Joshua Gagnon

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Ep 065: Leadership Development with Special Guest Todd Adkins

Welcome to Episode 65 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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On today’s episode we have special guest Todd Adkins! He is the Director of Leadership at Lifeway Christian Resources! Todd grew up in Kentucky and attended small Baptist churches for most of his childhood. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, Todd did not plan to become a pastor himself, but quickly found out that God had other plans for him.

Takeaways for Leaders:

  1. As a leader, instead of being a do-er you can do a lot more as a developer. Focusing on developing your staff is critical with the culture of your organization for success. Take them on that journey to help them become who they are created to be.

  2. As leaders we have one job. Our one job is to make disciples for the work of the ministry, and if we do that, it is measured in the fullness of Christ Jesus.

  3. Leadership development is the vision that inspires, but it is also the plumbing that delivers on the dream. You have to do the hard work of laying out the blueprints and the plan to get there instead of just saying "XYZ".

  4. Some key things to look for in potential leaders are a good attitude and work ethic. You can teach skills all day long but when it comes down to it, character is what makes a leader great.

  5. Competency based learning vs. knowledge transfer.

 

Todd Adkins' social media:

Twitter = @ToddAdkins

Instagram= @Toddadkins

 

Books mentioned in this podcast:

Simple Church by Thom S. Rainer

https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Church-Returning-Process-Disciples/dp/0805447997

Leadership Pipline by Charan, Drotter, Noel

https://www.amazon.com/Simple-Church-Returning-Process-Disciples/dp/0805447997

Leadership Engine by Noel Tichy

https://www.amazon.com/Leadership-Engine-Building-Rapid-Read-Handbook/dp/0944002250/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492552126&sr=1-1&keywords=leadership+engine

Leadership Pipeline Website

http://myleadershippipeline.com

 

Todd’s Podcasts

5 Leadership Questions

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/5-leadership-questions/id1016454336?mt=2

New Churches Podcast

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/new-churches-q-a-podcast/id1045851546?mt=2

 

 

Quotes

“We really need to take people on a journey with specific destinations and ports of call along the way” - Todd Adkins

“All people have a unique calling from God.” - Todd Adkins

“You can never stop cultivating your character.” - Todd Adkins

“You have to have a transfer of knowledge, but you also have to have experience and you also have to have coaching.”  - Todd Adkins

“Leadership development is poetry and plumbing.” - Todd Adkins

“I was here to build an army not an audience.” - Todd Adkins

“Programs don’t develop people, but processes sure do.’’ - Todd Adkins

 

 

 

 

 

Ep 064: Healthy Cultures PT. 2

Welcome to Episode 64 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

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On today’s episode we are talking about the enemies of a healthy culture part 2. On our last episode we touched base on the more positive aspects of culture, but on today’s podcast we are going over the more negative side.

Take aways for leaders:

  1. One huge enemy of culture we believe to be is negativity. When it comes to leadership, you will always run into expectation gaps. You can choose to fill the gap with suspicion or you can choose to fill them with trust. We should always choose to fill the gap with trust because where there is trust, there is less negativity.

  2. Remember that with every problem you face you do not bring negativity, instead you bring solutions.

  3. We’re always going to write stories in our heads, but with having an open door policy, it allows stories to end a lot sooner than they may have.

  4. An enemy of a good culture is a fast growing organization. The faster the organization grows, the faster the teams grow. The bigger the team, the more responsibility it is to maintain a healthy culture. Realize that it is harder to get back a healthy culture than it is to keep it. We want to make sure that what we are reproducing is something that we want to be a part of.

  5. We need to choose culture over preference. One huge enemy of culture would be celebrations. If your teams do not celebrate it may be because of a lack of thankfulness and gratitude on what God is doing.

 

Quotes

“I think culture is more important than anything but Jesus in the church world, or in the organizational world.” - Joshua Gagnon

“A broken culture will never lead to a healthy organization.” - Joshua Gagnon

“We don’t want to be a people of excuses.” - Joshua Gagnon

“We’ve all written books that will never be published. We didn't write them with our hands; we wrote them with our minds.” - Joshua Gagnon

“Where there is trust, there is less negativity.” - Joshua Gagnon

“The more we’re thankful for what God’s doing, the more we are going to celebrate.”- Joshua Gagnon

 

 

Ep 063: Healthy Cultures PT. 1

Welcome to Episode 63 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast!

If you enjoy listening to this podcast and it has helped you and your team in any way, please leave us a review on iTunes or Stitcher or take the time to share it on social media.

Do you have a question for Pastor Josh about leadership, ministry, or any other topic we’ve covered on the podcast so far? Submit your questions to info@joshuagagnon.com or @joshgagnon on Twitter and Pastor Josh might answer it on a future episode!

On today’s episode we are talking about enemies of a healthy culture. Here at NLC we value culture second to Jesus. We believe that culture is the engine that drives everything that is not Jesus. The culture that we invite people into really matters when it comes to even the presence of God.

Take aways for leaders

Ask yourself: How do we make sure that we have a good culture? Then ask yourself: What comes against it? What is the enemy of culture? If we know the enemy, we can know how we can fight against it.

Your environment is what you make of it. Even if you’re not being negative, but you’re not being positive, you’re not applying yourself to your group the way that needs to be if you want a culture that's going to be the greatest place to work.

The way you communicate to your organization will either add to the culture or subtract from it. Having great communication is key for a successful culture. Keep everyone moving in the same direction, the same goal.

We want communication from the bottom up. Sometimes you need that information to come up, because they are the ones who are the closest to the front line.

Most of us are competing within our own team, not because we want to, but because it is within our own culture. You have to be okay with who you are, you cannot be constantly comparing yourself to everyone else. You be who you are called to be. Once we start comparing ourselves to one another we start competing. Once we start competing with one another, we start defeating the very people we are supposed to be winning along side with.

Quotes

“Culture is never ever stagnant.” - Roman Archer

“It takes 10 people leading in the right culture to create something powerful, but it takes 1 person leading in the wrong way to ruin it all.”-Joshua Gagnon

“The desire for power always competes for the desire for a great culture.” - Joshua Gagnon

“We don't want to compete, but we want to complete with other churches.”- Joshua Gagnon