could start by writing out a list of the things you are clear on - your gifts, calling etc.  Knowing what we are called and gifted to do can help us not to compare so much with others.

4. Jo said: “In a competitive mindset, you have just given others something God has given you, but in a God-given mindset you have just multiplied”. Jesus desired his disciples to go further and do more than he did. How do you feel about discipling others who may do more and go further than you will? Is there a mindset you need to repent of? What practical things can you do going forward to encourage, release and celebrate your disciples?

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Oct 11, 2017

Steph is chatting to Steve Wiens about his new book Whole: Restoring What Is Broken in Me, You and The Entire World. 

Listen in to hear their conversations about 5 Biblical questions and what it means to engage with them as leaders:

‘Where are you?’

‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’

‘What are you seeking?’

‘Where are you going?

‘What will you bring?’

 

Should we embrace mystery or mastery as leaders? Is it possible to stay somewhere God has sent you for too long? Why was Bono unhappy with the song ‘Where the Streets have no name’? Listen in hear Steve and Steph discuss these questions and much more!

 

Check out Steve’s new book: ‘Whole: Restoring What Is Broken in Me, You and The Entire World’ at Indiebound or the other places you get books.

Www.stevewiens.com

Also look out for Steve’s podcast: This Good Word.

Also Recommended: Brian Zahnd - Sinners in the hand of a Loving God

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Oct 9, 2017

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 withdraw.

 

Discussion questions:

1. Can you think of a time when you compared yourself to someone else and then gave up or withdrew from a situation? Where did you have a scarcity mindset?

2. Can you think of a time when you compared yourself to someone else and it made you want to strive to compete and be the best? What suffered as a result?

3. As a leader do you prepare for abundance or fear scarcity? Can you give some specific examples?

 

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Oct 2, 2017

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) Assess your strengths and your weaknesses

3) Asking for feedback

4) Awareness of spiritual warfare

5) Accept an accurate view of yourself.

6) Acquiring a healthy community

7) Acknowledging that you are a work in progress

8) It is not about arriving - it never was.

 

Discussion questions:

1) Where can you identify the Imposter Syndrome influencing your ability to move forward?

2) Which of the steps above do you feel God is highlighting to you to focus on as you take Imposter Syndrome on?

3) Do you regularly take time to assess your strengths and weaknesses and make a plan moving forward? Is there someone else you can invite into this journey to do together?

 

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Sep 27, 2017

Jo talks leadership today with Tyler Reagin, the President of Catalyst, which runs events to support and empower leaders.

 

Listen in to hear them practically discuss leadership, millennials, grace and what it means to steward our influence.

 

https://catalystleader.com/

http://tylerreagin.com/blog/



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Sep 25, 2017

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 really are.  It can cause anxiety, depression and fear.

 

Listen in to hear Jo and Steph share their personal struggles with the imposter syndrome, and how important language is to help us own the callings God has given us.

 

Parable of the Sower - Luke 8

Song by The Brand New Heavies, ‘Fake’:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nMvh0LLt5G8

 

Articles on the Imposter syndrome:

https://www.thecut.com/2017/01/25-famous-women-on-impostor-syndrome-and-self-doubt.html

 

http://www.paulineroseclance.com/pdf/ip_high_achieving_women.pdf


Check out Jo's new book and preorder: The Dream of You

Discussion questions:

1) Where have you felt the imposter syndrome present in your life?

2) Where have you held back in a meeting or pursing the vision God has given you because you don’t feel worthy yet?

3) Can you accept a compliment by saying ‘thank you’ rather than dismissing it?

4) What words are you afraid to use to apply to what God has called you to step into (I’m a pastor, leader, teacher, writer, mother,…)

 

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Sep 18, 2017

Jo and Steph present the new series: Lead On…Leading in the Midst of Anxious Times.  In this series you will be equipped to step into the fray and keep moving when everything around you is telling you to stop and give up. 

 

Resources mentioned:

Sarah Bessey www.sarahbessey.com

Lead On resource guide - available free to new subscribers at www.leadstoriesmedia.com

Pre-order: The Dream of You - Jo Saxton’s new book. You can sign up this week to be part of the launch team at www.josaxton.com

 

Discussion questions:

1) Think back to the last time you wanted to give up as a leader.  Why was that? Did you?

