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Now displaying: April, 2018

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

Apr 30, 2018

Following on from last week, Jo and Steph discuss three more pitfalls of power: celebrity status, experiencing powerlessness and hoarding power. Listen in to hear why being a celebrity is so often confused with anointing, what experiencing powerlessness can lead us to do and how to avoid hoarding power in order to give other people a voice.

 

Book mentioned: The Failure of Nerve - Edwin H. Friedman

 

Discussion questions:

 

1. Would you do what you are doing anyway, if nobody was watching? Is there anything you wouldn’t be doing if other people were watching?

2. Can you think of a time where you experienced feeling powerless? How did it make you feel? How did you react?

3. Are you ever tempted to hoard power? How can you amplify other people’s voices, especially those voices that are underrepresented?

4. Which of the 6 pitfalls mentioned in the last two podcasts (or any others you can think of) are you most vulnerable to? (1. Not recognizing Relative Power (rather than positional power) 2. Lack of accountability and transparency 3. (The lie) that the end justifies the means 4. Seeking celebrity status 5. Responding badly to experiencing powerlessness and 6. Hoarding power)

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Apr 23, 2018

Where do you have influence? In those areas you have power. The question is, what are you doing with it? In this episode Jo and Steph discuss 3 pitfalls of power:

1. Not recognizing Relative Power (rather than positional power)

2. Lack of accountability and transparency

3. (The lie) that the end justifies the means

 

Discussion questions:

1. Do an audit of the power you have. Where do you have capacity to direct or influence people, resources and events?

What choices are you making with your financial, intellectual and relational powers?

2. Who gets to really know you and question you? Who are you accountable with? Are you accountable with somebody (could be different people for different areas) about each area of your life?

3. Where are you tempted to lack ethics or honor in your areas of influence?

 

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox

Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast

Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast

Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph

Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

www.leadstoriesmedia.com 

 

Don’t forget to check out Lead Stories Community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

Apr 16, 2018

If we want to be effective and holy leaders we need to be aware of the pitfalls in our way.  Beginning a new series, Jo and Steph start by defining some of the words connected with power.   

 

Power: The capacity or ability to direct or influence people, circumstances or events.

a) control and command

b) ability to act or to be able

 

Influence: The capacity to have an effect on the development, character or behavior of something or someone.

 

Authority: Permission, right, knowledge or role in which you bring influence.

a) confidence, commanding manner

b) author the story

 

Control: Regulation, domination, command, direction over others.

 

Empowerment: Resourcing people so that they become stronger and confident in who they are and who God made them to be, and to live that out.

 

Ambition: The desire, drive and determination to achieve.

a) self-ambition

b) mission and purpose ambition

 

Discussion questions:

1) Which of these words do you feel comfortable and uncomfortable with and why?

2) Would you define any of these words differently?

3) How do you engage with each of those words?

 

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox

Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast

Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast

Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph

Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

www.leadstoriesmedia.com 

 

Don’t forget to check out Lead Stories Community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

Apr 9, 2018

Shawn Moore, a Church pastor, teacher at Bethel Seminary and ironman competitor chats with Jo and Steph this week about greatness, cultural competency and how to grow in our understanding of others.  Shawn desires to see education used to liberate people from bondage so that they can become great and he shares with Jo and Steph about what that looks like for him personally.

 

GREAT:

Gratitude

Redeemed / reconciliation (removing barriers to authentic relationships)

Excellence - A for effort, not perfection

Action

Teaching / training - either learning or teaching others

 

Discussion questions:

1) Do you have a  morning routine look like? What does it look like or what would you like it to look like?

2) Shawn said: ‘if you want to give more grace, you have to receive more grace.’ How are you actively filling up on God’s grace right now?

3) Shawn shared that rest is about recharging not just switching off. Write a list of the activities you do in your spare time and mark them as either ‘recharging my soul’ or ‘switching off life’.

 

Mentioned book:

Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Freire

 

Find Shawn at:

http://www.thebelovedmn.com/

https://www.facebook.com/shawn.moore.313

Apr 2, 2018

This episode is for those who set out intentionally to bring change and breakthrough to different areas and spheres and asks the question: what does it look like to be intentional if you are going to break a mold?

Jo and Steph look at four areas to consider when breaking the mold on purpose:

1) Recognizing

2) Reckoning

3) Reconnecting

4) Responding

 

Discussion questions:

 

1) Who’s on the rollercoaster and who is not?

2) Am I still meant to break this mold and in this way or is there a different mold God is inviting me into in this season?

3) What is the fallout of changes I have / am making and what do I need to attend to?

4) What skills do I need to learn for this season and what do I need to do for this to be sustainable?

 

Take some time to dwell on Psalm 139

 

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox

Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast

Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast

Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph

Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

www.leadstoriesmedia.com 

Check out the Lead Stories Online Community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

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