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

April 19, 2016

So if your pastor (or a pastor) could open up and share what he/she really feels when it comes to the subject of work, particularly his/her work, what would he or she say? In my last post, I shared 16 points that business people shared when asked, “How could your pastor understand your life at work better?” At the same gathering we asked the pastors present to break off in to their own sub-group and answer their own version of the question; “How… Read more

April 17, 2016

Recently I convened a group of pastors and business leaders with one aim:  to better understand the other.  After a good breakfast and introductions, we broke into 2 groups and the business types answered the following question: “What would you like your pastor to understand about your life at work?” The Raw Data:   Here are 16 points that capture the themes from the business side of the discussion. It would help us if you’d be more intentional about bringing business… Read more

April 12, 2016

    Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)[1] is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in—and alternately take control of—an individual. DID sounds like the way many of us work—we are one person on the job and another at home / church. (Not to take away from those who suffer from DID as a debilitating mental illness.) Forging two distinct identities is a symptom of the vocational divide—a compartmentalized approach to work that… Read more

April 6, 2016

Why is it that simply thinking our way through problems doesn’t produce lasting change?  What hidden force lies below the surface in the people we are trying to work with, the force that seems to block real connection, communication and collaboration?   Thinking Entrepreneurs Today, I had the privilege of joining 50+ entrepreneurs, business people, and pastor-types at Fivestone in Midtown Manhattan for a lunch and lecture. James K. A. Smith led us into some deep thinking about the force under the… Read more

March 27, 2016

  Sunday was Easter, arguably the most significant annual event for Christians worldwide.  James Martin’s The Challenge of Easter from the March 26, Wall Street Journal, does an excellent job explaining why.   Here in this post, I will connect this ultimate of Sundays with your Monday reality. God, the Worker Work is the exertion of energy to employ some kind of resource to change reality. Hammering a nail to fasten two boards together, qualifies. Using market data to drive a… Read more

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