In every area of life, our mission is to SERVE. In this category, we discuss how this pertains particularly in Business or Work and how to grow a business or serve at work in greater ways.

18 10, 2017

Adversity: What It Reveals & What You Can Do When It Shows Up

By | 2017-10-11T12:13:24+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

Adversity is not a test.  Instead, it’s a revealer.  It shows you what’s inside after the fire melts the weaker parts away.  It’s what settles and remains when the storms of life pass. In speaking to reporters about this year’s football team, defensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines, Don Brown, spoke on this very issue.  He was asked how he felt about losing so many starters from last year’s team to the NFL.  One reporter asked: “How are you feeling about losing so many seniors and starters from your defense.  Are you worried about that at all?” Here was his response.  It’s so good! “I’m not concerned about that.  What I’m concerned about is what happens when adversity shows up and introduces a man to himself.” Did you catch it?  It’s subtle but profound and important for us all to pay attention to. […]

9 10, 2017

Change the world: It starts with us.

By | 2017-10-09T09:44:56+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Leadership|0 Comments

“Change the world”.  It sounds like a great idea.  But to be honest, I doubt that anything I might say or do will have any impact on it at all.  I mean, I am only one person.  In the grand scheme of things, I am a small piece of the puzzle and I am not influential or able to make much of a difference.  What good could someone as insignificant as me make in the world?  Who would even care?  What difference would it possibly make? Have you ever felt that?  Do you feel that way now? For most of us, we simply feel the defeat of insignificance when it comes to having an impact on the world or creating the change that we would like to see. But there is something inside of me that knows that this is not completely true.  There is a part of me (and I would guess that this may be in you as well) that believes that we actually CAN make a difference and create change in our world. In fact, there is a model of how this can work that has stood the test of time.  It is a way that average, ordinary, insignificant people can be used to do big things.   […]

25 09, 2017

Lead People Better: How to improve as a Leader.

By | 2017-09-27T15:09:23+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices, Leadership|0 Comments

Lead people better.  That sounds nice.  But in the real world, it is easier said than done!  People are hard to lead and it’s hard to be a leader.  But when the mission is important enough, the need for great leadership is too.  Today, we’ll look at 4 things that can help you to lead people better. But before we do that, we have to ask a question that many people struggle with when it comes to seeing themselves as a leader: “Am I a leader – even if I don’t feel like one?” It’s amazing to me how often this question (or one like it) comes up.  Here’s my answer when I hear this. It may help you determine if you are, in fact, a leader and if this conversation today is for you or not: “Do you see anyone following behind you?” If so, then you’re a leader and this is something you should read. […]

28 08, 2017

What to do when you have BIG DECISIONS to make.

By | 2017-08-28T08:16:31+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Key Relationships, Leadership|0 Comments

Big decisions are impossible to avoid.  That’s one of the things that makes being an adult especially hard. We are constantly confronted with big decisions that have far-reaching implications.  So what do we do? Is there a way of making better decisions that can help us to avoid some of the regrets and mistakes that we’ve made in the past?  Is there a way of making big decisions that would allow us to get where we want to go – even if we can’t see the way to get there. I think there is. But it’s important to remember one thing first.  If you fail to see this one thing – you’ll almost always go off course and, in the end, you’ll find that your big decisions became big mistakes that negatively affected key relationships that matter most. Here’s what it is. […]

21 08, 2017

Settling for Status Quo: How To Avoid Sheepwalking Through Life

By | 2017-08-21T08:40:39+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices, Finances & Money|0 Comments

Settling for work that you hate to do is hard on your life.  Take my dad, for example.  My dad is a very hard worker. He provided a great life for me and my family.  But he really didn’t enjoy his job.  He once described working in the automotive industry as, “mind-numbing” and saw his work as simply a means to “pay the bills and put food on the table”. He punched in, punched out, and wanted more from life but didn’t see how it would be possible with five of us crumb-snatchers at home to feed. I think he often felt stuck.  If he could go back and do it all again, I think that he would. In Seth Godin’s book, Tribes (which I highly recommend you read), he gives a definition of a person who feels like my dad once did.  I think you will recognize it and may even relate yourself.  He calls these people “sheepwalkers”. Read this definition carefully and see if this could be you or maybe someone you know. […]

16 08, 2017

Episode #007: SERVE – Work, Business & Leadership

By | 2017-08-16T07:59:22+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Podcasts, SERVE|0 Comments

Summary: Secular and Sacred Serving. Which is which?  If you work IN a church setting it’s obviously “sacred” work.  But what if you don’t?  What if you’re a plumber, or a painter, or a stay-at-home mom?  In today’s Podcast Episode, #007, we look at the disconnect that is prevalent in our world between these two competing forces – the secular and the sacred.  For many Christians, [...]

9 08, 2017

Hypocrites among us. What should our response be?

By | 2017-08-10T13:30:40+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Leadership, Spiritual Life|0 Comments

Hypocrites:  a pretender, liar, or deceiver.  Strong words.  Stronger yet are the emotions we feel when confronted with them.  What should we do?  How should we respond to people who are found to be frauds? At the writing of this article, I just finished reading about the immediate resignation of Ole Miss football coach, Hugh Freeze.  Hugh was the coach there for the past 6 years and was someone who, apparently, was deeply devoted to the Lord.  I followed him on Twitter and was always impressed with the Scripture verses he’d post and the things that he would say.  By all accounts, he seemed to be a Christian man on a mission to mold the hearts and minds of young men and not just win football games.  I loved what I saw and heard from him from a distance. But as you can probably guess, Hugh has, apparently, lost his way. At the same time, he lost His way, too. […]

7 08, 2017

My Loser List

By | 2017-08-08T07:57:35+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices, Mindset, Spiritual Life|2 Comments

Do you consider yourself a loser?  I doubt you do.  In fact, my guess is that you would emphatically say, “NO!  I am not a loser!”  If that’s true (and I agree with you, by the way, that you’re not a loser), then why aren’t you winning more in the areas of your life that matter most to you?  Why aren’t I winning more either? The answer may lie in your list. Or, as you will see, it may be your list that is lying to you. […]

21 06, 2017

How to Create a Crystal-Clear Proposition or Value Statement for your Business

By | 2017-07-31T15:31:23+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Business Principles & Best Practices|0 Comments

Creating a Proposition Statement is critical to the success of small business owners.  It lets customers or prospects know exactly why they should consider their services or help.  Yet it is one of the most under-valued and unused tools by most entrepreneurs.  Skipping this is kind of like skipping step #1.  It’s a bad idea and creates a bad foundation to build off of.  Not only that, but starting or operating a business without a crystal-clear Proposition Statement creates confusion and unclear expectations for both you and your audience. All of this, thankfully, can be avoided. But before we get to that, though, I want to give credit where credit is due.  One of my mentors (I have a few) is a guy in Nashville, Tennessee, named Michael Hyatt.  (Click on his name to find out more about him. He’s awesome!)  No matter what business you are in, you should become familiar with Michael and follow him and his team.  They have helped and guided me so much in my entrepreneurial endeavors and I know they could do the same for you.  He is the one who introduced me to what I’m about to share with you here.  It is easy to understand and can make all of the difference in the world when it comes to sharing what you do and why your audience or customers should care. So here are the 4 parts to creating a crystal-clear proposition statement for your business. […]