Who are we seeking to become? by Seth Godin

We get what we invest in. The time we spend comes back, with interest. – Seth Godin

developing your personal plan

6 rules to consider for guiding your career

railroad tracks - Keely 2013What 6 rules should be guiding your career?” is an interesting article by Eric Barker. While these may or may not be the best guides for your career, they do provoke some healthy thinking in my opinion. Here are the concepts he takes from Daniel Pink:

Six simply-stated concepts:


1. There is no plan.


2. Think strengths, not weaknesses.


3. It’s not about you.


4. Persistence trumps talent.


5. Make excellent mistakes.


6. Leave an imprint.

Click here to read the entire article where he expands on each concept. Point number 1 is really interesting where he explains the difference between instrumental and fundamental reasons.

Have a blessed week!


it’s your choice to make – what do you choose?

Lodge JAN 2014 - LaurenGood Friday morning to you. Still a bit nippy here. It was a minus 11 earlier this morning.

A simple thought today. At Ambassador, we talk a lot about mindsets or attitudes. Four of the mindsets we feel are especially important are:

1. Trust

2. Dependency (on God and others)

3. Growth

4. Humility

We consider humility to be the foundational mindset. Without it, the others just don’t work.

We also believe that a mindset or attitude is an intentional choice on an individual’s part. You can cultivate all of the mindsets, you can practice them and drive them deeper into your life.But, you begin with humility.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:3-4

“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.” Augustine of Hippo

So, what do you choose? Do you choose to walk the path of humility? If so, it will be a decision you will need to make daily.

Hope you have a great and blessed weekend!


you will be accountable for your leadership

ken_blanchard“I’m always reading about leadership. It is my chosen profession. It’s how I serve people, how I add value to my organization, and how I impact the world. I know that someday I will be accountable for my leadership” (emphasis added)

Ken Blanchard in Great Leaders Grow.

a career worth having

Good morning! It is another beautiful morning, but the days are starting to shorten and they are a tad cooler here in NE Indiana. While I look forward to the fall, I am not so sure about what follows! I will be in Texas this weekend, so I will get a good dose of heat to reset me!

I was reading an article by Nathaniel Koloc on the Harvard Business Review site entitled “Build a Career Worth Having”. An intriguing title and definitely a goal of mine!

Mr. Koloc and his staff have talked to over 12,000 professionals and hundreds of hiring managers and he has come up with three basic insights as to how to build a career in today’s environment and it’s not the traditional approach.

“1. See your career as a series of stepping stones, not a linear trajectory.

  Let go of the idea that careers are linear. These days, they are much more like a field of stepping stones that extends in all directions. Each stone is a job or project that is available to you, and you can move in any direction that you like. The trick is simply to move to stones that take you closer and closer to what is meaningful to you. There is no single path — but rather, an infinite number of options that will lead to the sweet spot of fulfillment.

2. Seek legacy, mastery, and freedom — in that order

  • Legacy. A higher purpose, a mission, a cause. This means knowing that in some way — large or small — the world will be a better place after you’ve done your work.
  • Mastery. This refers to the art of getting better and better at skills and talents that you enjoy using, to the extent that they become intertwined with your identity. 
  • Freedom. The ability to choose who you work with, what projects you work on, where and when you work each day, and getting paid enough to responsibly support the lifestyle that you want

3. Treat your career like a grand experiment.

In my experience, people who are successful in finding — and maintaining — meaningful work approach their careers like a grand experiment.

I use the word ‘grand’ to describe this experiment because the reality is that your career is not just a way to earn a living. It’s your chance to discover what you’re here for and what you love. It’s your best shot at improving the world in a way that is important to you. It’s a sizeable component of your human experience, in a very real way. As such, it should be an adventure, with a healthy bit of magic and mystery along the way.”

Sounds like some good advice, especially the point that you are not, or at least should not, be working just to earn a living. Are you involved in making an impact on his broken world? Are you thinking Legacy? Do you see your life as your ministry?

I recommend you read the full article – I think you just might enjoy it.

