How’s your smile?

Since I was a child I’ve been told there is healing power in a smile. As with a lot of gifts, the giver can sometimes not even notice the power of the gifting that flows through them. Your smile is a powerful tool. Sometimes it’s the only one you have that will open doors. When…

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Do something productive

Imagine that you get a text from your boss tonight. He has called off all the meetings you were to have tomorrow. They want you to do something truly productive. How would you spend that time? What would you start? What would you ignore? Did you get more traction on the day of focusing on…

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Trader Joe’s employees – my kind of people

A friend and I attended a pastor’s conference awhile back. It was a pretty relaxed group; some might say too relaxed! At the end, he commented, “Being here was a lot like I’d picture hanging out with the employees of Trader Joe’s for a couple of days.” I like that. I shop there all the…

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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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