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Christian Woman Leadership Podcast
42 minutes | 4 days ago
151: Values, Boundaries, and Leadership Lessons from Running a Virtual Assistant Business with Alyssa Avant
Have you ever considered working from home with your own business? Or perhaps you’ve considered hiring someone to work virtually for your own ministry or business, but you’re not sure what that would actually look like. In this episode, Holly and I talk with Alyssa Avant, virtual assistant and coach, about her leadership journey. We dive into what it looks like to be a virtual assistant as well as what it means for those who hire one. In addition, we explore the leadership lessons she has learned in her business journey and why values and self-awareness are so important. For the full show notes for this episode, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode151. Key Points Discussed: Alyssa’s life and leadership journey What is a virtual assistant & who would need to hire one? Leadership traits that are needed to work virtually Transitioning to teaching others about how to be a VA Leadership challenges Alyssa has faced in her business Values that Alyssa includes in her business How Alyssa decided to focus on serving Christian clients and students Why it’s important to say no to clients who are not a good fit The value of self-awareness How Alyssa has become more confident in her journey How she manages her different roles as business owner, wife, and mom Leaders are Learners Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode151.
58 minutes | 11 days ago
150: The Power of Community & Connections in Business and Leadership
Entrepreneurship can be lonely, and even more so in the past year during the COVID pandemic. But it is possible to create community and connection with others in business. In this episode, Holly & I are diving into talking about entrepreneurship, which we haven’t covered much recently. And while this episode has a business focus, a lot of what we share could also apply to leading in ministry and other areas. We dive into why creating community and connections is essential as an entrepreneur, what that community could look like for you, and how to start making those connections. Key Points Discussed: Why do we need community in business? Business/entrepreneurship is lonely Input from others outside of your own business There’s power in collaboration Having someone to lean on What does community and connection look like for online entrepreneurs? Personal board of directors as described by Dr. Ronke Dosunmu in episode 126 People who are in your industry Someone who knows finances Someone who is a bit ahead of you Mentors Biz Besties How do you find these people? FB groups Paid programs In person events In communities of a coach or mentor you follow Local networking groups Friends Fun question: If you could jump into a pool of something, what would it be? Key Quotes from the Episode: “Sometimes we need someone to help us see where we are getting off track.” - Esther “Community in business is a way to grow the Kingdom of God.” - Holly “Know what you need to help you determine who should be in your network.” - Esther “It’s gonna be weird… you don’t know them!” - Holly “Any relationship you are looking to build and create only happens when you are willing to be vulnerable.” - Esther “There’s no shame in not knowing how to do something.” - Esther “Have an answer to the question: ‘What do you do?’” - Holly Action step: Take the awkward step to reach out to someone who might be a good person to connect with. Resources & Links Mentioned: Business Series on the podcast Thriving in Work and Life and How to Transition From Employee to Entrepreneurship with Dr. Ronke Dosunmu  How to Network Authentically Online [CWBP Ep. 36] Shine Online Course This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode150.
42 minutes | 18 days ago
149: Meeting the Needs in Your Church Without Burning Out with Laura Howe
Why is it vital for leaders to care for those they lead? How can churches develop effective care ministries that don’t burn out their leaders? In this episode, I talk with guest Laura Howe about the importance of care ministries in churches. You’ll find out why a care ministry shouldn’t be solely dependent upon the pastor, how meeting people’s needs impacts Kingdom growth, and signs that it’s time to start or strengthen your church’s care ministry. Whether or not you lead in a church setting, you’ll find valuable insights into leadership and the value of caring for the needs of others as Christians. To hear more about burnout, compassion fatigue, and mental health in ministry, check out episode 81 when Laura was on the podcast the first time. For the full show notes, visit https://estherlittlefield.com/episode149 Key Points Discussed: What is a care ministry? [2:34] Building an effective care ministry in a church [5:31] How care ministry differs from discipleship or small groups [12:29] The people you need for a care ministry [15:15] Professionals Pastors Peers How to determine if a care ministry is not working [23:48] The first steps for a church if they want to establish (or refine) their care ministry [27:27] Leaders are learners [36:50] Fun question Connect with Laura Howe: Website Laura’s guide: 3 Steps to Building a Sustainable Care Ministry Church Mental Health Refresh Email: email@example.com Facebook Instagram Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Christian Woman Business Podcast Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode149.
