#9: How To Build A Life You Love

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

  • The work you do must have motivation and purpose. God uses the work that you do to make him impossible ignore to the people around you.

  • Who are you growing into? Building a life you love is an ongoing project, not just a mile marker as we begin our adult lives.

  • What you do with your life does not define who you are. You are a person created by God who made you in his image, for his glory, to be loved by him forever.

#8: The Real Reason You Want To Be Productive

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

Pay attention to your productivity. A Microsoft study found that the average worker in the U.S. wastes 17 hours in a 45 hour work week. Honoring our employer and the people we serve by working with focus is a surprising way to make Jesus impossible to ignore.

Be like Ike. President Dwight Eisenhower developed a matrix for making decisions based on the importance and urgency of a particular task. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritize your most significant work.

Put your most significant work first. The vast majority of leaders struggle to do their most significant work because these non-urgent tasks get crowded out by what has to be dealt with right now. Taking time to schedule work on your significant tasks is critical to your success.

#7: How To Slow Down and Lead Well with Pastor Leonce Crump Jr.

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

If you are under the age of 40, slow down. Embrace the process of maturity. Move patiently toward the time when your experience and results earn you the right to be heard.

The importance of leading locally. Social media creates an opportunity to influence people you’ve never met in places that you’ve never been. Time-tested leadership, however, requires focused work and a shared life with the people around you.

#6: Friends and Family - Don't Discount Your Relationships

Healthy relationships begin with you. Leaders are surrounded by distractions at the office, on their phone and in the world around them. Those distractions make it difficult to gain clarity about what's going on inside of your head and heart.

#5: 3 Signs Of Spiritual Health

I (Matt) can still remember the scene…

I am in kindergarten. My mom has just arrived home from the commissary (grocery store) with a car filled with groceries. Next to the car is a big orange box of Tide laundry detergent.

And by big, I mean big. But I want to help, so I try to pick it up.

Hulking up like Lou Ferrigno in green body paint (again, this is 1980...some of you know!), I am bound and determined to carry that box into the house.

But it doesn’t budge.

So I try to drag it. Just like those big European dudes in a strongman competition pulling a truck.

I get a couple of feet before I lose my grip and fall backward on the garage floor.

My struggle goes on for (what seems like) hours. I make it all the way to the stairs into our house.

Stuck again. Couldn’t pick it up the first time. And now I’ve used all my Hulk powers dragging this blasted box across the garage.

My mom asks if I need help. I stubbornly refuse.

“I can do it myself.”

That isn’t the last time those words come out of my mouth or my heart. The truth is, most leaders struggle to ask for help. We are convinced that self-reliance is the hallmark of good leadership.

Well, it isn’t.

Here’s the truth. 

Self-reliance is a window into the soul of unhealthy leadership. 

It strips the soul of gratitude.

It robs us from the rest we desperately need.

It grabs generosity and convinces us we can’t afford it.

On this week’s episode, Tal and I talk about self-reliance as the enemy of spiritual health. Because of what God has done, is doing and will do, spiritually healthy leaders have hope. 

What does that look like in our lives? We’ll show you three signs of spiritually healthy leaders and help you take steps towards a hope-filled life and leadership. 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What will be in style (according to Tal) for men in 2024.
  • Why leaders struggle to find and maintain spiritual health
  • The power and practice of gratitude
  • Two basic practices that help leaders rest well
  • How to be generous...with boundaries.
  • Why spiritual health is the foundation of the Five Factors framework

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5F Podcast 4: Ambition

On the way home from his flag football game last night, my (Matt) son, Will, asked what he could work on to get better before his next game. 

Will is nine years old. This season is the fourth time that he's played flag football and after every game, we talk about how his team played and what he did to positively contribute to his team. I've never treated him like he's gonna be a five-star recruit playing on Saturdays in the SEC. He makes mistakes, but he's a little kid, so my feedback has always been positive.

5F Podcast 3: Resilience

Some leaders have a high level of natural, God-given, intuitive, emotional intelligence. They know how they feel and they understand how others feel. They can build connections based on those feelings, and everyone is the better for it.

