Up next in our weekly series, “What's on Your Mind?” we sit down with Steve Saccone. Steve is the author of two books (Protege: Developing Your Next Generation of Leaders and Relational Intelligence: How Leaders Expand Their Influence Through a New Way of Being Smart) and serves as the Director of Staff Development at The Highway Community in San Francisco. Please join me as we learn a little more about Steve and ask “What's on your mind?”
1. What big issues or concepts are you currently thinking about or working on?
Creative and effective processes to develop leaders, including use of visual experience and multi-layered learning styles studying unique paths that lead people to faith in our post-christian day and age.
2. What book are you reading right now and what are you learning from it?
Drive by Daniel Pink (learning what really motivates people: mastery, autonomy, meaning/purpose)
The Element by Sir Ken Robinson (learning about talent development and unleashing creativity)
3. Other than the Bible, what book has been the most foundational for your ministry?
1. Made to Stick by Dan and Chip Heath (in terms of communication)
2. A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink (in terms of thinking processes and imagination)
3. Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Pat Lencioni (in terms of navigating team dynamics and relational complexity
4. How to Have That Difficult Conversation You've Been Avoiding by Cloud and Townsend (relationships, leadership)
4. Where do you go to explore new ideas? What kind of environments inspire you?
I immerse myself into my iPad, and more specifically I draw and sketch on an app called Animation Desk, and I also read and brainstorm new ideas via my personal online magazine reader and app called Zite. And then music always accompanies the experience.
5. Just for fun: what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?
Extra hot, non-fat soy latte with extra foam and an extra espresso shot.