November 29, 2016

4 Assumptions About You and Success You want to be successful at SOMETHING You know few people who get more successful with years Your metric for success defines your destination in life Most of us have a faulty metric for success   All of Us Want to Be Successful at Something Success is achieving a desired aim or vision. Success is the coming together of intention and efficacy:  moving from our current A to a better “B” on purpose.  … Read more

November 15, 2016

  Another Angle on Trump Elect. By now you’ve had a week or so to digest the shock of the 2016 Presidential election.   Some of you are grieving, some relieved.   I am steering clear of commentary on the politics in this post and focusing on the election results as a marker of a shift in the way our culture works, a sea change that has profound implications for how you lead your team and navigate your career. If… Read more

September 12, 2016

There is a clear career and business case for an ever-expanding networking—most positions are filled, most sales contacts are found, through networks of relationship. But there may be something else in play, and it has to do with the concept of neighbors.   Being a Good Neighbor as Part of your Success Metric. Jesus summed up the human axis of relational expectation in one powerful idea: love your neighbor.   A neighbor is anyone who is near. Being a neighbor is… Read more

August 28, 2016

  Networking Defined Anticipating your next career move or business development need by constantly expanding your circle of connections and relationships. Individuals skilled at networking identify the people they need to know and put themselves in the places and circles where they will meet them.   Why Network?   Answer: 85% 85% of new jobs are found (and that means 85% of vacant positions are filled) through networking.[1] Which is why “networking” is a modern essential. And while we will get… Read more

August 24, 2016

  It’s Who You Know  “Succeeding in business is all about making connections.”             Richard Branson-Founder at Virgin Group   A Steller Example My friend, Scott, recently landed a great new job, similar role, but in a different industry. The whole thing came about through networking. A friend (networking) passed on some intel: the CEO was overheard joking about the fact that there would be a declining need for Scott’s department Scott probed internal possibilities and even auditioned for a… Read more

May 26, 2016

The “Z” Meeting Many years ago, our church leadership team braved a snowstorm (6 inches or more) and held our regularly scheduled meeting. As is so often the case, we did not necessarily have a clear goal for the meeting. And so two thirds of the way into the conversation, snow piling up outside,  one of our business guys asked, what’s the “Z” for this meeting.  Then he schooled us by explaining that “Z” is the point, the end to… Read more

May 25, 2016

  To What End? “What’s the point?”  This is a question many of us ask about work.  Politics, long hours, conflict with colleagues, financial stress,  job insecurity, they all sap our sense of purpose.   Yet even in the face of these very real challenges, Jesus offers us something more.   The Kingdom Overlay Jesus primary message when he was on earth centered on the Kingdom of God.  This Kingdom, the realm where God reigns, was accessible, accessible now as… Read more

May 24, 2016

Everybody Has an Agenda “She has an agenda.”   This phrase gets whispered around offices everywhere as intense criticism.  Yet everyone has an agenda (at least one).   As my congressman told me at lunch one day on capital hill, everyone uses their office as a platform for something.  The question is what is the something, is it worth it. Jesus And Your Ultimate Agenda. In Jesus most famous sermon (recorded in Matthew 5-7), he pitches the ultimate agenda, the… Read more

May 12, 2016

  Most of us are not sure of God’s purpose for our daily work, yet your local church can help connect the dots.  I made the case at CP800, an event where I warmed up for John Maxwell at Redeemer Presbyterian’s Upper West Side Campus in NYC.  In addition to setting up the problem, this talk includes 4 action items for church leaders and it’s less than 10 minutes long. (Video is below). To learn more, investigate our series the disconnect… Read more

May 8, 2016

    There’s a lot of buzz about collaboration these days. Whether in industry or the social sector, it seems that “working together” is in vogue. Why collaborate? What counts as collaboration? How do we know when collaboration is the right play? I’ll answer those questions in this post. For an extended conversation on the subject which was recorded right on the heals of the Super Bowl with my friends Ken Kinard of Accent Interactive and Mike Boyes of Credo… Read more

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