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

Dec 10, 2018

It’s the final episode of Season 5 and Jo and Steph are looking back over 2018 and into 2019.

 

In this episode, they discuss some of the highlights of this year which include the ‘Breaking the mold’ series. They highlight episodes with Lisa Sharon Harper and Dominique Gilliard who wrote ‘Rethinking incarceration’ and the episode: ‘When breaking the mold breaks you’, as well as ‘Breaking the Mold as a Female Pastor’ with Mandy Smith (author of ‘The Vulnerable Pastor’).

 

They also discussed the series on The Pitfalls of Power and the latest series on Coaching.

 

Going into 2019, Jo and Steph are looking to equip leaders of teams and give them tools for leadership through the podcast and the online resources at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources.

You can get your free pdf diagnostic tool to help you dissect the things that have influenced your leadership and see Jo and Steph’s diagnosis too.

Also mentioned: Malcolm Gladwell: Outliers

Don’t forget to get your ‘Hello, Goodbye’ guide and check out the other resources at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources  

Use your voice and let Jo and Steph know what you would like them to talk about next year!
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Dec 6, 2018

Enjoy this new episode of Lead Voices, the companion podcast to Lead Stories, featuring our friends who will inspire, challenge, stretch and encourage you. Today's guest is Katelyn Beaty author of the book "A Women's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home and the World" Katelyn is also the acquisition editor for Brazos Press, a division of Baker Books. She has written for The Washington PostThe Atlantic, and The New York Times and has commented on faith and culture for CNN, ABC, NPR, the Associated Press, Religion News Service, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and McClatchy Newspapers.

Listen as Stephanie and Katelyn discuss perceptions we may hold about the roles and choices for women and about finding your unique path for God's calling in your life. 

link: "A Women's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home and the World" 

Brazos Press

www.katelynbeaty.com

 

 

Dec 3, 2018

Nina Barnes, Vice President of Student Life at University of Northwestern chats today with Steph about leadership, coaching and navigating conflict as a woman and a person of color.  

Listen in to hear her discuss why being a person of color has been harder to navigate than being a female leader, and how she approaches situations where she may not have been welcomed as a woman or person of color.

Nina also shares her journey into spiritual directorship and what it looks like for us to use the Enneagram in conflict resolution.

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Nov 26, 2018

This week Jo and Steph are talking about looking forward to 2019 and being intentional about the rhythms we put in place.
Listen in to hear some of the things Jo and Steph are intentional about and be inspired to think about how you want to engage with 2019.

Sign up for the Hello, Goodbye online event (not just for women!): Sunday Dec 2nd 4-6pm Central time. You can attend live and interact or get the download afterward.  The updated and improved ‘Hello, Goodbye guide’ is included as part of the $25 online event fee. This year it also includes an in-depth resource on doing the guide in groups.
Sign up now at: www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources  

Discussion questions:

1) What rhythms do you want to start or continue into 2019?
2) What things do you want to start praying intentionally into in 2019?
3) When are you going to set time aside in your calendar to do your Hello / Goodbye guide?

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Nov 19, 2018

It’s mid-November but Jo and Steph are beginning to look back over 2018 and into 2019 before the busyness of the Christmas season overtakes us!


Sign up for the Hello, Goodbye online event:

Sunday, Dec 2nd 4-6pm Central time.

You can attend live and interact, or get the download afterward.  

The updated and improved ‘Hello, Goodbye guide’ is included as part of the online event fee ($19 special price until Black Friday!). This year it also includes an in-depth resource on doing the guide in groups.
Sign up now at: www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources   

Discussion questions:
1) Do you need visual reminders to help you process your year? What can you look at (bank statements, facebook photos, journal, etc…) to help you look back through the year?
2) How has your physical and emotional health been this year? What has contributed to the highs and lows? What intentional things can you do next year to work towards better emotional or physical health?
3) Who can you get with in the next month to share your challenges and celebrations of the year and to hold you accountable as you move forward?

 

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Nov 12, 2018

This is a brand new episode of Lead Voices, the companion podcast to Lead Stories, featuring our friends who will inspire, challenge, stretch and encourage you. Today's Lead Voice is Alli Worthington, business coach, author, speaker and podcast host.  Listen in as they discuss what the Bible says about true happiness and talk about Alli's newest book, "The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World".

