Communication is the Key!

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Buckled in, I had nowhere to go. It only took a few minutes to figure out that the man sitting next to me on my flight home had a lot on his mind. He began by celebrating the fact that he was able to score a seat closer to the front of the plane – the seat that my husband gave up to fly elsewhere for business. The sharing didn’t stop. When the conversation was over, one thing was clear. The happy-go-lucky fellow was on the verge of walking away from his marriage. He was confused and had no idea … Read More

7 Tips to Help You Juggle Like a Pro

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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

7 Ways to “Go Green” in Your Leadership

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Not that long ago, “going green” would have meant being “green with envy” or perhaps a declaration that salads would be your food of choice. If you are from the South, you would be referring to a bowl of mustard and collard greens cooked to perfection! Going green today has a whole new connotation! It suggests that you drive an electric car, park in the special recharging spaces, sort your garbage and make regular trips to the recycling center. You make a concerted effort to minimize your carbon footprint and repurpose your trash. Going green is about being environmentally aware. … Read More

Which of these Four Not-So-Great Attitude Symptoms Do You Have?

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It is that Thanksgiving time of year again! People are hustling to prepare brag worthy meals. Relatives and treasured friends are frantically traveling by planes, trains, and cars to gather together. Others are relishing time off of work and the abundance of football games to watch. In all the frantic activity, it is easy to forget to be thankful – to have a heart of gratitude. How do you know when gratitude is missing? You don’t have a great attitude! Gratitude = a great attitude! Ingratitude = a not-so-great attitude Wondering if you have the ingratitude bug? Which of these … Read More

9 Ways to Get More Focused

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As the story goes, there was a preacher who made a bet with a friend that his horse would be able to walk up the stairs in his home. The preacher won the bet with ease! The real challenge was that the horse refused to make the trip back down again. No matter how hard the preacher tried to entice the horse down the stairs he would not move. In frustration, the preacher covered the horse’s head and remarkably, the horse obediently followed the preacher back down the stairs. In that moment, the clever preacher realized that restricting the horse’s … 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

Do You Have Clone Syndrome?

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God is marvelously creative. The sheer beauty all around me is an indication of that! He does not make molds and pump out duplicates. Instead, He is all about variety and uniqueness. With more than 7 billion people in the world at present, it boggles my mind that each and every person is unique and distinctly different. Taking that thought one step further, every person ever created has been a one of a kind creation. That is almost too big to wrap my brain around. The fact that we are all unique is not new news. It might even seem … 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