The Final Step…

The last step is where too many stumble: EXECUTION! You’ve planned, prepared, and put everything in writing. Now you’ve got to execute. If you haven’t completed the four steps we talked about over the past few posts, you aren’t yet...

2023 Planning – Step 2

After his great disappointment (the bonus check that ended up being a membership to the Jelly of the Month Club) and Uncle Lewis burning down the Christmas tree, Clark Griswold determined that in spite of it all, he would give...

2023 Planning – Step 1 Asking the Right Questions

In one of the scenes from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Clark Griswold receives something quite unexpected. He had pinned all his hopes on a huge bonus so that he could surprise his family with a down payment on a swimming...

Fasting & Feasting

On a sweltering Texas day this past summer, a friend, in all seriousness, warned me that there was going to be a considerable turkey shortage come November. She had already bought hers and advised me that I’d best do the...

I love my country!

I love my country! Unabashedly. Wholeheartedly. Warts and all. How could I not? You see, I was a war baby, conceived when my dashing sailor/father came home on a brief leave from the South Pacific during World War II. Nine...

Tell. Teach. Involve

If you aren’t a fan of “Undercover Boss” you should be. The premise is that the CEO of a major corporation gets into disguise and heads out to several of his or her business locations to see how well they...

Be A Magnet

Warren Bennis wrote the following about leaders: Where there are leaders, work is stimulating, challenging, fascinating, and fun. An essential ingredient in organizational leadership is pulling rather than pushing people toward a goal. A “pull” style of influence attracts and...

You Join a Company, but Leave a Boss

“Most of us say we want to work for a [great] company…. Let’s say you score the interview and land the job—congrats. But once you’re there, you’ll see that you don’t actually work for the company; you work for your...

First Coming by Madeleine L’Engle

He did not wait till the world was ready, till men and nations were at peace. He came when the Heavens were unsteady, and prisoners cried out for release. He did not wait for the perfect time. He came when...