Favorite New Things

12 Music recommendations you don't want to miss

10 New books you should read

1. The Catalyst Leader- by me...I'm biased, but I truly believe you should purchase this one and read it! 2. One Question- by Ken Coleman

3. More or Less- by Jeff Shinabarger

4. Start- by Jon Acuff

5. Freefall to Fly- by Rebekah Lyons

6. Bread and Wine- by Shauna Niequist

7. Decisive- by Chip and Dan Heath

8. Give and Take- by Adam Grant

9. Alter Ego- by Craig Groeschel

10. Boundaries for Leaders- by Henry Cloud

A New Book you don't want to miss

My good friend Jeff Shinabarger has a new book out today entitled More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity.
He's been an instrumental part of the Catalyst movement for the last 10 years, playing significant roles from a creative perspective as well as being our key experience designer for events.
I'm really excited about the release of Jeff's book. The book answers these three important questions:
1. What is enough?
2. What would happen if we created a culture of giving away whatever was more than enough?
3. How would our habits change if we shed the excess in our lives to create margin and meet local and global needs?
In More or Less, you'll learn how to draw a line of "ENOUGH" in their consumer choices, how to see generosity as a chance to experience freedom in a greedy world, and how to make small changes now that will help others forever. Through 50 practical stories and numerous actionable ideas, the book helps you define "enough" as more than a responsibility, but actually an opportunity to give hope.
I highly recommend this book. Go purchase it! I know Jeff well, and his passion for helping others and living a lifestyle of More or Less comes through in every page.
Jeff is a social entrepreneur, experience designer, cofounder of the Q event, and former creative director at Catalyst. He is also the founder of
GiftCardGiver.com and Plywood People, an innovative community addressing social needs through creative projects. He and his family live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thirteen People I want to meet in 2013

Here are a few of the people I want to meet in 2013, that are definitely outside of my normal circle of influence!
1. John Lasseter- chief creative officer at Pixar and Disney Animation Studios
2. Marissa Mayer- President and CEO of Yahoo!
3. Chris Anderson - curator and key leader of TED
4. Charlie Rose - host of the Charlie Rose Show, and CBS Early Show
5. Duck Dynasty family- Phil, Willie and Jase Robertson
6. Denzel Washington - legendary actor
7. Jonathan Ive - senior vice president of industrial design at Apple
8. Sheryl Sandberg - COO at Facebook
9. Jeff Bezos- CEO of Amazon
10. Brad Paisley- country music singer and songwriter
11. Richard Branson- CEO of Virgin
12. Pete Cashmore - founder and CEO of Mashable.
13. Tina Fey - comedian, writer and author.

The reason to meet all of these folks- I believe they are the best in the world at what they do, whether acting, performing, directing, coaching, leading, producing or singing. People at the top of their game who are incredibly excellent at their craft or profession have learned something about greatness, otherwise they wouldn't be where they are. And I love to learn from those outside of my "normal circle" of influence.

Who's on your list?

10 Major Trends for 2013

Here are a few trends that seem to be capturing major attention as we start 2013. I am not proposing that all of these are positive trends, but simply stating them as a picture of reality as move into 2013 and beyond.
1. Content on demand- everywhere, often and most of the time free.
2. Tech in everything- cars, kitchen, refrigerators, watches, wallets, and other devices.
3. Smart Phone as the center of your world- it is where you consume content, get info, make calls, update my status, and remote control my tv and appliances, along with basically running your life.
4. Integrated social media- social media is no longer a phenomenon. It's here to stay. And now integrated into everything we do.
5. We are all leaders- because of social media, technology, and the digital space, anyone can create a platform and gain influence quickly. Everyone has access. Small competes with large, and there is an equal playing field for most involved.
6. Authenticity matters- more than ever, we have to be real and genuine and honest.
7. Comfortable Multi-tasking is in- Cars are now being created that drive themselves. For real. We are more than ever creatures of comfort. Comfort so I can do multiple things at once.
8. Touchscreens- experience is now about everything being a touchscreen and swipe technology.
9. Collaboration- working together is more and more becoming the norm. Shared office spaces between companies, shared staff, partnerships, etc.
10. Mergers and streamlining within industries- similar to #9, but specifically as it relates to a formal merger between companies, organizations and churches. This continues to happen with more regularity, and is now happening consistently with churches and non-profit organizations.