I really want to be excellent at whatever I do. The problem is I rarely feel excellent. Maybe you can relate. It feels like there is a gap between what I bring to the table and what I wish I brought to the table. Anyone with me? Over the course of time I have realized … More Aim for Excellence
Every growing organization experiences change. In truth change is one of the most consistent things in our life – people change, preferences change, culture changes – if you can name it, it can change. Change can often be polarizing in nature. Our view of change is informed by our perspective. For some change will feel … More How Do You Approach Change?
You and I have a mission. The machine serves the mission. You and I do not serve the machine. Those 3 statements might seem obvious to you. On paper they are obvious to all of us. However over time the systems, processes and machines we build to facilitate our mission can subtly take over. It … More Mission over Machine
Have you ever interacted with someone and realized that they were unable to relate to you? Unable might be too strong of a word…they just didn’t want to do the work to relate. I was reminded of the importance of empathy last week during a trip back home from Nashville. Weather caused a decent delay … More 6 Ways to Develop Empathy
Most of us want to make a difference. We are eager to find places and positions where we can have a positive impact on our world. Because we live in a world of constant information and access it can feel like finding your “spot” can be a bit like the proverbial search for a needle … More How Do I Know Where to Serve?
Things rarely go according to plan. For most of us that isn’t a big deal, but for the perfectionists among us it is a tough pill to swallow. We would love to experience the perfect team dynamic, the perfect family environment at home, the perfect church…but you and I know the reality of these things … More Being Present > Being Perfect
Can we have a moment of honesty? There are certain people that are a struggle for me. The vast majority people I find to be enjoyable and easy to connect with. Every now and then I find a person who I would rather dodge. While I gravitate towards many people, there are those handful of … More Dealing with a Difficult Person
I’ve recently become a commuter and I’m quickly discovering the part of commuting that is most frustrating to me. I’m sure each of us have parts of our daily drive that tend to frustrate – and perhaps my point of tension is different than yours. I really get frustrated by on-ramps and off-ramps. These mini-little … More The 2 Speeds of Life
It’s nice to feel like an insider. Each of us wants to belong, to feel like we are part of something we value. We want to have insider info, unique access or special privileges. This desire is not a bad thing. In fact, in the context of a team, I want people to feel like … More Entitlement and the struggle for Humility
It is a special week in the Atlanta area. While my fellow UGA and Falcons fans find themselves whispering another, “maybe next year” there is a buzz in our city because of Atlanta United. In just a few days United will host (and hopefully bring home) the MLS Cup. Atlanta and its fans are hungry … More Belonging, Bandwagon Fandom and a Thief on a Cross