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Steve Graves

New Wineskins for Faith at Work

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Two good friends and I started a magazine in the late 1990s. Over the years, I’ve been a part of plenty of things that didn’t go well, but this one was a smashing success. The magazine was called Life@Work and the idea was to explore the Bible and work. What […]

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Four Phases of Employee Development

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All three of my millennial children have experienced “new” with their jobs in the last few years. Two started new jobs and one just got a promotion and hired her first team members. The early report is everyone is doing fine (including their respective companies). I wonder if their training […]

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5 Ways to Kill Your Impact

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As an executive coach, my job is about impacting people who impact companies and communities. In other words, my whole business premise is helping people increase their leadership, strategy, and impact capabilities. So I’m all in on the idea of impact. Why? Here are four reasons: Because I’m called to […]

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Three Stages of Business Growth

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The other day I was headed to a meeting in Bentonville, which is just a quick, 25-minute drive north from my home. As I passed one development after another, I thought, Gosh, there has been so much change in Northwest AR since my wife and I arrived here in 1985. […]

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The Three Core Parts of an Effective Leader

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If you’re a mindful, effective leader, you will have three parts to your core: Strategy, Leadership, and Impact. Everything you are and do is anchored to one of these terms. I’ve been guiding CEOs, business owners, and senior leaders for over three decades against this core. Every meeting, every task, […]

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A Tale of Two Funerals

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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 similar. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The first funeral was as impressive […]

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How Many Friends do You Have?

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“Don’t believe Facebook. You only have 150 friends.” That was the headline from this 2011 NPR article. While you can facially recognize 1,500 people and Ashton Kutcher has 15,000,000 Twitter followers, you can only have 150 meaningful relationships. In other words, you can only influence a finite number of people. The […]

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The Ol’ DMV Experience

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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 squeeze in during the holidays. I shared that I had four days left to get […]

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Five Tips for Better Fundraising

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Giving USA reported that Americans donated $410 billion to charitable causes in 2017, and nearly a third of that was given to religious groups. That’s a lot of people asking someone else to fund their passion. But whether the ask is for the church, a parachurch organization, a mission trip, […]

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