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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…

Third Places

Stonemill Bakery is my Cheers, the place where everybody knows my name. I’ve been going there nearly 20 years, and I’m pretty sure we’ve both contributed to the physical growth of the other. And…

Advance, Assess, Repeat.

64,000 tickets per minute. That is the rate at which Mega Millions tickets were being sold leading up to the historic $1.6 billion in October 2018.   Why? Why did so many of us rush out to purchase a…

What Kind of Boxer are You?

The best boxing movie ever made is…(drumroll please)… Cinderella Man. You might have thought I was going to say Rocky (or perhaps Rocky II, III, IV, V, or VI), but as much as I love a good Rocky B…

My Best Christmas Present Ever

A really (really) expensive watch, a wilderness fishing trip, a hand painted (literally hand painted) picture from my child, a signed book from one of my heroes. These would certainly all be in the ru…
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