Archive for June, 2011

Guest Post (Mac Lake)…

Team Development

Mac Lake puts out some GREAT leadership stuff… like today’s post on non-negotiables when developing your team.  Mac writes:

Here are 5 Non-Negotiable actions I would require as a team leader that will help build a culture of leadership development among your team.

1.  Require written goals – Have the individuals on your team turn in a one page written summary of their goals for the next 4 months.  This lays the ground work for shared expectations and gives you a basis from which to coach their performance.

2.  Require regular 1-1′s. Meet with each person on your team at least once a month if  not twice a month.  During those meetings review their goals, ask what problems they are encountering and use it as a time for individual coaching.

3.  Require reading – A team that reads together learns together.  Reading a leadership book and discussing it during team meetings creates an atmosphere of shared learning and development.

4.  Require reproduction – Leaders should be producing leaders.  Ram Charan in his book Leaders at All Levels recommends that everyone in your organization have “raising up new leaders” as a part of their job description.  When someone is teaching others to lead it reinforces those principles in their own life.

5.  Require evaluation – Have times of regular evaluation as a team.  Ask them:  What have we been doing well?  What can we learn from that?  Where do we need to improve?  What can we learn from that?


Are you part of a team? Are you leading a team? What part are you playing?  Thoughts???

MORE HIM, less me


Guest Blogger…(Church Marketing Sucks)

This was a GREAT blog… I’m trying not to “re-post” to many wonderful articles that I read everyday, but this one made me think… It’s talking about veneer in our lives…

End Veneer
Stripping away veneer is an “inside-out” idea. It is one part renewal (inside) and one part exchange (outward). Renewal is about the “transformation that takes place at the deepest recesses of the human heart with the aid of the Holy Spirit.” Exchanges “allow our spirits to stretch” by replacing the language of culture with the language of God.

Five renewals and five exchanges for ending the veneer in our lives:

Renewal: The inside work of the Holy Spirit

  • Pursue renewal in your relationship with God and in your personal relationships.
  • Pursue renewal of your life purpose.
  • Pursue renewal in your reverence for God by countering idol worship.
  • Pursue renewal in what and in whom you find reliance.
  • Pursue renewal as a member of God’s family, the church.

Exchanges: Replace language of culture with language of God

  • Exchange dissatisfaction for gratitude.
  • Exchange getting for giving.
  • Exchange hype for reality.
  • Exchange transaction for relation.
  • Exchange the common for the extraordinary.

It’s a terrible irony that Veneer will most likely get pushed aside amidst the more captivating headlines and hubbub of whatever orbit you’re floating in. Yes, you should immerse yourself in this book. Not because it will mesmerize or motivate, but because it will draw you back to what really matters. After all, we don’t need more instruction; we need more obedience. It’s a reminder we as communicators need more than anyone else.

MORE HIM, less me


This is a book that I will be reading…Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society

Mixed Emotions…

As I sit here blogging this morning, (Which I haven’t done in a LOOOOONGGG Time), I am thinking about the future… Let me explain, In the past 2 weeks, I have graduated my daughter & one of my sons, talked to one of my sons about mariage, spent 3 wonderful days with my Grandson, wrote my thirty day notice to our landlords, looked for a new place to live, spent some time with some great friends, continued to work through my schooling, AND just yesterday put my son who just graduated on a plan to Olympia Washington to intern for the summer at a Church where my Oldest Son is on staff…

It’s been a whirlwind experience… I’m happy, I’m sad, I’m happy, I’m sad… I’m… well, both… Without going into details, I’m exited for the future, yet sad I’m moving on from the past… I’ve loved the past, and look forward to the future… The past is that place that helps shape the future, but let’s be honest, sometimes we look back at the past and miss the fun times we had.. I really am excited about what is coming for the future, Starla and I get to spend a week with our Grandson, I get to hear stories of my sons experiences in the Seattle area (jealous), I am participating in my first ever PanOhio (328 mile Bike ride from Cleveland to Cincinnati), and see the AMAZING things God’s going to do @ Capital City Church… It’s gonna be a fun summer!!!


MORE HIM, less me


guest blogger… (Seth Godin)

I had to share this post.. What great questions to ask yourself…

Which of the four are getting in your way?

You don’t know what to do

You don’t know how to do it

You don’t have the authority or the resources to do it

You’re afraid

Once you figure out what’s getting in the way, it’s far easier to find the answer (or decide to work on a different problem).

Stuck is a state of mind, and it’s curable.

proud dad…

Today I was able to attend my sons Graduation… It was a time of remembering… I remember when I was in school… (that was a LONG time ago) as I was sitting there listening to the Class speeches, they talked about reaching potential, reaching for your dreams, being all you can be, etc… I began to think about what my dreams where at my sons age, what were my goals, am I reaching my potential.. Those are tough questions to ask AND truthfully answer… I know I haven’t “arrived” I am constantly trying to reach farther for those things.. But enough about me… As I sat there I thought about the potential in that room…will 1/4, 1/2, or more of it be fulfilled?? I pray that the potential that is in my sons, be fulfilled far beyond what I can ask, think, or even imagine… Love you son… I’m proud of you!!

MORE HIM, less me


P.s. My daughter is graduating this year also.. I will be posting more on that later…

busier than a one armed paper hanger…

Urban Dictionary says To be so busy, it will be impossible to finish your task.  Well, My wife & I are preparing for a weekend that includes, two graduations (Son & Daughter), there graduation parties, family traveling to stay at our house , our grandson staying with us, 5 other graduation parties (1 being my sons girlfriends) & preparing to speak on Sunday… Other than that, we’ve got nothing going on… Is that our lives, are we ALWAYS busy? I hope that you take the time to relax, take vacations, make memories with family and friends, do nothing… We all need to make sure that we are taking the time to regenerate, restore, refresh… I plan on doing that real soon…AFTER this coming weekend…

My Point:

don’t be busy ALL the time… WORK HARD, PLAY HARD, and sometimes we just need to do nothing…

MORE HIM, less me


stressed out…

From a new Gallup poll, 39% of Americans say they have experienced stress in the past day.

But some states are more stressed than others according to the survey…  Here are the top 15 stressed states:

15.  (tie)  Tennessee (40.3%)

14.  (tie)  Michigan (40.3%)

13.  (tie) Connecticut (40.4%)

12.  (tie)  North Carolina (40.4%)

11.  Washington (40.9%)

10.  Rhode Island (40.3%)

9.  New Hampshire (40.1%)

8.  Nevada (41.2%)

7.  Ohio (41.9%)

6.  Oregon (42.3)

5.  Massachusetts (42.6%)

4.  Idaho (43.0%)

3.  West Virginia (43.6)

2.  Kentucky (44.9%)

1.  Utah (45.1%)


What is it that causes this much stress? almost half of Ohio reports stress, REALLY??!!! I thought we weren’t supposed to worry about tomorrow?? I heard some great advice one time, many of you have heard the same advice… STOP IT!!!

MORE HIM, less me