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Sep 26, 2014

Vocation Focus: Making Music Out of Noise

I’m writing from a small sound room with an eleven-year old, her violin, and her instructor—the Concertmaster for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. The girl is weaving together Concerto No. 5, 1 st Movement, by Friedrich Seitz straight out of the case. I wonder how I’ll concentrate; she’s pretty good. Despite...Read more +
Sep 26, 2014

Vocation Focus: Learn to Love Your Job

by Bob Smietana
Andi and Al Tauber won’t ever be famous. And they may never be rich. But they live a life of surprising extravagance, filled with music and friendship, grace and purpose. The Taubers, who perform as the acoustic duo, “Andi and I,” moved to Chicago in the mid-90s to pursue a...Read more +
Sep 29, 2014

Must Be Present to Win

At the company's weekly staff meeting, Jenny was determined to stand up and stand out. All night she worked on her report. Every page, every title, every bullet point had to impress. When Jenny finally crawled into bed, she was near exhaustion, and so she slept … right through her...Read more +
Sep 26, 2014

David Brooks on Leadership

David Brooks on Leadership
NYT Columnist David Brooks shares some leadership advice: Good leaders can step outside their own egos to understand the opposition.Read more +
Sep 19, 2014

Best Books for Business: I Beg to Differ

Many years ago, I heard the theory of entropy applied to relationships. Their quality has a tendency to decline over time, this person said. Without effort, couples (and coworkers) may find themselves wondering how they ever got along. The idea stuck and inspired me to tend my marriage well, because...Read more +
Sep 23, 2014

Best Books for Business: Love Works

Can a company in today’s cutthroat world actually run on biblical principles – and prosper? Can an organization be guided by faith and still be sensitive to a diverse world? Can you take the words of Jesus and put them in a corporate setting? There is a company that’s doing...
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Sep 19, 2014

Best Books for Business: What We Hope for When We Read

I’ll admit: I don’t read a lot of “business” books. Maybe it’s because business books, like some hard-hitting business people I know, seem a little too direct, a little too goal-driven, a little too bottom line for me. Not that I mind if other people know where their cheese is...Read more +
Sep 23, 2014

The Business Books That Have Most Influenced Me

Over the years, I probably have read most of the self-help books that have taken the business world by storm. Speechwriters were almost required to do this, if for nothing else than finding a topical quote to use in an executive’s speech. In Search of Excellence . Who Moved My...
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Sep 19, 2014

Best Books for Business: The Power of No

I currently have four books and a Kindle on my nightstand, and I’m pretty sure there’s at least one book in every room of our house. Yet I don’t consider myself an avid reader. Maybe I’m too distracted, or maybe life is just plain busy. Whatever the case, when I...Read more +
Sep 23, 2014

Eisenhower on Leadership

Eisenhower on Leadership
Eisenhower knew something about being a leader. And he could be blunt in his definitions. He said: "You do not lead by hitting people over the head—that's assault, not leadership."Read more +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

Why Bring Up Being Filled With the Spirit?

As we saw in yesterday’s reflection , Ephesians 5:15-18 is structured by three parallel don’t-do injunctions: don’t be unwise, but do be wise (5:15); Don’t be foolish, but do understand the Lord’s will (5:17); don’t get drunk, but do be filled with the Spirit (5:18). The first two pairs make intuitive sense, in that the positive exhortation is the opposite of the prohibition. But then we come to the last pair. If we hadn’t already read verse 18, we might...Read more +