2) What is the difference between taking a break and giving up?

3) What might it mean for you to keep leading in the midst of current anxious times?

 

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Sep 13, 2017

Today Jo and Steph are talking to the Turquoise Table lady, Kristin Schell.  Listen in to hear how she unexpectedly found herself leading a movement of people around the world just by putting a turquoise table in her front yard!

http://www.kristinschell.com/

www.theturquoisetable.com

Buy the book: The Turquoise Table

 

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Sep 11, 2017

Season 3 is here!

 

Jo and Steph are back and are sharing what they have been doing over the summer, including some exciting news!

 

In this episode Jo and Steph discuss what they have been up to personally over the summer, and also reflect on the cultural implications of the big news events, in particular Charlottesville, and what it means to respond as leaders in changing times.

 

Jo is looking for people to help her launch her book next year - if you are interested in being part of the launch team please go to www.josaxton.com and join the mailing list to keep up to date in the coming months!

 

Check out the new resource guide: Lead On - Leading in Anxious Times - available as a free download to Lead Stories subscribers and for a small cost at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources.

 

Questions to consider:

1) Are you ready to respond to whatever God is doing, especially when things happen that you don’t expect? What practical things can you do to build spiritual strength in this season?

2) One ex-extremist said that all extremists are looking for three things: purpose, community and identity.  Does this help you to understand the church’s role (and need) to address these three areas in their local communities?

3) Look back on your summer (or winter if you are southern hemisphere) - what things have you learned? What has impacted you?

 

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Jun 26, 2017

It is the end of Season 2! Jo and Steph reflect over the different series which have been part of this past season and the podcasts that have impacted them personally.  They also discuss what life looks like for them right now as Summer begins - from horse camp to baseball and book writing.

 

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Finally… don’t miss out on the Lead Stories resources, Hello Goodbye, Life in the Wilderness and Empowering Women study guides.  Find them at: www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources

Jun 21, 2017

In this episode Steph chats with Patrick Lambertz from Men Against The Trafficking Of Others (MATTOO), an organization working to educate men and stop the source of human trafficking.

 

Listen in to discover how you can help be a part of stopping human trafficking by helping to create stigmas against it.

 

Check out:

Www.mattoo.org and their course: ‘Extinguishing the flames.’

 

Discussion:

1) Think about the quick decision someone makes to view pornography or go to a strip club for a bachelors party.  What does the web of human trafficking look like behind those decisions?

2) How can you intentionally help those around you (and yourself) make better decisions to not support human trafficking, bearing in mind that doing nothing is often helping a fire to spread?

 

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Jun 19, 2017

Continuing the series on Stigmas, Jo chats to Kaitlin Curtice, a native-american Christian about her re-discovery of her heritage and how that has impacted her faith and relationship with God.

Listen in to hear how God has revealed himself in new ways to Kaitlin as she has researched her heritage, and Kaitlin’s ideas of how the church could be blessed by recognizing and learning from certain cultural values from native americans tribes.

 

Discussion:

1) What did you learn about native american tribes as a child? Were they positive or negative influences?

2) Kaitlin mentioned that teaching her children traditional ways may mean they are made fun of.  Are there parts of your heritage / ideals you hold to that you are afraid to influence others with for fear of what they may say /do? How can you make sure it is not the enemy who is silencing you?

3) What positive things could/should the church embrace from native american cultures?

 

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Check out Kaitlin’s book ‘Glory Happening’ coming November 7th

 

https://kaitlincurtice.com/

 

And find her on facebook, twitter and instagram!

Jun 12, 2017

Jo and Steph continue the series on Stigmas and race today with Edrin Williams, who was born in South Carolina and now a pastor in The Sanctuary Covenant church in the Twin Cities.

Listen in to hear how growing up in the South impacted Edrin’s childhood and raised early questions about race and how we can all become more inter-culturally competent as we lead others from different backgrounds and races.

  

Sanctuarycov.org

Www.edrinwilliams.com

 

Also find Edrin on:

Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook!

 

Discussion questions:

1) Take some times to think through the prejudices you probably hold.  When you think about people from different backgrounds (white, black, asian, latino…) what roles / professions do you naturally assign to them?

