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Steve Graves

The Know-It-All Who Knows Nothing

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You think you know it all, don’t you? You probably wouldn’t say it that way (and neither would I), but we all generally trust our own perceptions. Even as you approach an article like this one, you measure what I say against what you believe, your experiences, and the things […]

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Takers, Traders, and Givers: Which Are You?

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In recent years, I’ve asked several very successful friends this question: “How important are relationships to the flourishing of your personal life and the success of your business?” They always respond with one word: vital. Not surprisingly, then, the folks I know who are the most successful in life are […]

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Content, Eyeballs, and God

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Content is king. Eyeballs are god. God is sovereign. To put it another way, you need something worth saying. You need people who want to hear it. And at the end of the day, it still isn’t all up to you. These three realities must be placed at the forefront […]

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Your Four Spheres of Organic Influence

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I remember years ago reading a shocking article titled Don’t Believe Facebook; You Only Have 150 Friends. That was the headline from this 2011 NPR article. It stated that, while you can facially recognize 1,500 people and Ashton Kutcher has 17,200,000 Twitter followers (as of now), you can only have […]

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The Five Elements of a Gospel Movement

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Have you ever seen photos of the massive waves on Oahu’s famous North Shore? A few years ago, I stood on that beach and watched in jaw-dropping wonder and amazement at the size, force, and impact of those waves as they crashed onto the shoreline. The scene was very moving, […]

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The 5 Marks of an Influential Message

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If they don’t receive the message, then you haven’t really communicated. My old teacher and mentor Howard Hendricks, always used to say this kind of thing. Good communication is a message both sent and received.  Messages are everywhere. And they come at us in all kinds of forms. The average […]

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Wanted: A Great Board Chair

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Wanted: Intelligent, relational, thick-skinned, kind, and visionary individual to lead organization through trying time while navigating strong personalities and difficult, often conflicting goals. Who’s in? That’s essentially the job description for a board chair. This Harvard Business Review blog describes the best board chairs as judges. It’s an interesting analogy. […]

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