I (Matt) did not receive that particular gift under the leadership Christmas tree. I went to school for more than 20 years, and nobody told me that emotional intelligence was more important than 10th-grade geometry. Talking about feelings wasn’t something that happened in my house growing up.

5F Podcast 2: Strength

I (Matt) grew up playing baseball in the 80s. The high school I went to in Abilene, TX won the Baseball America (mythical) national championship in 1987 and 1988. As big as football is in West Texas, baseball was a close second at our school.

My primary position was pitcher. I wasn’t that good, but I wanted to be. Trouble is, I was “husky” - details are inside this podcast episode - which meant that I had zero athletic advantage over anyone on our team. I was not strong. I was not fast. I simply was not physically healthy.

Are you physically healthy? Can you make it through your everyday work without propping yourself up with caffeine and sugar? Do you have the stamina to make it through the work day?

5F Podcast 1: What Is Five Factors?

The Five Factors Leadership Podcast is a project that began almost twenty years ago at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. And while neither Tal Prince nor I (Matt Adair) had grand plans to take over the world with a podcast, here we are. And that’s a win for you.

Tal was the teaching assistant in a preaching class I had at Beeson, and he gave me a D- on a book review that I wrote for the class. I don’t remember the book, but I do remember Tal’s note: ‘Your writing deserves an A. But your arrogance makes we want to give you an F. Consider this D- an act of mercy.’

Here Are Five Reasons That Five Factors Leadership Exists

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Last week, Tal and I announced that we're launching the Five Factors Leadership podcast.

You'll be able to listen to the first three episodes next Monday.

Today, I want to share five reasons why we believe Five Factors can help you as a leader:

1. We Want You To Thrive

The best leaders are healthy leaders. These are leaders who remain faithful, make a difference and leave a legacy. 

In our experience, health is rooted in your humanity. Leaders who are unhealthy are not healthy people. So, conversely, if you want to be healthy as a leader - if you want to thrive - you have to focus on your personal health and development.

2. We Know You Feel Stuck

When leaders are unhealthy, they stop doing what's necessary to lead well. They feel stuck.

Every leader feels stuck sometimes.

Sometimes you feel stuck because of what's going on around you. Your situation and circumstances and context are hard. Life at home is challenging. 

Sometimes you feel stuck because of what's going on inside of you. The unhealthy things you have done and the unhealthy things that have been done to you creates guilt, shame, stress, fear that leave you unable or unwilling to do the next right thing.

3. We Have A Plan

So what should you do when you get stuck in your life and leadership?

Our suggestion is that you focus on taking the next right step.

Our plan is to help you do the next right thing.

When you take the next right steps - mentally, physically, relationally, spiritually, vocationally - you have the clarity required to build the momentum you need to get the results that you want.

Those results in each of the 'five factors' above, include resilience, strength, presence, hope and ambition. Combined, each serves as a critical ingredient in the recipe of healthy leadership that thrives in every area of life.

4. We Have Resources

How do you know where to focus, and what steps to take next?

We created a free overview of the Five Factors framework. When you read it, you'll have a better idea of the details we are focusing on in Five Factors. Plus, we added a simple self-assessment that you can complete in minutes and get an idea of how healthy you are.

We've also recently launched the Five Factors online community. This is an exclusive area where we host masterclasses, house a resource library, hold group coaching sessions - all designed to help you take action and thrive. I'd love for you to check it out and invest in your leadership.

And, as we announced, the Five Factors Leadership podcast launches next week. I'd love for you to check out an episode when it drops on Monday the 11th.

Why have we created these resources? To help you take steps (momentum) based on our plan (clarity) that will help you thrive as a leader (results).

5. We Don't Want You To Fail

There is nothing magical about Five Factors Leadership.

But it is a different way to lead.

It's different because we believe helping others starts with taking care of yourself.

It's different because we believe what's missing is not more information but the right information.

It's different because we believe the way leaders thrive is with a group of other leaders.

So you can learn lots of leadership by reading books, listening to podcasts and going to conferences. But without someone else to process with, to learn from, to encourage - you're playing against a stacked deck.

At best, you will struggle to lead well.

More likely, you'll get stuck and stop trying to lead well altogether.

Your choice.

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