Book Notes

Summary and notes on books of relevance from across the leadership spectrum.

The Ragamuffin Gospel

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Title: The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good New for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up and Burnt Out Author: Brennan Manning Copyright Date: 2000 Book Summary: Many believers feel stunted in their Christian growth. We beat ourselves up over our Continue reading …

Christian Coaching

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Title: Christian Coaching: Helping Others Turn Potential Into Reality Author: Gary R. Collins Copyright Date: 2002   Book Description: Coaching has expanded beyond athletics to almost every aspect of life that requires accountability, encouragement, and Continue reading …

Now Discover Your Strengths

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Title: Now, Discover Your Strengths Author: Marcus Buckingham, Donald O. Clinton Copyright Date: 2001 Book Summary: Unfortunately, most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths. Instead, guided by parents, teachers, managers, and Continue reading …

Leadership Next

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Title: Leadership Next: Changing Leaders in a Changing Culture Author: Eddie Gibbs Copyright Date: 2005     Book Summary: Our culture is constantly changing, often faster than we can adapt to it. Christian leaders struggle Continue reading …

Getting Past NO

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Title: Getting Past NO Author: William Ury Copyright: 1991 Book Description: We all want to get to yes, but what happens when the other person keeps saying no? How can you negotiate successfully with a Continue reading …

Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

Compiled by Chuck Olson

Title: Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence Author: Daniel Goleman Copyright: 2013 Book Summary: In Focus, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today’s scarcest resource Continue reading …

The Making of a Leader

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Title: The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development Author: J. Robert Clinton Copyright: 2012 Book Description: By studying the lives of hundreds of historical, biblical, and contemporary leaders, author Continue reading …

Daring Greatly

Compiled by Chuck Olson

Title: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Author: Brene Brown Copyright: 2012   Book Description: Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional Continue reading …


Everyone’s life gets better when a leader’s life gets stronger.

– Chuck Olson

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