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 +
"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 +
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...
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 +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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...
“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 +
When I read Ephesians 5:17, I hear echoes from my past. “Mark, don’t be foolish,” my mom would say. Or, perhaps she’d declare: “Mark, use your head.” I’d hear these exhortations when I was tempted to do something silly, to do something I knew I shouldn’t do. Perhaps I was mad at a friend who had hurt my feelings and was tempted to get revenge. “Don’t be foolish,” my mom would advise me. Some of the time I’d follow her...Read more +
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