Leading from the Second Chair: Serving Your Church, Fulfilling Your Role, and Realizing Your Dreams

LEADING FROM THE SECOND CHAIR will raise awareness of the need for strong leaders in secondary positions. It will describe the value they can bring to their organization and to primary leaders when they are serving at their full potential. It will reshape the way they view their role, with an emphasis on their own responsibility as leaders. It recognizes the unique challenges and frustrations of serving in a subordinate position and equips these leaders with the attitudes and skills that they will need to survive and thrive in this new paradigm.

Because of the scarcity of resources for second chair leaders, particularly those in the church, this book will offer a practical way to improve the performance of any organization. Leading Congregational Change discussed the importance of a “vision community”–a diverse group of key members who discern and implement the vision for a congregation–to guide the transformation of a church. This work will extend the theme of an empowered leadership team as we explore how individual clergy and laity can lead effectively.

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What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team: New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.

The New York Times Magazine
February 25, 2016

If you want to build a great team. the “who” doesn’t matter. It’s far more important that they have “high ‘average social sensitivity.'” IMHO, I think this means that The “Perfect Team” knows how to Maximize Others. What do you think?


Five years ago, Google — one of the most public proselytizers of how studying workers can transform productivity — became focused on building the perfect team. In the last decade, the tech giant has spent untold millions of dollars measuring nearly every aspect of its employees’ lives. Google’s People Operations department has scrutinized everything from how frequently particular people eat together (the most productive employees tend to build larger networks by rotating dining companions) to which traits the best managers share (unsurprisingly, good communication and avoiding micromanaging is critical; more shocking, this was news to many Google managers). (Full Article)

From Dream to Demonstration

Life is a process

Don’t you love Comic Book movies? Spider Man is awesome. Like me, Peter Parker is this geeky, kinda shy, teenager who one day gets bit by a bug and the next day he’s Spiderman with superpower spider senses.

Don’t you wish real life was like the movies?

You know, you’re a normal nobody plodding along and you get bit by the “bug.” A short 5 minutes later of montage transformation and you’re living your dream.

Well, as we know, real life is not like the movies…In real life, there is a process that you MUST go through in order to live your dream (and it takes time!!!)

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Christians In Business

Aligning all the parts of our life

One of the major themes for me in 2015 was “alignment.” I took purposeful steps and actions to align all the different “pieces” of my life (family, church, work, etc.) to be focused in a single direction.

We spend over 50% of our waking time “working,” but is our work “aligned” with what God has called us to do? I made a business decision to be very upfront with my faith in relation to work. “Maximize Others” is as much my “work” and “ministry.”

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Discover Your Core Design

Free Personality Report

DISCHow do you relate to other people? In what kinds of environments are you most comfortable? Are you a people person, or are you more comfortable with projects and tasks? Are you expressive and visionary, or are you analytical, logical, and detailed? Do you like a predictable environment or do you seek change, challenge, and variety? Clarification will help you identify the best working situation for yourself.

Knowing your strongest personality traits should allow you to stay true to those areas that are authentic and enjoyable.

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ResultPal Announces Pilot Program with Maximize Others Leadership Resources

Giving Corporate Clients Visibility to the Results of Leadership Training

ResultPal, a provider of software and services for people-skills practice, announces an early adopter pilot program with Maximize Others Leadership Resources, an Austin-based coaching and leadership development firm. Participants will track learned leadership behaviors over a 12 month period and juxtapose their progress against organizational results in order to determine the return on investment and impact of coaching and training efforts over time.

Jonathan Schobergray-quotation-marks-hi[1]Corporate Leadership Training often fails because of lack of accountability and follow-through. We are excited to add ResultPal as a precision instrument that allows us to quantify the soft skills and behaviors that we are developing to Maximize the potential of our client’s leaders.

Jonathan Schober
Chief Maximizer, Maximize Others Leadership Resources

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Coffee with Jon and Mark West


Liberty GT-R Race Car Mark WestEach week you’re invited to join me for a cup of coffee with an interesting and inspiring person. This week, it is my pleasure to share a second cup of coffee with Awake to Freedom’s President and CEO, Mark West.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Mark is involved with a lot of different passions: Race Car Driving, Politics, and Business. With success, a lot of “good” opportunities have opened up. But, a day in the Life of Mark West is “pretty Crazy.”

  • Do you feel like you have to many irons in the fire?
  • What is the ONE thing that God uniquely designed you to do?
  • Just because we “can” do all things through Christ, does not mean we “should” do all things.

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Passions vs. Values

how to align your passions with God's original blueprint for your life

Do you feel like your vision has a sense of contribution on a grand scale to the world? Do you sometimes feel like there is a battle between what you want to do, and what God wants you to do?

When I began making the transition from Corporate IT to Professional Coaching, Training, and Mentoring, this video by Lance Wallnau was one of the first training’s that I watched at it made a huge impact on me.

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Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life

An inspiring program full of essential advice for spotlight lovers and wallflowers alike that will teach readers how to bring any crowd to its feet

Every day there are moments when you must persuade, inform, and motivate others effectively. Each of those moments requires you, in some way, to play a role, to heighten the impact of your words, and to manage your emotions and nerves. Every interaction is a performance, whether you’re speaking up in a meeting, pitching a client, or walking into a job interview.

In Steal the Show, New York Times best-selling author Michael Port draws on his experience as an actor and as a highly successful corporate speaker and trainer to teach readers how to make the most of every presentation and interaction. He demonstrates how the methods of successful actors can help you connect with, inspire, and persuade any audience. His key strategies for commanding an audience’s attention include developing a clear focus for every performance, making sure you engage with your listeners, and finding the best role for yourself in order to convey your message with maximum impact.

Michael Port is one of the most in-demand corporate speakers working today. His presentations are always powerful, engaging, and inspirational. And yes, audiences always give him a standing ovation.

Coffee with Jon and Mark West

Presidential Politics

T7UTeeQK[1]Each week you’re invited to join me for a cup of coffee with an interesting and inspiring person. This week, it is my pleasure to have coffee with Awake to Freedom’s President and CEO, Mark West.

Why we like Ted Cruz

We’re counting down to election day 2016, but the reality is that the die will be set much sooner than Tuesday November 8, 2016. On this episode of Coffee with Jon, Mark and I discuss the upcoming primary and why, out of all the candidates, we are supporting The Senator from the Great State of Texas, Mr. Ted Cruz.

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