Taking Initiative: The Difference Between Success and Failure

My wife Kathleen and I had the opportunity to meet with Tina Konkin recently. She’s an internationally known speaker, counselor, and coach on the subject of relationships. As a result, she’s been on major networks, spoken at national conferences, and helped thousands of couples heal broken relationships. We were discussing some potential television projects with Tina, when she said something that I realized applies to so many other areas of life – including

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What To Do When You Receive Unwanted Sexual or Provocative Messages from Admirers

Leaders: What You Do Today Could Save Your Reputation Tomorrow

You don’t have to be a leader for long before you start receiving unwanted emails, text messages, or phone calls from “admirers.” While some may be innocent, it’s difficult to tell at the start, and for the sake of your reputation and integrity, I recommend you take no chances. In our team’s work helping churches, ministries, and nonprofits tell their story, I’ve seen leaders who have stepped down or been fired because of this issue, so please take it seriously. Remember that email isn’t private. In a

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How Well Do You Do Your Job?

I Mean, Really?

Sometimes blogs don’t have to be long. When I met Seth Godin, and he gave me a wonderful endorsement for one of my books, I learned from Seth just how short – but powerful – his blog posts can be. Books, speeches, advertising copy, sermons, and other writing are similar – length doesn’t necessarily mean insight, creativity, or depth. In fact, Mark Twain was quoted saying,

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How To Sharpen Your People Skills When Working From Home

In my opinion, “people skills” are just (if not more) important than the skills it takes to do your job. Colleges and universities are filled with brilliant scholars who can’t get along with their peers, I find business leaders who are remarkably gifted, but make enemies at every turn. And even in churches, ministries, and nonprofits, if you can’t engage positively with your co-workers, things won’t end well. And it’s particularly difficult for freelancers and those working from home.  I worked for many years from my home, and know that social contact can get very sparse. We need to keep up our people skills no matter what our situation, so I asked freelance writer Jenny Holt’s advice, and here’s her thoughts:

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Remove Risk, and You Remove Great Performance

Stop Worrying About Risk and Start Embracing It

We hear a lot about “safe spaces” today, but the desire to avoid risk in life is found just about everywhere.  For university faculty members, “tenure” usually refers to job security.  Essentially, it’s about a senior professor’s contractual right not to be fired without just cause.  More directly, it’s a guarantee that a teacher won’t be fired for speaking out or teaching controversial ideas.  Essentially, the core values of tenure are academic freedom, and it’s supposed to give teachers an incentive to stretch their thinking.  However,

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Russian Meddling And How Media Exposure Has Changed

Considering the obsession the media has had over the last six months investigating Russia’s apparent meddling in the last election, it’s helpful to understand it in context. The reports are that 135 million Americans were exposed to Russia-sponsored Facebook messages over a 32 month period. There’s no question that we don’t want other governments feeding propaganda to digital or broadcast platforms in the United States. And as a result,

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