Field notes

for the leadership journey

Leadership

This is a guest post from Aaron Shamp. He is a pastor, writer, professor, dad and Stay Forth Coaching coaching client based in Lafayette, Louisiana.  I had my spot in the coffee shop. With just a few sips of the hot Costa Rica pour over, I was eager to sit and crank...

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They were the worst of times. Someday I hope I say they were also the best of times. As March spilled into April, and April into May I felt a sinking loss. It was different from the losses that had toppled through the shockwave of a global pandemic jumping our...

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“It is not the job of our black brothers and sisters to educate us on the issue of race”. I’ve heard this a lot in the last few days, and I agree. There are many incredible resources out there to educate yourself. Here is a list our team has compiled that we highly...

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Coaching

Why do some people live deeply fulfilling lives continually creating beautiful things and others flail while never reaching their potential? This question has haunted me for over a decade. There is a difference between these two groups, but it’s hard to put a finger...

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  There's so much content out there today. It’s a dime a dozen. You almost start to think good content is magically going to drift into your brain. There are a lot of gaps for most leaders in the creative process. There’s good news; there are some creativity...

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I have never, ever, enjoyed filling out daily planners. Having my day regimented into tiny blocks of time just didn’t work for me. I still get anxious thinking about having to do it. If I’m being honest, those generic tools don’t really accomplish much, and if it were...

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summaries

Dangerous Calling is one of the few books I read year after year, and every time I read it, it challenges me. Paul David Tripp masterfully weaves real-life stories and often forgotten spiritual truths into this book. As the pages turn, the wounds, temptations, and...

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It’s rare to find a book where every chapter invites you into a new way to think and a better way to live. David Brooks, a popular columnist, and author, walked through a valley and emerged on his second mountain with a refined and weathered view of life. He recorded...

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Talk about timely! This book is nailing leaders between the eyes right now. In his typical concoction of honest, sarcastic, and well-researched John Mark Comer lays out the problem; hurry is slowly killing us and our relationships. But he also builds a hopeful and...

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Church

This past Saturday, my daughter and I went to Denver to participate in a peaceful protest against the murder of George Floyd and the mistreatment of POC all over America. As we marched around the capital, I saw that man… you know the one… he stands on the corner with...

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I spend a lot of time with church leaders. Sometimes we’re sharing a meal, sipping a coffee or sitting around a fire pit. Other times we’re digging deep into their life and leadership in a coaching session. While there are several studies out there about pastors I...

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A friend asked me to bike across the state of Colorado with her and her team for the annual Ride the Rockies. What?  Me?! Why?!?  Despite my first reactions, I joined the team. You can imagine that I was intimidated. What you probably don’t know is that my word for...

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