 

More about Alli can be found at alliworthington.com.  Look for free offers for devotionals, educational materials and more. 

Alli's PODCAST

Click HERE for a free copy 52 Ways to be happier, healthier and enjoy life more

Ali's books:

Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy 

Fierce Faith: A Woman's Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry and Overcoming Anxiety. 

The Year of Living Happy: Finding Contentment and Connection in a Crazy World

 

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Nov 5, 2018

Chris Bates chats athletic coaching and what it means to be a high-performance leader. He shares what it means to cover others as a coach, the importance of team to succeed and reasons why we ignore our physical wellbeing as leaders.

 

Follow Chris at:

instagram.com/seabaits15v

Or email him directly at:

cbates@raincrosshp.com

 

Resource mentioned:

Ken Blanchard: Leading at a higher Level

 

Discussion questions:

  1. Who are your team? What role does each of those individuals play in your life?
  2. Are you willing to be a team player or are you acting like an ear or nose separate from the body?
  3. How is your physical wellbeing care? Give it a rating from 1 to 10.

 

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Oct 29, 2018

Lead Stories continues its ongoing conversation around the value of coaching.  Today's Lead Voice is Tyler Reagin, a husband and father and president of Catalyst as well as the Catalyst Leader podcast host.

His new book "The Life Giving Leader" speaks to the importance of identity based leadership. His desire is to help leaders become  empowered and confident, and learn lead from their truest selves. Listen as Tyler, Jo and Steph talk about how coaching can help you discern and develop your unique influence as a leader. 

 

 

Oct 22, 2018

Rachelle Gardner, Literary agent, and writing, publishing and platform builder coach talks to Jo and Steph today about what coaching writers looks like for her.

Listen in now to discover:

  • What she looks for in someone she might represent as an agent,
  • What writing coaching looks like and why it is worth it
  • How she redirects people who aren’t ready for publishing yet
  • Whether she thinks everyone has a book in them
  • What she thinks the best social media platform to use is
  • Her opinions on the current hot topics in Western culture.

 

Some questions for writers:

 

1) Am I writing for myself or am I writing for a reader?

2) Can I identify who my reader is and why they would want to read this?

3) Have I worked hard to become a strong writer? (Am I getting outside input, improving my craft, reading books in my genre etc.?)  

4) What are your personal forms of resistance when it comes to writing? Write a list and watch out for them!

 

For great articles on writing, publishing and marketing and to find out more about coaching, go to: 

www.rachellegardner.com

Facebook.com/agent.rachelle

Instagram.com/agent_rachelle

Authorschool.com

 

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Oct 15, 2018

Kathy Khang, Author, speaker and leadership consultant talks coaching and cultural competency today.

They discuss tips for people who feel they have lost their voice and ways to grow in cultural competency beyond having a friend who is from a different culture.  Kathy also explains the important difference between diversity and cultural competency.

 

Discussion questions:

1) What are you doing intentionally to grow your cultural competency?

2) How could you be coached or mentored (directly or indirectly through things like podcasts and books) to grow your cultural competency in this next season?

 

Recommended Resources:

 

Raise your voice: why we stay silent and how to speak up - Kathy Khang

 

The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

The making of Asian America - Erika Lee

The warmth of other suns - Isabel Wilkerson

Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson

The next worship - Sandra Van Opstal

 

KathyKhang.com

Instagram.com/Mskathykhang

Twitter.com/MsKathykhang

 

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Oct 8, 2018

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is an international speaker, leadership consultant, diversity and mentoring coach with nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the military, federal government, church, seminary, and nonprofit sectors. She is the author of the new release, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World (October 9, 2018 release), Mentor for Life, and Hope for Us: Knowing God through the Nicene Creed Bible study. 

She is the Visionary Founder and Chairperson of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. and host of A Sojourner’s Truth podcast. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Charlotte (cum laude, M.A. Christian Leadership) and the U.S. Naval Academy, Natasha has served as a Marine Corps officer and employee at the Department of Homeland Security.

Connect with Natasha through her websiteblogpodcastFacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Oct 1, 2018

Certified coach Keisha Polonio is chatting to Jo and Steph today about what it means for her to coach others.  They discuss the difference between coaches, mentor, and counselors, what healthy accountability looks like and what unhealthy and healthy motivation looks like. Keisha also shares the things that are necessary to get get the most out of a good coaching relationship.

