Leaving the 99: Scriptural Lessons on Leadership

A while back, as I was browsing through my LinkedIn timeline, I came cross this quote from leadership expert John Maxwell: “Needless to say, you can love people without leading them, but you cannot lead people without loving them.” - John Maxwell John was roundly criticized by a commenter for trying to bring religion into…

Resurrection Week: The Water, The Bowl, and the Teachable Moment

Jesus had a lot of opportunities to teach his disciples while on Earth. Object lessons, lessons that couldn't be learned in any way other than being in his presence. Like Peter walking on the water, but then sinking when he took his eyes off Jesus. There were miraculous creations of wine and food, healings, and…

The Water, The Bowl, and the Teachable Moment

For my #ThrowbackThursday offering, here's a Maundy Thursday post, originally published last year.  This lesson is one all Christians, and especially Christian leaders, need today more than ever.  May you all have a blessed Easter! #  #  # Jesus had a lot of opportunities to teach his disciples while on Earth. Object lessons, lessons that…

A Monument to Character

This picture is of the very first McDonalds restaurant ever, located in Des Plaines, IL, just north of what is now O'Hare airport. It's no longer in operation (there's a quasi-modern McDonalds right across the street), but it's maintained as a museum, a monument to what has become one of the great, if not the…

The Water, The Bowl, and the Teachable Moment

Jesus had a lot of opportunities to teach his disciples while on Earth. Object lessons, lessons that couldn't be learned in any way other than being in his presence. Like Peter walking on the water, but then sinking when he took his eyes off Jesus. There were miraculous creations of wine and food, healings, and…

My Vision Source

Saw an interesting tweet recently that I thought deserved some consideration. Here's the quote that made up the body of the tweet: Dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but by the absence of vision. -- Anonymous This quote tracks one of my favorite Bible verses: "Where there is no vision,…

Winning the Prize

Running a race. The phrase paints a lot of mental pictures, doesn't it? Men and women, all dressed in bright colors, running on the same track, in the same direction, at the same time. Someone wins, the rest lose. Then there are the marathon runners. Twenty-six-point-two miles of just you and the course. Running alone.…

#Leadershipgoals

OK, guys, we've all seen them. You know, those posts on social media that you hope your wife, kids or your girlfriend never see. How about the impossibly cute way that a guy proposes to his bride-to-be? Thank you so much, Pinterest, for setting expectations way too high. Don't they know that most guys don't…

Close Calls

Ordinarily, we want our children to obey authority, right? Well, there was one time when it almost didn't work out so well.... During a family trip to Washington DC one Spring Break many moons ago, we came to a stop on the Metro near the Smithsonian Museums, and our entire 8-person group started the processional of…

The Character of Leadership

Note: This is the second in a two-part series of blog posts on leadership. To read the first installment, please click here. Leadership is a very self-less proposition. I've seen any number of leadership articles in the mainstream media, and many of them come close to getting it right. Several mention the humility required of…