7 Tips to Help You Juggle Like a Pro

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Illustration of a man juggling multicolored balls

Lately I have been feeling a little like Veruca Salt from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – I want it now! I want it all! Not so much material things – I want to do it all! Things didn’t go well for the spoiled Veruca. She was sent down the garbage shoot for her “I want it now! I want it all!” attitude. Only after time marinating in trash did she make changes. Veruca’s parents are to blame for her rotten, want it all attitude! They indulged her behavior and put up with her tantrums.  The only … Read More

The Surprising Way Leaders Sabotage Their Leadership

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We often stereotype leaders as “Type A” people – aggressive, hurried types who are out to conquer their goals. They are regarded as accomplished, task-driven workaholics who rarely relax. That image contains some truth; however, not all leaders fit that profile. Some of the best leaders are leaders who may appear less driven, are more patient, and find it easier to make people the priority – “Type B” people. Regardless of your personality bent, leaders find themselves juggling an overwhelming number of responsibilities causing then to scramble to get it all done. On top of the prodigious amounts of work, … Read More

3 Ways To Be A Remarkable Chameleon-like Leader

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Ever thought of the chameleon as a role model for a successful leader? It’s true! Chameleons are fascinating creatures. Thy have the ability to switch up their color, a lightning quick tongue, and a pair of remarkable eyes! Valuable lessons can be learned from the chameleon – it doesn’t matter if you are a parent, head of a Fortune 500 company, or running a ministry. Want to be a remarkable leader? Here’s what you can learn from a chameleon: 1. The value of being able to change colors The most familiar characteristic of a chameleon is their ability to change … Read More

What Can You Learn About Leadership From a Dancer?

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Dance is something that I am quite fond of. In my college days, I would don my dancing shoes several nights a week. Aside from the salsa lessons my husband and I took a few years back, I have never had any formal training and it shows. I am a freeform dancer and not very good! While dancing is not really in my gift mix, I have a great appreciation for those that are able to skillfully perform. My husband and I have never missed a season of So You Think You Can Dance and adore seeing the Alvin Ailey … Read More

Are You An Elephant or A Hippo?

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They are everywhere! You find them at home, at work, in ministries, neighborhoods, social circles and more; people who take the lead, like you. Even if you don’t lead others, you have the responsibility of leading yourself. We need leaders. They guide us through necessary changes so that together we can reach desired destinations. And yet, not all leaders are great leaders. Some leaders are like elephants, and some are like hippos. Which kind of leader are you? Both elephants and hippos are among the largest land mammals and are considered dangerous. They are both hairless and have tusks. The … Read More

6 Reasons to Face the Delegating Dilemma

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I feel certain that my first words as a baby were “I can do it myself.” Never mind the endearing “Mom” or “Dad” that delights and tickles most new parents! If I didn’t actually speak it, I was thinking it. My independent nature showed up early and often! There are some positives to being independent. I am a self-starter, and a go-getter, and rarely lack motivation. It prompts me to learn new things, take responsibility for things and strive to accomplish things. Unfortunately, there is also a down side. Delegating does not come easy! It isn’t just the independent thing … Read More

Lessons Learned from an Exploding Band

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I like to work out. I know most people don’t, but I actually enjoy it. I especially enjoy variety – walking, circuit training, Pilates, weights, kickboxing: anything to get the muscles working and the heart revving.  After a workout, my mind is always clearer, and I feel stronger and have more energy! I had a funny moment in the middle of a challenging Pilates band workout recently. While lying flat on my back, legs and arms outstretched with the middle of the band around the arches of my feet and the ends tightly in my hands, the band suddenly split … Read More

6 Ways to Becoming a More Balanced Leader

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Balance is a tricky thing. It is about control. Balance is achieved when there is just the right tension between strength and flexibility. Muscles that are overworked are stretched their flexibility limiting the range of motion and affecting balance. Muscles that are less tight, but lack strength, also upset balance. Balance requires your entire body to work together: your brain, eyes, ears, and stabilizing muscles. It requires significant kinesthetic awareness. And when you have great balance it helps to prevent injury. Falling down can be painful – just ask a toddler learning to walk! The idea of balance applies to … Read More

Strong Leadership – It Takes Three!

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Bradley and Marvae on their wedding day

My husband and I did some non-traditional things in our wedding. For those who know us well, this is not surprising! My favorite out-of-the-ordinary thing we did was braiding three cords together as the pastor read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 which says: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, … Read More