How to win the Big Reward

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Inspiration can be found in the most unlikeliest of places. Even in this job ad. [Read more...]

Do your actions discount your leadership?

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    Day after day, week after week, I was pedal to the floor.   It was twenty-five years ago, during my second year of college, when I worked as a resident assistant in the men’s dormitory at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon.   In addition to being an R.A., I carried 19 credit hours [Read More...]

The Dangers of Steroids for Boys

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Many high school boys are involved in sports programs.  Sports can be a great vehicle to teach young men (and young women) a variety of skills and character traits that will benefit them for a lifetime.  However, in today’s competitive world many young men try to take short cuts to achieve their goals (as modeled [Read More...]

Is Choosing Not to Work Healthy?

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As I travel around during the day I often observe more and more young men standing on street corners or on freeway on-ramps holding cardboard signs asking for money.  The signs don’t appear to have any reason for requesting money other than they just want money.  The men don’t appear to be disabled or even [Read More...]

College Men: What You Need to Know About Finances

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  How do you develop a wise, skillful approach to finances? It’s not as confusing as it often seems. Basically there are six main areas about money to study and learn about. Keep these six areas in balance, and your finances will fall into place. Here are the basics: 1.      Spending By itself, money is [Read More...]

What to look for when you want a new job

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  If you haven’t already experienced angst with a job, probably you will soon, particularly in this season of cutbacks and workplace instability. Maybe you’re working at a job you’re not passionate about right now. Or at a job that seems meaningless? Or your job feels like only a stepping-stone to something else. So what [Read More...]

Who Do You Need to Thank?

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This weekend marked the 85th Academy Awards, a time of pageantry and accomplishment, and I’m reminded of when Fred Rogers (1928-2003) won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Daytime Emmys. His words shed light on the part of any awards show that’s most often rushed. The thank yous.   There was no soft-spoken sweater [Read More...]

Stop Looking So Busy

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In most work cultures, an unwritten rule exists that you need to be busy all day long—or at least you need to look busy. Be busy, busy, busy—that’s the expectation.   For instance, when I was working as a newspaper reporter, it just wouldn’t have flown in the newsroom if, during the middle of the [Read More...]


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