Nov 19, 2012
Last night at our house we had a fierce electrical rainstorm. Thunderclaps woke us up. Jagged bolts of lightning exploded and flashed. The driving rain pelted the roof and windows. Then everything went black. Our night lights had gone off. We had lost our power. Just before daylight, the electricity...Read more +
Nov 19, 2012
Our friend Tony is a Christian who makes pizza. No, he doesn't spell out Jesus with the pepperoni. He says, "We can try too hard to show we're Christians. As if putting Jesus on our business cards is an endorsement from God." So how does Tony take God to work?...Read more +
Nov 18, 2012
Janice took a risk and told her boss the truth: his “big idea” for increased sales was a dud. It actually distracted the field staff from what did work. And numbers were down. So when Janice spoke up, her boss grew angry…at everyone else. “I’ve never come down on any...Read more +
Nov 11, 2012
These days it’s called “blood thinner”—a prescription medicine used widely to save or prolong life. A few decades ago, the same compound went by “rat poison.” That’s right: the prescription used today by millions, can also (in higher doses) shrink the rodent population. So one man’s miracle drug is another...Read more +
Nov 4, 2012
No one would call legendary Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry a vain man. Yet he was one of the most successful coaches in any sport. His teams won two Super Bowls and played in three more. And Coach Landry met success with humility. His faith had much to do with...Read more +
Oct 28, 2012
The team had met twice now, and John believed he’d been left out of the loop both times. In the break room, when he approached certain people, conversation appeared to stop. Rejection haunted John, and at last he told his boss. She promised to look into it. She soon told...Read more +
Oct 19, 2012
Joseph and Noah McVicker invented a substance to clean wallpaper. It was soft, pliable, durable. Trouble was, no one wanted it. And the McVickers set their invention aside. Ten years later, the brothers heard an elementary school teacher describe how her students, with their little hands, struggled in their art...Read more +
Oct 14, 2012
Frank had a knack for updating dusty old systems. But when he changed departments, his new co-workers warned him about this leader’s unspoken motto: “We do it the way we’ve always done it.” So what did Frank do? He did it right. He said, “Boss, I’ll go after your priorities...Read more +
Oct 8, 2012
It was one of those days…one of those weeks…one of those months! Shelly would have bet money it would turn out to be one of those years . The markets were a roller coaster. Consumers skittish. Sales erratic. There was no figuring it out, Shelly reasoned. Fortunately, Shelly had an...Read more +
Sep 30, 2012
Sam Worthington is the young star of Avatar. He’s now in a string of blockbuster films—with more to come. But what interests me about Sam’s career is his early flop. As a young man, Sam failed at a prestigious dramatic academy. Frustrated, his father sent him on a one-way trip,...Read more +