Resisting the Tyranny of Algorithms in the New Year

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. Thirteenth century Sufi mystic and poet Jalaluddin Rumi once said, “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” Among Steve Jobs’s many entrepreneurial insights was a perspicacious observation that creativity emerges out of a synthesis [Read More…]

Business Travel: When to Bring the Kids and When to Leave Them Home

A little while ago, my faith-and-work-movement colleague Jeff Haanen of the Denver Institute published a great post on his personal blog called “Business Travel Have You Exhausted? Bring a Kid.” It contains good advice on how bringing along a kid on a business trip can actually help you see the world through new eyes, avoid [Read More…]

Paul Behaving Badly: Of Paradoxes, Jerks, Infallible Scriptures, and Grace

This post is a participation in a Patheos Book Club on the book Paul Behaving Badly. A few years ago, a friend gave me a little book called Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien. I loved it. So, okay, I have been to seminary, so I knew some of the things [Read More…]

Why time management is killing us

This is the most life-changing thing I’ve read in the past bit. Instead of TL:DR (too long, don’t read): long and important, and read every word. Slowly. If all this increased efficiency brings none of the benefits it was supposed to bring, what should we be doing instead? At Take Back Your Time, the consensus [Read More…]

Taking a detour off the career path to live Jesuit values

A bit late to the party with noticing this (file that under “need better work-life rhythm,” or maybe under “productivity isn’t everything and may in fact be illusory.”)  Anyway, great article about six kids trying to figure out life, work, the universe, and everything: Hope for the future arrives in the capital on the fourth [Read More…]

Why You Need to Stop Doing Your Work in Bed

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. There was an interesting article by Sue Shellenbarger in The Wall Street Journal last year about the increasing amount of work being performed in bed. It has a lot to say about several things, including the increasingly international nature of even small [Read More…]