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8 Podcasts From Which I Get Leadership Ideas

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Posted: 12/17/15 at 8:00am. Column by Ken Kessler.

Some people say that the iPod/iPhone/iPad and other derivatives have created a new way to listen to experts, ordinary people, and just about whatever meets your likes and dislikes. You can listen to political diatribes, sermons, news briefings, and whatever the latest craving of thought by just plugging into a podcast.

Some pastors and church leaders are discovering the value of podcasts for leadership development and even for communication sharing in their congregations. I heard one futurist even describe that within a few years between podcasts and digital music, radio will be a think of the past before too long. Cars will not even feature radios, but digitally enhance broadcasts of podcasts and music streaming. Hmmm. . .

I must admit I have gotten into the podcast craze. I rarely listen to my most popular radio shows when they actually run. Instead, I download them and listen to them when I would like.

And I have found that podcasts provide great opportunities for leadership development and for listening for cultural twists and turns. Here are a few of the podcasts that I listen to frequently that have challenged my growth and development:

  1. This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt – I always find something encouraging and challenging in Michael’s conversations. Michael is the former chairperson and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. He has become a prolific writer and blogger and has helped many people focus on their purpose and mission. His podcasts and blogs also focus on finding purpose and moving forward. (Sounds like something a coach would listen to!)
  2. The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast – While I understand the church he pastors has very little to do with the day-to-day work I do, I think his leadership podcasts talk about great leadership principles. Andy is well-respected in the business community and always has some significant insights that impact me.
  3. The Carey Nieuwhof Podcast – I first came into contact with this Canadian pastor through his blogs, but he always has some great conversation points about change and transitions that I love to bounce around in my head.
  4. The Liturgist – (I appreciate Josh Hayden pointing this one to me.) I am challenged when I listen to this podcast because many of the ideas represented stretch my thinking. The three co-hosts bounce ideas about faith, science, and art around on their podcast productions.
  5. Leadership Questions – this podcast follows a very simple format and engages more conservative evangelical leaders in conversations about leadership. While I have to stomach some conversations with people that do not represent the best in leadership to me, the conversations are usually engaging and make me think.
  6. Catalyst Podcast – You can be guaranteed you will hear more contemporary church leadership thinking on this podcast, and that thinking always stretches me.
  7. HBR IdeaCast – This podcast has nothing to do with church or faith – just strictly business ideas that I listen to in order to consider some innovative ways to do church. The podcasts are rarely over 15 to 20 minutes, which hits my sweet spot!

I have others I listen to – ones by Ed Stetzer, Thom Rainer, Leith Anderson, Dan Patrick, Krista Tippett, and more, but you get the idea.

So what podcasts to you listen to and would share with others?

Ken KesslerKen Kessler is the Coaching Network Director for the BGAV.

You may follow him on Twitter @kenk57.