Articles | Leadership

  • 5 Ways to Deepen Your Integrity

    Blog | September 07, 2017

    Daniel and his three friends are some of my favorite Bible characters. They modeled what it means to live a life of integrity. Several years ago, James Patterson and Peter Kim authored the book, The Day America told the Truth. They conducted a survey asking Americans what they would be willing to do for 10 million dollars and were shocked at their discovery. In this post, with a backdrop of their findings, I suggest 5 ways to deepen your integrity from the book of Daniel.

    Here’s what the authors learned about integrity from their research.

  • Zur – God My Rock

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | August 31, 2017

    I live in California. Earthquakes are common talk. We wonder when ‘the big one’ will hit.  Earthquake preparedness is a must: schools participate in earthquake drills, companies host earthquake preparedness seminars and individuals prepare earthquake survival kits. We try to be as prepared as we can be for the inevitable. But when a 3.5 quake rattled our peaceful community, I was caught off guard. It happened early in the morning, I was in my bedroom making my bed and suddenly the floor underneath my feet shifted down, like an elevator’s sudden descent.

  • Gratitude

    Blog | Karen McGuire | June 27, 2017

    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,

    for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

     

  • Lack of Time or Lack of Interest?

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | June 22, 2017

    One of our good friends was already in the last years of his life when we met him.

    Albert was a bachelor all his life. In WWII he had been a merchant marine who’d been on a sinking ship not once, not twice, but three times. He’d been a prisoner of war. His words often flew out of his mouth before he’d had a chance to sensor them. And he had definite opinions on everything.

    He was the crustiest man we’ve ever known. Yet, through Albert’s actions he did lead like Jesus.

    He put God first.

  • Megan Pacheco

    Three Critical Mistakes Using the DISC Assessment

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | June 15, 2017

    Even the best leadership tool, when used the wrong way, can become an obstacle. Such is the case with DISC, an incredible assessment tool used by over one million users each year.

    DISC is an online assessment that helps uncover your behavioral style. It is the most widely used behavioral model in the world and has helped millions of people improve communication, productivity, team building, leadership, and relationships at work and home.

  • Wind and Pressure

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | June 13, 2017

    The hot, oppressive weather was relentless… day and night… no relief. It was the summer of 1980, and the Tennessee humidity only added to the misery we were all feeling. States to the west of us had endured the heat for three months. We were thankful our agony had only lasted a few weeks. But everyone was spent. The sultry temperatures pressed down on us. We bent under the unbearable load.

    And then the leaves began to stir… and we turned our faces to the welcome, cool breeze. The winds of change had finally come.

  • Are you a Bogey or a Birdie Leader?

    Blog | Charles Stone | May 25, 2017

    I must confess that I don’t play golf. I’ve only played it once, unless you count dinosaur carpet golf our family often played while on vacation. However, several years ago my father-in-law tried to interest me in the sport. He gave me a set of nice used clubs. But, I never used them. Three years later he asked me how my game was going. Chagrined, I had to admit that I never played with them. He asked me to give them back to him (he really did). Although I don’t play the game, I know a few key terms such as birdie, bogey, and par.

  • Phyllis

    What’s Love Got to Do with It?

    Blog | Phyllis Hennecy Hendry | April 04, 2017

    A radio interviewer said, “I know you teach leadership, but you talk a lot about love.  What’s love got to do with it?”  My answer was simple. “Everything.”  Love as a core value has everything to do with everything.  We continued for the next hour talking about leaders who have chosen love as their core value and the difference they make in the lives of their followers. 

    Love as a core value has everything to do with everything

  • Megan Pacheco

    3 Ways to Spot a Fear-Driven Leader

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | March 28, 2017

    All of us are motivated by something. Whether it’s money, power, control—even the feeling of being needed—we all have internal motivating factors that drive our thinking, beliefs and, ultimately, our actions.

    Fear is one of the most common, but least talked about, factors that drives leaders every day.

    It’s not talked about often because fear is actually pretty hard to spot. When we think about fear, we usually envision someone cowering in a corner paralyzed by fright.

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