Feature Articles

Sep 18, 2014

"What Are the Important Decisions?" - Steve Norris

"What are the important decisions?" - Steve Norris
The most important decisions I make as a leader are how I treat people. You know, we’re a company, we’re here to make a profit, we’re here to do good work, but really it has to do with relationships.Read more +
Sep 13, 2014

The Evaluation: Can We Humanize a Dehumanizing Process?

It’s getting close to that time of year when you have to sit in your boss’s office and he or she rates your performance on a 1 to 5 scale in various aspects of your job. Oh boy. Or perhaps you're the one who has to pull out those forms...Read more +
Sep 13, 2014

The Evaluation: Lessons from The Apprentice

Years ago, I was on national television. A reality show whereby I arrived in New York City along with fifteen other smart young thinkers in expensive suits, all vying to be an apprentice to Martha Stewart herself. We befriended Martha. We dined with Donald Trump. We felt like Mark Burnett...Read more +
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 +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

How Can I Know God’s Will for My Life?

As a pastor, I have often been asked, “How can I know God’s will for my life?” This question was presented to me dozens of times when I was a parish pastor. I still hear it from my “flock,” often in the form of emails from folks who receive these Daily Reflections. We want to know what God wants us to do with our lives. We want to know what to do next so we don’t get off track. Ephesians...Read more +