Several years ago, I had the outstanding opportunity to be one of the speakers at the Willow Creek Association Leadership Summit. I wasn’t nervous until I realized I’d be sharing that stage with world-class motivational speakers including Bill Hybels, John Ortberg and John Maxwell.
The entire conference marked a highpoint in my career, but it’s the kindness, authentic appreciation and personal encouragement of John Maxwell that I will never forget.
I left that conference far better than I’d arrived, having been truly motivated and inspired by all of the speakers, but mostly by the simple wisdom of John Maxwell. What an amazing communicator!
You can imagine how happy I was to learn that our book reviewer, Jeff Tompkins, chose John Maxwell’s latest book for this month’s review.
Book Review: Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell
Reviewer: Jeff Tompkins, Jr.
Welcome to 2017 my fellow readers! I hope this finds you having enjoyed your holiday, and ready to tackle a new year. Following my review of Smarter Faster Better last month, which focused on simple ways to up our game in terms of productivity, I found that Intentional Living by John Maxwell provides the perfect complement to helping us start the year off right.
If you haven’t heard of John Maxwell, he is a prolific leadership and management guru (writer and speaker) who started as a pastor and has now written over 50 books on leadership, worked with over 80 nations on leadership skills, and helps Fortune 500 companies with their leadership and management needs (including groups like the NFL, West Point and the CDC). In 2014, Inc. Magazine named him the number one leadership and management expert. Needless to say, Maxwell knows what he is talking about when he wades into a topic like living intentionally.
Intentional Living focuses on the difference between simply living with good intentions (defined as the desire to do something; wishful thinking, thinking “someday”, living passively or in fantasy) as opposed to intentional living (defined as taking action, living with purpose, thinking “today”, strategizing, and applying discipline to our daily lives). While Duhigg’s book last month gave us the tools to be more productive, in Intentional Living Maxwell gives us more of the how—how do we use those tools intentionally to get the most out of our lives?
In Intentional Living Maxwell tells a good bit of his own story; where he started, how he got to where he is, and the triumphs and pitfalls along the way. This style resonates with me, as I am a big believer in the fact that stories are how we relate to one another. One of the most effective ways in which we learn and remember things.