Scared of Layoffs? Take Some Advice from Jesus.

Guest Blog posting today by Executive Leadership Coach, Dr. Stephen Payne. Even with a steady job, this recession is a real test of my faith. Just how will we all get through it? I know that some of the business leaders I coach are very worried about the future of their businesses. It seems that [Read More…]

Respect the Right People

Guest post by leadership coach and author, Dr. Stephen Payne. Charlie comes walking towards me waving the Business Section of the New York Times. “Our bank is going bust,” he says. “We’re being taken over by the government bail out. The people from Treasury are in our head office already. That’s it; we’re done for.” [Read More…]

Who Would Jesus Fire?

I have to fire Todd. His leadership performance has tanked for the past few years and I’ve had enough. Plus, I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. Todd has been running one of our smaller business units – the one we never really cared about because it was so insignificant, [Read More…]

Are You Feeling Stupid At Work? I’m Here to Help.

A while ago I posted an article called, “It’s Okay to Feel Stupid Sometimes.” In it I said that sooner or later, most of us will eventually run into a situation where we are in over our heads. And for a while, we will feel stupid. Being a sympathetic and encouraging career advisor, I went even further [Read More…]

Confessions of a Mad Journalist (Part 2): Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Continued from previous post Oftentimes, my journal acted as a sounding board for my career – a personal assistant of sorts, to help me think through major issues, or grapple with risk. Sure, being an executive can be fun, you are thinking. You get to make big decisions. People respect you. You get to tell others what [Read More…]

My Charity Work is More Degrading Than Yours: Lessons in Leadership from Middle School Fellowship – Part 3

In spite of all the chaos associated with leading the middle school youth group, I have grown to love these kids. After feeling initially terrified about how to interact with them (am I cool enough? Will they think I’m a geek? Will I be too strict?), I soon loosened up and actually got to know [Read More…]