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  1. The Starfish and the Spirit

    The Starfish and the Spirit

    Unleashing the Leadership Potential of Churches and Organizations

    Runtime: 10.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "Leveraging the metaphor Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom popularized in their NYT best-selling book, The Starfish and the Spider, Rob Wegner, Lance Ford, and Alan Hirsch show why the distributed structures of starfish organizations are uniquely fit to the church. They can function without a rigid central authority, and their regenerative abilities make them nimbler in reacting to external forces. Seeding starfish networks inside today's churches will prepare the church of tomorrow to be agile while still maintaining the necessary accountability to be effective. Rather than advocating the adoption of a starfish structure in place of the hierarchy of the spider, Wegner, Ford, and Hirsch emphasize the advantages of adapting the structure and order inherent in a spider organization toward a hybrid model--either a Spiderfish approach (leaning toward centralization) or a Starder approach (leaning toward decentralization). The Starfish and the Spirit is about creating a culture where church leaders view themselves as curators of a community on mission, not the source of certainty for every question and project. It is about creating a team of humble leaders 'in the middle' of the church, not at the top--leaders who naturally reproduce multiple generations of leaders, from the middle out on mission. Imagine a church led by a team whose gifts and talents are completely unleashed, enabling everyone to show up and step up with all they really are. The joy and vigor coming from the collective strength, intelligence, and skill in the community of leaders not only brings greater potency but better yields for your ministry as well. What would it be like to see this kind of healthy leadership reproduced into the second, third, and fourth generation, on multiple strands? Accompanying figures and tables are available in the audiobook companion PDF download."
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  2. No Pain, No Gaines

    No Pain, No Gaines

    The Good Stuff Doesn't Come Easy

    Author: Chip Gaines
    Narrator: Chip Gaines
    Runtime: 6.4 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "Chip Gaines likes to sweat. That's been true ever since he was a little pint-sized hustler selling candy and Capri Suns down at the public tennis courts in northeast Texas. You've probably seen him sweat on his television show, Fixer Upper. Deep in his bones he has always known that hard work yields great results, even when there's little observable evidence of it. On the cusp of launching into what might be the hardest work he and his wife, Joanna, have ever done: building a network Chip realized that none of it would be possible without his network of people. Call it a network, a community, a home team. We've all got one. Today it might be made up of your family, your neighbors, the people you work with. But if you want a network that will pull you into a life of meaning, a life of joy and connection, you need to be intentional about choosing the people in it. People who are enlivened and electrified by the power of living according to their purpose, who are always in pursuit of lifelong learning, and who have a sincere belief that relationships are more than transactions. Chip Gaines has been building that kind of network his whole life, and he can tell you, it doesn't come easy. To say it requires sweat equity would be an understatement. It requires faith in people. It requires hope. And it requires a willingness to grow even when it hurts. From hard-won lessons and personal stories from Chip, "No Pain, No Gaines" is a by-the-bootstraps manual for building a network you can count on. Accompanying interactive components are available in the audiobook companion PDF download."
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  3. Win at Work and Succeed at Life

    Win at Work and Succeed at Life

    5 Principles to Free Yourself from the Cult of Overwork

    Runtime: 4.0 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    You don't have to choose between your career and your personal life. Many people feel fulfilled by their professional accomplishments, and they should. Yet, career wins can come at great cost to your health, relationships, and personal well-being. Failure in those areas can boomerang on your career's success. Why does it seem impossible to both win at work and succeed at life? Michael Hyatt and Megan Hyatt Miller know we can do better because the five principles in this book have revolutionized their professional achievements while supporting personal lives rich in meaning, relationships, and vitality. Today, Michael and Megan coach their clients to live the Double Win. The Double Win sees work and life in partnership, not opposition. Succeeding at life, in turn, fosters a clear mind, creativity, and a rested body so we can focus on the work that matters most. This is not an abstract hope. It's a concrete, daily reality. Michael, Megan, their employees, and their clients live it. And it's a real possibility for you as well. Backed by insights from psychology and organizational science and illustrated with eyeopening case studies from across the business spectrum and their own coaching clients, Win at Work and Succeed at Life is their manifesto on how you can achieve work-life balance and success.
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  4. Halftime and Game Plan

    Halftime and Game Plan

    Author: Bob Buford
    Narrator: Bob Buford
    Runtime: 2.83 Hrs. - Abridged
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    This condensed audio version of two books is read by Jay Charles and helps listeners learn how to avoid aimless searching and costly mistakes and how to make the second half of your life really count.
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  5. Do Over