54 minutes | 25 days ago
148: How to Thrive Rather than Survive in Motherhood, Life, & Leadership with Andra Erickson
What does it look like to thrive instead of just survive as a mom of multiples, wife, and leader? And how can we discern the difference between shame and guilt? In this episode, our guest Andra Erickson shares her insights into how she has learned to thrive rather than just survive as a mom of multiples. She shares practical tips on how we can take control of our thoughts and the way we respond to our kids or situations. In addition, Andra shares the difference between shame and guilt and how she sees self-care differently than many others. Even if you are not a mother, you will find incredible wisdom in this episode that you can apply to all areas of your life and leadership. For the full show notes, visit etherlittlefield.com/episode148 Connect with Esther and Holly: Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page
78 minutes | a month ago
147: Behind the Scenes with Esther & Holly
Come behind the scenes with Holly and I as we go off-script and share a bit about how we met, what our lives look like, and answer some fun and random questions. On today’s episode, Holly and I are not covering any serious leadership content. Instead, we’re having fun and sharing some parts of our lives that we don’t usually chat about on the podcast. We hope you enjoy this fun, laid-back episode and hearing a bit more of an unfiltered conversation. Key Points Discussed: How Holly & I met Leading together What does a typical week look like for each of you? What exactly do we each do in our businesses? What is one fun and exciting thing happening in our lives right now? Trends poll Fun questions Connect with Esther and Holly: Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode147.
52 minutes | a month ago
146: Learning to Slow Down & Set Boundaries with Jenn Clauser
Have you ever felt like it’s impossible to slow down as a leader? Do you feel constantly pulled in a thousand directions because of everyone who needs you? In this episode, Holly and I talk with our guest Jenn Clauser as she shares her journey of learning the importance of slowing down and finding true rest. As the director of communications for her church, she experienced a big shift when COVID hit in March 2020. This shift forced her to come face to face with the pace of her life and the need for intentionally setting boundaries and establishing healthy rhythms of rest. Whether you are a leader in ministry or in the marketplace, or you just want to figure out how to stay connected to Jesus when it seems people need you all the time, you’re sure to find practical wisdom and insights in this conversation. For full show notes, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode146. Key Points Discussed: Jenn’s life & leadership How COVID-19 disrupted life, leadership & ministry Recognizing the need for change Why leaders have trouble eliminating hurry & busyness Learning to develop healthy boundaries and patterns of rest Leaders are learners Connect with Esther and Holly: Christian Woman Business Podcast Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode146.
30 minutes | a month ago
145: Learning to See Other Perspectives & Why It Matters as Leaders
Do you ever feel like listening to another perspective means you have to agree with that perspective? Or do you sense you might be unfollowed or criticized if you share a differing perspective to the one that is the ‘norm’ in your current context? Hearing or seeing other perspectives does not come naturally to me, and I love being right. But over the years, God has shown me the value and importance of recognizing other perspectives. In this episode, I’m sharing with you a bit of my journey and how I’ve learned to see other perspectives, and how this doesn’t mean we have to agree with those perspectives. Key Points Discussed: How my hike in Arizona helped me think about perspectives My own journey of learning to see different perspectives The key apologetics principle we should apply as Christians The one thing you need to consider moving forward: are you willing to hear and listen to other perspectives, even if you don’t agree? Key Quotes from the Episode: "We need to be exposed to different ideas and thoughts in order to be able to have conversations, to reach people, to understand their views and to force ourselves to get clear on what we believe.” "If we are going to argue or defend our points, we must also be willing to accurately understand the other person's perspective." “Consider: are you willing to hear and listen to other perspectives?” “There are always going to be people who disagree with us; how we respond to that disagreement is of utmost importance.” “Looking at different viewpoints is going to help you get clearer on what you believe and help you dig deeper into your own faith and leadership.” Episode Sponsor: Confident Conversations Confident Conversations is my mini-course that will help you initiate and lead hard conversations, which will lead to more connection and conflict resolution. I developed this course based on biblical principles and my own experiences of having lots of hard conversations. I’ve learned the value of not avoiding these convos and instead dealing with issues as they arise, and this course will help you do the same. http://confidentconversations.co/ Connect with Esther: Esther’s Website The Christian Woman Business Podcast Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode145.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
