Why You Should Never Forget Your Failures

The 1983 college basketball season was over. Duke University had just been clobbered by 43 points in the ACC tournament. Everything about the Duke basketball program was a disaster and many people thought young coach Mike Krzyzewski was at the end of his short career as a coach. In the book “Herding Tigers,” Todd Henry tells what happened next:

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Just Criticizing the Culture Won’t Change the Culture

When it comes to engaging in public policy and challenging today’s culture, one of the least likely strategies for success is one built around criticism. The growing number of churches and ministries that are constantly “against something” has always been a disturbing trend. On a regular basis, I see an avalanche of direct mail campaigns and magazine articles by organizations upset about

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How To Host a Great Panel Discussion

How to Be The Star of Your Next Conference

Panel discussions can be an incredibly insightful exchange of ideas, or they can be a boring snooze. Sadly, at too many conferences and events these days, it’s the latter. I attended a conference recently with a 4 person panel discussion and it took an hour for them to share 10 minutes worth of interesting information. After years of being a panelist and also hosting panels, I’ve discovered the problem is usually the host, so here’s some hosting tips that could make your next panel a positive experience for everyone:

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Why I Use a Printed Notebook for Ideas and Planning

If nothing else, I am an explorer and an experimenter. I fully embrace new techniques, ways of doing things, apps, and more – probably because I get bored easily and love exploring new options. When it comes to note taking, I started with a spiral notebook back in college, then years later gravitated to a computer. I’ve used various note apps that evolved early, then tried

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Creativity: Learning To Forget How Things Work

Back when our granddaughter Kennady was a year old, she hadn’t had a lot of time to learn how things worked. As a result, the first few times I gave her a book, she had no idea what “reading” was, so she walked on it, set it up like an A-frame house, or used it for a plate. Back then it was that way with everything. Since she didn’t know the way things were “supposed” to be used, she just made it up, and she came up with some pretty remarkable uses for things like

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