Blessings on your day!


a seeker of knowledge and wisdom

waterfall at LAMGood Friday morning to you!

Think about the following for a few minutes:

“Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, . . .” – Proverbs 22:17

“Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.” – Proverbs 23:12

“. . . with those who take advice is wisdom.” – Proverbs 12:10

So today:

Are you seeking wisdom?

Are you seeking knowledge?

Are you seeking advice from wise people?

If you aren’t, why not? Develop the heart of a learner, be one who pursues wisdom, learn how to humble yourself and seek the advice of others. Begin to grow.

Have a great weekend!

when life happens – are you accountable or unaccountable?

field - KeelyGood Monday morning to you! Another beautiful weekend, plus we had some visitors from down South who had visited at Life Action Ministries this past week, so it was a very nice time.

I mentioned a book last week that I have been reading – The One Thing. One of the arresting statements in there on page 184 is “When life happens, you can either be the author of your life or the victim of it. Those are your only two choices – accountable or unaccountable. . . Every day we choose one approach or the other, and the consequences follow us forever.

While I may not entirely agree with that expression from a theological viewpoint, I do believe that how we react to the circumstances of our life is hugely important. We can choose to live with the hope we have in Jesus and face our circumstances proactively with cause for great hope and an excitement about the future, or we can become fatalistic and give in to our own weaknesses and miss the joy of growing through our challenging circumstances.

On page 185 of the book, there is a great graph showing the differences between someone with a VICTIM’s mindset and someone with an ACCOUNTABLE mindset.

First the VICTIM‘s approach:


1. Avoids Reality // “Asks no questions.”

2. Fights Reality // “That’s not how I see it.”

3. Blames // “If everyone would just do their job!”

4. Personal Excuses // “It’s not my job.”

5. Waits & Hopes // “If it was meant to be, it’ll happen.”

Now the ACCOUNTABLE person’s approach:


1. Seeks Reality // “What’s happening?”

2. Acknowledges Reality // “This is the way it is.”

3. Owns It // “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”

4. Finds Solutions // “What can I do?”

5. Gets On With It // “O. K., let’s do it!”

What is your approach? If it was meant to be, it’ll happen.” or “O. K., let’s do it!“?

I choose – let’s do it!

Have a great week, 
Peace & grace to you,

Improving Your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Good morning. We are blessed today to have some old friends from Mississippi visiting with us last night and this morning. Friends grass - Laauren 2013are a blessing from the Lord!

Most of us desire to improve our emotional intelligence (EQ) as we know that it is important. At my work, it is considered a critical skill. In fact, one of our mantras is “Relational Effectiveness Drives Organizational Performance“. So, if it is so important, then why does it seem so hard?

According to the Harvard Business Review article “Can You Really Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?” there are five key points to consider:

1. Your level of EQ is firm, but not rigid. We are greatly influenced and formed by our genetics and early childhood experiences. However, you can change, but it requires a great deal of dedication and guidance and unfortunately few people are willing to try.

2. Good coaching programs do work. The author states that a well-designed coaching program can easily achieve improvements of 25% with benefits not only in the workplace but at home as well.

3. But you can only improve if you get accurate feedback. Most of us are unaware of how others see us, especially leaders. So, we need accurate feedback in order to understand how we are truly impacting others.

4. Some techniques (coaches) are more competent than others. There are methods that are better than others, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and enhancing psychological flexibility and so on. So do some research on the best methods as well as the best coaches.

5. Some people are more coachable than others. You have to want to change and if you are trying to help someone else, they have to want the coaching / change for it to be effective.

Improving our EQ is important to us in almost all the areas of our lives. What are you doing to improve your EQ?

Hope you have a great weekend!

Business Model You

Good Friday morning to you! I hope you have a great end to your week.

In the past I have posted about the Business Model Canvas which is a one-page tool for developing your business model. That tool has also been adapted into the Business Model You which is a great tool for drawing your own personal business model and helping people adapt to the changing market place. The book is excellent and is also a great help for a young person trying to figure out their career path.

Watch this video:

Business Model You from Square Tomato on Vimeo.

Have a great weekend!