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The Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast

Jul 26, 2017

Welcome to Episode 79 of the Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast! If you enjoy listening to this podcast and it has helped you and your team in any way, please leave us a review on Apple Podcast or Stitcher or take the time to share it on social media. Do you have a question for Pastor Josh about leadership, ministry, or any other topic we’ve covered on the podcast so far? Submit your questions to or @joshgagnon on Twitter and Pastor Josh might answer it on a future episode! Today we will be talking with Brett Hagler, CEO and Co-Founder of New Story - an innovative nonprofit that transforms slums into sustainable communities around the world. Takeaways for leaders… What are things you wish you knew before starting New Story? Building your credibility in the beginning of an organization will take you a long way. Never see youth as a downfall. Youth is a tremendous advantage in starting an organization when you have plenty of advisors. A youthful mindset + strategic help and advice = a powerful combination. What are some of the practices you have put in place as a leader to run fast, stay organized, and lead well? -Be both mentally and physically fit. -Make time for daily disciplines of wellness. -ALWAYS be learning. -Put your faith first. Strive for humility. People respect authenticity in leadership. Authenticity is extremely important in how you communicate your faith--especially in leadership. How do you measure success at New Story? Continuous improvement. The most important thing is that what we are doing is effective and is proving to be better than what’s existing. Always ask yourself how your organization can be getting better. Quotes from this episode: “Staying organized is about being both mentally and physically fit.” -Brett Hagler “It doesn’t matter how much impact you make if you don’t have intimacy with Christ first.” -Brett Hagler “You can’t let hurriness be an excuse to let your time with Christ be diluted because you’re too busy doing good.” -Brett Hagler “Good deeds can’t come at the expense of growing your relationship with the Father.” -Brett Hagler “To be the best, I actually have to be the least.” -Brett Hagler Because of 4am (LinkedIn article mentioned) Find Brett: Twitter-@bretthagler Blog: New Story Charity: