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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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.

The Unbreakable Mindset: The Successful Entrepreneur’s Guide to Bouncing Back from Defeat

Have you ever experienced defeat? Bone crushing failure? Devastating loss? I am sure you have. You are not alone. It’s not a matter of if you will fail, but when. Failure and defeat are words you need to get used to if you are ever going to be successful. However, if failing and overcoming is what makes success so exquisite, why do most people avoid failure in their pursuit of success? You’ve felt the pain before. It’s ugly. Some people avoid it at all cost, while some never seem to fully recover from it. Failure has a way of rendering most people helpless.

What makes successful people so incredibly resilient–able to keep coming back defeat after defeat, eventually rising above the rest–while others get stuck, unable to move on?

I have seen people rise to incredible heights right after major financial or personal loss, while, sadly, I have also seen people fall off 10-story buildings to their death in response to the same circumstances. I am happy to tell you there is life after failure. I am living proof of that. What follows is a journey from having it all, to losing it all, to making it all again.

Learn powerful strategies for bouncing back from defeat, even if it means starting over from scratch. Learn to control your mind by mastering your inner game so success can become an automatic conditioned response. Learn how some people are able to multiply the results of their efforts [i.e. your SUCCESS] not just two or three times, but exponentially. Learn to become successful by toughening up your mind against defeat, making you virtually immune to it. Learn to turn adversity into triumph, defeat into victory, and failure into success. Develop an unbreakable mindset by cultivating the practices of highly successful people–and create an extraordinary life.

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A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America

In the Senate, I’ve tried to do two things: tell the truth, and do what I said I would do. We should expect that from every single elected official.

Washington D.C. desperately needs leaders who aren’t afraid to tell the truth. And Ted Cruz tells the truth—about political collusion, a corrupted legislative process, and the bureaucratic barriers to actually fixing the enormous challenges we face. Cruz’s truth-telling habit hasn’t made him popular in Washington. But it has earned him millions of supporters nationwide.

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Since his election to the Senate in 2012, Ted Cruz has refused to go along with the established way of doing business in Washington. In A Time for Truth, the outspoken Texas Senator tells his story for the first time—the story of a Cuban immigrant’s son who made it to the Ivy League, to the Supreme Court bar, and eventually to the U.S. Senate. It’s a deeply personal journey that begins with Cruz’s father’s experience of brutality in a Cuban prison and ends with Cruz’s discovery that Washington has neither the courage nor the desire to do what is needed to preserve the freedom and opportunities that gave hope to his father and millions like him.

Cruz discusses his role in the 2000 recount, helping to elect a president he respects—and whom he would have to stand up to a few short years later when he served as the solicitor general of Texas. He provides a behind-the-scenes look at his remarkable grassroots campaign for the U.S. Senate. And he reveals the true story behind his twenty-one-hour Senate filibuster, where he gave the most famous bedtime reading of Green Eggs and Ham in history.

Pulling back the curtain on the backroom deals in Congress between Republicans, Democrats, and the lobbyists who keep them in office—instead of keeping them accountable—Cruz offers an inside look at what has gone so very wrong in our nation’s capital. But he also makes an optimistic case that by reestablishing the principles of our founders, the opportunities for our citizens, and our unique place in the world, we can reignite the promise of America for generations to come.

A Time for Truth is sharp, funny, and honest.

What Cruz reveals will win him few friends in Washington. Then again, that isn’t why he went there in the first place.

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Add Zing to Your Quest For Maximum Success: 5 Steps to Make Your Vision a Reality (Schober Enterprises, LLC, 2015)

HOW MANY TIMES have you seen the need to change or the need for an addition or the need for something new…whether a program or a building or a ministry…but somehow it was never realized? It was a good idea, maybe even a great idea, but…that’s all that happened…it was just an idea or a reoccurring thought that never materialized.
Was it good enough to actually have been produced or developed? If so, why wasn’t it acted upon? Why didn’t it go beyond the “idea” or the “dream”?

Many leaders, pastors, and parents see the need for many things…but somehow that is as far as it goes. Of course, “seeing” is only the beginning of the process…there is much more that must happen in order to bring such a vision into reality.

This book is certainly not an exhaustive study on the topic, but it is a book that hopefully will stir something in every leader, pastor, and parent to want to go beyond simply “seeing” the possibilities. It is the desire of the authors that the contents in each chapter will challenge the spirit in each reader to take on the next step and then the one after that until the project is completed and victory can be claimed.

