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5 Questions Every Leader Should Be Able To Answer


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


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?

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

little boy learning to ride bicycle
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

young red-haired woman with her broken car as a metaphor for your marriage relationship
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




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

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

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…

It’s Time To Disconnect: The Discipline Of Rest

Life is tiring.  Investing in people can be downright draining.  This fall I realized that for almost 20 years I have been investing in people in some form or fashion.  I’m excited to announce that it’s time to stop – to rest. Continue Reading…

Your New Year’s Eve Plans Are Lame


What are you doing on New Year’s Eve?  Chances are, you haven’t thought much about it.  If history repeats itself, you are probably doomed to a boring night at your house, filling your stomach with black-eyed peas.  You know, it doesn’t have to be that way.

It’s been a while now since I’ve given something away on my blog.  I think it’s time to do it again. Continue Reading…

My Top 10 Christmas Songs


Some people love animals.  Others love the arts.  Not me.   My heart goes out to Christmas – in general.  When it comes to Christmas music, I consider myself a connoisseur.

What they say is true.  We set up our Christmas tree on October 24 this year.  I know, I know.  It might have been a little early.  After all, when it is still 85 degrees outside, it does kill the mood a little, I admit.

I say all that to preface, I’ve been thinking about this post for over a month now.  It’s time that I do this.  I’m going to attempt to list my top 10 favorite Christmas songs. Continue Reading…

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