Growth

Leadership and Judging

Graceful is not a word that is a common as it used to be. Today we don’t often say, “he or she is graceful” or “give him a little grace.” It’s a little old school. Not only do we not use the word, but we are also a bit reluctant to do the word. To…

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Samurai leadership

The Last Samurai is a 2003 American Tom Cruise portrays a Captain of a U.S. Army cavalry regiment. He comes into contact with samurai warriors in 19th century Japan. He eventually befriends the leader and earns the respect of the samurai. As he learns the art of wielding a sword, he takes the counsel of a young samurai. He…

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Leadership and loneliness

Leadership and loneliness.  You’ve heard it said that those two words go together. It’s “lonely at the top” is a saying you’re familiar with. The reason you know the phrase is because it’s assumed that leaders often have few friends. That is often true, but it doesn’t have to be. Leadership has unique challenges that…

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Leadership and Loyalty

Are you like me? Probably not, but one of my habits, is looking for life lessons in everyday things. Like the lessons on leadership, I have learned from my dog, Jackson. One thing I observe in him…I’m guessing you see it in your pet, is fierce loyalty. Regardless of the immediate circumstances (maybe I forgot to…

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Leaders are made, not born

Legendary coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders are made, they are not born.”  Here’s a guy who knows what he’s talking about. He was the head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers. His leadership led the team to three NFL championships and to victories in Super Bowls I and II. He was a national…

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Christmas Wreath

You might be surprised to know that the Christmas wreath first originated as a symbol of Christ. That’s right. That circular evergreen wreath that hangs on many doors as decoration for Christmas is a picture of Jesus, but not Baby Jesus in a manger. It points to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Simply…

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Listening

Is this true in your life? We get so preoccupied with our story that we do not take an interest in what others have to say. I must confess: guilty! “I’ve got the better story.” “You need to listen to me.” “I’m funny and engaging.” If you’ve said or thought of any of those statements,…

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Right words at the right time

The Message paraphrase of Proverbs 25:11-23 says, “The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry, And a wise friend’s timely reprimand is like a gold ring slipped on your finger.” Our words are valuable, precious. These “right words” can include statements that are seemingly simple but potentially significant. Here are…

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Servant leadership

There is a paradox found in the Bible regarding leadership. To be a good leader, you need to be a servant. That’s certainly counter-intuitive especially in the workplace culture of today. But look at what Mark records: And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers…

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Contentment = Happiness

What makes you as a leader happy? That’s a pretty wide-open question. I guess it depends on the person. Could it be money? Maybe fame? Perhaps power? If your life and expectations reflect what matters the most to you, chances are you’re fairly happy. When your goals conform to your personal priorities, they bring you a…

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