In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper talk with Ken Costa, the Chairman of Alpha and the author of both God at Work and the newly released Know Your Why. Costa has extensive leadership experience as the chairman of both IMG and Lazard and still works in the finance industry as a consultant assisting companies with mergers. The conversation covers his time as a Marxist in his youth, the need for people to belong before they can believe, and Costa’s emphasis on learning from younger people in order to continue to present Jesus well to culture.
“The desire of this generation more than any other is the desire for belonging.”
“When I cam to faith you believed then you belonged. Now you long for belonging before believing.”
“Friendship precedes fellowship, community before covenant.”
“We need to feel cool in our own skins. We need the belief that we are loved by God, we are known by him, and I am called by Him.”
“I’m trying to learn to fail well.”
“There’s a need to be gritty about the call we have and not to wimp out at the first opportunity.”
“No Christian leader grows without knowing the pain of being in God’s waiting room.”
“Live on. Life survives failure.”
“You either take risks and fail or don’t take any risks and fail that way too.”
“Do I lead in such a way that my kids want to come on holiday with me?”
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