Five Steps to a Fresh START

Our God is the God of second chances and fresh starts. Pastor, as you head into 2022, you may be ready to let go of a dream or a vision that God has given you. But don’t give up, because the year ahead is another opportunity to pursue the dream God has given you. God’s […]

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4 Truths for Overcoming Goal-Setting Resistance

It’s that time of year again. It seems like everyone is talking about their goals, New Year’s resolutions, or how things will be different next year. But maybe you’re an outlier. Maybe you feel resistance toward that and, at the most, are only mildly intrigued. It can be natural to feel skeptical, especially if you’ve […]

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10 Core Values For Education

In this month’s “revisit” posts, I wanted to reshare this post from 2018 titled, “10 Core Values for Education.” This is one of my favorite posts I have written because it came to me so quickly. I read something about Zappo’s “core values” and immediately asked, “How could this apply to the work we do […]

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2 Actions to Avoid When Creating Compelling Goals

We all have dreams for a better future—from improving our health to taking up new hobbies, saving up for a big purchase, or traveling to new destinations. To turn those dreams into realities, we set goals. Unfortunately, most people struggle to set goals. There are several reasons for this, but high on that list is a […]

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3 Leadership Lessons from Santa Claus

Leadership Lessons from Saint Nick All year long he’s preparing for a single night. Of course, he doesn’t do it alone. His faithful wife is by his side, a full partner in making Christmas a success. And the industrious elves are at work, focused, skilled, determined to meet the imposing deadlines. Oh yes, we can’t […]

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How to Stop Fear from Taking Over Your Organization

Beyond Fear Fear can grip individuals and organizations. I have seen companies with fear-based cultures and its dangerous impact. Two experts on business transformations, Gaurav Bhatnagar and Mark Minukas, have written Unfear: Transform your Organization to Create Breakthrough Performance and Wellbeing. It shows you how to reframe your relationship with fear and anxiety to unlock […]

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4 Ways To Not Let Others Dim Your Light

Today’s “revisit” post, originally shared in 2017,  was written at a time when I can honestly say I was struggling with my own self-doubt.  I will say that I can be especially hard on myself often, which can often lead to success in many areas.  But there is a difference between holding yourself to high […]

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Preparing for Your First Sermon Series of the New Year

Once your Christmas services are completed, you’ll likely be ready for some time off before the new year begins. And since it’s been an eventful year in ministry, you’ll need this time to recharge, relax, and soak in the holidays with your loved ones. But don’t forget about making plans for the beginning of 2022. […]

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Michael’s Lessons From a Failed Sabbatical

You’re in a period of transition. Things are changing. You’re trying new things but haven’t yet found clarity. You’re struggling to figure out how to make your greatest contribution. How do you find a way forward when things are up in the air? 

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Why Wellbeing Matters to Leaders

This is guest post by Karen J. Hewitt. Karen has spent the last decade creating leadership movements for health, safety and wellbeing that save lives and boost business performance. Her book People Power: Transform your Business in the Era of Safety and Wellbeing is out now. Leadership Health Imagine this scenario. You are part of the […]

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