Rummaging through an old musty stack of well worn books, my eye was for some reason drawn to a tattered green volume, that looks as though it had been passed over by a hundred previous hands. I picked it up and flipping though the aged pages felt a surge of anticipation flow through me. A … Continue reading How to Find Wisdom… from Anton Checkov and a “Grim, Drunken Face”
A few days ago, I was challenged by a great friend to consider the following question. "Are you an accuser or an advocate?" The question was posed in the middle of a conversation about what it means to truly reflect the heart of Jesus in all of our interactions. It was asked in a spirit … Continue reading Are You An Accuser or an Advocate?
Authentic generosity never disappoints! It is counter intuitive, but true! When we give... we have less, but always feel like we have more. Why is this? God is the ultimate example of generosity. Everything we have, has been given to us by our extravagantly generous God. Our breath, our life, our salvation, our relationships and … Continue reading 4 Things to Do Right Now to Guarantee a Great Life!
Everyone thinks their life is too busy. I can not recall the last time someone told me they felt really rested. It is almost like, being exhausted and overworked is a badge of honor. Nothing could be further from the truth! Being well rested is God's idea. He was the first one to actually choose … Continue reading Why You Need More REST… and 10 Ways to Get it Done!
Every organization I have ever been a part of has experienced a perceived crisis of leadership. We all are continually looking for great leaders to navigate the complexities we face in our society, schools, businesses, churches and government. And yet there seems to be no end of books, blogs, podcasts and seminars on leadership. With … Continue reading The 3 Leadership Tensions You Navigate Daily
Last week I read an incredible book called Empowering Leadership by Michael Fletcher. This book was dripping with organizational and leadership gold. My copy has notations, markings and underlines on virtually every page. Perhaps the most fascinating nugget in the book was how Fletcher integrated lessons from Chick-Fil-A's approach to leadership development, in his own … Continue reading 5 Leadership Lessons from Chick-Fil-A
Every couple of years, my family engages in two week of binge watching the Olympic Games. For months we countdown the days to the Opening Ceremony. We clear our calendar in order to spend time watching sports to which we pay no attention in the intervening years. We buy patriotic apparel, glow sticks and flags … Continue reading A Tale of Two Olympians: Why Counterfactual Thinking Will Change Your Life!
Over the past few weeks I have notice a pattern, that left unchecked, will impose devastating limitations to reaching my full potential. It is a pattern everyone can easily fall into. It seems to happen without even us even realizing it. When it is pointed out in our lives, we often come up with excuses, … Continue reading The 30 Second Heart Check… it will save your life!
I think about time a lot. A colleague recently told me that they think I have an internal clock that is always ticking, and relentlessly pressures me to respond. In many ways this is both a blessing and a curse. Whether this is good or bad, is a topic for another time. The reality however, … Continue reading 12 Ways to Save Time at Work
We seem to be relentlessly in pursuit of increased efficiency and efficacy in all areas of life and work. We hire personal coaches to help us exercise, scour blogs for better ways to solve problems and hire consultants who claim to offer surefire fixes to complex problems. We love book summaries that help us accelerate … Continue reading We Don’t Need Better Methods… We Need Stronger People!