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Tough Calls: Game-Winning Principles for Leaders Under Pressure [Paperback]

By Travis Collins (Author)
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In Tough Calls, pastor and high school football official Travis Collins offers encouragement and inspiration to Christian leaders. Travis selects famous and infamous moments from sports history to bring to life key principles of spiritual leadership. Written for both men and women, this easy-to-read book mixes stories and quotes from the sports world together with biblical wisdom and input from leadership experts to encourage and challenge all Christian leaders.

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In Tough Calls: Game-Winning Principles for Leaders Under Pressure, pastor and high school football official Travis Collins offers encouragement and inspiration to Christian leaders. Travis selects famous moments from sports officiating history to bring to life key principles of spiritual leadership. Written for both men and women, this easy-to-read book mixes stories and quotes from the sports world together with biblical wisdom and input from leadership experts to encourage and challenge all Christian leaders.

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Studio: New Hope Publishers
Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.03" Width: 5.07" Height: 0.48"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 21, 2008
Publisher   New Hope Publishers
Series  Impact  
ISBN  1596692294  
ISBN13  9781596692299  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Travis Collins serves multiple congregations in two primary roles. As the Director of Mission Advancement and Virginia Regional Coordinator for Fresh Expressions US, he encourages and equips congregations to begin new forms of church primarily for those who are not yet members of any church. As a consultant with the The Center for Healthy Churches, he helps congregations and ministers in key moments such as visioning, conflict and transition. His church consultant role also includes membership in The Columbia Partnership Network, and one of his major passions is helping vocational ministers deal in a healthy way with the challenges inherent in their calling.

Travis Collins has published or released items in the following series...
  1. TCP the Columbia Partnership Leadership

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Review:Tough Calls by Travis Collins  Oct 13, 2009
Book Review: Tough Calls: Game Winning Principles for Leaders Under Pressure. Travis Collins, (New Hope Publishers: Birmingham, AL, 2008).

Tough Calls is an inspirational book and, I must say, is one of my favorite leadership books of all time. Collins Draws clear analogies between the job of a sports official and the role of a spiritual leader. Building on his experience as an official, as well as that of a pastor and missionary, Collins uses many illustrations of difficult decisions to encourage the leader to "make the call."

The book is different than many other leadership books because it focuses on the narrow aspect of leadership pertaining to decision making. Many people are well-versed in leadership theory and even have leadership experience; however, they still find it difficult to make tough decisions. Some are plagued with the "paralysis of analysis" while others are haphazard and capricious in their decisions. This book encourages a leader to make good decisions...but to always make the decisions. In the event that a leader misses the mark, he can make the decision to recant...but no leader ever led waiting on everyone else to get on board.

The book offers practical considerations like leading with poise/humility and considering the culture for change. At the same time it acknowledges that most decisions are going to experience resistance and critique, even when correct.

As a pastor, I live in the world that Collins speaks of. The book was refreshing and was difficult to put down. Particularly impactful was the final chapter where Collins encouraged the reader that "looking back" one day would be a great reward. Even the difficult consequences that arise due to making decisions seem worthy it when considering the unspeakable privilege of serving others as a spiritual leader! Thank you Dr. Collins for this incredible and encouraging read.

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Book Review - Tough Calls  Sep 30, 2009
Travis Collins is a Southern Baptist pastor in Richmond, Virginia. He has served as a missionary in both Venezuela and Nigeria. He moonlights as a football official calling high school games in Virginia.

In this book, Tough Calls: Game-Winning Principles for Leaders Under Pressure, Collins blends his ministry work with his officiating work to develop principles for leaders. As a Christian who enjoys football, I was intrigued with the prospects of this book.

Collins provides insights into being a wise and decisive leader. The target audience is those who find themselves in leadership roles. He does include helpful information for followers and for those who might light from the second position in an organization.

The 27 chapters are divided into 7 sections. These sections explore the nature of leadership and decision making, the necessity of being poised as a leader, handling criticism and conflict, and dealing with people issues. In the end, the final chapter is "Make the Call--It's Your Job." At the end of each chapter he has an application section called, "Just for Vocational Ministers." Others will also benefit from these application sections.

I loved this book. Collins skillfully weaves stories from the world of sports officiating into his principles for leaders. The reader will be challenged to provide wise leadership that is neither weak nor overbearing. He presents a leadership that can listen and handle criticisms without taking them personally. Bullies don't get a free pass. He presents principles for dealing with them, too.

Collins presents a leader that I would sign up to follow. I would love to watch him in action - whether in the church or on the football field. In a day in which leaders regularly fail and personalities often overtake principles, this is a refreshing reminder that principled leadership will lead to success.

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Worth You Time Read!  Jan 30, 2009
I am not a sports fan and really know very little about sports or the rules, so I wasn't sure I would be able to relate to this book at all, but I gave it a chance, and I'm glad that I did. If you are not a sport's fan, don't let that lead you away from a really great book.

I found inside of this book so much helpful information that it surprised me. I have been in the ministry for over 30 years, and have been in the position of a leader. It is a hard job, one where decisions must be made that effect people and their lives. The pressure is always on and often, if not always, decisions are never agreed upon by 100% of those they will affect. Sad, but true. Basically we like to make everyone happy, but when you are in a leadership position that most times will not be the case.

In this work you are given so many stories and pointers that will help you to understand your role in leadership. The stories are both interesting and bring home a point. You are shown that you certainly are allowed times when you may make a mistake in a decision, and encouraged to get up and keep going in the role you are in. Our author gives pointers on how to deal with criticism, and helps you to see that things should not be taken personal. You are also shown that frustration is part of the role, people pleasing never brings victory, and although some decisions are tough ones to make and may cause some apprehension, they must be done.The section at the end of each chapter for Pastors was a great added bonus, and gave a lot of added insight.

I believe this book will be a great comfort and help to anyone who is in a leadership position. It definitely shows that leaders are human, make mistakes, and take things to heart, but it always gives great encouragement to continue on doing the best you can in leading those put in your charge.

But, I'm not athletic!  Sep 9, 2008
I would never be accused of being a sports buff. In fact, I run for the second TV when my husband turns a golf tournament or football game on. When I first realized that sports was a recurring theme with Collins, I almost set the book down. I'm glad I didn't! His insights into the stressful situations all leaders face are practical ones but his comments caused me to reflect on similar situations I've faced and I saw the wisdom his years of experience have given him. I have been able to incorporate much of what he says into my current leadership position. I intend to use his principles for team training in the near future.
I had hesitated on this book because Im not really into sports and many of the books that compare a subject to sports leave you in the dark cause you dont know the jarge, or the game. This book, however, shocked me! I have highlighted so much of it, and have been stimulated in my thinking on certain subjects. I love books that challenge my mind, strech it, and actually leave me w/ something new. This is definetly one of those. A powerful book on leadership that actually says something new!I highly recomend it.

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