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About LifeandLeadership

About LifeandLeadership.com

What is LifeandLeadership.com?

LifeandLeadership.com was prepared with one mission in mind:

To help people grow into the best version of themselves and thereby live and lead more effectively.

It began in 2000 as a simple website to present a few consulting models and resource links. It expanded in 2012, and was updated to its current format in 2018. Here I blend almost four decades of ministry and over twenty years of consulting, coaching, and university/seminary teaching into a resource for those who want to change deeply, live purposely, and lead effectively. (see BIO)

What LifeandLeadership.com IS…

  • A platform for my voice on life and leadership - Here I express my passion for both leadership and life. I have no profound statement on how the two are connected, but simply find that each dimension naturally bleeds into the other, thus LifeandLeadership.com.
  • A description of coaching services for life and leadership - I am an ICF-credentialed coach (ACC), with over twenty years and hundreds of hours of intentional conversations that empower individuals and groups to fully live out their calling. I am also professionally certified in helpful instruments such as DISC, Clifton Strengths Finder, Enneagram, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Grip-Birkman, Birkman Signature Series, Team Dimensions, Conflict Styles, and others. These psychometrically validated profiles are excellent means of self-awareness and intentional change.
  • An annotated, continuously updated, and web-interactive guide to resources on life and leadership. It summarizes and/or categorizes over 1,500 books on life and leadership generally and provides numerous Leadership Resource Guides. Each guide usually begins with a brief essay, followed by a categorized menu to help you go straight to your subject of interest. Books are listed under the categories, often in recommended order, with thumbnail descriptions and a link to a separate page for each book. Titles listed before 2012 have a unique book summary feature with an expanded description, cross-referencing for browsing of related resources, and a publisher’s description and author bio. Titles listed after 2012 have a direct link to Amazon.com.
  • A mobile-friendly resource. The site is useful at home or office, but also on the road, at the airport, in the library, or at the bookstore.

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What LifeandLeadership.com is NOT…

  • A boring list of books. It is a collection of helpful guides to some of the better books on leadership, with enough description to help you compare related tools. The site is deep enough to browse for hours at a time, but is also lean enough for you to find what you need quickly.
  • A blog on the latest and greatest titles. The resource guides are current, and in most cases will list the newer books. But the purpose is not so much to feature new books as it is to carefully place titles in subject categories that allow honest comparison with others on the same subjects. More importantly, it seeks to demonstrate how each book enhances life and leadership.
  • A series of book reviews. The site does not provide “reviews” in the technical sense. It categorizes, summarizes, and reflects on the helpfulness of books for life and leadership, and most often includes only what I want to say for these purposes. My viewpoint bleeds through, which is unavoidable, but I try to be fair to the authors and appreciate the wisdom of many voices.
  • A bibliographic service – If you wonder what I would suggest on a topic, it’s already on the site. I do not provide bibliographies on demand.
  • The final answer to all your needs in life and leadership - This ought to go without saying, and I chuckle over putting it in writing. I do not have all the answers. I have noticed over the years that I excel at knowing “where to go for what.” The site, particularly the resource guides, simply put this information into a usable format. If it helps leaders to be more effective and confident, it serves its purpose.

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Who Is It For?

LifeandLeadership.com is targeted to three groups:

  • For All Who Influence Others Through Their Leadership - The articles, resources, and services of coaching/consulting featured on this site are targeted toward all who are serious about becoming the best version of themselves in life and leadership.
  • Leadership Professors, Intern Directors, Consultants, and Coaches - Bibliographies are standard fare in academia. The site content actually emerged out of my own class bibliographies. Like me, most professors prepare their own lists, and this site certainly will not eliminate that need. It is my hope, however, that academics in all areas of leadership will find it useful for their classes. It is easy for students to use, and the Resource Guides (and pre-2012 Book Summaries) are well-suited for features in class (e.g. on-screen projection). The site has much the same value for intern directors, consultants, and coaches who need to make targeted recommendations.
  • Practicing Church Leaders - The first version of this site focused on those in the trenches of church leadership, especially with established congregations (though church planters also find help). This remains an important part of the site. I spent over 20 years as a lead minister in churches ranging in size from 80 to 800. For over 20 years, I have trained church leaders on both college and seminary level. I also maintain an active consulting practice, including interim ministries. I understand church leaders, and my heart goes out to them, whether paid and unpaid, trained or untrained, new or long-term, ordained or not, trained or in-training (I used the site extensively in my classes).

The design is simple…

  1. You need a resource.
  2. You go to the Resource Index and find your topic.
  3. You browse through the Resource Guides to find the best book or books for your needs. The goal is to help you make an informed selection in a timely manner. The Resource Guides may also expose you to the range of issues on that subject.
  4. You access your favorite bookstore and order the book.
  5. You are better equipped for leadership.

See also How to Use The Site.

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Who Writes the Material?

Aside from the publisher’s descriptions and author bios in the book summaries, and a few other places as noted, I write the material.

The sole authorship is a plus and a minus. The plus is you know the content is mine, and can recognize it as such, limitations and all. If you read through the BIO you will see I bring reasonable credentials to this work. Even so, there is the minus that the content is only mine. It is far from all you need. Part of the reason for linking to the bookstores is to allow you to read the comments of other reviewers.

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