144: Christy Wright on Discerning Whether Your Dream is From God & Trusting God’s Faithfulness in All Seasons of Your Life [Part 2]
How do you know if your dream is from God or just your own idea? And what if your dreams and ambitions for the future don’t line up with the season God has placed you in? In this episode (part 2 of 2), Holly and I continue our conversation with Christy Wright. We dive deeper into the topics of Christy’s devotional, “Living True: 40 Days to Get Back to You”, including discovering which of God’s traits has meant the most to Christy in her life. Christy shares her wisdom on how to discern whether a dream is from God or just your own idea as well as what to do when your season doesn’t line up with your dreams or ambitions. We also discuss how to trust God even when it seems like things are not going according to the plan we thought He gave us. This is part 2 of our conversation with Christy, so make sure you check out part 1 if you missed it. Key Points Discussed: What truth about God means the most to Christy? Is my dream from God or from myself? Character of God Can you name the fear ? Journal it & share it The cry test When your season doesn’t line up with your dreams or ambitions Doing the right thing at the time Ask yourself: “What is right right now?” How do we trust God for our future when things have fallen through in the past? Leaders are Learners The Drama of Scripture by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen Fall in Love with God’s Word by Brittany Ann The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer Life: An Obsessively Grateful, Undone by Jesus, Genuinely Happy, and Not Faking it Through the Hard Stuff Kind of 100-Day Devotional by Lisa Harper Key Quotes from the Episode: “When we recognize God in our past, we are more likely to recognize him in our present and in our future.” “If you can name your fear, it might be wisdom that is holding you back.” “God is okay with you wrestling with Him.” “We want to put things in buckets--it’s either us or God. It can be both!” “God sees you right now. He sees you right now, right where you are. He sees you and He is with you.” Connect with Christy Wright: Website Instagram Facebook Christy Wright is a #1 national best-selling author, personal development expert, and host of The Christy Wright Show. She’s been featured on Today Show and Fox News, and in Entrepreneur and Woman’s Day Magazines. Since 2009, Christy has served at Ramsey Solutions, where she teaches on personal development, business, and faith. You can follow Christy on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube or online at www.christywright.com. Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website The Christian Woman Business Podcast Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode144.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
143: Developing Your Message, Self-Awareness vs. Selfishness, & Responding to Cancel Culture with Christy Wright [Part 1]
What is the most important aspect of developing your message as a leader? Is it possible to grow in self-awareness without becoming focused on self? And is it okay to follow people if you don’t agree with them? Christy Wright has developed an influential message and platform as a business leader, and she has recently expanded into focusing more on faith and personal development. But she didn’t start out with a large following or a clear message. In this episode (part 1 of 2), Holly and I chat with Christy about her leadership journey and get a behind-the-scenes look into how she was able to grow and develop her message. We also dive into her new devotional, “Living True: 40 Days to Get Back to You”, and we hit on the touchy topic of whether it’s wrong to focus on self-awareness as a Christ follower. In addition, you’ll hear Christy’s thoughts on why it’s harder to stand in the middle on certain topics and what her thoughts are on following people with whom she disagrees. She also shares what to do when people criticize you or cancel you because they don’t like something you said. This is part 1 of our conversation with Christy, so make sure you’re subscribed to the show so that you don’t miss part 2! Key Points Discussed: Christy’s life & leadership The value of mentoring Christy’s transition from focusing on business to expanding her message How women can discover what their message is What do you want to say? Your message will evolve Christy’s Book “Living True: 40 Days to Get Back to You” Is it wrong to focus on ourselves as Christians? Can we learn from people with whom we disagree? Dealing with criticism and cancel culture Key Quotes from the Episode: “Your message will evolve as you experiment in different things to different people in different ways.” “If the Lord fires you up about something, it’s because he wants to use you there.” “What we are called to do as leaders is solve problems and add value.” “It’s very easy to let your season of life define you.” “There’s nothing practical about our faith.” “It’s not popular to be level-headed, to have some common sense, to see both sides of things--that is not popular. If you want to make everyone mad, just go to the middle.” “It is our responsibility to look for the good.” “Your circumstances don’t determine your attitude; you determine your attitude.” Connect with Christy Wright: Website Instagram Facebook Christy Wright is a #1 national best-selling author, personal development expert, and host of The Christy Wright Show. She’s been featured on Today Show and Fox News, and in Entrepreneur and Woman’s Day Magazines. Since 2009, Christy has served at Ramsey Solutions, where she teaches on personal development, business, and faith. You can follow Christy on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube or online at www.christywright.com. Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website The Christian Woman Business Podcast Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode143.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
