Are You Supposed to Know ‘God’s Will’ for your Job?

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The other day my friend asked a rather blunt and personal question: “Do you think it is God’s will for you to be at the company you’re with right now?” What I wanted to say was, “Well, duh. I’m working there, aren’t I?” In other words, how else could I have possibly ended up in [Read More...]

Feeling Beat Up at Work? Three Great Ways to Manage Yourself Through the Stress

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A friend confided that, lately, he goes home from work every day feeling like a failure. He is in charge of a sales organization that has been slipping ever since he took over a few months ago. The pressure from upper management is tremendous. It seems like everything is stacked against him – the tough [Read More...]

You Can’t Compete with Grace

I recently attended a Strategy conference featuring some fancy Harvard Business School professors at a swanky California seaside hotel. During one of the luncheons, I struck up a conversation with the gentleman seated next to me, a sturdy-looking man who worked for a large charity organization in the Midwest. The word “Grace” was prominently emblazoned [Read More...]

Got the Job, But Not the Dream. Now What?

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After two years of unemployment, my friend Mark finally landed a sales job. It’s not exactly what he had in mind as a seasoned management professional, age 52, but after dozens of leads and rejections, this appeared to be the only game in town. I usually run into Mark when I hit the local Starbucks before [Read More...]

The Next Big Breakthrough Business Idea: Be Nice!

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A colleague was telling me about an epic deal he was working on, involving dozens of high-powered lawyers and bankers. “It was incredibly intense,” he said. “We had a huge conference area set up like a war room, with each party’s representatives lined up on either side of the table. For five days, we worked [Read More...]

How to Not Suck as a Leader

So much has been written on the subject of leadership over the past thirty years that sometimes I honestly wonder if there is anything left to say. Popular authors and motivational gurus have found so many clever ways to slice and dice and list and repackage their critical leadership advice that I am just about [Read More...]


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