North Korea and Kim Jong-un: Why Insecure Leaders Concern Me

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To be honest, I've been sort of ignoring the whole North Korea thing, thinking it's just another dictator flailing about for attention. But then he does have nuclear weapons and he seems to be firing up his reactors again.And I will be flying in and out of Tokyo a couple of times in the next few weeks. That's awfully close to North Korea now that I think about it.Aside from the potential for having my travel plans disturbed, here's what concerns me most about Kim Jong-un and his … [Read more...]

How to Delegate Like a Pro

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It's hard for me to delegate because it's hard for me to let go.As a parent, it's easier for me to just do something than to give my kids a shot at it. As a leader, it's more comfortable for me to hold on to a task I know I can do well, than to delegate it to someone else.Come to think of it, learning to delegate effectively is a walk of faith. [ See my post The Secret to Living by Faith ] So I guess it's appropriate that we talk about it here at FaithWalkers. Lessons from Jethro I … [Read more...]

12 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask: Guest Post with Catalyst

Congratulations! You made it! You're the new leader. Now what?I know you're supposed to always look like you know what you're doing but -- truth be told -- new leaders often don't even know where to start. They drift around for a month or so, smiling a lot, ordering new stationery while they act as if they've got it covered.I came across this all-too-familiar scenario recently while coaching a young executive at a non-profit. He had been moved unexpectedly....Read the rest of 12 … [Read more...]

When All You Can Do Is Trust

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A recent airplane flight reminded me that there are times in life when all you can do is trust. They happen much more than we might think, these life moments that require faith from us.My reminder came with a brief airplane ride, one of those where it takes you longer to drive to the airport than it does to fly to your destination. Because the flight was short, the plane was small. Kind of like a can turned sideways with jet engines attached. And a few vinyl seats tossed in to fool you into … [Read more...]

Failure: How to Bounce Back from Your Next One

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Failure. You are planning to experience it again aren't you?Some years ago I added this line to my life mission statement: "Embrace failure as the only path to success." [ Tweet this! ] I've had to remind myself of it far too often of late.How to Bounce Back A recent failure reminded me of a family scene from a few years ago. We were vacationing in sunny Charleston, SC. It was our kids' first experience with ocean surf. At the time, they were toddlers who had trouble walking on solid … [Read more...]

3 Ways to End Frustration and Find New Direction

Ever feel like you’ve been beating your head against a brick wall? Are you frustrated with where life has left you? You don’t have to settle for that feeling. You can end your frustration and find a new direction. It’s easier than you might think. Take it from someone who knew about frustration – Helen Keller.Helen lost her sight and hearing before she could talk. Her early childhood was filled with extreme anger and frustration as she failed to grasp that words even existed. Beating her head … [Read more...]

Drones and Rand Paul’s Filibuster: A Lesson from Exodus

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The Biblical book of Exodus may not be the first place you'd think to find wisdom for harnessing modern technology, but I think Rand Paul's filibuster over drone use finds some support there.This week, Senator Rand Paul (KY-R) initiated a talking filibuster -- a rare event in these days of virtual filibusters -- to protest what he sees as the Obama Administration's lack of a transparent policy regarding when drones may be used to kill American citizens without due process of law as … [Read more...]

How to Focus on God Each and Every Morning

At a recent Bible study I attended, one man shared that he really struggled to get focused on God on Saturday mornings when his family schedule is so different that day. As a father of six, I could relate to that. Maybe you can, too.But Saturday isn't the only day it can be tough. Each and every morning brings its own challenges. As Jesus said, "Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:34) So how can you quickly and easily get your heart where it needs to be before work and … [Read more...]


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