142: Balancing Ambition with Surrender [Leadership Traits Series]
As leaders ambition is often a trait we come by naturally. The world praises us for getting the job done or for creating jobs or for climbing the success ladder. But is this what God calls us to? In this episode of the leadership traits series, Holly and I are exploring the concept of what we are calling ‘surrendered ambition’ and how we can develop this as leaders. For the full show notes, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode142. Key Points Discussed in this episode: Why are we talking about surrendered ambition? What is ambition? The tension between being ambitious and driven versus building God’s kingdom Why is this idea of surrendered ambition important? How to develop the trait of surrendered ambition Action step Fun question Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website The Christian Woman Business Podcast Holly’s Website Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode142.
61 minutes | 2 months ago
140: From Rules to Relationship: How to Fall in Love with God’s Word with Brittany Ann
Do you ever struggle to get into God’s word? Do you find that your full schedule, your work and family commitments, and the distractions of life sometimes make it difficult to spend time reading the Bible? If we’re honest most of us would say yes, that at least at some point in our lives, we have struggled with being consistent about getting into God’s word. Whether or not this is a current challenge for you, I believe you will get great value out of our conversation with Brittany Ann. Brittany Ann provides us with insights on why it can be a challenge to get into God’s word, why we don’t have to follow a particular formula or someone else’s method, as well as some of the mistakes we sometimes make when approaching Scripture. What I love about the entire conversation is that it’s really filled with grace. This is not about meeting a particular standard in order to please God. It’s about falling in love with God’s word so that we can experience a deeper relationship with Him and have our lives transformed by Him. And as leaders, if we are not experiencing this real relationship with Jesus, we are going to struggle to lead others well. Find our more about how to truly fall in love with God’s word in this conversation. For the full show notes for this episode, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode141 Key Points Discussed: Brittany’s life and leadership journey [4:00] Leadership lessons as Brittany has grown a large community [8:32] Why getting into God’s word is difficult for women in leadership [10:15] Busyness Tired Lack of motivation Distracted Forgetfulness Lack of biblical knowledge Lack of intimacy with God Do we have to follow a particular formula to get into God’s word? [20:45] What role does accountability play in getting into God’s word? [32:00] How do we approach God’s word in the right way? [38:59] Mistakes to watch out for [45:00] Encouragement for a woman who feels discouraged or ashamed about not getting into God’s word [51:00] Leaders are Learners [57:20] Key Quotes from the Episode: “I did not ever set out to become a leader; it was a matter of me wanting this Christian life.” “We’re all on a journey; we all have room for improvement.” “See individuals as people, as humans.” “You will make time for the things that are important to you.” “We have to take the Bible beyond something that we’re ‘supposed’ to do.” “Getting in the Word of God is one of the main ways that God speaks to us and connects with us.” “Jesus did not go to Thursday night Bible study.” Resources and Links Mentioned: Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad by John Eldredge Fall in Love with God's Word: Practical Strategies for Busy Women by Brittany Ann Connect with Brittany Ann: Equipping Godly Women website Fall in Love with God’s Word website Brittany Ann is an author, speaker, and founder of EquippingGodlyWomen.com, a popular Christian-living website dedicated to helping women be “all in” in faith and family. Brittany is the author of "Fall in Love with God's Word: Practical Strategies for Busy Women" and the creator of the 21-Day Bible Reading Challenge, a free challenge to help Christian women make regular Bible reading a priority. Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Facebook Group Facebook Page Instagram
35 minutes | 3 months ago
140: How to Focus When You are Multi-Passionate
