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20 Leadership Conferences to Attend in 2016

1. Catalyst 

2. Q Conference 

3. ReThink Leadership

4. Leadercast 

5. Orange Conference

6. Leadership Summit

7. Exponential

8. EntreLeadership

9. Hillsong Conference

10. Live 2 Lead with John Maxwell

11. Plywood Presents

12. Gateway Leadership Conference 

13. Leadership Forum

14. StoryLine Conference 

15. Right Now Conference

16. 99U Conference

17. Catalyst University

18. Story Conference

19. The Most Excellence Way to Lead Conference 

20. World Domination Summit

Bonus:  ARC Conference 

Bonus #2: TED (one of my favorite events in the world, but price prohibits many from being able to attend- my advice, watch the talks online!) 

What other conferences are you attending in 2016? 

15 Organizations worth a Year End Gift

It's end of the year, and lots of us wait until the last week of the year to give to churches, ministries and non profit organizations. 

Knowing that, I wanted to recommend a few organizations that I think are worth a year end gift. All of these organizations are ones that I'm invested in- both in terms of giving gifts and supporting them, as well as knowing the staff and the people behind these organizations. So as you think about year-end giving, I would recommend any of these organizations as a great place to invest.

Here are some organizations I can give my five star rubber stamp approval on: 

1. Convoy of Hope - they brought their trucks to Catalyst for several years, sponsored the Present: Hope Bike Tour a couple of years ago, and are now feeding hundreds of thousands of kids around the world. I've seen their work up close the last several years on several trips to Haiti and Nicaragua. Their feeding programs and disaster response and relief is amazing.

2. Red Eye Inc. my friend Justin Mayo heads up this "under the radar" community of young influencers and creatives in some of the leading global cities (LA, NYC, Sydney, London) that are using their talents to make a difference in a positive way.

3. Compassion- go sponsor a child. I sponsor several. I've seen their work up close in Rwanda, Guatemala and Ecuador. Your money is being stewarded well.

4. Young Lifebeen involved with Young Life since college. No one creates better experiences for teenagers and introduces the Gospel in such a compelling and loving way.

5. Plywood People - leading a community of startups "doing good." Run by longtime friend Jeff Shinabarger. I have served on the board for several years, so I'm a bit biased. Initiatives such as Plywood Presents, Gift Card Giver, and coaching of young social innovators is part of the Plywood People mission.

6. San Francisco City Impact - a rescue mission run by Christian Huang, doing incredible work in the tenderloin district in downtown San Francisco, meeting spiritual and physical needs of the inner city. Including community outreach, homeless shelters, feeding program, and church. 

7. International Justice MissionGary Haugen and the team at IJM have been fighting sex trafficking and human slavery for the last 20 years. Rescuing victims as well as bringing justice to areas where no justice exists.

8. HOPE Internationalrun by good friend Peter Greer, HOPE provides micro-finance loans all over the world, helping give dignity and lift people out of poverty. A $100 gift goes a long way.

9. charity: waterperhaps my favorite non-profit organization in the world. Scott Harrison and team have revolutionized the concept of providing clean water globally, and are only getting started.

10. One Days WagesEugene Cho makes it easy to see the impact of giving up one day of your salary. And he leads by example.

11. First Response Team of Americagood friend Tad Agoglia and his team provide help and hope at times when communities need just that- following disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.

12. Atlanta Mission- an amazing organization focused on ending homelessness in the city of Atlanta. One of the best run homeless missions in the country.

13. A21 Campaign- headed up by Nick and Christine Caine, rescuing those trapped in human trafficking and modern day slavery all around the world. Their goal is to end injustice in the 21st century.

14. Word Made Flesh- I love what they do in serving the poorest of the poor around the world.

15. Bearings Bike Shop - run by friends Tim and Becky O'Mara, providing hope through bicycles for kids in the city of Atlanta, building community one bike at a time. 

and most importantly- invest in Your Local Church! Make sure you are giving regularly to your local church body. That is the place to start! Mine is Passion City Church, and feel free to give there if you don't have a local church! 

October Brad Recommends List

A brand new list I am creating, The "Brad Recommends" List

Releasing monthly. With my recommendation on new resources, albums, books, websites and more. 

There will be 4 categories each month with the Brad Recommends list. 


