Making Wise Decisions, Part V

In a Harvard Business Review article, Mike Erwin identified six reasons that can lead to poor decisions. The fifth reason is emotions. As a young trainee in banking, I was presenting loan requests to the bank’s CEO. When I realized that he was in a foul mood, I moved my toughest loan request from the top of my stack to [...]

2019-09-12T15:53:45-05:00 September 13th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making Wise Decisions, Part V

Making Wise Decisions, Part IV

Mike Erwin, CEO of Character and Leadership Center, tackled decision-making in a Harvard Business Review article. We’ve been discussing his six reasons that can lead to poor decisions. The fourth is multi-tasking. Due to the rapid pace of business these days, most jobs require some level of multi-tasking. However, research reveals that performance suffers by up to 40% when we [...]

2019-09-09T20:08:27-05:00 September 12th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making Wise Decisions, Part IV

Making Wise Decisions, Part III

Mike Erwin, CEO of Character and Leadership Center, tackled decision-making in a Harvard Business Review article. He identified six reasons that can lead to poor decisions. Mr. Erwin’s third reason is lack of input. The Kellogg School found that, in a typical meeting, an average of three people do 70% of the talking. Unfortunately, the ones you probably need to [...]

2019-09-09T19:30:05-05:00 September 11th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making Wise Decisions, Part III

Making Wise Decisions, Part II

Mike Erwin, CEO of Character and Leadership Center, tackled decision-making in a Harvard Business Review article. He identified six reasons that can lead to poor decisions. The second reason for our discussion is a steady state of distraction. Our information load has become quite heavy. Researchers estimate that our brains process five times as much information today as in 1986!  [...]

2019-09-09T19:17:17-05:00 September 10th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making Wise Decisions, Part II

Making Wise Decisions, Part I

Mike Erwin, CEO of Character and Leadership Center, tackled the issue of decision-making in a Harvard Business Review article. Although most decisions are routine, it’s critical that we choose which decisions come with serious risks or consequences. Those decisions need to be given clear thought. Mr. Erwin emphasizes six reasons why we sometimes make bad decisions. The first is decision [...]

2019-09-08T23:18:45-05:00 September 9th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Making Wise Decisions, Part I

If It Ain’t Broke

Customer expectations are ever changing in today’s culture. Constant access to instant and new information, ideas and methods creates a challenge for businesses who gallantly strive to meet customer needs. The adage, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” does not apply to business. Business leaders must understand what “broken” means to the customer. Broken goes beyond mechanics and extends [...]

2019-09-08T23:46:23-05:00 September 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on If It Ain’t Broke

Caleb the Courageous, Part III

As I’ve aged over the years, sometimes I lean towards being more cautious than courageous. In those moments, it’s encouraging to examine the story of Caleb. At 40 years old, Caleb displayed great courage and desired to overtake the Promised Land—but he didn’t get that opportunity, due to the Israelite’s disobedience and fear. Yet, at 85 years old, Caleb had [...]

2019-09-04T15:21:07-05:00 September 5th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Caleb the Courageous, Part III

Caleb the Courageous, Part II

Two people can have the same experience, but completely different viewpoints. Some will see a challenge as a dangerous pursuit and flee. Others see the challenge as an adventure and charge ahead. When Caleb and eleven other Israelites spied on the Promised Land, they all experienced the same thing, but Caleb saw a possible adventure. Caleb believed God could deliver [...]

2019-09-04T12:13:34-05:00 September 4th, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Caleb the Courageous, Part II

Caleb the Courageous, Part I

In Numbers 13, Moses sent twelve men, including Caleb, into the Promised Land for a reconnaissance mission. When they returned, they told the Israelites the people they saw in the Promised Land were powerful and had fortified cities. What Caleb heard was an exhilarating challenge. He jumped in and proclaimed in Numbers 13:30, “We should go up and take possession [...]

2019-09-02T23:01:05-05:00 September 3rd, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Caleb the Courageous, Part I

Unwarranted Slander

Mariano Rivera, a former New York Yankee pitcher, and the first person unanimously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, had to be thrilled the day of his induction. Unfortunately, the Daily Beast released a hit piece on him hours before his ceremony. Their editorial complained because of Rivera’s evangelical Christianity and his support of Israel. It also complained of [...]

2019-09-02T22:55:24-05:00 September 2nd, 2019|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Unwarranted Slander