Do you have multiple businesses or lots of business ideas? Are you struggling with figuring out how to focus when you are multi-passionate and enjoy many different types of endeavors? Have you ever gone on a trip and felt like there’s no way you could do all the activities you want to do in the time you’re there? This is similar to how we often feel as multi-passionate Christian women. We have so many ideas and so much we want to accomplish, and it can be really hard to narrow down and focus on one thing. In this episode, I want to walk you through a process that I’ve used for myself to learn how to focus even when you have lots of ideas and passions you could pursue. This will be especially helpful if you are an entrepreneur or if you have business ideas, as I’ll be focusing on this from a business angle. For the full show notes for this episode, go to estherlittlefield.com/episode140. 2 problems with trying to promote multiple businesses: It’s very challenging to try and build or grow more than one business because it's hard for people to know who to refer to you. We can spread ourselves too thin and end up being ineffective leaders. How to Focus When You are Multi-Passionate: Step 1: List out all your ideas Step 2: Become self-aware Step 3: Put it all before God Step 4: Ask yourself: what would you really love to do? Step 5: Get input from trusted mentors or advisors Step 6: Run your options through the ‘ideal business’ filter Step 7: Decide and take action Action Step: Join the free Communicate & Connect Challenge. This challenge will help you to communicate effectively about what you do - your business or your passion project AND connect with the types of people who need to hear what you have to offer. We’ll work through this together so you feel confident when someone asks you what you do, have the words to create curiosity instead of confusion, and can keep the conversation going to lead people down the path of working with you! Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website The Christian Woman Business Podcast Holly’s Website Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode140.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
139: Becoming a Trustworthy Leader by Developing Consistency [Leadership Traits Series]
Do you want to be a leader who others can rely on? Would you like to be trustworthy and dependable? One of the best ways to become a trustworthy leader is to be a consistent leader. Consistency is not one of the most exciting traits to talk about, but we want to include it in our leadership traits series because it can have a massive impact on your leadership. In this conversation, Holly and I will share what consistency looks like, why it’s so important and the Biblical perspective on this topic. We’ll also share how to develop this trait even if it doesn’t come naturally to you. For the full show notes, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode139. Key Points Discussed in this episode: What does consistency look like? Why is consistency important in leadership? A Biblical perspective on consistency How to develop consistency (even if it doesn’t come naturally): Action Step Fun question of the day Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website The Christian Woman Business Podcast Holly’s Website Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode139.
62 minutes | 3 months ago
138: Overcoming Domestic Abuse in the Church with Charlene Quint
The church is not immune to the problem of domestic abuse. But what can we do as women and as leaders to recognize and overcome it? All of us have people in our lives who are experiencing abuse of some kind, whether we recognize it or not. In this episode, I’m talking with Charlene Quint about domestic abuse and how it is happening within the Christian church. Charlene shares her own personal experience of living in an abusive marriage and finally escaping after 20 years. Charlene provides incredibly valuable insights into what the church can do to more effectively address domestic abuse, including warning signs and practical action steps leaders should take in these situations. One of the most important steps we can take is to educate ourselves on domestic abuse, and this conversation is an excellent way to deepen your understanding of this important issue. For the full show notes, go to https://estherlittlefield.com/episode138. Resources and Links Mentioned: Overcoming the Narcissist, Sociopath, Psychopath, and Other Domestic Abusers: The Comprehensive Handbook to Recognize, Remove, and Recover from Abuse by Charlene Quint National Domestic Violence Hotline Connect with Charlene Quint, J.D.: Website Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Charlene Quint is a family law attorney in Lake County, Illinois, who focuses her practice on helping women overcome domestic abuse. She wrote Overcoming the Narcissist, Sociopath, Psychopath, and Other Domestic Abusers to help victims of domestic abuse become the fearless victors that God designed them to be. She is the founder of AbuseCare.org, a nondenominational faith-based organization designed to educate and equip churches in caring for victims of domestic abuse and to provide hope and healing to women on their journey from victim to victorious. Quint is co-chair of the Partnership for a Safer Lake County—a network of organizations combating all forms of abuse. She is a Certified Domestic Violence Professional, an advocate for victims of abuse, a facilitator of multiple support groups, and a domestic abuse survivor. She speaks publicly to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Her professional and personal interests are devoted to helping women overcome domestic abuse. Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Facebook Group Facebook Page Instagram This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode138.