 

Check out Keisha’s coaching website here: Ugcoach.com

Instagram.com/Kpolonio  

facebook.com/kpolonio

Twitter.com/keishapolonio

 

Discussion questions:

1) What would say were the differences between coaching, mentoring and counseling? Which have you experienced and which would you find most helpful right now?

2) Think about something you are working towards now. What is your main motivation? Can you identify unhealthy and healthy motivations?

3) When you lead others are you good as getting them to take responsibility for their actions by asking questions to empower them or do you naturally default to teaching and telling them what they should be doing? What steps could you take to better empower others?

 

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Sep 24, 2018

Jo and Steph talk with Claire Williams, an Executive Coach about what coaching looks like for her and how it is different from other types of leaders or advisors.  Discussing the value of some very pertinent questions, Claire shares how she uses her coaching skills in both work and home life (with her four-year-old son!) and what success looks like for her as a coach.

Check out CTI Co-active training Institute: (based worldwide) for 2-3 day and longer coaching programs:

https://www.coactive.com/why-cti/cti-international

Learning Journeys:

https://www.learningjourneys.net/

Claire's website: 

http://www.clairewilliamscoaching.com/

 

Discussion questions:

1) How would you define a coach? Is it different from the way Claire described it?

2) How would (or should) you define success in your leadership role?

3) What is holding you back from finding a coach?

 

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Sep 17, 2018

Where have you been coached in life? Did you ever find yourself in a season where you weren’t being coached? Where would you like to be coached right now?

In this episode Jo and Steph discuss various ways they have been coached and how they have found them. They also discuss the importance of the ‘intentional process-orientated relationship’, and how important it is that we embrace a process and not a silver-bullet response to change.

 

Discussion questions:

1) Where would you like to be coached right now? What is holding you back?

2) Where are you tempted to look for quick-fixes rather than embrace a process?

3) Think back over the different times you have been coached in life.  What things did you learn during that process?

 

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Sep 13, 2018

Today we kick off a new addition to Lead Stories called Lead Voices featuring our friends who will inspire, challenge, stretch and encourage you. 

Bob Goff is an attorney, adjunct professor and the author of the New York Times Best-Selling book Love Does and Love Does for Kids.  The U.S. Department of State recognizes Bob as a diplomat and he is known as an Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda due to his work with Love Does, a non-profit organization he founded. 

Bob calls himself a "recovering lawyer" because after practicing law for 25 years, then becoming the Hon. Consul to Uganda, he gave up his law firm to pursue writing and speaking full time. The best part has been connecting with so many people who are on a terrific adventure as well.

 

Sep 10, 2018

Jo and Steph are back!  Listen in to find out the inside stories of what they have been up to over the break. What exactly did God talk to Jo about in England? What are Steph’s tips for writers after she spent her summer finishing the first draft of her book?

 

And what can you expect from this new Lead Stories season 5?!

More new voices, more equipping, more inspiration and more practical tools to help you lead in your sphere.

 

We’re looking forward to sharing this new season with you and would love to hear from you about what you would like to hear about in future episodes! You can let us know through one of the following ways:

 

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Aug 29, 2018

In this sermon Pastor Steph shares the story of her earliest memories learning about the concept of race in her life. She gives a vulnerable account of what it was like to grow up with "aunties and uncles" who didn't look like her, but were family nevertheless. She teaches from Acts 10 about the Peter being led to the gentiles.

To connect with Pastor Steph, you can follower her @PastorSteph on all platforms. Also, head to her website: PastorSteph.com.

To get on the list to be the first to hear about her upcoming book sign up HERE.

Aug 20, 2018

Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, pastors at  Grace Community Church on the west-side of Chicago.  She is a preacher, liturgist and activist who re-imagining the intersection of worship and justice.  Today's podcast features Sandra's powerful and passionate talk from The Justice Conference.

Get more information about Sandra HERE

Twitter

Get more information about the next Justice Conference HERE 

 

Aug 13, 2018

Edrin Williams is the Formation Pastor at Sanctuary Church in Minneapolis, working to create spaces for adults to Connect, Grow, & Serve in ways that draw them closer to God and other people.  Today's episode features a powerful and engaging teaching from a recent sermon series entitled Mission Friends.  

