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The American Dream

Mar 30, 2018

In my book, Zebedee and Sons Fishing Co., I wrote how Jesus, as He began His earthly ministry, recruited the senior management away from Zebedee and Sons Fishing Company and left Zebedee alone on the lakeshore with boats full of fish, nets waiting to be hung, and nobody to help. Yet, even with this setback,…

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Bad Mood

Mar 26, 2018

Some call it grouchy, irascible, slow burn, sour, grumpy, funk, or conniption. Most commonly it’s just called a bad mood. Many people are susceptible to waking in the morning and finding themselves in this condition. And, for those encountering this person, it’s not a pleasant experience.  It’s always best to stay away and wait for…

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Blindspots

Mar 22, 2018

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun-Shiny day.  I think I can make it now, the pain is gone All of the bad feelings have disappeared Here…

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Customer Service

Mar 22, 2018

It’s easy to think all customer service is bad. Bad News Stories But this rationale is just like thinking all news is bad. Statistically, the news media reports an overwhelmingly higher number of bad news stories relative to the number of good news stories. That doesn’t mean there is more bad news than good; it…

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Dry Powder

Mar 19, 2018

Do you remember the days when we all carried flintlock rifles and had a horn full of gunpowder slung around our necks? Flintlock Rifles When we ran into trouble, we had one shot.  Then we had to pour dry gunpowder from the horn into the gun barrel followed by a metal ball and a wad…

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Compassion

Mar 15, 2018

“I know how you feel.” I have said those words many times while trying to connect with someone and understand the pain they are experiencing. And even though I said those words sincerely, they were a lie. The Problem with Empathy A large amount of business literature today is focused on empathy. With the headlines…

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Napping

Mar 12, 2018

  I think I’ll take (yawn) a nap. Can you picture saying this to your boss or your business partner at 2:00 on a weekday afternoon? The answer is probably “no.” Workday Naps I thought it would be fun to write a blog on taking a nap at work since this seems to be a…

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Forgiveness in Business

Mar 8, 2018

“and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12 ESV) These well-known lines are part of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) where Jesus outlines the theology of His earthly ministry.  In Matthew 6:7-13, Jesus gives His followers a template on how to pray to God the Father. Part…

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Still Working?

Mar 5, 2018

  Everyone else has gone home, why are you still working? Are You Still At the Office? What I’m interested in exploring is why you work the hours you work from a different perspective. You see, I’m tired of hearing the cliché that “nobody puts on their headstone ‘I wish I worked more hours.’”  I’ve…

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Mindset of a Champion

Mar 1, 2018

Always be in beta mode. Michael Hyatt has often referred to being in beta mode as a metaphor for not waiting to be perfect, but be in the mode of continually improving. Beta Mode The analogy is referring to software that is launched even though it’s designers are not done perfecting its operations.  Being in…

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