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Friday Finds - Public Prayer, Hiring Secrets, & Interoffice Communication

This week, I've been doing a lot of prep work for the Executive Pastor Coaching Network I lead twice a year. It's one of my favorite times of the year - getting to know a small group of Executive Pastors, sitting down elbow-to-elbow with them, and discussing their specific challenges. In case you can't tell, nothing gets me going like digging into leadership challenges, finding leadership wisdom, and figuring out how to become a better leader on both a personal and professional level.

Here are some of my favorite articles from this week.

When Does Praying In Public Make Other Uncomfortable? by Leah Libresco via FiveThirtyEight

I found this article fascinating. As Christians always struggling to find the balance of "in but not of" the world and how best to be a light to our nonbeliever neighbors, it's easy to assume a few things about what does or does not make others feel awkward about publics demonstration of our beliefs. But Leah Libresco's interesting study points out that we might be wrong in those assumptions.

The Single Biggest Secret To Making Great Hires by William Vanderbloemen via Forbes

William's Forbes column is a must-read for church leaders and Christian business leaders alike. There are a lot of risks and unknowns every time a leader has to make a hire. In this post, he discusses the 4 "C"s to making great hires - ignore one of them at your team's peril!

Marriage Therapists Say These 6 Things Can Slowly Kill A Marriage by Brittany Wong via The Huffington Post

I only have a few soapbox issues, but one of them is encouraging church leaders to pay attention to the health of their marriage. It is foundational to our ability to lead and serve effectively. But this article isn't full of the "typical" marriage challenges like finances, communication, or infidelity. Rather, it lists 6 overlooked, simple things that people could easily ignore. I encourage you to take daily, practical steps to improve the quality of your marriage.

3 Keys To Effective Communication Within Your Church Staff by Sarah Robins via Vanderbloemen Search Group

My colleague Sarah Robins wrote a killer article this week on interoffice communication. So many team leaders neglect to establish clear expectations when it comes to office communication and responsiveness, to the detriment of the team's moral, effectiveness, and productivity. Read this insight and establish your own team communication guidelines.

What are you reading this week? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.