• Why a Crisis is not the Time to Forget Creativity

    During a crisis, it’s very easy to ditch our creative time. After all, there’s so much uncertainty around us that it’s hard to even think straight, much less be creative. For the last few weeks, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends – writing and producing resources to help pastors and ministry leaders navigate […]

  • Why your future is in your hands and no-one else’s

    I worry that we live in a culture today where growing numbers of people look outside themselves for success. And when they fail, it’s always someone else’s fault. But the government, your parents, your education, and your job aren’t the key to your success – you are. Whenever I feel my dreams losing steam, I […]

  • Where’s the Place That Inspires You?

    Now that it’s summer, it’s good to remember that for most people, geography impacts inspiration. There are extraordinary places on the planet that spark our imaginations and light up our creativity. The problem is, most people never think about “location” when it comes to creativity. Trust me – high performing creative people know the places […]

  • How You Can Change Your Career After 50

    There’s no question that changing careers after 50 can be a terrifying prospect. Things like a changing economy, advancing technology, more (and younger) competition – all can easily keep someone stuck in a dead-end job rather than taking a risk on the career of their dreams. But in my book, “One Big Thing: Discovering What […]

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Say, “I Don’t Know”

    Way too often in modern business, competition makes us feel that we can’t ask for help. We think it will show weakness, and as a result, we lie. We try to make everyone think we can handle everything, when the truth is, we have lots of questions. Here’s my take: Insecure people are terrified that […]

  • Here’s how to overcome the 5 greatest fears

    What are you afraid of? You may not be a wimp, but the truth is, everyone is afraid of something. And chances are, when you get to the root of your fear, you start discovering what’s holding you back. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, successful, unsuccessful, famous or not famous, fear is a […]

  • Want Better Ideas? Write Them Down.

    How many times has a brilliant thought struck, but before you could make a note you lost it? Ideas are the most fragile things in the world, and if you don’t write them down, they’ll be lost forever. I’ve met people who have literally made millions of dollars off ideas that—had they not written them […]

  • As leader, does everyone know your vision?

    It’s always bracing to hear leadership principles from military officers because they often have to make life and death decisions. Formerly America’s highest ranking officer, and 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 […]

  • How To Get Noticed in a Cluttered World

    If you want to have influence at any level, you need to learn how to get your ideas and expertise noticed. Too many people today have brilliant insight, but they don’t know the keys to getting anyone to listen. It’s a cluttered world out there, so if you’re going to get heard, here’s 5 key […]

  • The Seven People That Are Killing Your Organization

    1. The One Trick Pony. I once worked with a person in charge of a nonprofit’s direct mail fundraising program. One time with the monthly donor letter he used yellow paper and noticed that he received an 6% higher than normal response. Assuming that was the only factor, he made a rule that from then […]

  • Don’t Mistake Being Busy for Being Productive

    We’re all busy, but a big problem happens when we mistake busyness for productivity. Just because we’re doing a lot, doesn’t mean we’re doing what’s important, or doing it well. So if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed with being “busy,” here’s a few important suggestions: 1. Tame your task list:  Research indicates that half of our […]

  • Do you have what it takes to be a great leader?

    Do you work for or know a bad boss? I’m always amazed at the influence and power we give to other people. Particularly in the workplace, we cede enormous authority to others based on their title. Obviously we need to respect authority and leadership, but if you’re struggling under what you feel is inept or […]