Sep 14, 2014

The Evaluation: Performance Reviews

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 +
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 +
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 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 11, 2014

Respect Lessons of the Past

Pulitzer prizewinning historian David McCullough loves history and loves quotations about history. He peppers his speeches with sayings such as: “Why is it that no one listens when history repeats itself?” and “Past things shed light on future ones.” And “The only new thing in the world is the history...Read more +
Sep 10, 2014

Is Your Work a Paycheck or a Calling?

Is Your Work a Paycheck or a Calling?
Three people on the same job site have very different perspectives on their work.Read more +
Sep 9, 2014

The Power of Storytelling: Stories Make Us Brave

by Micha Boyett
It’s the first day of first grade, and August wakes in tears. My son says he’s too afraid to get out of bed. I assure him that he doesn’t have to get out yet. “Why don’t you just get dressed in your bed, buddy?” I lift the clothes we picked...Read more +
Sep 8, 2014

The Power of Storytelling: The Power of YOUR Story

She sits quietly in my office, hands folded nervously, tears streaming silently down her face. Her visit to meet me, a patient advocate for cancer patients, is not one she ever expected to make. I review her paperwork while she dabs at the tears, a tad embarrassed at her emotions...
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Sep 8, 2014

The Power of Storytelling: Marketplace Stories Set the Stage for God to Act

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...
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