You can’t win by accident.

IMG_0415Being a winner is such an “on purpose” thing.  It’s a habit and a mindset.   Winning takes practice, persistence, faith and focus.  It’s not going to happen by accident. There are many people out here working very hard to ensure you don’t have accidental success.

That’s why things worth having are hard to attain.  You don’t accidentally come in first place.  People don’t accidentally complete the project.  Teams don’t accidentally win championships.  These things take concentrated effort and sacrifice.

As a boss in the middle, you have to remember that no one is going to give you anything.  You need to go hard.  You need to go wisely.

You can only trust God 100%, so keep Him first!

One thing I really love about God

IMG_0403There are a lot of things I love about God.  He’s real, He created everything, He never changes, He’s mysteriously on time, He’s always right, He’s always got our back, He forgives us everytime, etc…  I’m not even scratching the surface of all the things God does for us.  Our tiny human brains can’t encompass all of His glory.  There’s one thing I especially love about God, that we as “bosses in the middle” need to remember when making decisions.

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Hating Christians

IMG_0401Some people say that if you don’t have haters, you’re not doing it right. That statement is very true for me, as a leader trying to uphold Christian values in a secular profession. For some reason, there are people that don’t like me and I believe it is because I am a Christian. Along with being a Christian comes certain stereotypes. Among them are we all hate gay people, we’re hypocrites and we believe in a fairy tales. We are irrational and judgmental. These are just a few off the top of my head and they are far from the truth.
When people believe stereotypes about a certain group or culture, it dictates their interactions with that group. This isn’t fair, but that’s life. So what do we do?

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Stop failure before it happens.

IMG_0396As bosses in the middle, we believe that everyone can do their very best, every day. Part of that belief encompasses another belief, that every issue has a solution. Even though these two things are true, from time to time, we fail. Why? We believe that it’s because people aren’t thinking critically in crucial situations. Every incident investigation I have ever done into a system failure, has some form of human error factored in. Most of the time, it’s communication or the lack of communication. We can’t predict every possible scenario that may happen during a project, but we can teach people how to think through these issues. By empowering our teams and setting expectations, we believe we can get to the core of setbacks before they happen.

We believe this is accomplished through full engagement in the task, while remaining aware of potential obstacles.

I’ll offer 3 things that we as leaders must tell our teams, in order to set the expectation and influence the type of behavior we want to see.

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Setting expectations for high levels of performance.

IMG_0371Some have said, “keep your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed”.  I think that’s poor advice somebody read on a t-shirt.  As a leader, you must set expectations and yes, they may need to be set high.  It’s a critical part of influencing teams to high levels of performance and accomplishing tough goals.  You can set high expectations, as long as you do it properly.

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Seeking Topics

imageI’m seeking topics.  If you have a question about something relating to managing yourself “in the middle” of this crazy world, drop me a line in the comments or shoot me an email at bossinthemiddle@gmail.com.

I’ve got experience to offer in life, love, leadership, marriage, parenthood, sex, work, business, writing tips, etc…

If I don’t know the answer, I won’t pretend I do.  I may have to do some research and get back to you, but that will only help me grow.  So please, ask anything.

I use the Holy Bible as my base.  Hopefully, the content of this website can help people become the best godly version of themselves.  It’s already helping me be honest in areas that were once hidden and broaden my bible study in order to provide helpful content.

I truly pray that this will bless many lives.  No topic is off limits.

More to come soon on that…

Thanks to all of you who have supported me and provided feedback.  Keep it coming!

What are you sharpening?

img_0347Proverbs 27:17 states that as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Sharpening others requires us to use our influence. With this influence comes great responsibility. We should always be aware of what we are sharpening.

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When do you stop trusting God?

img_0345When do you stop trusting God?  That was a question posed to my group in a recent bible study. Most people in the group thought about dark times in their life. Times when they were at a real low. A loved on may have died, they lost an important job, their family was actively dysfunctional or some other unfortunate event shook their faith. My answer was different. I never had the experience of not trusting God in bad times. I never blamed God for my problems. I stop trusting God, when things are really good.

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You are a “boss in the middle”. Free will says so.

img_0340It’s common knowledge that we have free will.  God gave us this so we’d be free to genuinely love Him.  He states in Mark 8: 34-35 that, if we want true life, we need to drop our own desires in order to follow Him and support His kingdom.  By extension, He is also saying, you have a choice!

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