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Without Wax

I distinctly remember the first time I received a handwritten letter from Prof. Though I don’t recall the subject of his note, I very clearly remember his signature, one which has served as an inval…

Survey, Stack, Swap

Does your stomach start churning when you survey the avalanche of work waiting for you? Perhaps you let out a defeated sigh that first time you check your email each morning or power up your phone aft…

Collective Wisdom

We are enamored with experts and their expertise. Expert analysis from expert analysts. Expert testimony from expert witnesses. Expert advice from expert consultants. Given the choice, we nearly alway…

The Value of the Long View of Life

At the end of every season my son’s basketball coach used to deliver a simple message: “Do not let high school basketball be the best thing or worst thing that has ever happened to you in …

More Is Caught Than Taught

“Hey buddy, you got a busy day?” “Hey ma’am, how’s your day going?” Same words. Same tone. Over and over. On any other day, I wouldn’t have given a second thought to the all-too familiar…

Life Is All About Your Relationships

Which is more valuable: IQ (Intelligence Quotient) or EQ (Emotional Quotient)? IQ is the intellectual ability to sort ideas, manage knowledge, and direct thoughts. EQ is the ability to manage relation…

Wartime Followership

I’m going to talk about followers without talking about Instagram or Twitter. It’s interesting that if you talk about leadership development, scores of quotes or authors or business journals come …

No One Aspires to Mediocrity

The forging of steel is neither pretty work nor easy work. It is dirty and sweltering and done at 3000+ degrees. The mill is usually a mammoth building, filled with suffocating heat and deafening n…

Understanding Valleys

God leads us through the unavoidable valleys of our lives. Walking through valleys is an inevitable part of the human experience. Think about it: Jesus told his followers that we “will have sufferin…

Wartime Leadership

The concept of being a wartime leader was not invented last week by the president. People talk about Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and many others as remarkable wartime leaders. There’s debate…

Are You Being a Good Neighbor?

There’s an anonymous guy in the Bible that I identify with. He asks a lot of questions! In the book of Luke, there’s a moment where Jesus summarizes the intent of the Old Testament by saying, “L…

Five Tips for Partnerships

“I don’t want to mess up my friendship.” Sounds like a sitcom line between a guy and a girl who are thinking about dating. But it’s also the line I hear in nearly every partnership conversatio…

Leadership Scaling

Fifteen years ago, if I told a client they should think about scale, there’s a 50/50 chance that they’d think I was suggesting weight loss. Today, my clients usually bring it up at a first meeting…
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