Working Hard

Jeff was the new CEO of a chain of jewelry stores. As he reviewed the results of each branch with his executive team he became puzzled. The company’s best performing store had become the worst! When Jeff asked why, he was told, “Oh, that’s Tim’s store. He was our best operator until he found the Lord.” When Jeff met Tim [...]

February 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Working Hard

Under Appreciated Bosses

Jim is one employer I admire. Not only is Jim a hard worker, but he also cares deeply for each employee of his technology company. When one of their key employees tragically took his own life, Jim called in me and some counselors to pray and care for his employees. He also cares for each person’s professional and spiritual life. [...]

February 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Under Appreciated Bosses

A Lazy Hunter

Hunting was not my thing, but as a teenager some friends invited me to go deer hunting. Upon arrival they pointed me towards a tree and told me to climb the tree and wait for a deer. I tried to climb the tree with my rifle, but, out of frustration and laziness, I finally left my gun at the base [...]

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Diligence to the End

A friend of mine once told me that he believed that the biggest return on an activity usually comes from the last 5% of effort. Being diligent to the end produces a great reward. It’s like digging a well. You dig and dig until you want to give up, but if you diligently continue you eventually hit the spring of [...]

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Passing on Power

Early in our nation, our Congressmen and Senator’s tenure averaged approximately 4 years. According to a Congressional Research Service report, tenure more recently, however, has increased to 10 years with multiple members of Congress serving more than 40 years! Power can become harmful to the nation and to the individual. Today’s a good day to reflect on leaders like President [...]

February 19th, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Passing on Power

Desires of the Diligent

As a young boy I saw a baseball glove in a catalog that I desperately desired. But I didn’t have any money. Then I learned I could earn the same baseball glove if I sold boxes of Christmas cards. The number of boxes I needed to sell seemed attainable in the beginning, but it became much harder than I thought [...]

February 16th, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Desires of the Diligent

The Experiences of the Aging

As I consulted with a young business owner, it struck me that some of my business experiences are foreign to younger generations. For instance, few people under 45 years old have experienced rising interest rates. As our economy fuels up, we are running a bigger risk of interest rates rising, possibly in a significant way. Personally, I remember the pain [...]

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One Last Try

One Saturday, as a teenager, my grandfather instructed me to remove the front tires on a car he was repairing so that he could replace the brakes. One tire had a lug nut that wouldn’t budge. After many attempts, I finally told my grandfather that the lug nut was impossible to remove. He sprayed some WD-40 on the lug nut [...]

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Sowers and Reapers

In 1903, Mary Anderson patented the first windshield wiper. When Mary tried to sell the rights to her invention, however, the prospective buyer saw no value in her invention. In 1920, her patent rights expired. Cadillac then began using her invention, which led to the rest of the car industry following suit. Mary sowed seeds towards our gain. In John [...]

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Lincoln’s Legacy

As we remember Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, it’s a great day to remember the importance of doing the right thing, even when unpopular. With half of the nation at war, President Lincoln was very unpopular with most of the nation. Yet, he persevered with abolishing slavery and fighting secession of the South. Today Lincoln is widely celebrated as one of the [...]

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