Each Friday I offer up at least 4 recommended reads, listens, learnings, gadgets or reviews. These are not necessarily faith-based or church-related but they each have encouraged or helped me in some way. I trust that they might do the same for you! Please feel free to leave your comments or share this 4forFRIDAY!
- A Great, Short Read from Jon Acuff: “How to be a Casino”
This is a GREAT READ from one of my favorite writers and bloggers, Jon Acuff. The best way to give you a short description is to use his first few sentences:
“Want to hear a conversation I’ve had a few dozen times?
Here it is – Friend: I’m going to get in shape.
Me: That’s awesome! How are you going to do it?
Friend: I’m going to run. Me: Do you like running?
Friend: No, I hate it.
- An Oddly Encouraging APP for Personal Quietude and Meditation: CALM
I have found this APP to be super helpful for those of us that need quietude to focus well. I always include Scripture and prayer in my meditation, but this is a hugely helpful app that helps set the tone for personal quietude.
- A Hilarious and Far too True Comedy Video from John Crist
I’ve suggested this guy before I promise you that you’ll laugh and you’ll wonder if it is appropriate to watch! Do not miss this You Tube sensation.
- A Challenging Read: Humble Inquiry by Edgar H. Schein
Communication is essential in a healthy organization. But all too often when we interact with people—especially those who report to us—we simply tell them what we think they need to know. This shuts them down. To generate bold new ideas, to avoid disastrous mistakes, to develop agility and flexibility, we need to practice Humble Inquiry. Ed Schein defines Humble Inquiry as “the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person.”
And a Quote that I am Pondering from John F. Kennedy – “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe — the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”