Close Friends

Although some of us have a vast number of social media “friends,” having someone you deeply confide in seems less common. My pastor recently highlighted three elements he believes is needed to have a truly close friend: Proximity, Presence, and Transparency. At some point we need to spend time face-to-face with a friend. We then need to be willing to [...]

2018-11-09T10:14:47+00:00 November 14th, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Close Friends

Politically Charged

When Joel Kaplan, an executive with Facebook, was seen sitting behind his friend Judge Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court hearings last month, it caused a firestorm. Many Facebook employees began complaining online. It became so intense that Facebook called an all employee meeting to assure their employees that Facebook is apolitical. At that meeting Kaplan apologized for not letting his [...]

2018-11-09T10:04:03+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Politically Charged

One Veteran’s Dream

In 1945, Raymond Weeks returned to Birmingham as a World War II veteran. He dreamed of having a day when the country honored the living and dead veterans. Mr. Weeks picked November 11th as his preferred date and developed a plan to present his petition to the highest level of military officer he could reach; the Army Chief of Staff. [...]

2018-11-09T09:40:49+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on One Veteran’s Dream

Five S’s of Faith@Work, Part V

One of the foundational tools in Lean Manufacturing is the 5S system.  Each of the 5S’s represents a step towards the most efficient utilization of space. As with every new process, the easy part is putting it in place. The hard part is getting the changes to stick. SUSTAIN, the fifth of the 5S’s, teaches a methodology to ensure the [...]

2018-10-29T16:16:18+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Five S’s of Faith@Work, Part V

Five S’s of Faith@Work, Part IV

One of the foundational tools in Lean Manufacturing is the 5S system.  Each of the 5S’s represents a step towards the most efficient utilization of space. The fourth of the 5S’s is STANDARDIZE.  This step’s job is to ensure that the process is repeatable and reproducible. The STANDARDIZE step allows for others to easily step into the role and fulfill [...]

2018-10-29T16:12:51+00:00 November 8th, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Five S’s of Faith@Work, Part IV

Five S’s of Faith@Work, Part III

One of the foundational tools in Lean Manufacturing is the 5S system.  Each of the 5S’s represents a step towards the most efficient utilization of space. The third step is SHINE. Shine addresses the dirt exposed when clutter is removed, and the work area is organized. This step may appear redundant with previous steps.  But it’s only when the clutter [...]

2018-10-29T16:08:21+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Five S’s of Faith@Work, Part III

Five S’s of Faith@Work, Part II

One of the foundational tools in Lean Manufacturing is the 5S system.  Each of the 5S’s represents a step towards the most efficient utilization of space. The second S is “Set in Order.” An organized work space may seem like a minute detail when it comes to managing a business.  However, an organized work space may be the difference between [...]

2018-11-05T09:44:13+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Five S’s of Faith@Work, Part II

Five S’s of Faith@Work, Part I

One of the foundational tools in Lean Manufacturing is the 5S system.  Each of the 5S’s represents a step towards the most efficient utilization of space. The first “S” is SORT. SORT requires the elimination of that which is not needed.  Only the essentials to perform the job duties are kept. Ephesians 4:22 says, “So get rid of your old [...]

2018-10-29T16:01:07+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Five S’s of Faith@Work, Part I

Daylight Consuming Time

Each year, in March, we move our clocks forward an hour to provide for more afternoon sunlight during the summer. This has been labeled Daylight Savings Time. In the fall, we reverse the process consuming an hour of sunlight, yet we still label that day, Daylight Savings Time. Imagine if they changed the name in the fall to Daylight Consuming [...]

2018-10-29T15:51:16+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Daylight Consuming Time

Lack of Respect

Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar had a surprising challenge in his upcoming election. Six of his siblings publicly condemned him and sided with his opponent due to their disdain for his political beliefs. Just as families are being split apart by the extremely partisan nature of politics, so are many workplaces. When emotions boil, a lack of respect for other human [...]

2018-10-29T16:52:36+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lack of Respect