Processing Bad News

May 17, 2021

Yesterday, I received some bad news about someone on our team. It has nothing to do with health, or any other external circumstance, thank goodness. Rather, the news is that their role, and the hours worked, need to change because of some external factors.  This post will explain the things I did the last twenty-four …

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Loving Transitions

May 10, 2021

I do not think I am an overly emotional person, but I recently found myself fighting back tears listening to the podcast, “The World and Everything in It”, (Episode 4.30.21). The last sixteen minutes of the podcast was a “farewell” to one of World Magazine’s reporters, Megan Basham. Among many different roles with World, Megan …

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The Choice

May 3, 2021

This post is going to get straight to the point. Do you want to be a leader?  Are you sure?  The more I think about leadership, the more I think it comes down to one choice. This choice decides everything. It is the difference between being an actual leader, or a person others follow, and …

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What Is Success?

April 26, 2021

WHAT is success? If it is a list external accomplishments set by the collective “we,” will it be worth the toil? If it is some desire in the soul, perhaps recognition or title, will it ever satisfy? And if it is a set of uncontrollable circumstances, like a healthy family, it may be grasped but …

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Learning From Conflicts

April 19, 2021

I was eating cereal and reading Barron’s on a recent Sunday morning when my wife gave me the idea for this post. She was talking to my sister-in-law, who was also in the kitchen, about how our two daughters had been playing that weekend. Inevitably, our two daughters found small things to fight about over …

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Liked or Respected?

April 12, 2021

The theme of this blog is to encourage leaders to be reflective. I encourage leaders to think about everything from how they spend the time in their day, to how they measure success. So, today I want leaders to reflect on a question they all must answer. The choice can be summarized as this:  Do …

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How To Counter Anxiety: 3 Helpful Disciplines

April 5, 2021

Anxiety.  Am I the only leader that struggles with saying the word anxiety? It is as if by saying that you are anxious you are automatically “less than.” But this is a boldface lie. In the last year it has been hard to not be at least a little anxious. So, before going further, I …

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Keeping it Real

March 29, 2021

Who would have thought a year ago that COVID-19 would last a year? We now know that it could last years and even become a part of our life indefinitely. I must confess this makes me both angry, and anxious.  Can you relate to these feelings? Just in the past two days I have encountered …

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Spring BREAK

March 19, 2021

Growing up in the 1980s, I played a lot of “The Oregon Trail” video game. For those not familiar, “The Oregon Trail” was a simple game where the player assumes the role of a wagon leader and tries to guide settlers from Missouri to Oregon. Being able to play the game was usually an award …

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The Gift of People and Resistance

March 15, 2021

The two things needed to become more patient are present in every organization. As you can tell by the title of this post, the gift of people and resistance is the focus and how each of these help to grow one’s patience. If you are like me, perhaps the time your impatience is most noticeable …

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