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  • Discipline

    Unpleasant but Necessary

    Blog | Gilbert Camacho | February 20, 2018

    A few days ago, my wife and I were watching Good Morning America. Michael Strahan was interviewing Logan Paul, a celebrity video blogger on YouTube.  Paul has been in the news lately for his poor decision in airing controversial footage showing the corpse of an apparent suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest. 

  • For Leader's Who Want to Grow

    Deepen Your Commitment to Listening

    Blog | Owen Phelps | February 15, 2018

    “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts...” (Hebrews 3:15)

     

    I was asked to consult for a multi-million dollar communications division of a national church. Its leader had come to the table only weeks before with impressive credentials in the private and NGO fields.

    He had accumulated a slew of prestigious awards. He had been brought on board in the midst of crisis. The very survival of the ministry depended on his decisive, sure-handed leadership.

  • Megan Pacheco

    What's My Leadership Bias?

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | February 08, 2018

    Terms that define the word bias include prejudice, partiality, favoritism, one-sidedness, leaning and tendency.

    We all have biases. They are major factors in our decision-making. Like an invisible force operating under the radar, our biases stealthily move to shape the way we influence and lead others, yet we don’t like to admit they even exist. Unfortunately, wherever bias rules unchecked, there is chaos, dissention, hurt and distrust. When bias is recognized and consciously set aside, however, unity, trust, forgiveness and commitment will flourish.

  • Harvard and The Holy Word

    Time Tested Leadership Principles

    Blog | Craig McAndrews | February 06, 2018

    In March of 2016, The Harvard Business Review published a paper by Sunni Giles, an organizational scientist and leadership development consultant.  In the article, Giles highlighted results from a survey of 195 leaders on the topic of leadership competencies.  The article, “The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World”, highlighted what a group of leaders felt were important skills for future leaders to have to be successful.  As I read the article, I was curious as to how many of these competencies could be found in the Bible.  For thos

  • Prepare to Keep Control

    Blog | February 01, 2018

    Snow days in the South are celebrated like holidays.  We don’t get very many, but when we do, it’s the headline for weeks.  Grocery stores quickly run out of milk and bread, entire states shut down, and many of the major thoroughfares become parking lots.  As a result, we are faced with the “We are all stuck in the house and can’t go anywhere” blues.

    Control…or lack of it

  • Poor, Hungry, Desperate

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | January 25, 2018

    I did a lot of soul searching upon a recent re-entry from a mission trip to one of the poorest countries in the world – Uganda. Extreme poverty is defined as living on $1.25 or less a day. Almost one in three people in sub-Saharan Africa go hungry, far higher than any other region in the world, with the exception of South Asia. Yet, in many ways Africans are wealthier than billionaire Steve Jobs. And the peoples’ contentment has nothing do with whether or not their stomach is full. On the contrary, their satisfaction has to do with their focus and attitude toward their Creator.

  • Live Rightly and Well

    Blog | Karen McGuire | January 23, 2018

    I have heard of an unusual number of deaths recently – young and old. Family and friends scurry around to discover the best way to say who this person was to those that matter. In obituaries, tributes, conversations, people describe who this person was to them. Sometimes those memories are painful or difficult; sometimes it’s relief after a long illness or debilitating disease. Regardless, these situations are always sad on some level.

  • Abide

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | January 11, 2018

    “Now if everyone agrees to abide by these rules, we should get along just fine this year.” I smiled at the class, at the same time making sure they understood my expectations for their behavior. As one former student said, “I don’t know why some kids have a problem with Mrs. V. She tells us what she expects and she follows through.” Indeed, I made it clear I would not tolerate, abide blatant misbehavior.

    This kind of “abiding” is not often expressed these days. Yet the meaning is clear: Don’t do it! I won’t put up with it! Compliance is expected.

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