GO FORWARD BY GOING BACKWARD

In times of rapid, unplanned, or intense change, there’s a powerful but counterintuitive way to maximize your impact—go backward. What? Well, not technically backward but back. Go back to your purpose. What is your personal purpose? Why do you think you were put on this planet? And what is your team/company’s purpose? In what way…

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I learned a new term today; it’s called an “email storm.” Here’s how it happens. You want to send an email announcing a promotion, welcome a new colleague to your team, etc. What happens next is the “storm.” In addition to including the recipient’s name in the “To:” section, you also include a mail group…

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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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So, it’s resolution time and I sure don’t want to miss out. So here are 6 that I recommend to all of you for a great 2020… Read and memorize Scripture. Nothing changes you from the inside out more than filling your heart and mind with the truth of God’s Word. Practice thankfulness. Nothing displaces…

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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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