Bio excerpt:
Beyond my work at Sanctuary, I am passionate about developing leaders of all ages who will impact society from their sphere of influence. I love writing and speaking! I am at my best when I’m using biblical teaching, humor, storytelling and my background in the humanities & social sciences to influence others in the ways of Jesus. Most recently, I was a contributor to the book, Father Factor: American Christian Men on Fatherhood and Faith, a project with White Cloud Press, and the author of Reclaiming Fatherhood, which appeared in YouthWorker Journal. You can find my irregular but interesting blogs about faith, family, and other topics at www.edrinwilliams.com.
Aug 6, 2018

Today's episode features Pastor Gail Song Bantum preaching on John Chapter 8 as part of a series on the book of John called Deeper at Quest Church in Seattle. 

 

Here is an excerpt from Gail's bio on her BLOG:

who am i? a second generation korean-american who doesn’t speak much korean, often mistaken for mixed-race, the black community is like family, love soul and latin music. and i LOVE me some food!

past and futurefor nearly 20 years, i have led worship and pastored in congregations ranging the span of non-denominational charismatic churches to liturgical methodist services. i have a passion and calling to see the life of discipleship and worship within the church expressed in ways that transcend cultural, denominational, and generational boundaries through creative arts and diverse giftings represented in the body of christ. recently, i have also found great passion in sharing life, mentorship, and leadership nuggets that i’ve learned over the years with up and coming leaders -especially with young women and men of color.

i received my mdiv degree from duke divinity school and my bachelors degree from the eastman school of music in rochester, new york in music performance and conducting. i am enjoying and consider it a privilege to be serving as the executive pastor at quest church in seattle, washington.

my life and loves: i have been married for 19 years to brian, the most amazing man ever! we met in college right after my mother passed away and we managed a long distance relationship for two LONG years! (and this was back before cell phones and email!!!) the joys of my life are our three beautiful sons: caleb, ezra, and joseph. we love hikes, listening to music, all things christmas and of course, you wouldn’t be a bantum if you didn’t love to eat;)

-i LOVE to think, discuss, teach and embody what it means for our lives, as the church, to endlessly reverberate with the song of our fervent desire for the One who continually creates, gifts, and sustains all of life. i also LOVE LOVE LOVE to mentor and raise up next generation leaders and have found fulfillment in celebrating the successes, gifts and strengths in others.

 
Jul 30, 2018

You already know Jo is one of the premiere voices on leadership for women today.  This podcast is a recording of one of her teachings on Ezer from the inaugural Ezer Collective held last fall.  Listen and broaden and shape your leadership calling and get a taste of what you can expect at this year's Ezer Collective.

Ezer Registration and Information

josaxton.com

Jul 23, 2018

Lead Stories Summer Sermon Series 2018 gives you an opportunity to hear some of the premiere voices from women in ministry and leadership today. Today's guest is Keisha Polonio, Associate Director at Tampa Underground in Tampa, FL.  Keisha is an powerful and engaging speaker as well as a gifted storyteller.  Listen as she talks about prayer being "breath to our souls".  Exhaling our fears, our dreams, our wants and inhaling the Lord's peace, his plans and hope for us and the world around us.

Find out more about Keisha at keishapolonio.com

 

Jul 16, 2018

In this “Generations” message, Pastor Cyon Edgerton from Freedom Life Church in Hampton, VA dives into our spiritual heritage and legacy as children of God. By unpacking the story of Abraham, we discover what it means to be adopted into God’s family and to be covered by His promises. Our identity, our value, and our purpose all stand on the foundation of the covenant that our Father invites us into and the promises He makes to us. These are the promises that redefine our perspective and make provision for the problems we face.

To connect with Cyon, visit www.cyonedgerton.com  To learn more about FLC (with campuses in Hampton, Virginia and San Antonio, Texas) visit www.freedomlifechurch.com

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Jul 9, 2018

Lead Stories Summer Sermon Series 2018 gives you an opportunity to hear some of the premiere voices from women in ministry and leadership today.  This episode features a sermon recently given by Stephanie at Mill City Church as part of a series called Pick Your Battles.

Stephanie begins this important conversation by noting that we sometimes focus on picking the battles that are in front of our face -our personal lives, our work lives or political spheres - forgetting that what is really going on is a deep spiritual battle that is perhaps unseen but has deep and very real ramifications.  Listen as Stephanie brings clarity to some of  the mysteries of Spiritual Warfare.  

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