    Do Over

    Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck

    Author: Jon Acuff
    Narrator: Jon Acuff
    Runtime: 6.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    The get ready, get going guide to navigating career change and doing work you love! New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff has drawn millions of online fans who love his refreshing mix of humor, honesty, and wisdom about the world of work. Now he offers his most important book yet, a guide to making big career changes—by choice or necessity—and escaping the horrible feeling of being trapped in the wrong job. Acuff finds it amazing that people spend more than eighteen years studying and preparing for college but little or no time honing their careers between graduation and retirement. He offers an empowering tool he calls the Career Savings Account, which will change the way you think about your skills, relationships, character, and work ethic. He also shows that if you’re on the wrong track, you already have what you need to change it—even if your family and mortgage mean you can’t simply pick up and move for a new opportunity. Throughout the book, Acuff features inspiring and funny true stories—not merely his own but those of friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering fifty weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to fiftysomethings and beyond.
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  6. Hinge Moments

    Hinge Moments

    Making the Most of Life's Transitions

    Narrator: Adam Verner
    Runtime: 4.4 Hrs. - Unabridged

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    In life we have moments in time in which we have an opportunity before us to make a change or to respond to a situation. According to D. Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon College, what follows these instances will depend intrinsically on the decisions we make and the actions we take. These are what he calls 'hinge moments'-opportunities to open (or close) doors to various pathways of our lives. Lindsay maintains that getting these moments right can change our lives for the better, and getting them wrong can pose problems for years to come: 'Some transitions have a disproportionate impact on our happiness, our contribution to society, and our family's well-being.' In this book Lindsay shares faith-based stories of success and failure from his ten-year study of 550 PLATINUM leaders. He has charted seven phases of transition, providing both practical and spiritual insights for making the most of each stage. In uncertain and tumultuous times, there is no better advantage than wisdom gained early.
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  7. Crush Your Career

    Crush Your Career

    Ace the Interview, Land the Job, and Launch Your Future

    Narrator: Pam Ward
    Runtime: 6.10 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    "We all know someone who is dissatisfied with their career but feels trapped in their current trajectory. What's not always clear is how they got there or, more importantly, how we can avoid the same fate as we develop our own careers. In a competitive job market, we need concrete, field-tested advice to help us ace the interview, land the job, and launch a career we love. Enter Dee Ann Turner. After more than three decades leading teams and coaching staff members at Chick-fil-A, she knows what it takes to build a fulfilling career. In this practical, hands-on book she reveals the secrets of: ● Finding a job ● Preparing for an interview ● Conquering the first 90 days ● And so much more Anyone entering the job market or hoping to make a transition in their career-along with the parents, teachers, college counselors, or career counselors who coach them-will find invaluable, hard-won advice on how to create a work life you love."
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  8. In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership

    In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership

    Tapping the Wisdom of the World for the Kingdom of God

    Author: Mike Bonem
    Narrator: Mike Harding
    Runtime: 9.9 HRS. -
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    Mike Bonem recently wrote an article for Leadership, the premier journal for church leaders, on Good to Great to Godly, in which he explored the issue of how secular insights on business and leadership could or should be applied in churchesand how that intersects with the spiritual dimensions of the role. The article was exceptionally well-received, in large part because leaders at all levels and in all sizes of churches want to be better leaders but don't get the appropriate training or education. In this new book, Bonem seeks to help leaders think more productively about issues such as financial management, strategic planning, systems thinking, growth--all the things that businesses also have to consider. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, but is also a church leader and consultant, which make him uniquely situated to help church leaders think about applying practices and insights from the secular business and management literature.
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  9. The Chicken Runs at Midnight

    The Chicken Runs at Midnight

    A Daughter’s Message from Heaven That Changed a Father’s Heart and Won a World Series

    Author: Tom Friend
    Runtime: 9 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Rich Donnelly was a minor league catcher who never quite got the chance to play in the big leagues. So he became obsessed with reaching the Major Leagues as a coach. While climbing the ladder to his dream job as third base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he became mostly an absentee father who was eventually divorced by his wife. Worse yet, he had a falling out with his only daughter, Amy, who was unafraid to tell her father where he fell short and how he could improve. Then it happened. In March of 1992, 17-year-old Amy called her dad to tell him she was going to have brain surgery. A tumor had been found. In October, Rich invited her to Game Five of the 1992 NLCS between the Pirates and the Atlanta Braves. That's when an unlikely cheer was born. From the stands, Amy observed her dad yelling instructions to the runners on second base and jokingly asked him afterwards if he was telling them, "The chicken runs at midnight." The saying stuck. In late January of 1993, Amy died, but not before her dad and her three brothers had let the battle cry be etched into their lives. It stood for never giving in. It stood for challenging your obstacles. It stood for Amy. Rich renewed his life of faith, speaking out for God and what he could do in a person's life if the person paid attention. Four years later, in 1997, after Coach Donnelly had become third base coach for the Florida Marlins, he and his sons brought the battle cry of the chicken with them. That year, the Marlins reached the World Series against Cleveland, a classic that culminated with a seventh game that went extra innings. And the Marlins won that final game when a player nicknamed "Chicken" crossed home plate at exactly twelve midnight. The chicken had run at midnight. The Chicken Runs at Midnight will make you thrill to victory, believe in hope, stand up to cheer for what is good in peoples' lives, and conclude that God can work in the life of any person, even through his mistakes, even when he's not paying attention, even when he thinks it's too late to turn around.
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  10. Developing the Leaders Around You

