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A Tale of Two Funerals

AA few months back, two funerals occurred in the same week in our community. Both were men I knew who had lived a long life and had great community reach. I assumed the funerals would be pretty simila…

The Ol’ DMV Experience

Here’s what I learned at a Christmas party during the holidays: everyone has a DMV story. We were making small talk around our kitchen table and the topic turned to what people were hoping to squeez…

A Picture of Integrity

He’s the retired international marketing executive that’s been featured on the Today Show, CNN, USA Today, ABC and Newsweek. Even Peopleand Inside Edition&n…

The Down Side to Ambition

Ambition. It’s a concept loaded with meaning and starving for clarity. It’s been abused, neglected, misunderstood, and misappropriated. While baby boomers embraced ambition without hesitation, mak…

Don’t Forget to Tie Up Your Camel

“Trust in God but tie up your camel” reads the ancient Arabian proverb. In other words, have faith, but don’t neglect common sense. Too often we split these concepts and treat them as if they we…

Every Family Needs a Grandma Lois

One of my favorite people in the Bible is Grandma Lois. When I get to heaven, she’s one of the first people I want to talk with. Sure, Grandma Lois isn’t as well known as her grandson Timothy, and…

The 5 Big Questions of Life

Google “Meaning of life” and you come up with some quotes like these: “Life is like an onion. You peel it off a layer at a time and sometimes you weep.”—Carl Sandburg “When I’m lost, I j…

Can Anyone Become a Manager?

The coaching carousel happens every winter after the records are in and the alumni are clattering for something new.  I remember last year when Lincoln Riley was named head coach at Oklahoma and repl…

A Founder’s Role

I’ve worked with hundreds of founders in my three-plus decades of executive advising. Men and women representing all shapes and sizes of organizations.  Massive nonprofits and hometown businesses, …

Celebrity-ism and Leadership

Quick. Name the Christian you admire the most. Perhaps you said your brother or your grandmother or your early cell group leader. Perhaps like Edith Schaeffer, you consider the question of the greates…

Does Ordinary Equal Meaningless?

I have a good friend who nearly died a couple years ago. From a medical perspective, he should have. He lived, though, and he told me not long ago about the odd experience of living when people though…

Three Guys, Three Chainsaws

Who’s the best worker you know? Not the hardest worker, but the best worker. I’ve got a candidate. A few months back, a storm came through northwest Arkansas, and it did a number on some lake prop…