Observations

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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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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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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My Favorite Mistakes of 2016

As each year ends, I like to look back at both my successes and misses. Both of them help me to adjust my trajectory moving forward. I find that leaders must make some significant mistakes if they hope to make spiritual progress. I’m skeptical of the leader who doesn’t have a limp, or who are…

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Are You Greedy For Life?

As I write this, baseball’s World Series is happening between two teams that have not been a part of the “Big Show” in many years. Tonight, either the Chicago Cubs or the Cleveland Indians will win and be named the best team in baseball for the 2016 season. The Today Show featured a woman named…

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Reaching Millennials (5 of 5)

5. Show a Willingness to Change We will never be ready to embrace change. When we force the change, we will stir up resentment and anger. Why? Change usually happens when we aren’t enough prime for change. We can convince ourselves that proposed change needs to be close to perfect before we pull the trigger.…

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