December 27, 2018

10 Questions that will make your work better in 2019. Tis the season of year-end evaluation.  You may be thinking of New Year’s resolutions like getting in shape, drinking less, or being more present.  Great ideas and I ask “what about work?” You will likely spend 2,500 hours at work in 2019.  That’s just about as many hours as you’ll spend sleeping.  Use these questions to evaluate your 2018 and build a happy New Year at work in 2019   How… Read more

October 24, 2018

Many of my friends, from their teens to their fifties, are still wrestling with the question: “What do I want to be when I grow up.”   There are a host of reasons for our collective angst about what type of work we should pursue. Alternatives: we are bombarded with teasers about different careers and approaches to work. Facebook, Indeed, and the Muse all feed FOMO (fear of missing out) when it comes to our careers. Disruption: technological and global economic forces… Read more

October 17, 2018

 “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This is the questions adults use to torment little children. What did you want to be when you grew up? I had a number of answers to that question:  Train engineer, fighter pilot, doctor, film director, and rock star are all on the list I remember. What if we changed the question? What if we replaced the word want, with a different concept? What if we asked:   What am I… Read more

February 21, 2018

It has been two weeks plus, but my friends in Philadelphia are still glowing. I am too. As a native of the Philly region, I was exctactic to see the Eagles topple the favored Patriots. The Eagles’ victory shines the spotlight on their team culture, a culture that is led by men who are explicit about their Christian faith. So, after some disclaimers, I’ll share how the Eagles are role models for all of us on the job. As a… Read more

January 29, 2018

  Everyone I know is overwhelmed. Their to-do list, their inbox, their social feed, their text messaging app—all overflowing with the unanswered. To cope, all of us have become content with a certain amount of ignored communications. We embrace task neglect to survive, so we officially are never done.  The “never done” status leaves us oppressed with a nagging sense that we’re irresponsible. While endemic of most spheres of life, task neglect is an epidemic at work. The mouths all around us… Read more

January 22, 2018

  Do you want more? More time, more effectiveness, more money, more meaning in your work, more advancement, more growth, more recognition? I would imagine something on that list appeals to you. We are always looking for more, at least I am. I am the type who likes more. More clients, more impact, more income, more travel, more memories. I even pray for more. More clarity, more discipline, more opportunities.   But this year I’m praying for less.   Health… Read more

September 27, 2017

  Harvard Business Review recently published a piece on the “epidemic of loneliness at work.” It’s very well done and leans on a number of statistics to prove that everyone on the org chart, from the CEO down, is feeling isolated and disconnected on the job.  Why is this the case and what can be done?   Driven Apart The work culture of today is much different than the one my father labored in a generation ago–he worked for the same… Read more

July 25, 2017

Why is so easy to forget God when we are at work? My friends, many of whom have a deep appreciation for God’s kindness to them and a deep desire to steward their influence and resources, find it incredibly easy to forget about God when they are immersed in their work. I’ve had three careers: business, pastoring, and nonprofit leadership.   Even in church or a Christian non-profit, you can say a prayer and then flip into work mode where the way… Read more

July 16, 2017

(Pic: http://www.salon.com/2011/09/29/american_secularism/) Why is your secular job so secular? Why does work feel like a space where God is absent? Why does the workplace seem like an alternative universe to the church service you left on Sunday? Over the next several posts, I will explore these questions and how to respond. I’m deeply indebted to Dr. James K. A. Smith of Calvin College—both for his book How Not To Be Secular and for a lecture, he did in Manhattan on… Read more

May 6, 2017

Talking to yourself is perfectly normal on the streets of the city, but it when it comes to finding and following your calling, more voices are needed.   You’re Wonderful, but… Have you ever been wrong? I know it is hard to admit. But here in the private headspace where you’re reading this blog, perhaps it’s safe enough to acknowledge that listening to your inner voice doesn’t always turn out so well. One of the things I enjoy about living… Read more

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