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Both/And Decision Making

Often, the most difficult decisions are not between black and white but between two shades of gray. A CEO friend who owns a family business is pondering firing his unethical sister. Another buddy is w…

Autobiographical Theology

We all operate with a framework for navigating life and work. For some it is a well-defined, intentional set of core beliefs and truth. For some it is an ever-evolving bowl of beliefs and experiences.…

Crisis Management 101

Is it just me or does the idea of “crisis” dominate contemporary media? Seemingly every time you turn on the TV, pick up the newspaper, or check your phone updates, you’re greeted by an announce…

The Risk in Hiring

In his book, The Frontiers of Management, business guru Peter Drucker wrote the following about people decisions: “No other decisions are so long lasting in their consequences or so difficult to …

Is Your Strategy Useful?

I get paid to deliver strategy. These requests come through telephone calls or casual lunches or formal whiteboard sessions with business owners, entrepreneurs, or senior leaders, but the assignment i…

Turning 60

Are you turning 60 soon? You might feel a bit like this person—the economist Milton Friedman said, “Now that I’m 60, every day I wake up, look in the mirror and say, ‘I don’t know who you ar…

Walk Toward the Barking Dog

My next-door neighbor has been building a pool. Now, I like my neighbor and this is certainly not a National Lampoon’s sort of neighbor situation. But the building of the pool is an absolute mess. I…

Know Your Core Business

There’s a fast-food burger place a couple miles from my house. I don’t eat there except for the occasional 6:00 a.m. biscuit run when I’m headed out to do some fishing. It’s at a major interse…

Who Should Bat Last?

Hold out your money. Speak your soup order in a loud, clear voice. Step to the left and pick up your soup. Step to the left too early…NO SOUP FOR YOU!Too slow with the money…NO SOUP FOR YOU! The n…

Three Benefits to Delegation

Delegation can be tough. It’s gut-wrenching to give up decisions or projects you care strongly about, and then it’s doubly gut-wrenching when it goes wrong. See what happens when one city manager …

The Benefit of Brokenness

Maybe you’re familiar with the story I’m referring to. It’s found in Genesis 32 in the Old Testament. Alone for the night, the patriarch Jacob is confronted by “a Mysterious Man,” and the tw…

Are You a Lifelong Learner?

Even now, I’m still learning from my mom. She was in town visiting with us over the Christmas holiday. One morning, we were sitting together and she told me a story. It was one of those stories that…

41 Deposits

One blueberry bagel, double toasted, with fruit spread on the side. This morning I was eating a bagel in the same local cafe where my son, Kile, and I talked about life over breakfast for more than th…

Get Going in the Gig Economy

It was the Panera in San Antonio that brought it home to me. I was in San Antonio recently for some meetings. After a breakfast meeting, I had a couple hours to kill before the next one, so I made my …

Are You Exposed Enough?

How many of your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, LinkedIn connections, etc., think differently from you? Are all your friendship circles a “footprint of one”? In other words, are all of your …

“My Pleasure”

Chick-fil-A is revolutionizing the cable repair business. Maybe that’s a tad overstated, but the other day, the cable repairman at my house answered my “thank you” with a “my pleasure.” And …

Let Your Best Employees Go

Anybody who knows me knows I love to fish. I agree with Chuck Clark, who said, “Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord int…
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