49 episodes

In each episode, we are going to work to give you one easy to understand concept and tell you at least one story that illustrates the concept being put into practice. The concept will be easy to understand, but it will require your very best self and a good deal of practice over time if you are going to implement it.

The Leader's Journey Podcast Jim Herrington & Trisha Taylor

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

In each episode, we are going to work to give you one easy to understand concept and tell you at least one story that illustrates the concept being put into practice. The concept will be easy to understand, but it will require your very best self and a good deal of practice over time if you are going to implement it.

    Leading in a Politically Charged Culture

    Leading in a Politically Charged Culture

    Everywhere we go, we hear stories from leaders about how a politically charged culture is poisoning relationships, splitting organizations and creating stress far above normal. Yet, our country needs leaders at all levels who can manage themselves in polarization by thinking clearly, acting out of deeply held principles and staying connected to people who see things differently. And that’s a lot easier said than done. In this episode, we discuss attitudes and practices that will help us lead effectively in these challenging times.
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    Conversation overview: Leaders and organizations are in crisis due to political and emotional polarization  Getting out of the echo chamber  The right to be wrong—staying connected to people who see things differently Differentiation of self in a politically anxious system Moving away from the extremes Practices for self-management in the face of difference Resources: Polarization and the Healthier Church 
    Disunity in Christ 
    Crucial Conversations
    Extraordinary Relationships 
    Colossian Forum
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    • 39 min
    Writer's series - Phuc Luu

    Writer's series - Phuc Luu

    Our friend Phuc Luu wrote one of our favorite books this year, Jesus From the East. In this episode, he shares his thinking about how the gospel is not only for sinners but also for the sinned-against. Using the Korean concept of han, Phuc shows us how we lead best when we lead in ways that are not just transactional but deeply human, actively caring for the wounded and vulnerable.
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    Conversation Overview Jesus saw people in his community as sinners and the sinned-against Stopping the cycle of sin by healing the wounds of the sinned-against Projecting our brokenness onto others The Korean concept of han Leaders foster healing and justice by acknowledging and naming injustice and woundedness About Phuc Luu Reach Phuc at www.phucluu.com
    Born in Vietnam and raised in Houston, Texas, Phuc Luu seeks the integration and intersection of art, philosophy, and theology. His work has appeared in the AmerAsian Journal, The Journal of Pastoral Care, the Truett Journal of Church and Mission, the Houston Chronicle, and NPR’s This I Believe. He has published on a variety topics such as Medieval philosophy, pastoral care, theology and culture, philosophy of religion, and art and culture. He carries advance degrees in theology (Baylor) and philosophy (the University of St. Thomas). He has served on the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) for seven years as a member. He has taught philosophy and theology at Sam Houston State University and Houston Baptist University. He currently teaches Old Testament prophets and New Testament gospels at Houston’s Episcopal High School, and is working on his second book, a sequal to Jesus of the East. 
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    • 42 min
    Writer’s series – Steve Cuss

    Writer’s series – Steve Cuss

    Do we love people by tolerating their terrible behavior? How do we stop demonizing people who get in our way? What about when I am the one who is sabotaging change?
    In our conversation with Steve Cuss, author of Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs, we look at the reality of sabotage in the process of leading change. Because anxiety spreads in a group and because typically the most anxious person in the room holds the most power, managing ourselves in the face of sabotage is always the key to leadership survival.
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    Conversation Overview Anxiety: even more contagious than COVID Does love mean I have to tolerate people's terrible behavior? How do I stop demonizing people who get in my way? Advantages of systems theory for leadership Working our way out of double binds Managing ourselves in triangles (and don't miss Steve's great definition of a triangle!)  
    About Steve Steve Cuss is a multi-talented leader and also the pastor at Discovery Christian Church in Broomfield, CO.
    Steve's Twitter feed is gold. Follow him @stevecusswords
    You can also check out everything he's doing, including his podcast, at www.stevecusswords.com
    His book is Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs.
     
    Also mentioned on the podcast: Generation to Generation by Edwin Friedman
    The Family Crucible by Augustus Napier and Carl Whitaker
     
     
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    • 40 min
    Writer’s series – Tod Bolsinger

