Sometimes my daughter gets confused. This world is a crazy place to live in and try to understand. The more you try to explain it the more you understand why little ones get confused. For instance, sometimes you take your child to the doctor because they are sick. They don’t feel good and need help, … More None of Us Avoid the Knife
I get to work with a lot of stellar staff and volunteer leaders who oversee incredible teams. None of these teams are perfect – but many of them have qualities, which set them apart and make them an ideal team environment. Whether you are a leader building a new team, a fresh leader working with … More The Most Meaningful Part of Any Team
Great players win MVP awards. Great teams win championships. Those two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive, but it is important to understand the power of synergy on a team. Unfortunately we grow up placing greater value and focus on becoming an MVP. We imagine ourselves out on the field hitting the game winning … More Collaboration is King
I have a friend whose journey over the last few months has been especially difficult. As we talk about the pain of loss and disappointment I’ve been reminded that our pain in this life is not void of purpose. Now that fact is about as helpful as a band-aide for a broken bone in the moment … More The Purpose of Your Pain
I might be a sucker for punishment. You see I love my job, but there are certain weekends that rise to the top for me. Generally those are days that are packed with activity; full of moments where our team looks at each other and we think, “can we do this?” My response? Bring. It. … More 3 Ways to Keep Your Team Flexible
Have you ever had a leaky Starbucks cup? It is the worst. You finally get to the front of the line, get your java in hand and then notice with every sip a little bit of coffee landing on your shirt. Perhaps this is a rare occasion for you, but for me it is almost … More 6 Things that Leak in Your Leadership
Our family has some pretty consistent traditions around the holiday season. On those special days everyone ends up at our house in the morning. An overflow of coffee is a requirement to start out the day. There is always a huge meal that seems like it could feed 5x the people in our house. The … More Church is Like a Holiday Dinner
I’ll go ahead and start out with a confession – I stink at resting. Working hard feels native to me, but resting is something I really have to focus on if I am going to make it happen. Don’t get me wrong; I love the idea of rest. It sounds like a wonderful concept. When you … More Why Can’t I Rest?
Have you ever been somewhere beautiful and instead of simply taking it all in you pull out your phone to “capture the moment?” Far too often we allow ourselves to be distracted from the main thing. This week I shared some thoughts with our volunteer teams on the idea of perspective. Listen in on this brief … More Volunteering – Do You Have the Right Perspective?