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John Ramsey is Jim Piper’s guest on the show today.  John is the founder and director of Tarrant County Hands of Hope.  Hands of Hope is a homeless outreach ministry that is focused on those living in locations unsuitable for human habitation, whether that be in a vacant structure, a vehicle, or a tent in a remote wooded area. They search for those who are often forgotten and hidden away.  Once they locate an individual, they work to develop a relationship of trust and to provide their basic necessities.  The goal is to get an individual into the system and help them through the process of getting housing assistance and leaving the street.  John shares some great stories with Jim about one on one encounters on the streets and how they have changed people’s lives through their work.  John also tells about the experience that convinced him that Hands of Hope was indeed his ministry and not just an organization helping people. If you would like to contact John Ramsey or just find out more about Tarrant County Hand of Hope, the website is https://www.hohtx.com.  Tarrant County Hands of Hope is an approved 501(c)(3) charity that relies on private funding and donations for support. Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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The Today Counts Show is a podcast about life and leadership hosted by Jim Piper, Jr. It’s called Today Counts because what you learn, think, or do today shapes your tomorrows. The show is about leading your life with priority placed upon your personal health (Person), caring for the (People) in your life, and effectively navigating your current realities (Place). The leadership we talk about here is redemptive in nature. Our format includes interviews, coaching segments, and new opportunities for our listener community.

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Episode 36: Homelessness with John Ramsey

John Ramsey is Jim Piper’s guest on the show today.  John is the founder and director of Tarrant County Hands of Hope.  Hands of Hope is a homeless outreach ministry that is focused on those living in locations unsuitable for human habitation, whether that be in a vacant structure, a vehicle, or a tent in a remote wooded area. They search for those who are often forgotten and hidden away.  Once they locate an individual, they work to develop a relationship of trust and to provide their basic necessities.  The goal is to get an individual into the system and help them through the process of getting housing assistance and leaving the street.  John shares some great stories with Jim about one on one encounters on the streets and how they have changed people’s lives through their work.  John also tells about the experience that convinced him that Hands of Hope was indeed his ministry and not just an organization helping people. If you would like to contact John Ramsey or just find out more about Tarrant County Hand of Hope, the website is https://www.hohtx.com.  Tarrant County Hands of Hope is an approved 501(c)(3) charity that relies on private funding and donations for support. Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 35: Becoming The Leaders We Need To Be

Jim presents another coaching session for leaders who want to learn and grow.  Specifically, this show is all about becoming the leaders we need to be.  Jim walks you through six important areas to consider in order to grow and become a better leader.  One of things that stands out is Jim’s passionate belief that leaders READ!  Leaders are always learning and reading is a powerful tool to help build knowledge.  Podcasts (like this one of course) can be a great source of information and knowledge but don’t let that be your only source.  You could start by reading one of the great books Jim referenced in the show today.  “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker is available on Amazon. If you enjoy Jim Piper’s coaching podcasts, you might want to check out this recent episode: EPISODE 33: THE LEADERSHIP VALUE OF PRESENCE Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 34: Overcoming Perfectionism with Bella Sirpilla

Today Jim Piper not only welcomes his guest Bella Sirpilla to the show but also his guest co-host Erin Porteous! Bella shares how her drive and obsession to be perfect eventually became too much to handle.  Ultimately leading to struggles with depression and self doubt.  Her struggles with mental health eventually led her to a better understanding of herself and a new direction for her life.  Bella now works as the marketing director and buyer for Laura of Pembroke, a home furnishings and interior design company.  She is also a public speaker sharing her message of positivity and self awareness. If you’d like to talk to Bella about speaking at an event you can find her on LinkedIn at: www.linkedin.com/in/bella-sirpilla You might remember today’s co-host, Erin Porteous, from Episode 8 of The Today Counts Show.  Erin is CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and a recent recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Woman in Business award. Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 33: The Leadership Value of Presence

Jim Piper talks about the importance of presence in leadership.  He teaches the importance of being “all in” and totally present in the situation at hand, simplifying your focus to be more effective in all areas of life and tracking your own effectiveness to be more productive.  Successful, effective leaders plan, evaluate and learn, all of which take presence and focus. Jim references “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and “The Advantage” by Patrick M. Lencioni in this episode.  Both books are great resources for growth and reference found in many a successful leader’s personal library. If you’d like to hear more of Jim’s short coaching and teaching episodes check out: Episode 17: Targets, Circles And People or… Episode 26: Advice For Young Leaders Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 32: Columbine Shooting Survivor: Kacey Johnson