1. The Comeback - by Louie Giglio 

2. Live Love Lead - by Brian Houston

3. #Struggle - by Craig Groeschel 

4. Sandcastle Kings- by Rich Wilkerson Jr. 

5. Intentional Living - by John Maxwell 

** bonus ::  H3 Leadership - by ME!! 


1. Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast

2. 5 Leadership Questions Podcast

3. Dose of Leadership

4. Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin

5. Coffee with Chris Caine


1. Unsplash.com

2. Bill Blankschaen (Faithwalkers)

3. Matt Brown (Think Eternity)

4. ISideWith.com

5. Medium.com


1. Deluxe Edition - Pentatonix

2. MSC (Live in LA) - Mosaic MSC

3. Open Heaven/River Wild- Hillsong Worship 

4. The Wonderlands - Jon Foreman

5. This Glorious Grace- Austin Stone Worship 

My NEW book H3 LEADERSHIP releases TODAY

H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. officially releases TODAY!

Excited to get this book into the hands, hearts, minds and souls of thousands upon thousands of leaders around the world.

That includes you! I hope the book is personal, applicable, practical, inspiring, challenging and easy to implement into your own personal leadership journey.

You can buy it here.

The book outlines and breaks down the 20 Key Habits that all great leaders have in common, built around the 3 pillars and my own leadership mantra of HUMBLE, HUNGRY, and HUSTLE. If your leadership journey is just beginning, or you have been walking in it for years, this book is tailored made to help you be a better leader now, and ultimately guide you to the finish line well.

And, as a special bonus::: anyone who purchases the book this week, from September 22-27, scan and send your receipt to h3leadership@gmail.com and you'll receive over $100 of extra leadership resources for FREE, all for simply purchasing the book during release week from any outlet.

If you're interested in purchasing 5 or even 10 copies of the book, there are way more goodies for you. Check them out. 

Thanks for being on this journey with me. I believe together we can be a force for good. Change makers all raising the tide of leadership. Impacting our generation. Let's do this!

Again, you can purchase here

5 Gears - A New Productivity Book to Check Out

5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There Is Never Enough Time

My good friends Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram, founders of GiANT Worldwide, have written a book you'll want to read. This new book will help you develop a rhythm and routine for your life that allows you to be productive at the right time of the day, as well as shift gears to be truly present with your family and fully recharge. 

People around the world struggle with work/ life balance. It is difficult to be productive and manage the relational dynamics of staying connected with others, while consistently recharging personally. 5 Gears came to light as Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram applied what they learned through their own experiences and their work with leaders around the globe. It is a powerful concept that has the ability to radically change the way you live and lead.

While many people focus on adding a new time management method to their life, Kubicek and Cockram have gone to the source of conflict and created a common language, that if implemented, will decrease drama and insecurity and replace it with a secure confidence that people everywhere need.

The leaders of GiANT Worldwide, Kubicek and Cockram share stories of successful transformation, leadership skill, and help you master the art of being present with those you lead. The 5 Gears are highly transferrable and are designed to be sticky and memorable. You will inevitably experience these results as you add your own story of what being in the right gear at the right time does to your influence and respect.

"5 Gears will profoundly change the way you see yourself and your interaction with others in every area of your life. How many books do that?" — PATRICK LENCIONI, President, The Table Group; author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Advantage

About the Authors:

JEREMIE KUBICEK is co-founder of GiANT Worldwide and the GiANT companies. He is a bestselling author of Making Your Leadership Come Alive and speaker to organizations throughout the world on transformational leadership, emotional intelligence, and personal growth. He currently resides in Oklahoma City with his wife and three children.

STEVE COCKRAM is co-founder of GiANT Worldwide and a recognized expert on personality development, applied leadership learning and culture change with executive teams and
organizations around the world. Steve is a sought- after speaker and teacher on apprenticeship, personality development and team building. He resides in London with his wife and three children.

A Few Ways the 5 Gears book will help you:

- Designed to help people conquer work/life balance
- Master the art of being present and productive
- Learn how to connect with those around you
- Learn how to be in the right gear in the right time… social, work, rest, etc.
- Learn how to fully recharge & be at your best
- Reconnect with your kids/spouse/family
- Build better relationships at work
- Maximize your influence
- Hard skills alone do not make you influential - emotional intelligence & your ability to connect does.
- Discover the most common pitfalls when it comes to connectivity, leadership and influence
- With Google and Youtube, information mastery is no longer enough...your ability to build and maintain authentic relationships with others is the competitive advantage.

Order the book today!