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The Face of Fostering: Life Around The House

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Have you considered being a foster parent?  I’ve heard many questions over this past year about what it’s like to be a foster family.  Words don’t do it justice, so I’m posting pictures every couple of weeks to help give it a “face.” Continue Reading…

How do you craft your leadership story?

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Stan Ward is a good friend of mine and an excellent teacher on the topic of leadership. I thought you would enjoy a followup to his prior post on using story as a leader. -Kevin

In my previous post, I introduced readers to the concept of a leadership story. Today I’d like to share how to craft your own leadership story. While the following method is not the only way to craft a leadership story, it is certainly an effective way that is easy to learn. We’ll discuss three basic principles: purposeplot, and the principle of parsimony.

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When You’re Done Learning, You’re Done

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There is a movie quote that haunts me.  It comes to my mind every so often, even though I haven’t heard it quoted directly in years.  As I think about it, I am reminded how I want to live.

Remember the movie, Runaway Jury?  In it Gene Hackman is making a point about the lowly existence in which most people live.  He makes a simple comment where he says something about the fact that most people go home from work and “let cable TV pour over them.” Continue Reading…

5 Questions Every Leader Should Be Able To Answer

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There are many good guys out there.  But being good can only bring you so far.  After that, precision is required.  It is the difference between being an amateur and a pro.  So what will bridge the divide?

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Warning: When Your Heart Grows Cold, Your Mind Will Soon Follow

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Over the past six weeks, I’ve had plenty of time to reflect. Being on a Sabbatical has allowed me not just time to be away from work, but to reflect on the condition of my heart. As I did, I was a little surprised by what I found.

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Why Do Leaders Fall?

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Rick Reynolds has such an important ministry in an area that many don’t talk about – infidelity. Enjoy his guest post on his key topic in leadership. – Kevin

While speaking to a class of seminary students and their wives, I shared Dave Carder’s statistic that 40% of them would have an affair sometime during their ministerial career. One student raised his hand and said, “Surely with the quality of our training we’ll beat that statistic”. “You’re right”, I replied, “With that attitude you’ll probably be closer to 50 or 60%”. The class went silent. Continue Reading…

Obedience Eliminates Regret

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Ryan has an incredible story that he shares through his blog. I knew I had to have him guest post as soon as I started reading his stuff. Enjoy. – Kevin

My wife, Kendra: “I’d really like to talk about us adopting a child some day, or maybe being foster parents.”

Me: “I want my own kids, with my own blood, and my own athletic ability.”

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4 Areas Men Must Keep The Batteries Charged

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This is a guest post from my friend Brian Goins. He is a great speaker, author, and has lots of wisdom to share. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this guest post. – Kevin

Click.

Click.

Click.

A dead battery. Nothing can be more frustrating than jumping into your car five minutes late for work with your breakfast bar and hot java in hand, only to hear click, click, click. Then begins the ever-elusive search for a neighbor with jumper cables. Continue Reading…

Processing – Getting Out of Your Inbox and Getting Things Done

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I asked Jesse Garner, my Executive Assistant, to guest blog a series on personal productivity. Part of the reason I hired him in this role is because he manages his time and productivity so well. He also loves to teach others what he’s learned. – Kevin

This post is part of a series on personal productivity. You should also check out The Four Things Everyone Should Have in their Productivity System and Your Inbox is Not Your To Do List.

So in my prior posts I wrote about how every productivity system has both inboxes and to-do lists. A little later I wrote about how your inbox is not your to-do list. Now that we’ve established that these are two separate things, it’s time to talk about how they work together.

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Why leaders should tell stories

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Stan Ward is one of the most engaging teachers on leadership I know. He’s engaging because he uses stories. I’m excited to have him guest post for you. – Kevin

Here’s a new leadership lesson from an old story. What can leaders learn from the story of David and Goliath? No, I’m not suggesting a “defeating the giants” pep talk. Instead, let’s consider how the 1 Samuel 17 illustrates a leadership tool as old as history, yet still relevant today – the leadership story. Continue Reading…

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