Aug 3, 2014

Every Platform an Altar

John 3:30
Matthew 20:26 “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” When that plucky Jennifer Lawrence kid in her festooning white gown trips trying to get up on that platform to get her Oscar—the world falls in love a bit more for her stumbling, blessed humanity. Because, really...Read more +
Aug 3, 2014

Building a Platform: Five Lessons From a Start-Up

Two years ago when I was unexpectedly let go from my job of 13 years, I figured I could either hunt down another job in the same industry or pursue a life of freelancing and consulting on my own. The former would likely result in starting over at the bottom...Read more +
Aug 24, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self: Trust Yourself

Dear girl, Yes, you always will be a girl—or at least part of you will. Fifty feels decidedly ungirlish, I know, but believe me when I tell you this: fifty truly is nifty. Such a great age! The hard work of growing up, navigating relationships, figuring out what it means...Read more +
Aug 3, 2014

Building a Platform: Interview with Agent Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, founder of Wordserve Literary Group , has ridden the roller coaster of publishing for many years. Before working with authors, Greg wrote 23 non-fiction books and more than 200 magazine articles. He also worked for five years as founding editor for "Breakaway" magazine. Greg has represented more than...Read more +
Jul 27, 2014

Your Work Matters: When Others Don’t Appreciate

I have a job that sounds exciting—I lead the social media team for a large publicly held company. Every day is different. No day is like any other. I can plan my day—schedule meetings, carve out chunks of time to get work done, make phone calls, set aside some time...Read more +
Aug 24, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self: Reconsidering Retirement

As Baby Boomers age, traditional American retirement seems impossible. In June, TIME Magazine's cover story proclamed: "2030: The Year Retirement Ends." The years after 2030, the article prognosticates, "won't be the years that recent generations have known." A typical retiree (an educated, 64-year-old Gen X businesswoman) will be living on...Read more +
Aug 18, 2014

The Most Unexpected Prayer

Mark 14:27-42
Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane is, in my opinion, the most unexpected prayer . . . ever. There is no prayer in Scripture that surprises us more than this one. And no prayer ever prayed startles us more than this one. Throughout the latter half of Mark’s Gospel,...Read more +
Oct 14, 2010

The Irony of Doing All Things Decently and In Order

1 Corinthians 14:26-40
As a Presbyterian, I have heard someone quote 1 Corinthians 14:40 perhaps five hundred times. Seriously. This verse is beloved by Presbyterians, though usually in its King James Version form: "Let all things be done decently and in order." Presbyterians tend to crave decency and order. It's in our genes,...Read more +
Aug 1, 2014

When in Doubt, Sweep

When in Doubt, Sweep
A grocery manager gave a young man his first job. Eager to please, the new employee would rush through every task. Then he would say: "What can I do now?"Read more +
Aug 10, 2014

Helping Employees Dream: Taking Care of Your People

“We take care of our people first. If we take care of our people, our people will take care of our customers. And if our people take care of our customers, our customers will pretty much take care of everything else.” That is what I heard one of the founders...Read more +