Are you afraid? The term “scared to death”, is more true than you realize.
There is one critical building block you need, if you want to build a good culture.
Last year, I completed a 14 day prayer challenge that has turned into an (almost) daily thing. There are three things I want to share with everyone. It’s a very effective way to improve your life, 10 minutes a day.
The pastor at my church said hurt people, hurt people. But free people, free people. I began to write down the differences between the two groups and what I found was a pretty big eye-opener, especially as it relates to leadership.
So I got some feedback on my post yesterday, about being in service to others. Not so much in comments on WordPress, but in my personal relationships. Today, I will clarify.
As a leader, there will come a day when you have to fire someone. It’s not pretty and certainly isn’t something that many people are comfortable doing. Unfortunately, I’ve had to do this several times and it never gets easier. Mostly it’s because we’re human and inherently, a lot of us want to see the good in everyone. We also don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. Yet, people underperform, everyday and people get fired, everyday. I’ll offer 5 ways to ease the process.
Jesus has haters. From before he was born, all the way to now, his haters are all around us. He reminds us that while living for him, we will experience this fate as well. Seems like a shame, but there is value in understanding that not everyone is going to like you. Read on for three specific things haters can do for you. Continue reading “3 ways ‘haters’ can help you.”
Some people spend a lot of time coming up with the perfect Thanksgiving speech or post that expresses their “thankfulness” for this or that. I think as leaders we shouldn’t fall into that trap. Time to dump the Thanksgiving speech.
In life, we often hear about “stars”. This word is often associated with people like Lebron James or Carson Wentz, rising above their circumstances and performing above and beyond what is normally expected. Or the term is reserved for people like Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Chris Pratt, whose careers and lifestyles seem so far above ours, that all we can liken them to is “stars”. But what might a “star” look like in an everyday situation?
The United States has become soft. We have issues telling the truth because we’re afraid we’ll hurt people’s feelings. We have a tendency to sugarcoat the things, because we feel the truth will crush someone’s spirit. We are relegated to telling off-color, awkward jokes, which leaves others wondering if we’re serious or not. This is almost always followed by the line “I was just playing”. Yeah right…
We also diminish the attainment of goals, by giving everyone a trophy, instead of just saying “you lost”. These facts are well documented, but I want to know, why? What the heck happened? I know one thing, it sure didn’t start in the 80’s.