As humans, we seem to have an insatiable desire or need to be in control. We want to know what’s going to happen and make sure it happens the way we think is best. To say we are “control freaks” is a classic understatement. We want certainty and predictability in all things—our jobs, our families,…

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So much of modern management is built around feedback. Gurus say that people thrive on feedback. And so we give it. We call it coaching. We call it counseling. We call it correction. But does it really make things better? I suggest that it does in a very limited sense and that there’s a better…

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I bet you’ve never thought about it this way but Christmas is a great example of BAM…or, maybe BAM is a great example of Christmas. In order to bring light and redemption to the world, the Son of God left heaven and became a man. He walked among us and we beheld His glory—the glory…

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I’m from the Deep South so I grew up with a plant called Kudzu. It’s originally from Japan and was a carefully cultivated ground cover. Unfortunately, the US began to import it to stop erosion, especially along roads and rail lines. What no one foresaw is that in the humid, warm climate of the South,…

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It’s an oversimplification from a physics perspective but, essentially, a laser is nothing more than extremely focused light. Think about that. The same sun that you walk under, work under, and tan under, when focused, can fry steel. Now that’s power. People are similar. There’s very little limit to what a person can do—even with…

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I have a tendency to write blogs on the spur of the moment when things strike. Even though many of you won’t read this on Thanksgiving, that is when I wrote it so—surprise!—a blog on gratitude. This is not your usual 10 things I’m thankful for (I have a lot more than that); it’s really…

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A very common human response to change is anger. Whether it’s a personal change or organizational change…anger. Why is that? Some will ask, “Why didn’t I know sooner?” Or, “Why wasn’t I consulted?” And we think that is why they are mad. Others don’t like the new direction, decision or position. And we think that’s…

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Oh, no! Not another blog on change! Really? Really. It’s not letting up and it’s not going to. And, I’m still seeing people with dazed looks on their faces all around me. So, here are 5 tips to ground yourself in the midst of the storm: Don’t magnify the change in your mind. Keep perspective.…

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While I truly love business and especially seeking to glorify God in it, there are days that I wish I could skip. Those days usually revolve around having to make really tough decisions. And those really tough decisions usually revolve around people. Leaders have to realize that they are in their roles to serve those…

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You’d think with all the tools and technology at our disposal today that our personal productivity would be through the roof. Studies show otherwise. Oh, we’re busier than ever, we’re working more than ever, and we’re getting more “stuff” done than ever. But productivity isn’t about those things. The question is getting the right things…

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