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Profitable organizations require a healthy culture, and Pastor Tim Stevens knows the secret sauce for a vibrant and successful workplace. Drawn from his experience working at Granger Community Church in Indiana, where he leads a team of more than 130 people, and from growing a worldwide ministry-5,000 people in three locations in Granger and 1,800 churches in India-Fairness Is Overrated lays out a practical blueprint for success.
Short, digestible chapters-fueled by practical bullet-points, discussion questions, and real-life examples-give lessons and practical advice few leadership manuals teach, such as how resumes are worthless and Facebook and Twitter shouldn't be prohibited at work. Whether it's the power of switching off the iPhone in a meeting, balancing the visions of artists and leaders, or how to fire people with grace, Fairness Is Overrated is packed with practical tips for real leadership, every single day.
Number of Pages: 233
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Discover the tools of leadership to revolutionize your workplace.
Tim Stevens traveled an alternative roadleaving high school and immediately joining a national non-profit organization. He rose quickly through the ranks of leadership, but nine years later left it all behind to help an upstart church get its footing. During the 20 years Stevens served as Executive Pastor at Granger Community Church near South Bend, Indiana, the ministry grew from a congregation of 300 to more than 5,000; from a staff of five to more than 130; with a preschool, restaurant, three campuses and more than 1,800 new churches planted in southern India.
Leaders learn by leading. Stevens knows that creating a healthy and successful organization requires throwing out the conventional instruction manual and writing one that balances practical lessons, spiritual truths, and twenty-first century realitiesexactly what you will find in Fairness Is Overrated.
Stevens, now an executive with the Vanderbloemen Search Group, takes his lifetime of service and dispenses with conventional wisdom. Short, powerful chapters end with actionable discussion questions. Four pillars hold up every successful leader: Be a person of integrity. Identify the right people around you. Build a great culture. Lead through crisis.
This is a manual of doing, not talking. No fluff, no stale inspirational platitudes. Its time to move past planning and kick-start Monday into action.
wheelsmsChicopee, MAAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5How to be a more effective leaderJanuary 2, 2015wheelsmsChicopee, MAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4By his own admission, Tim Stevens is not your typical leader. After high school, he joined a non-profit organization and rose through the ranks. He left it behind to join the staff of a church plant. He eventually served as executive pastor at Granger Community Church in Indiana. Stevens background led him to the conclusion that leaders learn by leading.
While not necessarily anti-education, Stevens believes that there are times to throw out the instruction manual and write a new one that blends biblical truth, practical lessons, and daily realities. That is what he tries to do in this his latest book, Fairness is Overrated: And 51 other leadership principles to revolutionize your workplace.
The book is divided into four parts and reflects the four pillars that Stevens believes effective leadership is built on.
Part one focuses on becoming a leader worth following. The lessons deal with the topics of integrity, family, being fully present, and margin.
Part two gives instructions on finding the right people. It addresses issues such as when to ignore resumes and when to pay attention to them, using social media in checking a persons background and character, how to ask questions in interviews, and much more.
Part three addresses the topic of building a healthy culture within your organization. It talks about agendas, building teams, having fun together, and dealing with silos.
Part four touches on the topic of leading confidently through a crisis. The chapters deal with resignations, layoffs, firings, conflict resolution, and the importance of communication throughout.
Each of his chapters are relatively shortthree to four pages in length. They are short, pithy, and practical. A few of the chapters are specifically addressed to those leading churches, but the vast majority are applicable to churches and businesses alike. I found the book practical and encouraging. It was well worth reading and referring to again later.
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