Do You Have the Courage for Long Term Thinking?

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In today’s cluttered and distracted world, short-term thinking rules. Social media allows instant commentary and criticism, and email, text messaging, and instant message apps let us respond to everything immediately. We’re raising a generation that expects problems to be solved this very minute. But the truth is,

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Christian Leaders Continue to Lose Influence In The Culture

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When it comes to Christian leaders, in my own lifetime, I’ve seen a staggering loss of influence. My father was a pastor, and back in the 50’s and 60’s it seemed like everyone in Charlotte, North Carolina respected my dad. Even people who would never darken the door of a church would come to him for advice – particular when it came to major life decisions. But today, not so much. We’ve all seen it creep down, but Pew Research just released new data that indicates only

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Telling Me “It’s Just Who I Am” Doesn’t Work

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Whenever I teach creative people, one of the most common responses I hear is “I can’t change because this is just who I am.” They’re trying to tell me they are wired a certain way and as a result, can’t learn to write a different way, change the way they express themselves, or look at a challenge from another perspective. I agree that each of us are “wired” with certain strengths and personality traits, but too often, we use the “It’s just the way I am” response as a

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My Rules for Attending Meetings

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I hate meetings. I really do. So if I have to attend a meeting, I want it to be productive. Over the years I’ve actually fired employees who couldn’t control themselves during meetings (I’ll explain later). So if you’re on my team and attending a client meeting, branding meeting, project meeting or any other kind of meeting with me, you have to know what I expect. Here’s a list of things I want my people to know during a meeting, and the list might be worth sharing with your team as well:

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The Secrets of Original Thinkers

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How do original thinkers think?  That’s a big question.  Adam Grant has done some fascinating research into the habits of original thinkers and recently shared his results at a TED Talk.  If you’re a creative, or know someone who is, please share this video presentation.  Every creative person in America needs to see it:

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Why Leaders Are Often The Last To Know

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When I consult with churches, ministries, or nonprofits, I’m often surprised – even shocked – how often the leader is the last to know what’s going on in the organization. Theoretically, vision trickles down from the top, but in reality, a great deal comes from the bottom up, and when that happens, a leader who isn’t in touch with the team, becomes the least influential person in the organization.  I recently read a quote from the late Andy Grove, former CEO of computer microchip maker Intel. He mentioned his surprising encounter with another company and the fact that the president of that company was the last to know about an important issue:

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Why You Should Be Using Google Alerts

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If you’re not using Google Alerts, you’re making a big mistake. It’s not about being ego-driven, it’s about knowing what’s being said online about you, issues you deal with, or aspects of who you are. It’s almost like a free, personal PR service.  It’s easy to set up, and this is the place to start. Here’s the secrets to making them work for you:

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Why Older Leaders Fight Change

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Fascinating new research provides more insight into why efforts at changing organizations usually meets with resistance from older leaders and employees. Up to now, most have attributed the resistance to the fact that older employees have invested in past ideas and aren’t interested in new ones. But the Wall Street Journal reports a new finding was discovered in an effort to track the progress of children who grow up too fast. Here’s what they found:

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