49 minutes | 3 months ago
137: How to Give (and Receive) Encouragement as a Leader with Kari Bartkus
Encouragement is a powerful thing, and it’s not really an optional part of life and leadership as a Christian. Scripture shows us that we should be encouraging one another, but what does this look like practically and how can we find our unique ways of offering encouragement? In this episode, Holly and I speak with Kari Bartkus of Love Does That. Kari shares her leadership journey and how this has shifted from being in ministry to now running her own business. Kari is passionate about being present and showing up for others who are hurting around her, and this is how her business began. In our conversation, Kari is sharing all about why encouragement is so important, how to go about encouraging others, and even how we as leaders sometimes need to become better at asking for or receiving encouragement. For full show notes, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode137. Connect with Kari Bartkus: Website Facebook Instagram Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode137.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
136: Where Can You Use Your Gifts and Make the Biggest Impact? [Plus a Personal Update]
What does it really mean to embrace your gifts? Are we making it harder than it has to be? The mission of this podcast is to help you embrace your gifts and lead with confidence. But do you know what it looks like to do this? In this episode, I’m sharing a personal update along with some thoughts on how you can start to truly embrace your own gifts. Often, we overcomplicate this because we think that maybe using our gifts has to be difficult. But many times, embracing our gifts means doing what comes easiest to us. Key Points on Embracing Your Gifts: Where the phrase “embrace your gifts and lead with confidence” came from [1:00] How my journey and study of God’s word lead to podcast episodes and the Confident Leader Catalyst [3:25] My current journey of learning about using my gifts [4:46] The key question that my friend asked me [9:15] What it meant for me to truly lean into my gifts [11:00] My personal business update [16:55] How to consider whether you are fully using your gifts - ask yourself these questions [22:00] Do I know what my gifts are? Do I have clarity around my purpose? Do I know who God has called me to serve with my gifts? Am I walking in confidence and taking courageous action towards these things? Am I being pulled in too many different directions? Am I trying to do too much and therefore not having the impact I could have if I focused more? Am I ignoring the signs from God because I am concerned about what others might think if I stop, shift, or change something? Other Episodes & Resources Mentioned: Episode 10: Finding Your Purpose Confident Leader Catalyst (self-study) Christian Woman Business Podcast Podcast in a Weekend Mini-course Reflection Series Episode 19: The Value of Mentoring with Elisa Pulliam Christian Woman Business Community (Facebook Group) Business Coaching & Mentoring - email esther if you are interested: business (at) estherlittlefield.com. Listen to episode 27 to hear more about this. Confident Conversations Mini-course Episode 82: Three Shifts You Need to Make as a Christian Leader Quotes: “If I did all the things I had outlined, I was never going to be able to sleep.” “My friend challenged me to think about where I was most gifted and where I could have the most impact.” “I needed to lean into these gifts. I needed to truly embrace them and focus on serving my people.” “Often using your gifts is going to be the thing that comes the easiest to you.” “When you are fully using the gifts that God has given you and the natural wiring that He has created you with, you are going to be most fully alive and most fully able to make an impact.” “I cannot continue to do all of these things and do them well.” “When you operate in your gifts, when your heart is to bring glory to God, and when you focus on serving those God has called you to… you will start to become an incredible leader.” “There’s nothing more painful than being stuck in a season or in a place that you no longer belong.” - Jennifer Allwood Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode136.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
135: Developing a Solid Faith Foundation in our Children with LeeAnn Mancini
