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Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Blog, Life |

Are You a Generous Leader?

Are You a Generous Leader?

I came across a post on Vanderbloemen’s Insight’s blog outlining the 13 Characteristics of a Generous Leader.  Generosity, in this case, isn’t focused on money, but on other resources such as time and talent.  Here are the first six characteristics: 1. When they ask about how you or your family are doing, they actually listen to your answer. That’s the ministry of presence 2. They slow down to open the door for you so you can enter the room before them. This symbolizes their desire to put others before themselves 3. They stay late in the office to help you with your project approaching its deadline 4. They do the right thing in a situation regardless of the cost to them or their agenda 5. They have an openhandedness with their knowledge and resources 6. They are others-focused, not self-focused Are you a generous leader?  When you read this list, who comes to mind?  Which of these represents your strengths as a leader?  How can you play to those...

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Blog, Life |

While Social Media Was Sleeping

While Social Media Was Sleeping

Well, I must say I am surprised that my return to social media has been much slower than I anticipated.  Our 40-day tech fast for Lent this year turned into a 13 week hiatus from blogging.  I have picked back up activity on Twitter, though mainly related to my work at Leadership Network.  I’ve been reticent to spend much time and energy on Facebook post-Easter (I’ll share a few reasons for that later).  It will be interesting to see how my social habits and patterns shake out in the months ahead.  All in all, its been…refreshing. A few milestones, both personal and professional, were crossed during my time off.  In no particular order: I completed my first 90 days of CrossFit at CrossFit Boom. Our Rapid Growth Leadership Community came to a close. The What’s Next Leadership Community convened in San Diego. Baseball season started (again). We launched our first Social Media and Communications InnovationLab. Basketball season ended, giving way to soccer. We wrapped up our first Multisite Artist...

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Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Blog, Kingdom, Life, Technology | 4 comments

Going Off the Grid

Going Off the Grid

I don’t come from a worship tradition that places much value in liturgy.  Its not something that was even on my radar for the first 30-35 years of my life.  However, over the past few years, I have come to appreciate the opportunity liturgy and the ‘liturgical year’ offers to set a cadence or rhythm of life that is centered on the person of Jesus and the powerful acts of God.  Too often I find my life being swept along by various ‘seasons’ that have little or nothing to do with God.  At best I become inattentive to the importance of centering all of life on things that matter, things that last forever. While I am far from being an accomplished liturgist (not sure that’s really a word), I have dabbled a bit.  We’ve done some things the past two years to engage our family in activities and conversations during Advent, and I have journeyed along with a few friends and Anglican brethren through the season of Lent on...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Life | 2 comments

Take a Wider View of Things

Take a Wider View of Things

This morning I was working in my office, sifting through emails and papers from the day before, trying to get a handle on the hours ahead.  As it often happens during our roller coaster temperatures through the late Texas ‘winters’, my nose was off and running.  With a narrow field of vision before me (my laptop screen and the immediate periphery) I assessed that a trip to the laundry room was needed to fetch a fresh box of tissues.  Upon returning to the office, I looked up and realized that, not three feet from where I was sitting before, sat a full box of Kleenex.  Just by taking on a new perspective, by widening my view of things, I immediately saw that the solution to my problem had been within arms length all along. I began to think about my work with teams and how important perspective is.  Too often we take a narrow view of our situations and circumstances (the Heath brothers refer to it as ‘narrow framing’)...

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Blog, Life, Small Group Resources |

When Faith Intersects with Our Careers

When Faith Intersects with Our Careers

A few months ago, I had the privilege of hearing J. D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina, speak about making work Christian. Unfortunately when most Christians think of trying to combine their faith and their careers, they assume they must work for a Christian company, a non-profit, or—at the very least—a company with a not-so-subtle Christianese name (e.g., a coffee shop called "He Brews"). Or, if they can't seem to find a job at the right kind of company, many assume that combining their faith and careers requires sharing their faith in very direct, even awkward, ways. But Greear set the record straight. One fact that he shared completely blew me away. Pointing to Acts, he stated that of the three great church planting centers in the ancient world (Antioch, Alexandria, and Rome), not one was founded by an apostle. Rather, the gospel was spread the furthest by ordinary business people on the coattails of commerce. Instead of specially trained missionaries telling people about Jesus,...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Blog, Life |

CrossFit Update – One Month In

CrossFit Update – One Month In

Last week marked the end of my first month as a ‘crossfitter’.  If you recall (or even care), I decided to  dive in for 3 months to see if CF could revive my waning exercise regimen.  But even more significant for me, I wanted to see if this style of workout could provide a base of fitness that I could carry much later into my life.  I want to be healthy and active as my kids get older, and would like to remain so as they begin to have kids of their own. One of the things I realized going in was that CrossFit is a very polarizing topic.  People seem to be fiercely devoted to it, or fiercely opposed to it.  I’ve read several articles and posts over the past few weeks and have talked with friends who have joined boxes.  I understand (most of) the arguments on either side, and certainly value the variety of viewpoints involved.  But I still feel that my own experience will be...

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