how do you judge others?

Good morning! Icy and slick roads up here in northeastern Indiana today. I may be a tad late for work today as I have tried to drive on slick roads before and it was not an enjoyable experience. How do you judge others? How about yourself? And what does that have to do with teamwork? … Continue reading how do you judge others?

praise or criticism – which is more effective?

Good Monday morning to you! It was a spectacular day here in NE Indiana yesterday!! I hope you have a great week ahead. I am excited as I get to travel to Nacogdoches, TX this Friday and spend some time with the leadership of Fredonia Hill Baptist Church. In a recent LinkedIn article entitled "Praise … Continue reading praise or criticism – which is more effective?

Being Nosey Makes You A Better Team Member

Well good morning and welcome to the middle of the week! Recently I received some strange advice - if you want to be a better team member, then be nosey! I don't know about you, but I was taught that being nosey was impolite. However, after it was explained to me it makes perfect sense. … Continue reading Being Nosey Makes You A Better Team Member

How You Impact the Mood and Behavior of Those You Lead

Good morning to you on this fine Friday morning. I hope you have something fun planned with you family for the weekend! As the leader of your team, most often you are the one directly responsible for the good or bad mood of your team members. Surprising? According to this Harvard Business Review article, "The … Continue reading How You Impact the Mood and Behavior of Those You Lead

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

What You Need To Stop Doing

I hope you had a blessed Christmas celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior - Jesus the Christ. We have minimized the use of technology over the last few days but I thought time to get up another post. I read something interesting this morning on the Harvard Business Review website (this is a great resource … Continue reading What You Need To Stop Doing

The Messiness of Working with Others

A cool rainy day here in southwest Michigan, but it has been a beautiful early spring. We talk a lots about collaboration and especially across organizations.  Especially in ministry we often bemoan the fact of so many ministries doing the same thing with similar mission and why don't we just work together?  Well, because it is messy! … Continue reading The Messiness of Working with Others

The Beauty of a Quilt

Quilts are beautiful works of art.  Some of my favorites are those that are the most colorful and that consist of many patterns, materials, and colors. The body of Christ is very much like a beautiful quilt.  All different sorts of folks that together form a beautiful whole.  We often talk of that, but most people use … Continue reading The Beauty of a Quilt