Sow The Good Seeds God Sows in You

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that. But really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” - Mark Twain  I believe Mark Twain to be correct, great people make great contributions to society. Great people do great things for people because they see …

4 Considerations Before Having That Difficult Conversation

“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters” - Margaret Wheatley It’s the 1980’s I’m a young manager running a successful retail business, and everything is going well when I realize I’m going to have “that difficult conversation” with an employee. The employee is friendly mild-mannered and soft-spoken, but she’s not working out, and …

Why Relational Leaders Develop Strong Productive Friendships

“Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.” – Socrates I’m sure we can agree that computer systems, analytics, and statistics can make running an organization a lot smoother. If we’re not careful, we can forget that a valuable team member is still our greatest asset. Placing a …

5 Tips to Help You Manage Work-Related Stress

“Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.” - Jane Wagner Everyone experiences stress. If you’re without a plan to help you deal with stress, your company may eventually need a plan to help deal with you. Stress is what happens when we continue to function at elevated levels of activity without …

5 PRINCIPLES FOR LEADING THROUGH A CRISIS

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.” - Max De Pree It was January 13th, 2012 when I first heard of the Italian cruise ship “Costa Concordia.” The news reported that it was near Isola del Giglio (a small island off the coast of Tuscany) where the Concordia going outside her originally charted course …

Mother’s Day Thoughts From the Word And My Prayer

Strength and dignity are her clothing... She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband does also, and he praises her: Many …

Why Writing a Simple Mission Statement Makes a Difference

“Are you a meaningful specific or a wandering generality?” – Zig Ziglar We as human beings are wired to think and choose how we will conduct ourselves in leading our life. We can make our own decisions regardless of the conditions we find ourselves. We can make choices based on what we want, what we …