 

2) What do you know about your family culture? What is your ethnic story? What is in your roots? Share what you know and investigate further!

 

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Jun 8, 2017

This week on LEAD VOICES Jo and Steph interview Pastor Sandra Maria Van Opstal on the topic of multiethnic leadership and worship. 

She is a liturgist and activist who is passionate about re-imagining worship that mobilizes for reconciliation and justice.

Check her out at: http://www.sandravanopstal.com/

Also, get her new book The Next Worship here: http://www.sandravanopstal.com/the-next-worship/

https://twitter.com/sandravanopstal

https://www.instagram.com/sandravanopstal/

 

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Jun 5, 2017

Surely with a black family living in the White House for so many years, America is now in a post-racism era, right?! This week Jo and Steph chat race and stigmas with Deidra Riggs, a missionary to the white evangelical church.

Listen in to find out:

- What is white-privilege and does it still exist?

- How can change be brought to the white evangelical church regarding race stigmas?

- How can you be proactive in supporting diversity in your spheres of influence?

 

Check out Deidra Riggs website (and sign up for her newsletter!) at www.deidrariggs.com and also check out her new book: ‘One’.

 

Discussion questions:

1) What is white-privilege and where have you experienced it?

2) What practical steps can you take to encourage diversity in race and culture in your spheres?

 

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May 31, 2017

Jo and Steph chat this week to Kathy Khang a writer and speaker about mental health and racial stigmas.  Listen in to hear Kathy share her mental health journey struggling against depression and how Kathy is helping her children have positive attitudes towards mental health care.

 

Discussion:

1) What are some healthy ways you can demonstrate mental health care in your family or with the people you live with?

2) Do you engage or disengage with racial issues? Why? How can you engage with them in positive ways?

3) Why do you think diversity is so important to God?

 

Check out Kathy’s website and book:

 

http://www.kathykhang.com/

 

More Than Serving Tea - Kathy Khang

 

 

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May 29, 2017

Continuing the conversations on the stigmas against mental illness, Steph chats with Leah Adair about her struggle against OCD and the stigmas surrounding it.  Leah shares her journey to being diagnosed with OCD and coming to understanding what OCD looks like for different people, far from the widespread misconception that it is just about compulsive hand washing.

 

Discussion questions:

1) What stops you from sharing your story? (We’re not talking necessarily about telling the world on Facebook, it could be just with a friend.)

2) How can you create space for people to share their stories with you this week?

3) What have you learned about OCD during this podcast that you didn’t know before? What stigmas have been debunked for you?

 

Resources:

 

Embracing my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Leah Adair:

http://thesaltcollective.org/embracing-my-obsessive-compulsive-disorder/

 

My OCD does NOT stop me from being a teacher, wife, sister & friend by Leah Adair:

http://thesaltcollective.org/my-ocd-does-not-stop-me-from-being-a-teacher-wife-sister-friend/

 

Websites with more information:

https://jackieleasommers.com/ocd/

http://www.overcomingocd.net/chrissieface-of-o/

 

Twin Cities OCD support:

http://www.ocdtc.org/

 

International OCD foundation:

https://iocdf.org/

 

debunking the myths of OCD youtube :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhlRgwdDc-E

 

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May 22, 2017

This week Steph chats to Chris Frank, a clinical counselor about mental illness, and the stigmas connected with them, especially within the church.  Both Steph and Chris talk from personal experience about struggling against mental illness and the different roles medical professionals have played in helping them and those close to them.

 

Listen in to find out the difference between primary and secondary emotions and how they impact our mental health; how stigmas from society and the church impact mental health freedom and how we, as leaders and individuals, can support ourselves and others towards better mental health.  

 

Discussion:

1) How does it help to state: ‘I am struggling against depression’ rather than ‘I am depressed.’ How can our language help tear down stigmas?

2) One of the definitions of shame is a feeling of not being enough. Where do you struggle with that and what lies are you believing that impact your mental health?

3) What positive things can you do to support your own mental health and the mental health of those who you lead?

 

Mental Health Resources:

 

https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/immediate-help/

 

https://www.betterhelp.com/helpme/

 

https://www.breakthrough.com/

 

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

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