The Cancer of Criticism

A few years ago I came across a radio show that disturbed me. The show was all about the answers to living wisely according to Scripture. Super idea. To live in keeping with Scripture is at the very center of what it takes to succeed. The problem was the host was the one who decided…

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Ask two questions each day

One of the biggest questions you as a leader need to ask, “Are those who report to me headed in the same direction as me?” That’s a question for everyone who reports to you. No matter where you are now, I recommend you take a motto to heart. In fact, if you are looking for…

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Jesus’ thing, not yours or mine

“So you are still doing your kindness thing, huh? Good for you. God bless you, brother.” Here’s a translation of what he asked: “You still doing your kindness thing?” This is also code for: “You’re still doing that kindness thing? It’s not what I’m about, but you just keep at it.” My wife Janie says…

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8 Projects to try out this Fall

I’m often asked about the best projects for success. Whether it’s a warm and sunny area like Southern California, or Seattle where it apparently rains nearly half the time! There is always a great project in your midst. Here are a handful to try this fall. They are simple with few moving parts, so hopefully…

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Veni, Vidi, Velcro (I came, I saw, I stuck around)

The Roman army was at its peak in Jesus’ generation. During this timeframe they were able to rule enormous parts of the world. Roman soldiers are along the lines of Marines, but all are lifers. One way generals kept the morale and focus on the same page was to develop little sayings that summarized what…

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Have you made a fool of yourself lately?

To phrase it that way may seem a little sideways. Instead think of it as, “I made a human of myself.” Leaders spend energy worrying about the appearance of things – or at least how they think others see our lives and what we do. Drop your guard. Choose transparency. Make a genuine connection with…

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The Tragedy of Half Conversations

How many times have you had a conversation that unintentionally went sideways? The chances are that when one of those happens, you feel sorry that your real heart didn’t come across. You know you’ve had one of those when ideas come to you like, “If I’d only said ___, then I would have expressed myself…

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Why are these actors no longer cast in movies?

Have you been on the hunt for info online and then, found it or not, a popup article catches your eye? The one I stumbled across claimed to know why certain actors aren’t in the acting business any longer. They listed a dozen or so players—most of whom I’ve seen in years gone by, but…

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Breaking Free From Selfishness

When you scratch the surface appearance of things, selfishness is at the root of insecurity, fear, and doubt. A selfish person is usually insecure and full of doubt. Specifically, the fear is that the good idea or practice is the only one they have or will ever have, so they justify hoarding the bit they…

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A Tribute to Carrie Fisher and Prozac

She knew something was off kilter when she woke up a night to find she was in the middle of a busy street in Mexico City in only a nightgown. She had no recollection of how she got there from Los Angeles. In therapy, she discovered she was severely bi-polar. Without medication extreme levels of…

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