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How Thanksgiving Transforms our Conversations at Work

A Great Time of Year Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. I am a fan of the cooler Alabama weather, the changing leaves and our family meals. My biggest reason is that, as a community, we slow down long enough to reflect and be grateful to God. Christians must...

Excellence at Work

Excellence is Attractive Disney Theme Parks change their lightbulbs when there is 30% expected life remaining. Why? Disney leadership made the decision that they would spend more to make sure their guests never see a burned-out bulb on their visit. They want a Disney...

Enduring a Difficult Work Environment – With Purpose

No one wants to be in a difficult situation. Given the option, we would prefer things to be as easy or pleasant as possible. Children teach us this, because by default they will take the course of least resistance. We must be trained to do a good job in cleaning our...

Work Clothes

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you....

Kaizen, Six Sigma and the Motivation for Excellence

For by one sacrifice he [Jesus] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Hebrews 10:14 Almost everyone wants to improve at something. “Kaizen” is a Japanese word co-opted by business to describe rapid and continuous improvement. It is the idea that we...

Community

We live in a time when being connected has never been easier, and yet the experience of close friendship, trust and desire to be understood is elusive for many. Most people have had the experience of feeling alone in the middle of a crowd. Jerry Bridges points out in...

The Importance of Focus

There is an old saying: “If you aim at nothing, you are sure to hit it.” That is a true statement. Yet in our current culture, there might be an even bigger and less acknowledged danger. Perhaps the companion saying ought to be, “If you aim at everything, you’ll never...

Conquering Bitterness: Lessons from World War II

“If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away; behold the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 The central message of the Christian gospel is reconciliation. The rift between men and God caused by our sin has been repaired by Jesus’ death on the...

Opportunity Costs : How to avoid Decision Paralysis

Opportunity Costs In business and in life, opportunity costs are the things we must forego to make a specific choice. This happens all the time – choosing to spend an extra hour on a work project means one less hour for sleep or family or recreation or volunteering....

Reflections from Psalm 49

I have begun 2019 working through the Psalms. I came across Psalm 49, and I was struck at the timely word it gives—to everyone, and especially those in business. This Psalm warns of the pursuit of security and meaning in wealth. It may seem unusual to...

Who Owns Your Portfolio?

Jockko Willink has become a leadership sensation in the past few years. His Ted Talks and podcasts are popular, and his book, Extreme Ownership has been a best selling book several years in a row. He gives solid leadership advice from the perspective of his background...

Beginning Again

The New Year is an important opportunity to start again. Many of you have taken stock of the last year, and have set some goals for 2019. Daniel Pink, in his book, When, demonstrates the tangible power of new beginnings. Significant days & markers have proven impact...

True Comm-unity

Unity. It is a thing which people speak of like world peace--something that would be nice to have, but naive to imagine we will ever achieve it. After several years of highly inflammatory public discourse, it seems like in many ways we are more divided as a country...

A Good Return on Investment

Risk is an important business concept. We are taught that in general as risk increases in investment, so does the possibility for reward. There are investments that offer a guaranteed result, like bonds. The payoff is typically pretty small. You sacrifice potential...

Character is Revealed in Crisis – But Develops Quietly

Character is of great value. Organizations want to harness the efforts of employees that have integrity and determination and trustworthiness. Society hinges upon people agreeing to do what is right. Most people would say they desire to have excellent character. But...

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