    Developing the Leaders Around You

    How to Help Others Reach Their Full Potential

    Narrator: Henry Arnold
    Runtime: 5.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Why do some people achieve great personal success, yet never succeed in building a business or making an impact in their organization? John C. Maxwell knows the answer. According to Maxwell, the greatest leadership principle that he has ever learned in over thirty-five years of leadership is that those closest to the leader will determine the success level of that leader. It’s not enough for a leader to have vision, energy, drive, and conviction. If you want to see your dream come to fruition, you must learn how to develop the leaders around you. Whether you’re the leader of a non-profit organization, small business, or Fortune 500 company, Developing the Leaders Around You can help you to take others to the limits of their potential and your organization to a whole new level. Learn how to Create an environment for potential leadersIdentify and nurture future leaders Equip and develop leadersForm a dream team of leaders Accompanying charts and assessments are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.
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  11. Life Work: On the Christian Idea of Calling

    Life Work: On the Christian Idea of Calling

    Conversation 13

    Runtime: 1 Hr. 3 Min. - Unabridged
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    Paul Marshall discusses how society and the Church have understood work throughout history. Os Guinness explains how vocation and identity have lost their theological moorings among Christians.
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  12. Make Today Count

    Make Today Count

    The Secret of Your Success Is Determined by Your Daily Agenda

    Narrator: Lew Grenville
    Runtime: 3.6 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Listeners will learn how to make decisions on important matters and apply those decisions daily to put them on a path to more successful, productive, and fulfilling lives.
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  13. Successful Women Speak Differently

    Successful Women Speak Differently

    9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence

    Runtime: 7.62 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Has your life become too normal? Without even realizing it, you may be one of the millions of people whose definition of normal has evolved with our changing culture. Sadly, what has become normal in our society—like working long hours, piling up debt, or shying away from relationships—often leads to unhappiness, brokenness, and high stress. Join Valorie Burton as she encourages you to: Question what has become normal in your life Set new personal norms that nourish you and your family Resist the temptation to follow the masses onto life's hamster wheel Raise your standards and renew your faith in what is possible for your life Hear God's voice guiding you on the unique path He has for your extraordinary success, purpose, and fulfillment By radically rejecting the norm, you can make a true impact on the world and experience a life of biblical wisdom and prosperous living!
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  14. Boss Up!

    Boss Up!

    This Ain't Your Mama's Business Book

    Runtime: 6.33 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Boss Up! will help you put your business on the map and the ideas you’ve previously only dreamed about into the marketplace. It will help you overcome your fears and guilt to find a fulfillment that changes you and your families for the better. And it will help you break free of the hard and boring and allow you to have fun along the way. In Boss Up! Lindsay helps you gain the confidence to know that having ambition doesn’t make you a bad mother or wife. That it’s okay to have a desire for something more than endless sippy cups, clean-ups, Band-Aids, and groundings. That no matter your education or experience, you can tap into your passions and create businesses that give you increased flexibility, fulfillment, and financial security. And Lindsay doesn’t just do this through commiserating but, instead, through giving you the tools for change. Using the lessons she learned on her own path to success, Lindsay shares real, solid business principles with ten distinct success philosophies that you will encounter on the journey to entrepreneurship, such as: Think Long Term; Be Unapologetically Yourself; Use the Unsales Tactic; Understand Your Why; and many more. Stay-at-home mom turned multimillion-dollar-producing business owner Lindsay Teague Moreno doesn’t just have a passion for entrepreneurship. She has a deep passion for helping women of all walks of life gain the confidence and skills to tap into their ambition and achieve success in their own business endeavors.
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  15. Success 101

    Success 101

    What Every Leader Needs to Know

    Narrator: Sean Runnette
    Runtime: 2.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
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    Most of us are eager to achieve success in life. But are we really sure what actions yield true, lasting success? Do you KNOW that you're taking steps in the right direction? Success is different for every person. But the principles for the journey don't change. In Success 101, John Maxwell distills success down to its essential components. In this short and easy-to-read volume, he shows you exactly what success looks like. He also offers specific steps you can take and ways you can overcome obstacles that might otherwise keep you from achieving success. Success breeds success—in you, in those closest to you, and in everyone you lead.
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