Apr 9, 2014

Carving Down, Carving Deep: A Tale of Stewardship

Growing up on top of a mountain guaranteed woods to explore, but to find water I had to go down. After a spring rain, I’d follow the runoff until it met the stream where I’d discover waterfalls and pools. Farther down still, I’d notice how the volume picked up, creating...Read more +
Feb 19, 2014

Restoring Wonder in the Workplace

by Matt Appling
Have the words “wonder” and “workplace” ever been used in the same sentence? “Wonder” is that sense of awe that a particularly starry night induces. It’s the feeling of standing on holy ground. It’s the sense of discovery that a child feels as they learn something profound. And “workplace,” well…...Read more +
Dec 19, 2013

Long Story Short

He placed in me a deep passion and calling to help the masses of Sunday Christians who are struggling to be the same person at work they are trying to be in their personal lives. I am a practitioner. I am not a theologian. I stand for the leaders in...
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Dec 5, 2013

How Does Humility Factor Into Your Role as a Leader?

What I remember clearly is looking up from what I was reading and feeling as if someone had issued a challenge directly toward me. I was reading something—an article, a blog post, a page in a book; I can’t be sure—and it was one of those situations where I knew...Read more +
Nov 6, 2013

Why Yelling at People Is Not the Best Motivational Strategy

I once hired a gentleman – let’s call him Aaron – on a contract basis to work with a small office team in implementing a new accounting software program. Aaron was a partner in charge at a small but respectable local accounting firm, and as the expert consultant, he was...Read more +
Oct 10, 2013

How to Know if You Are Doing a Good Job

Last Friday I spent a couple of hours thinking about my job instead of actually doing it. I mulled over all that is going on, what I’ve been accomplishing, where my time is being spent, what my priorities are, and so on. I guess you could say I was reflecting...Read more +
Sep 25, 2013

Lessons From the Wilderness

Remember the story of Moses' call to lead, despite all his protests? In Exodus 4, when Moses asks how the people will know that he has been chosen by God to lead them out of slavery and into the Promised Land, the Creator responds by commanding Moses to throw his...
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Sep 24, 2013

Abuse Perfectionism

Brett Smith admits, "Having served full time in churches for thirteen years, I finally realized I didn’t fit. I stopped job searching and started soul-searching...I determined I would stay in full-time ministry but stop working in a church. I had no idea what that meant." Smith now operates the original...
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Sep 18, 2013

Overcoming a Crisis

"In my experience, no one is always happy, excited, or hopeful. We may not always see progress. At times we see things slipping backwards," writes Jack Davis. In a Linked2Leadership blog post about managing the inevitable crises we face, he notes that one of the keys to leadership excellence is...
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Jul 11, 2013

How Micro-Prayers Can Get You Through the Workday

A friend leaned over the table at Starbucks yesterday morning during a pre-work chat and confided, "You really don’t want to know what goes on in this space above my shoulders.” He is the Chief Executive of his organization, and we were talking about the psychotic warped thinking that can...Read more +