Four Things Influencers Should Know About Trust

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When it comes to leadership and influence, we rarely talk about trust. When we do, it’s usually in terms of honesty and integrity. Questions like: “Can I trust you to honor your word?” or “Can you be trusted with finances?” usually come to mind. Those questions are important, but the truth is, trust is a far deeper issue, and when it comes to your team, employees, congregation, or followers, trust may be the single most important connection you can build. To achieve that connection, here’s four principles every leader and influencer should know:

Why You Need a “People Bucket List”

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Remember the movie “The Bucket List?”  It’s the story of  two terminally ill friends who sneak out of a cancer ward for a road trip to see a list of things and places before they die. That movie mostly focused on locations, but the truth is, a better bucket list would be of people to see before the end of your life.  Who would be on that

Be Careful of People Who Constantly Complain About their Job

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Work is hard. It’s hard for me, it’s hard for you, and pretty much everybody else. So when I encounter someone who’s constantly complaining about their job, how difficult life is, or how busy they are, I tend to start ignoring them. It’s not that I’m a jerk, it’s that I find far too many people who try to impress us with how many balls they’re juggling, how difficult their job is, and how their schedule is just crammed too full. Novelist Richard Ford said something similar about writers:

Who’s Creating The Movies and TV Programs That Will Inspire The Next Generation?

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This past week I had two interesting experiences. First – it was the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Clayton Moore – who played “The Lone Ranger” on television. The series originally aired on ABC from 1949-1957, and was the highest-rated television program on the network in the early 1950s and its first true “hit”. As a kid, I watched it as re-runs, and it was one of my favorite shows. As you may remember, The Lone Ranger lived by a code, and as a kid, I knew the code by heart. Last week, during the news reports of the anniversary, his daughter, Dawn Moore said something remarkable:

Leaders: How Do You Use Your Authority?

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This morning I was reading 2 Corinthians 10, which contains the line: “Authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you.” I felt a twinge of guilt as I thought how often I’ve used my authority as a club to beat people into submission. How quickly do we want to win arguments, prove we’re in charge, or get snarky just to sound superior? Probably way to often. That’s why

Start Off 2014 Discovering Your Purpose!

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How many friends and co-workers do you have who are struggling with their purpose in life? Maybe you’re having the same struggle.  Well this new year, you can give yourself and your friends a gift that will help you discover your one big thing, and begin living the life you were born to live.  “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do” is about

Pastors: How About Less Inspiration And More Reality

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The last 30 years of church history could be called the “inspiration” decades. It’s been a period where pastors were more likely to be inspirational speakers than prophetic voices.  And I get it.  Most people are beat up from life, they feel unworthy, and need to be encouraged. But the truth is, the Bible isn’t exactly the most inspirational book ever written. The Bible is focused more on

Help Your Child Discover Their Destiny

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Childhood is about creativity, and the more young people encounter new experiences, the better off they’ll be as adults. But on the other hand, every parent fears for a child who gets lost in the options, and simply ambles through life with no direction or purpose. Someone similar to what Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright David Mamet wrote: “Who does not know the thirty-year-old described by his parents as ‘still searching for himself’? By forty, this person is, by his parents, generally not described at all, for to do so would be either to skirt or to employ the term ‘bum.’”   A great life doesn’t happen by

The Secret to Finding Creative Liberty

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We celebrate our national independence on July 4th, but there’s another freedom we should consider as well – creative freedom. The problem is, creative freedom, like our national freedom comes with a price. I’m currently reading a book called “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.” It’s a fascinating look at how successful creative people design rituals and plan their day to maximize their productivity.  Reading the book, you realize pretty quickly that