The statistics show that a lot of kids leave the Christian faith when they become teens and young adults. Is there anything that adults can do to help change this pattern? In this episode, our guest Lee Ann Mancini shares with us about her passion for helping parents develop a solid faith foundation in our children. She believes that, when parents begin instilling faith at a young age, that this will help reverse the trend of kids walking away at older ages. Lee Ann shares tips and ideas for parents who want to do this, as well as ways for churches to be more proactive in this area as well. We also discuss the power that mothers have in this process and how they can still be a strong role model for their kids even if they do not have a believing spouse. Developing a Solid Faith Foundation in our Children: LeeAnn’s life and leadership [3:00] Helping kids have a solid faith foundation [6:40] The church’s responsibility in developing a faith foundation for kids [16:00] How parents can approach their church if they feel more should be done [20:00] What moms can do if their spouse isn’t a believer or isn’t leading the family in faith [24:00] Leaders are Learners [26:30] Key Quotes from the episode: “Children are getting set to the side with little Biblical doctrine being taught to them.” “Moms are powerful. I don’t think we get enough credit for what we do as moms.” “Don’t wait; start now.” “If you force a child to do something, then that’s not building a heart foundation in Christ.” Resources & Links: Episode 119: How to Thrive While Leading and Parenting Teens with Connie Albers Episode 96: Deconstruction, Apologetics, and Discipleship with Alisa Childers Episode 59: The Importance of Apologetics in Leadership & Dealing with Doubt with Hillary Morgan Ferrer Renew a Nation Teach Sunday School Legacy Coalition The Forgotten Way Novel Effect App Connect with LeeAnn Mancini: Website SeaKids TV Lee Ann is the host of Raising Christian Kids podcast, which can be found on all major platforms including CounterCultureMom.com, Pray.com, and Edifi.app. Raising Christian Kids is a five to ten-minute podcast that equips and empowers mothers, grandparents, teachers, and all who are raising the next generation, to have a strong foundation in Jesus. Lee Ann is an award-winning Christian children’s author and Executive Producer of the new animation series Sea Kids, which can be seen on Trinity Broadcasting Network, Pure Flix, Right Now Media, and SeaKidsTv.com. Her God-given mission and desire are to serve all who are raising the next generation of Christians by preparing the soil to be rich from the womb to age three in which to plant the seeds that grow deep roots from ages four to ten. Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode135.
51 minutes | 4 months ago
134: Four Keys to Becoming a Better Communicator [Leadership Traits Series]
Good leaders are good communicators. But how can you become a better communicator, and is there one aspect of communication that is vitally important? As leaders, we can always be learning and growing, and while there may be some innate leadership qualities in some of us, much of leadership is about developing skills. So in this episode of our leadership traits series, we’re going to focus on one skill that is essential for leaders: communication. Specifically, we’re diving into how to have more clarity in your communication as a leader. Clarity is important for leadership as it helps people to understand you, your message, and your vision. It helps to attract or repel people, earn trust, avoid confusion, convey love, and more. 4 keys to more clarity in your communication: 1. Get clarity about your message It’s first essential for you to have clarity around your message--what you want to say to your audience, whether it’s one person or 10,000 people. Ask yourself these 3 questions: What do I want to say? Why do I want to say it? How do I want to say it? Many times we need an outside perspective… we need to ask someone else to review what we are planning to share and be open to their honest feedback. 2. Self-Awareness It’s vital for you to have self-awareness in order to convey your message with clarity. What do you need self-awareness about? your strengths and weaknesses as well as sensitive subject or hot topics that cause you to lose your filter or cool your motivations and intentions your personality your world view 3. Discernment of situation, circumstances, audience It’s important to know who you are speaking to, and adapt your message based on this. Make sure that it’s clear to this group of people that you are talking to. 3 things you should understand about your audience: Culture Demographics History 4. Prioritization Finally, you need to determine the importance of the message and use the appropriate language and mode to convey your message. In other words, prioritize how you communicate. It’s also helpful to identify what you want for a response from your audience. Does your email need a reply? If so, be sure to say that. Do you need participation at an event or help gathering information? Be clear and prioritize what’s most important, and then be clear about the response you’d like to see. Action Step: Whether you are simply communicating with your family or whether you are communicating to a large team or a huge audience, if you put into practice these 4 things, you will find that you will be more effective. To review, in order to gain more clarity in your communication, you want to have: Clarity about the message itself Self-awareness Discernment Prioritization Choose which of these 4 keys you need to develop and share with us in the Purposeful Leadership FB group! Resources & Links: Leadership Traits Series Episode 8: The Key to Becoming a Better Leader Communication Series Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode134.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
