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Leadership Network Author Notes with Dave Gibbons

March 12, 2012

Author, activist and strategist, Dave Gibbons, is a world reknown “game changer” and Lead Pastor of Newsong Church.  In his first book, The Monkey and the Fish: Liquid Leadership for a Third-Culture Church, Dave has challenged an entire generation of leaders to embrace our culturally diverse world with relevancy and compassion.  Calling it “The Third Culture,”  masterfully details how adaptability in our churches and organizations can create the ultimate environment to grow relationships with Christ.  

Take a moment to get a quick glimpse into Dave's reading and writing.

1.  Why is reading important to you, and how do you find or make time to read books and blogs?

Reading expands my thinking, ignites ideas, evokes action.
I make time daily to read mostly posts, FB notes, tweets to keep current. Books I read as I travel. It's not natural for me. It's something I have to choose to do. I'm typically one who likes to experience more than sit and read. It's a discipline.

2.  What books are you currently reading that you would recommend to our readers?

Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World by Chris Lowney

DE-CODED by Jay-Z

3.  How do you make time to write books or blog?

Schedule blocks of time. And mostly, when I'm feeling it. Inspiration usually has to strike for me to get moving!

4.  What is the “big idea” of your most recent book in a Leadership Network book series?

MONKEY and the FISH: LIQUID LEADERSHIP FOR A THIRD CULTURE CHURCH
In two words: PAINFUL ADAPTATION
Loving your neighbor is loving those not like you. This requires painful adaptation.

5.  If leaders only had time right now to read one chapter of your book, which one would your recommend… and why?

Hmmmm. . . How about just closing your eyes, thumb through the pages and reading the chapter where your thumb rests. It could be providential. Man, I don't know what chapter for you to read. Depends where you may be. That's a third culture answer.

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