Feature Articles

Sep 19, 2014

Best Books for Business: How JobShift Helped Me Survive

In 1996 my family faced multiple—nearly overwhelming—crises that included me leaving a long-term stable job in a ministry setting. No big deal, just the loss of job, church, friends, and a deep-rooted support system. One challenge involved helping family members make it through each new day. Another was the added...Read more +
Sep 19, 2014

Best Books for Business: Wendell Berry’s Collected Poems

In the late nineties, I was force-fed a steady diet of business books by my business school professors. “Thinking like a businessman,” they said, “requires reading like a businessman.” And so, extracurricular texts were foisted upon me, and book after book from my professors’ personal stacks made their way to...Read more +
Sep 21, 2014

Geniuses Define Genius

A well-known writer named Wilford Funk loved words. He wrote multiple books to help people increase their word power. Once, to understand the idea of "genius," he researched to see how geniuses themselves defined the word. The pianist Paderewski said, "Before I was a genius, I was a drudge." Alexander...Read more +
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 +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

Why Should We Avoid Drunkenness? Part 1

Ephesians 5:18 states clearly, “Do not get drunk on wine.” Of course, this verse does not imply that it’s fine to get drunk on other alcoholic beverages. In the first century A.D., wine was the predominant alcoholic beverage. In today’s world, with all kinds of wineries, breweries, and distilleries, we rightly understand “Do not get drunk” to apply to a wide range of beverages. (Most Christians also take this verse as forbidding the use of drugs that produce a state...Read more +