It is believed that both groups and individuals will benefit by considering the stories and the suggestions that are interwoven into the text of the enclosed chapters. There is a logical process that must be followed to achieve success; and when it is followed, the possibility of “mission accomplished” is almost surely guaranteed.

God wants us to have good success. The Word assures us that we are triumphant; we are more than conquerors; we are the head not the tail; we are meant to be winners not losers!

To have good success requires a process to be developed. As has been said on many an occasion: “It is hard by the yard, but a cinch by the inch.” Take on any project and accomplish the goal one step at a time…and eventually those “steps” will add up to a big success.

We trust that these few chapters will stir you into action! If God has given you a dream or a vision, you must articulate it and initiate action, be persistent when you face obstacles, and you will in time put the “finishing touches” on a job well done. Remember this: “With God all things are possible!”

Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams

Launch will build your business—fast. Whether you’ve already got a business or you’re itching to start one, this is a recipe for getting more traction.

Think about it—what if you could launch like Apple or the big Hollywood studios? What if your prospects eagerly counted down the days until they could buy your product? What if you could create such powerful positioning in your market that you all -but- eliminated your competition? And you could do all that no matter how humble your business or budget?

Since 1996 Jeff Walker has been creating hugely successful online launches. After bootstrapping his first Internet business from his basement, he quickly developed an underground process for launching new products and businesses with unprecedented success.

But the success-train was just getting started—once he started teaching his formula to other entrepreneurs, the results were simply breathtaking. Tiny, home-based businesses started doing launches that sold tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars in sales with their launches.

“Launch” is the treasure map into that world—an almost secret world of digital entrepreneurs who create cash-on-demand paydays with their product launches and business launches.

Whether you have an existing business, or you have a service-based business and want to develop your own products so you can leverage your time and your impact, or you’re still in the planning phase—this is how you start fast. This formula is how you engineer massive success.

Now the question is this—are you going to start slow, and fade away from there? Or are you ready for a launch that will change the future of your business and your life?

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Be Your Finest Art: Awaken Your Creative Self

Be Your Finest Art is a picture book for grownups. Not just a book about art, but a piece of art in itself! This full-color visual book is full of examples of people who express their creativity in ways beyond holding a paint brush, singing a song or creating a poem. Believing and teaching that we are all creative, Joanne Miller and Dorsey McHugh will show you examples of how engaging the right brain enables one to improve physical and emotional health, create stronger relationships and open new pathways of learning. They want you to rediscover the joy of childhood abandon and reclaim your authenticity. And through it all, they want you to relearn how to PLAY!

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less


Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?

Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?

Are you often busy but not productive?

Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?

If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.

The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.  It is not  a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy – instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.

Essentialism is not one more thing – it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn who to do less, but better, in every area of their lives, Essentialism  is a movement whose time has come.

Pursuing Peace: Overcoming Fear, Condemnation, and Unforgiveness

This book was originally written with the intent of keeping a record of all that God has done in my life. When I was 30 years old, I began to seek after God for healing, with all of my heart. As I dug deep in the word and studied, I became amazed at what truths I discovered. Everything I learned I would share with my children. I was so excited about God and His power and truth that learning was contagious in my home. I would learn something new and I shared it that same day, a continuous stream of learning and sharing. Thirteen years later, it is still the same. I am still learning, and I am still sharing, and I assumed my kids were all learning along with me.

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  • As a follower of Jesus Christ, we do not ever need to be brutalized by fear!
  • As a follower of Jesus Christ, we do not ever need to live tyrannized by condemnation!
  • As a follower of Jesus Christ, we do not ever need to live paralyzed by ‘unforgiveness’!

It is a gift from God to live at peace. This book will help you navigate through some of life’s tough issues to come to a place of deep inner peace. If you have ever felt afraid, ever felt bad about yourself or live with unforgiveness in your heart-this book is for you. If you struggle with addictive behaviors-this book is for you. If you do not know how precious and valuable you are to God- this book is for you. If you want to read a testimony of a life transformed by God-this book is for you.

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The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance

Wall Street Journal Bestseller

In this groundbreaking book, New York Times–bestselling author Steven Kotler decodes the mystery of ultimate human performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow,” an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best.

Building a bridge between the extreme and the mainstream, The Rise of Superman explains how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible and how we can use this information to radically accelerate performance in our own lives.

At its core, this is a book about profound possibility; about what is actually possible for our species; about where—if anywhere—our limits lie.

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