be present

Good Friday morning to you! One of the challenges that I have is that I am often thinking about the future or evaluating the past. Too seldom am I present in the moment. As a result, I have missed too many important moments, I have too often not fully engaged in good conversations with people … Continue reading be present

jealously and ambition

Good morning! Looks like it's going to be a great week working with the AWANA leadership team at their leadership retreat! Jealousy and ambition! Ever had those two things intrude upon the workings of your leadership team? They will destroy the effectiveness of a team as quickly and more thoroughly than most anything else. "For … Continue reading jealously and ambition

art from a barista

Relational Wisdom is important and Ken Sande has a great website called surprisingly - Relational Wisdom. If you desire to improve your emotional intelligence and to become more effective in working with others, you need to check out this site. I particularly liked his blog post "Serving a Barista". In that post he talks bout … Continue reading art from a barista

are your words “fitly spoken”?

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear." Proverbs 25:11-12 Are your words like "like apples of gold"? Are you blessing others and building them up with your words? Do you reprove … Continue reading are your words “fitly spoken”?

a chat with my father

Good morning - we are back in the Midwest after almost a week in the much warmer South. Our primary reason for going was to attend the wedding of my sister's son, but it also gave us time to visit with my parents as well. During these past days, I had the opportunity to visit … Continue reading a chat with my father

One Major Mistake In Evaluating People

Good morning, I hope you had a good day yesterday. It was a spectacular day here yesterday although a tough time for others in the Midwest. Have you ever heard someone say that size someone up with a glance? How often have you heard that first appearances are everything? Think about those statements for a bit. Is that really … Continue reading One Major Mistake In Evaluating People

4 Very Powerful Things to Say

Good morning! As leaders, there are some things that we just forget to say or that we somehow don't think we need to or should say. That's a mistake. In her article on the Inc. site Maria Tabaka lists four statements that she has found to be powerful and necessary. 1. I'm sorry 2. I was wrong 3. I … Continue reading 4 Very Powerful Things to Say

Five Ways to Manage Relationships

Good morning! Our family had a great weekend - hope you did as well. Hey, here is a great quote for you from someone I follow on Facebook - Marshall Ramsey, ". . . worry is the tragic misuse of a perfectly good imagination." Last week, someone was asking a group of people how to manage … Continue reading Five Ways to Manage Relationships

Questions About Relationships

Good morning - it's a crisp beautiful morning! The sunrise is beautiful. Spring is a wonderful time of the year. When it is all said and done, the thing that really matters the most to us, the thing that causes us the most hurt and joy in our lives, and the thing that most impacts … Continue reading Questions About Relationships

A Fundamental Error You Often Make

Good morning! It is cold and getting colder up here in northeastern Indiana! Below zero temperatures are on the way according to the weather reports. You know, being a leader and a good team member is hard work - even when everything is going right! But because we are flawed human beings, there are things … Continue reading A Fundamental Error You Often Make