133: Values, Character, and Leading as a Woman in a Male-Dominated Industry with Tammy Birklid
Have you ever struggled to navigate the workplace or even the church as a female in a male-dominated environment? In this episode, Holly and I chat with Tammy Birklid about her leadership journey and how she transitioned into her role as owner of a construction company. She shares about her experience as a female in the construction industry and how she views equality in the workplace. Tammy provides many insights into mentoring, leadership transitions, and holding true to your faith and your values in spite of what others may think. Even if you’re not working in a primarily male environment, this episode is sure to bring you practical ways you can grow as a leader in your current situation. Key Points Discussed: Tammy’s background & leadership journey [3:19] Working in a male-dominated industry [9:20] Leadership transitions [16:35] Characteristics of a good leader [21:15] Equality in the workplace [29:20] How faith impacts the way you do business [32:00] Business lessons translating into serving in the church [41:15] Encouragement to women who haven’t had open doors [47:00] Leaders are learners [50:10] Key Quotes from the Episode: “Innovation is the key to life right now.” “A legacy is not just about what you’ve done during your life; it's more about what is carried on in your absence.” “My empathy is something that is actually an asset, it is not a weakness.” “You can’t control other people’s perception but you can control your reaction to it.” “Be who you say you are.” “Leadership is something you carry everywhere in your world.” “I think to be authentic you have to be the same person through and through whether you’re at church on Sunday or you’re at work on Monday.” “You always want to stay true to your values.” “I think it’s important in times like this to lead with faith and not fear.” Connect with Tammy: www.merritnw.com Instagram Facebook Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on January 5, 2021 on estherlittlefield.com/episode133.
52 minutes | 5 months ago
132: Celebrating Wins & Learning From Failures: Processing Your Goals, Dreams & Plans [Reflection Series]
What do we do with the goals and plans that did not come to fruition as we had hoped? And how can we learn from this year as we prepare for the coming year? In a year when it feels like we had more unfulfilled plans than ever, it can be easy to skip over celebrating the wins and finding the good. But it’s vital that we do this, just as we also spend time reflecting on the losses or failures and what God might want us to learn from these. In this episode, Holly and I wrap up our Reflection Series by diving into reflecting on our goals, dreams, and plans. We will share about what we had hoped would happen in 2020, some of the surprises we experienced and the lessons we’ve learned along the way. We invite you to slow down and take time to reflect right alongside us. To make this easy for you, we’ve created a Processing & Reflection Guide which will provide you with all the questions we are using during this series! So you don’t have to try and write anything down while listening - you can grab the guide and just follow along with us. Click here for the guide Questions to help us process our goals, dreams, and plans: What goals, dreams, or plans did you have that you did accomplish? What goals, dreams, or plans did you have that did not come to fruition? What wins did you experience that were unexpected? What lessons did you learn in the failures or the things you did not accomplish? What lessons did you learn from the wins (whether planned or unexpected)? How can you give yourself grace for goals that did not transpire? Where might you need added accountability or support to reach your goals in the coming year? Resources & Links: Processing & Reflection Guide Episode 128: Processing 2020 - Radical Acceptance, Dealing with Grief & Criticism, and Finding the Joy with Sandy Flewelling Episode 130: What To Do When Things Don’t Go as Planned: Processing Your Circumstances [Reflection Series] Episode 131: Dealing with Loss, Division, and Criticism as Leaders: Processing Your Relationships [Reflection Series] Connect with Esther and Holly: Esther’s Website Holly’s Website Instagram Facebook Group Facebook Page This episode was originally published on estherlittlefield.com/episode132.
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