    Writer’s series – Tod Bolsinger

    It’s a lot of fun to have friends and colleagues who are also writers and in this series we want to introduce some of them to you.
    In our conversation with Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, he talks with us about how to lead when you don’t know what to do. He quotes a pastor who told him, “I think I can learn adaptive change but I’m not sure I can survive it.” In this episode, Dr. Bolsinger reminds us that we can grow our leadership resilience through reflection, relationships and a rule of life.
    Conversation Overview:
    • The challenges of 2020: 1918, 1929 and 1968 all at the same time
    • Managing your anxiety about leadership and enter into a learning process
    • Lead through loss
    • Learning from people on the margins
    • Growing resilience when you face a mountain of despair
    • Tempered steel as an example of being forged for resilience and effectiveness
    • Accepting that not everyone will come with us when we lead
    • Resilience comes when we are able to ground ourselves in something other than our own success as leaders
    • Leading in exile
    • Looking and Listening: Listening as attunement; Looking from the balcony
    Resources: For more from Tod Bolsinger, text UNCHARTED to 66866 and connect to his resources.
    Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory Leadership for a Time of Pandemic Thank you for listening. If you enjoy listening to The Leader’s Journey Podcast, the best way to support us is to take just a few seconds and leave a rating and/or comment over on iTunes or share it with your friends on Facebook … Thank you!

    • 31 min
    The Power of "And"

    The Power of "And"

    Today's world is far too complex to understand in terms of linear, either/or thinking. Emotionally intelligent leaders are able to hold tension in complex situations--to let go of binary thinking and experience the power of "AND." 
    Have you ever . . . 
    felt more than one feeling at the same time?  seen more than one perspective at once? held competing values without giving up either? felt the tension of seemingly contradictory ideas that are both true? If so, you have experienced the power of “AND.”
    The ability to hold tension helps us to lead at higher levels, avoid thinking errors, solve intractable problems, have better relationships and improve our emotional health. Learn to harness the power of "AND."
    Conversation Overview:
    Emotionally intelligent leaders are able to hold tension in complex situations and experience the power of “And.” We hold tension when we hold on to multiple perspectives at the same time. Examples of the power of holding tension, the power of “And,” when new and creative solutions emerge Real life practice for holding tension as a skill Managing cognitive dissonance Resources:
    Richard Rohr: The Naked Now 

    • 28 min
    Changing Our Minds

    Changing Our Minds

    The journey toward anti-racism and racial justice leads us through deep reflection on our own theological pilgrimage. We look at how our view of missiology, ecclesiology and Christology has changed over the years and how it has informed and transformed our views on racial equality in the culture and in the Church.
    Simple but complex leadership principle: Effective leaders hold deep convictions and they regularly invite those convictions to be challenged by others who see the world differently.
    Conversation overview: The close relationship between Christianity and colonization contaminated our missiology and our views on race We considered that the center of God’s activity in the world is not getting me to heaven. We began to see the Kingdom of God as the center of God’s activity rather than the programs of a local church We wondered what it means when discipleship doesn’t lead to changing views on race or to good news for people who have been traumatized. Paradigm shifts are painful. In the midst of the pain, God gives birth to something new. For new patterns of anti-racism to emerge, some things will have to die. Repentance means giving up our need to be “good white people” and cleaning up our messes. Resources: The Gospel in A Pluralistic Society by Leslie Newbigin The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard UnChristian: What A New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters  by David Kinnamon and Gabe Lyons Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurmon
    Jesus of the East: Reclaiming the Gospel for the Wounded by Phuc Luu Thank you for listening. If you enjoy listening to The Leader’s Journey Podcast, the best way to support us is to take just a few seconds and leave a rating and/or comment over on iTunes or share it with your friends on Facebook … Thank you!

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

FUMC Ginger ,

So useful as a tool for real change

I have listened to both new podcasts more than once. They are increasingly helpful each time I listen. The reinforcement of principles learned during our Leaders Journey sessions is so helpful. There is so much information, the podcasts help bring it to a level of more personal understanding. Thank you for sharing.
The overfunctioning podcast hit home for me. Thanks to the training we have been through with the Leader’s Journey, I am better at controlling my over function button. This podcast gave me a refresher and a different perspective from which to see myself.

jj da amazing ,

Real, Relational and Rejuvenating

I have been so blessed by Jim and Tricia’s podcast. They have helped me tremendously to grow in self compassion, given me tools to work through conflict, anxiety and stress. Nothing about my life has changed but I feel so different because of their work. Thank you, Jim and Tricia, for you hard work and dedication to coaching. It truly makes a difference.

papajohnl ,

Leadership insight that goes beyond technique!

Jim and Trisha are incredible leaders and people. I have witnessed their impact in my own life and in the lives of many people in our church. This podcast makes available the wealth of their wisdom and expertise to anyone who’s fortunate enough to come across it. If you’re a leader looking to go beyond popular technique into the deeper territory of who a leader is, I think you’ll really like this podcast. Their starting point for leadership is that it truly emerges from a leader’s being and that any substantial growth, change or breakthrough therefore starts within the leader. I’m grateful for them and highly recommend this!

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