With recent school shootings like the one in Uvalde, Texas still fresh in our minds, it’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 20 years since the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado in 1999. Jim’s guest today is Kacey Johnson. Kacey is a survivor of the Columbine shooting and author of the book, Over My Shoulder. She wrote the book to “provide a message of hope to a world full of bad news”. Her story is a roller coaster of events and emotions that started before the tragic events at Columbine and continued long after. Kacey shares with Jim how for many years she shied away from telling her story but finally came to realize that God was working through her to help and inspire others. To learn more about Kacey Johnson, her services as a speaker and her book, Over My Shoulder, you can find her online at – kaceyruegseggerjohnson.com Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 31: Health And Healing Leadership with Andy Herod

Today Jim Piper talks with Andy Herod, the CEO of San Marcos Treatment Center. San Marcos Treatment Center is a psychiatric residential treatment facility specializing in treatment programs for children and adolescents. Mental health issues are difficult for anyone of any age but especially for children and adolescents. Andy tells Jim about the need to teach some patients the most basic of life skills to help build them up on their road to recovery. Working in the mental health field is a tough and challenging profession. A profession that takes a special kind of person. Andy’s story, starting with a childhood lived mostly in Guatemala with his missionary parents, is both unique and interesting. You can visit sanmarcostc.com to learn more about the San Marcos Treatment Center. Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 30: Life is Hard But I’ll Be OK – Johnny Sirpilla

Successful business leader, entrepreneur, public speaker, teacher, author, board member for several non-profit and for profit companies and, most importantly, Dad… all of these titles describe Johnny Sirpilla but none of them come close to describing his life’s journey. The more you hear about events in the life of Johnny Sirpilla, the more understated the title of his book seems to the average person. “Life is Hard But I’ll Be OK” tells a life story that seems too traumatic to be true, yet true it is. Even more amazingly, the journey leads to hope and gratitude! In this episode, Jim Piper has an in depth conversation with Johnny Sirpilla, founder of Encourage LLC, about some of the highs and lows in his family life as well as discussing Johnny’s belief in a positive, supportive leadership culture. They also talk about faith in the workplace, fathers emotions and refocusing your thinking to find positive meaning. You don’t want to miss a minute of this show! If you’d like to buy Johnny’s book, “Life Is Hard But I’ll Be OK” or find out more about his company, Encourage, go to Encourage33.com Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 29: How Being Challenged Can Change the Course of Your Life with Brett Kunkle

Today Jim Piper talks with his long time friend Brett Kunkle. Brett is the founder and leader of MAVEN. The first thing you see when you visit the MAVEN website are three words; TRUTH + GOODNESS + BEAUTY. Their stated mission is “to help the next generation know truth, pursue goodness and create beauty, all for the cause of Christ, and to equip those who teach and train them—parents, grandparents, youth workers, pastors and educators—to do the same”. Jim and Brett discuss the need to teach, guide and lead youth in today’s world more than ever and many other related topics. Brett also shares how a negative experience with one of his college professors lead him down a path to learn more about his faith and Christianity. To learn more about MAVEN or to contact Brett go to: https://maventruth.com Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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Episode 28: Blind Faith and Commitment – The Birth of Confluence Ministries

Would you make a commitment that involved moving your family to the worst neighborhood in the inner city to serve your community and start a new ministry? If you are Jude and Cindy Del Hierro of Denver, Colorado… The answer is yes! On the home page of ConfluenceMinistries.org it says, in big bold letters, “Confluence Ministries exists to bring positive change through meaningful connections.” Jude talks with Jim about when he and Cindy first moved their family to the crime ridden inner city area of Denver, how they would hear gunshots every day and gangs ran the streets. Jude shares an amazing story with Jim about how they received a building to start their new ministry before they even knew what God’s new assignment was or what the name of this new ministry would be! You will also learn the meaning of a new term, “Common Grace”. Listen along with Jim to this truly inspiring story. Together, we can invest in great leaders. You can make a difference! Support the Lead Today Mission   Follow and Listen to our Podcast Spotify Apple Amazon Google Stitcher Pandora   Join our Lead Today Community for FREE Facebook Group LinkedIn Group   Follow us on Social Media Facebook YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Pinterest   Interested to become our next podcast guest? Send us an email at jim@leadtodaycommunity.com

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