• 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.

  • Communicating in Styles

    Blog | Chelsea Arrington | June 08, 2017

    Mark demands details. Jennifer seems passive. Susan’s desk is never clean. Isn’t funny how we notice these things about people, but never think about why they do the things they do?

    God has certainly created us uniquely in His image. Some of us are organized and some still can’t find that report from two years ago. Maybe you find yourself at the center of the conversation or perhaps you’re observing from afar. Our personality traits and behaviors effect our daily lives and impact how we communicate and interact with those around us.

  • Waiting for the Light to Turn Green

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | May 30, 2017

    Over the 38 years that Annie and I have been married, one of my favorite stories is about a time when she and her friends had gotten the car from her parents and went for a drive.  She had stopped at a “Stop” sign and remained there until a friend sarcastically asked, “Are you waiting for the light to turn green?” After realizing they had been distracted, they laughed about it and drove on.

  • 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.

  • Unexpected Means to Resolution: The Ken Voges Story

    Blog | Chelsea Arrington | May 23, 2017

    Ken Voges was attempting to build a good life for his family in the mid-1970’s.  He and his wife, Linda, were the parents of two young children, and Ken was travelling 60% of the week as a sales representative for General Electric.  Although the pay was good, the travel time away from home was taking its toll on his marriage.  Not long after, Ken and Linda found themselves in their Pastor’s office for marriage counseling, wondering if their marriage could be saved.

    Finding Hope

  • Who Is Your Boss?

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | May 18, 2017

    I remember a few years ago I overheard my preschool son tell his sister, my elementary aged daughter, “You are not the boss of me.” There was another time, this time, I was an employee.  The woman who was my supervisor preferred the staff, those of us who were her employees - NOT call her the “boss.” She had become our supervisor, not by applying for the job or by promotion, but by default. Since no one else was qualified to take her position, she was in charge of us – her employees. And she did not like being the boss.

  • When Your Picture Of The Future Fades

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | May 11, 2017

    As leaders, we know it’s important to have an image or picture of the future we are trying to create. This image is created in response to the question “What will the future look like if things are running as planned?”

    This applies to all aspects of life, from finishing school, to building a career or business, to even forming a family.

    When a man and woman decide to get married, they imagine their future together and can describe it in vivid detail.

  • Interactions

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | May 09, 2017

    “Wow! This is a lot of produce! Do you have a bunch of animals at your house?”

    I stared dumbfounded at the young man checking our groceries.

    “We like fresh fruits and vegetables,” I quietly but pointedly remarked.

  • Megan Pacheco

    How Well Do You Know Yourself?

    Here’s One Leadership Quality You Can’t Afford to Miss!

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | May 04, 2017

    Recently I discovered an article dealing with a leadership quality that’s seldom talked about, yet is one of the best indicators of a leader’s success potential.

    That quality is self-awareness.

    The author of the article, Victor Lipman, was making the case that soft values, like self-awareness, actually drive concrete results and are accurate predictors of a leader’s future progress.