Feature Articles

Sep 16, 2014

"How Do We Know We're on the Right Career Path?" - J. B. Wood

"How Do We Know We're on the Right Career Path?" - JB Wood
No one's career is a straight path; it's a more squiggly, circular, spirally type of path.Read more +
Sep 13, 2014

The Evaluation: In the Principal’s Office

"I'll be perfectly honest with you," he says, as he twists his university class ring. "You won't be an effective teacher." Then comes the deep snort and pinching of the nose. So I gird my spine with steel. Because I’m sitting in the principal’s office. And it feels like a...Read more +
Sep 15, 2014

Share Your Story: Best Books for Business

So first, a confession: This week's community link-up falls under the theme "Best Books for Business," but I am not an avid reader of business books. However, I’ve read plenty of books that have deeply influenced my work in the world. My work life has been greatly impacted by books...
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Sep 13, 2014

The Evaluation: Five Kinds of Supervisor Performance Reviews

I have just walked out of my annual performance review. And this one is noteworthy. It’s my last one; this time next year, I’ll be retired. While I believe that supervisors and bosses are important and indispensable, I will not miss those annual evaluations. After 35 years of both receiving...Read more +
Sep 14, 2014

The Evaluation: Performance Reviews

When you think “performance review,” do you start grumbling to yourself? Do your palms start to sweat? Do you roll your eyes and mutter about “The Man?” Or do you stare into the mirror and smile, practicing your best superficial self-report? If you hate performance reviews, you’re not alone. In...Read more +
Sep 16, 2014

The Tutor

Sherry was a tutor, hired to review grammar with 10-year-old Bobby in the hospital burn unit. The unit shocked her, and the boy was hard to look at. But she stayed, taught verbs and adverbs, and the next day, she forced herself to return. On her second visit, the nurses...Read more +
Sep 15, 2014

A Job Well Done

Another Good Job Done by Me
A friend of mine had a flat tire and stopped at a country gas station. The attendant patched the tire and put it back on the car. And as the fellow tightened the last lug nut, my friend heard him say, "Another good job done by me."Read more +
Sep 8, 2014

The Power of Storytelling: Marketplace Stories Set the Stage for God to Act

Our team is always looking for stories of God working in the lives of marketplace professionals. We all love missionary stories of how God penetrates hearts as the Gospel transforms lives, and sometimes whole cultures. We are now seeing the same kinds of stories in a different marketplace--a missional marketplace...
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Sep 7, 2014

The Power of Storytelling: A Life Well-Lived

“How did you get to be such a good storyteller?” I tease, when the others have drifted away. This colleague of mine holds court by his desk every day, people from every department vying for a moment of his time. He grins slyly at my question. “Because I’ve lived it,...Read more +
Sep 10, 2014

Is Your Work a Paycheck or a Calling?

Is Your Work a Paycheck or a Calling?
Three people on the same job site have very different perspectives on their work.Read more +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

The Time That Is Given to Us

I cannot leave Ephesians 5:15-16 without sharing a bit of Gandalfian wisdom (or, if you prefer, wisdom from J. R. R. Tolkien, spoken by his character, Gandalf). It comes early in The Lord of the Rings series (though somewhat later in the movie). Gandalf, the wise wizard, was visiting the home of Frodo, the humble Hobbit who had been given a powerful, evil ring. After sharing with Frodo what he knows about the history of the ring, Gandalf observed that...Read more +