Agreement. It’s a popular word when it comes to teamwork. It’s not automatic. Are we pulling in the same direction? Do we collaborate, build consensus? Do we trust each other? Are our relationships healthy? Most teams are accustomed to these types of questions. A vision, a purpose is shared and the team goes to work. What happens when the path toward success becomes a long and winding road? The buzz of creative tension can become distorted. That’s the test of a team. In the heat of battle, team meetings can become fertile soil for misbehaving. Patience wanes, tempers flare, and success gets lost in theRead More →

It is what gives us the strength to step over the ledge, to take a leap into the unknown despite the possibility that we may fall flat on our faces. Thomas Foster writes about our battle with this saying, “As thrilled as we are by the prospect of flying, we are also frightened at the prospect of falling.” Does our fear of falling outweigh our yearning to be able to spread our wings and fly? Faith is not about having enough data or knowledge to step out and make a decision. In fact, it seems to be the opposite. When we take a step ofRead More →

As leaders, we are constantly faced with tough decisions. Some of these decisions are life altering, (like moving, marriage, kids, new job, investing, selling, layoffs, etc), while others are simple, (what should I eat, clothes to wear, etc). However, the main point within all these decisions is the purpose behind the decision. Were your actions based on unguided ambitions or on a focused vision and sound values? In an era, where financial growth and social perception determine a company or individual’s success; many leaders are tempted and encouraged to violate their values. This violation of ethics, can and will destroy trust, create a feeling ofRead More →

Faith is a core tenet of leadership. Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. If I expect you to follow me, then I am asking you to have faith that I will lead you to a place that is safe, that is good, perhaps even much better than where you are. I’m asking for faith in what is not yet seen. I’m expecting you to take a risk. When the stakes are high, the impersonal aspects of faith tend to move to the periphery. At the heart of the matter, faith is personal. Do youRead More →

As parents, people, leaders, etc we are constantly striving to live a purposeful life. We aim to have a vision, create a plan and then get into action; however, how many of us have a vision and a plan for our daily interactions with our children? As parents, we are given the greatest gift that anyone can receive and with that, we have been entrusted with the greatest responsibility of shaping their souls. For many of us, we recognize this responsibility but are so busy with our own daily grind that we simply wing it. We go through each day without an end in mind,Read More →