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  • When it Comes to Your Career or Calling, it’s Never Too Late

    Here’s more proof that you should never give up on your dreams… Just in case you ever wonder (as I sometimes do) that your best work is behind you, here’s an encouraging message from The New England Journal of Medicine: An extensive study in the U.S.A found that the most productive age in human life […]

  • As a Christian in business, the numbers still matter

    I was reading this article on My Christian Daily recently by church consultant and former Lifeway CEO, Thom Rainer, which, as a businessperson and not a ministry leader, really spoke to me. Thom refers to the importance of numbers and why churches need to keep a close eye on their numbers – both their revenue […]

  • Changing Your Outcome Might Just Change Your Life

    Are you ready for change? Your career, your relationships and even the small details of your life like where you live and what you drive can all be influenced for better or worse by one simple thing: your response. Like the Pavlovian dog, we’ve all been conditioned for response. A text blip. An email ding. […]

  • Leaders: The Window for Change Is Closing

    If you’re a leader, you know just how hard it is to get people to change. There’s a joke in Baptist circles that if you want to plant a new church, just change the color of the carpet, and half the church will split off and start a new one. I wrote my book Jolt! […]

  • Is your opportunity actually right in front of you?

    Many people are amazed by those who are successful in business. Many treat it like it is a science, or there is a secret code that has to be unlocked with a special key – which is only reserved for a select few. I have watched interviews on Youtube with business people, where the interviewer […]

  • The Leadership Lessons from Joe Biden and Afghanistan

    The documentation of President Biden’s decisions surrounding the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan are now legion. But aside from the tragic results those decisions have created, it’s worth looking at what leaders could learn from this debacle. In coming years, we’ll have a chance to see much deeper into this situation and how much it tarnishes […]

  • How To Lead When Your Team is Smarter Than You

    On numerous projects during my career, the stakes have been high. Once I directed a short film for Dentsu Advertising in Tokyo – at that time the largest advertising agency in the world. Another project was directing an expensive music video that launched a pop album with Universal Music Group. Then there was an live, […]

  • This Is The Moment To Reinvent Yourself, Your Organization, and Your Career

    Years ago I wrote a book called “Jolt! Get The Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing.” I wrote it to help people cope with the accelerating change that I saw coming in the culture. One thing I discovered during my research was that for most people, “change” is one of the most difficult challenges […]

  • Leaders: Stop Requiring Your Personal Approval For Everything

    Leaders: Do you trust your team? I’m amazed at the number of projects, presentations, initiatives and other aspects of business and ministry that the top leader requires their personal approval on before the team can move forward. I understand that need in the beginning. Perhaps you’re launching a new social media campaign, podcast, product, logo, […]

  • Even The Greatest Leaders Can Be Victims Of Timing

    Watching the draft process for professional sports, you realize pretty quickly that the best college players in the country regularly get selected to pretty poor teams. Even veteran players must adapt to changing personnel as teams shift their roster from year to year. As a result, no matter how great a quarterback may be, he […]

  • How to Deal With the Whingers On Your Team

    Most creative teams are going to have at least one member who’s a whiner. Whiner’s focus on the negative, and thrive on complaining – often about the most insignificant things you can imagine. According to the Wall Street Journal, research indicates that productivity can be damaged by working alongside a chronic complainer. Exposure to non-stop […]

  • Where Are The Churchills Today? The Pandemic and Crisis Leadership

    The other night I watched a fascinating documentary about the relationship between Winston Churchill and film producer Alexander Korda. During the challenging days of World War II, Churchill launched an international effort to use filmmaking to inspire and persuade the United States to join the allied cause against Hitler.  Then the next morning, before boarding […]

  • Your New Year’s resolution: vow to be a decision-maker

    I am always surprised each new year how people will randomly say how the next year is going to be better than one before, or the ones previous to it. My immediate thought is, why? Why does one year automatically get better than the previous one if you’ve not really done anything different this year […]

  • The 10 ways that you can be a better leader

    I want to be the best leader I can be. I know I’m not there yet, and I still have much room to grow. So, as I write this post, I write as a student more than a teacher. Here are some steps I’m taking to improve as a leader in 2020. 1. Develop a […]