Are You Hauling Rocks or Building a Better World?

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Years ago in Communist Russia, a visitor happened upon a group of workers with a sledgehammer clearing a field.  It was tough work, hauling huge rocks, shoveling, and moving stones by hand. But the visitor noticed they were all singing as they worked.  He asked one of the workers – “How can you sing while hauling rocks?”  Without hesitation the worker replied: “Oh, we’re not 

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What Do You See That Others Don’t? It Could Be The Key to Your Future

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It happened in 1950 at the El Zarape Tortilla Factory in Los Angeles. For the first time, tortilla production had been automated, and could churn out 12 times more tortillas than anyone could by hand. But the machine also had its drawbacks – many of the tortillas came out misshapen and distorted, and had to be thrown away. But a line worker named Rebecca Webb Carranza saw something in the rejects that fascinated her.

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Camille Pissarro: A Painter Who Changed the Way We See

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I was thinking recently about the differences between an “artist” and a “artisan.” An artisan is good at what he or she does. They’re gifted and often brilliant. But an “artist” changes the conversation. They force us to see or do something in a different way, forever altering our view of the world. A few years ago, Kathleen and I were in Milwaukee visiting the Milwaukee Art Museum. (Great museum by the way). They were

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How to Help Your Pastor or Ministry Leader Catch a Vision for the Media

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Whenever I visit local churches, most of the time I’m faced with a frustrated local media producer who’s at his or her wits end. They’re usually good producers, often with extensive experience, plus a real calling to use media to take the gospel to the culture. But in nearly every case, he or she is either burned out, upset, or ready to quit.  Ninety percent of the time, I get the same response – “The pastor just doesn’t have a vision for media – especially television.” It also comes in numerous other laments, such as “Every time I try something new, the pastor hates it.” Or the tried and true:

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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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Leaders: Does Everyone On Your Team Know Your Vision?

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It’s always bracing to hear leadership principles from military officers because they often have to make life and death decisions. America’s highest ranking officer, and the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. Shared some leadership insights recently at a conference that I thought worth repeating. Here’s what he had to say:

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The Power of Casting a Great Vision

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Pilot and author of “The Little Prince,” Antoine de Saint-Exupery once wrote: “If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” One of the greatest mistakes leaders make us to substitute tasks for vision. When it comes to accomplishing something really significant, teams need

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