How to Lead in a World of Distraction: Four Simple Habits For Turning Down the Noise
Maximize your influence and bring joy back to your work by turning down the noise. While many leaders have learned to tune out distractions that keep them from being productive, they remain deaf to their inner desires and emotions....
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Maximize your influence and bring joy back to your work by turning down the noise.
While many leaders have learned to tune out distractions that keep them from being productive, they remain deaf to their inner desires and emotions. In How to Lead in a World of Distraction, Clay Scroggins teaches leaders four simple habits that create space for emotional evaluation and exploration. These helpful practices will empower leaders to replace the chaos of their busy days with emotional competence and awareness that leads to a calmer, more fulfilling life.
You'll learn how to incorporate four noise-cancelling habits into your daily life--finding simplicity, speaking to yourself, getting quiet, and pressing pause--that will make you mindful and aware of the vital inner desires that need your attention. Transforming the toxic cocktail of emotional distraction starts with emotional awareness--being able to identify and understand your emotions--which ultimately leads to emotional healing and transformed leadership. And it all starts here.
How to Lead in a World of Distraction:
Teaches leaders four simple habits that create space for emotional evaluation and exploration Empowers leaders to replace the emotional chaos in their increasingly busy days with an emotional awareness that will lead to a calmer, more fulfilling lifeEncourages leaders to fully embrace tangible steps each day until emotional distractions--the numbing nature of entertainment and social media and the urgency of the daily grind--are permanently replaced by calm, effective, and gratifying leadership
"This book is such a valuable resource--not just for leaders but for anyone longing to make a difference in the world." - Dave Ramsey
"Clay helps you move beyond the distractions to a moment-by-moment awareness that will help you regulate the way you think, act, and feel." -- Ian Morgan Cron
"In this book Clay provides leaders with practical ways to turn down the noise personally and organizationally." - Andy Stanley
Our World is Awash in White Noise
White noise is a sound-masking tool designed to cover up the things that "distract" us. And while white-noise can occasionally be helpful, there are times when the white noise in our lives drowns out the voices we need to hear. That's what happens to many leaders. We learn to tune-out distractions, but end up growing deaf to the inner desires and issues that we need to listen to. There are common white noises in leadership and ministry that we use to mask our unpleasant emotions and ignore the desires deep inside of us. Our increasingly busy lives, the numbing nature of entertainment and social media, and the urgency of ministry itself all work together to create a toxic cocktail of emotional distraction. Multiplying the problem is our emotional incompetence. Leaders are more anxious, stressed, and depressed than ever before.
Emotional healing begins with emotional awareness. Being able to identify and understand our emotions requires some counter-cultural practices. Spiritual disciplines of fasting, meditation, Sabbath keeping, prayer, and hospitality are practices intended to create space for emotional evaluation and exploration.
This book is a guide to help you listen to yourself, to recognize what your emotions, your body, and your spirit are saying to you by turning down the kudzu of white noise threatening to control your life.
Clay Scroggins is the lead pastor of North Point Community Church, providing visionary and directional leadership for all of the local church staff and congregation. As the original and largest campus of North Point Ministries, ranked by Outreach Magazine in 2014 as the Largest Church in America, NPCC averages over 12,000 people in attendance. Clay works for Andy Stanley, one of the greatest leaders on the planet, and understands firsthand how to manage the tension of leading when you're not in charge.Starting out as a facilities intern (a.k.a. Vice-President of Nothing), he has worked his way through many organizational levels of North Point Ministries and know all too well the challenge of authority deprivation. Clay holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as a Master's degree and doctorate with an emphasis in Online Church from Dallas Theological Seminary. He lives in Forsyth County, Georgia, with his wife, Jenny, and their four children.nbsp;