Posts Tagged ‘character’

True generosity

I don’t know if you’ve thought about this but generosity has little to do with money. It doesn’t. It has to do with heart, with attitude, with a mindset that makes generous choices. John Bunyan was an English writer who penned over 60 books. Perhaps the most famous is Pilgrim’s Progress. Concerning generosity, he said,…

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Patience problems

It would be fascinating to graph the ups and downs of my life. It certainly would not be a flatline. My graph would be wrought with peaks and valleys. Many of “my valleys” have to do with patience or more accurately, my lack of patience. I just lost it again. My wife encroached on “my…

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Everybody has strengths and weaknesses. This is no great insight. What is interesting to investigate is how we use our strengths and weaknesses in leadership situations. I was taught years ago that it is important to know what you do well, but not to work at making your strengths even stronger. I was taught to…

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A forgotten virtue

There are several virtues that are admired universally. I’m sure you have your list. I’ve got mine. Let’s see if you can identify one of my top values by these examples. A CEO who decides to take a personal pay cut rather than laying off employees. A couple that remains faithful to each other throughout…

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Good leadership requires good preparation

“Tomorrow’s unknown crisis is not something to avoid in fear. It requires our attention and deliberation. We just need to have the courage to face the truth of our future’s uncertainty. We just need to be prepared.” That was a quote from Christopher Manske, an author and investment guru. Good leadership requires good preparation. Even the…

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When character is lost

Billy Graham said many profound things, but among them was this statement, “When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”   Why is it that character plays such a huge part in leadership? Character is fundamental to effective leadership because good character builds…

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Nicknames

Years ago the most popular TV sitcom was “Seinfeld.” One of the characters, “George” wants a cool nickname. He wants his friends to call him “T-Bone.” It never catches on with his friends. Instead, they nickname him, “Koko the monkey.” He hates it…obviously! There is a man in the Bible named Joseph, but you probably…

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Integrity

Integrity. What does it mean? Google defines it as “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” It is the thing you want for others. It is what you want for your family, your kids, and your grandkids. You want it for your company. There is no question about this. I’m…

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Bad selfie

Maybe you’ve used the phrase “defining moment.” It is a point in your life when you experience something that fundamentally changes you. A “defining event” is similar. It is an incident that decides everything that happens afterward. Speaking of definitions, I heard a quote recently that literally stopped me in my tracks. I was reading something by Earl…

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LEADING IN YOUR FAMILY – Issues of Parenting

I heard someone say that libraries are going away. People just don’t read paper books anymore. Bookstores themselves don’t have the foot traffic they once had. There are a few exceptions, but those exceptions usually have a Starbucks in the lobby. Seems there’s no time to sit and read when there are so many other…

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UNKINDNESS – Issues of Parenting, Relationships

Mean people are the WORST! They just are. Sorry for being so direct, but it fits. I don’t know what the percentages are, but I’m sure there are more nice people than mean people in the world. Now, it depends on the circles you operate in, but we all rub shoulders with this demographic of…

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