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The Irrational Power of the Calendar

I sometimes describe the calendar and the competing demands we face as a dragon that must be slain every day. On the days we prevail our influence increases. But the truth is, despite our best efforts, some days the dragon wins. Fortunately for us and those we lead, we have the opportunity to start fresh every day… but so does the dragon.

The Key to Greater Impact

As I wrote this title, I wondered, “Is this true? Is there really a single “key” to greater impact? Should I choose different language?” Here’s what I know: I’ve been looking for ways to better steward my leadership for almost four decades. Some days I feel I get it right, other times I feel I’ve failed miserably. Through it all, this one idea surfaces again and again.

A Good Name

This week, I’ve experienced a wide range of emotions; I’ve shed tears of joy as my first grandchild was born and tears of deep loss as my friend and mentor, Truett Cathy, passed away at the age of 93. I had the privilege to work with Truett for over 35 years.

Why is it Hard to Prepare?

I was standing in the back of the room listening to my introduction, hoping the person would say something I could comment on when I took the stage. The room was full – hundreds of people. They had  come hear me speak.They wondered what I would say. So did I... I was not prepared.

Today's Challenge: Should I Take the Job?

I do a lot of career counseling. I’ve never really understood why – working with one company for more than 35 years severely limits my real world experience. Often, the questions I receive revolve around finding a job. That’s not the question I’ll address today. Today’s Challenge: Should I take the job?

What Do You Do For Fun?

My passion and my calling is to encourage and equip leaders. So, why would I write a post built around the question, “What do you do for fun?” Well, my motive is multi-faceted. I have four reasons. The first is not strategic at all, hopefully, the other three are.

Take Back Your Life

I seem to be busier than ever before – how about you? I’ve always been busy, but I’ve got a check in my spirit that tells me I’ve slipped from busy into hurry. Busy, hurry, what’s the difference? Busy is about your calendar, hurry is about your heart.

It's Time for a Checkup

It’s July – summer is in full bloom. For many of us this means vacations with the family, cookouts on the back deck, long days of fun and yard work. In my life, summer is also a catalyst for my mid-year checkup – not a physical checkup, something more personal, a Life Plan checkup.

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