Six Things the Lord Hates, Part III

In 1980, the Kansas City firefighters went on strike. It was a very contentious strike that led to several suspicious fires that some believed were set by firefighters. One evening my neighbor and I drove by the scene of a nearby fire in a newly built nursing home. With few firefighters to help, my neighbor and I joined many others [...]

2019-05-14T10:44:43-05:00 May 21st, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Six Things the Lord Hates, Part III

Six Things the Lord Hates, Part II

Years ago, I introduced Dennis to Craig, a business owner who was looking for funding. Since I didn’t know Craig well, I warned Dennis to carefully vet this opportunity. At the first meeting Dennis told Craig, “I’m willing to consider investing in your business, but I hate liars. If you ever lie, we are done that instant.” A month later [...]

2019-05-14T10:23:22-05:00 May 20th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Six Things the Lord Hates, Part II

Six Things the Lord Hates, Part I

Years ago, Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-a, spoke at one of our luncheon events. There were many key leaders desiring to meet with Truett while he was here, but Truett went missing. I eventually found Truett in a deep conversation with the doorman of the hotel. Truett was learning all about this man and offering up encouragement. As many [...]

2019-05-14T10:14:17-05:00 May 17th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Six Things the Lord Hates, Part I

An Affirmed Graduate

At my college graduation, the emcee requested that the audience hold their applause until all graduates had walked across the stage. When I crossed the stage, however, I saw my father leap to his feet and yell, “Way to go, Rick!” During my youth, my father wasn’t someone who gave much affirmation, but in that one moment, I knew my [...]

2019-05-14T09:50:56-05:00 May 16th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on An Affirmed Graduate

It’s the Manager, Part II

Gallup’s new book, “It’s the Manager,” uncovers several findings that point to the critical nature of hiring the right managers. One factor is understanding why engagement is so important. Gallup highlights that in previous decades workers ranked their family, having children, owning a home and living in peace as priorities that came in above having a good job. But in [...]

2019-05-13T23:05:19-05:00 May 14th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on It’s the Manager, Part II

It’s the Manager, Part 1

Gallup has a new book called “It’s the Manager.” According to a Wall Street Journal article, Gallup discovered “the single most profound distinct and clarifying finding” in its 80-year history. Gallup’s study revealed that managers didn’t just influence the results their teams achieved, they explained a full 70% of the variance. Gallup advises companies to seek out managers who infect [...]

2019-05-12T21:55:34-05:00 May 13th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on It’s the Manager, Part 1

Chaos to Calm

P.K. Bernard said, “A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.” Creating a vision statement, working “on” the business, can seem like a waste of time, energy and human capital resources when compared to working “in” the business. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the [...]

2019-05-09T23:20:15-05:00 May 10th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chaos to Calm

A Mother’s Wisdom

My friend, Tom, began his career in the government compliance side of his industry. With a strong work ethic and a sharp mind, he rose to executive levels. After spending decades in government compliance, Tom knew he needed a change. He had some similar job offers, but found little passion for them. Entrepreneurship, however, excited him more. Needing wise counsel, [...]

2019-05-09T00:23:28-05:00 May 9th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on A Mother’s Wisdom

Artificial Intelligence and Compassion

In a CNBC article, Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM, claims that their Artificial Intelligence system now predicts with 95% accuracy employees that plan on leaving the company. To gain these insights, it requires IBM to track each employee’s activities and behaviors very closely. Although it’s easy to see the value to IBM’s productivity, it makes me wonder how the employees [...]

2019-05-07T23:06:23-05:00 May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Artificial Intelligence and Compassion

Marketplace Mission Trip

Many churches promote mission trips for people to go overseas to advance the Gospel. My friend, Mike Henry, wondered, “What if people began viewing their workplace as a mission trip?” That idea launched a new concept that Mike calls a Marketplace Mission Trip. You won’t have to buy airlines tickets or leave work. Instead, Mike provides a daily blueprint and [...]

2019-05-07T00:24:43-05:00 May 7th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Marketplace Mission Trip