Why Being Lazy is Sometimes the Best Thing for Your Business

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. Socrates said, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” I’m a lazy guy.  I like staring at walls.  I like reverie.  I’m off for a two-week vacation in Santa Fe next week. I’m looking forward to it, but I’m also trying not [Read More…]

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The Business Crisis Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Are Ignoring

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. American entrepreneurship may well be dying a slow and ignominious death. Last year, Leigh Buchanan, editor-at-large of Inc. Magazine, in an article titled “American Entrepreneurship Is Actually Vanishing,” quoted John Dearie, EVP for Policy at the Financial Services Forum as saying:  “New [Read More…]

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The Conundrum of Introversion and Leadership

  By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. In her book Killosophy, poet and aphorist Criss Jami says, “Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to hell.” I’m an introvert.  I like to write.  I like to read.  I like to [Read More…]

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The innovation of the early American church

Although it is commonplace today for Christians to create organizations that tackle social problems, that approach was an innovation in the American Protestant church, says one of the nation’s top church historians. This post is reprinted from Faith & Leadership. The American Protestant church’s great innovation was its voluntary organization, but organization alone did not [Read More…]

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Why the Path to Business Success Should Include a Nice Nap

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. In the first century AD, Roman poet Ovid wrote the following:  “There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.” I’ve always been a closet napper.  Yup.  But, not wanting to be judged [Read More…]

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“What if I told you the boundaries are wrong?” #AU2016

So, I’m here at Acton University in beautiful downtown Grand Rapids (I’m actually not kidding; the river is really pretty and I enjoyed walking along it last night) in a room full of several thousand traditional Catholics and evangelicals all concerned with economics and politics.  How exactly does a nice Episcopal priest and English major [Read More…]

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