Be Consistent

When I was in college my mentor said to me one day, “Circumstances don’t cause a bad attitude; the reveal one.” This was like a kick in the stomach at that point because I was letting my circumstances impact my attitude and ultimately my behavior, but this statement resonated with me and taught me a key leadership lesson about being consistent. Continue Reading…

Five Feet for Five Minutes

Have you ever experienced a challenge with communication or connection with your wife or husband?

In a world powered by social media, our relationships at times can be reduced to a series of text messages, emails or tweets. This challenge only increases as you add children to your family. Add on top of that all the social things we have going on that take up our time and you end up with a lot of factors that make deep connection a challenge. Continue Reading…

When to Leave

This is a tough topic and question to answer.

When do I start looking for something new professionally and leave where I am now? This is a question I get asked a lot, especially since the technology job market is thriving here in Atlanta. A lot of those who ask this question are looking for a framework to think through when it comes to making a decision like this, but communicating a framework is a challenge because of the uniqueness of our situations. Continue Reading…

Are you making points or making a difference?

“It’s easy to make a point; it’s hard to make a difference.”

This is a quote I once heard Andy Stanley say during one of his leadership podcasts. It resonated with me because I see this play out often in my business (almost every day these days) and in other areas of my life. Whether it’s in the context of business when you’re talking about other teams or it’s a conversation with a friend and you’re talking about what’s going on in the world, it’s just easier to make a point than it is to make a difference. Continue Reading…

A Seldom Asked Question in Leadership

Most of us have regularly scheduled meetings with our direct supervisors, whether informal or formal, to talk about things going on in the business. There are a lot of questions asked during meetings like this that drill into the work we are doing, but I think there is a very important question that us leaders forget or neglect to ask when interacting with those we are leading. Continue Reading…

Are you a Finisher?

What attribute is at the top of your list when you hire leaders or individual contributors in your organization? I love the Southwest Airline “hire for attitude, train for skill” approach and adopt it in all the areas I’m responsible for, but what attribute do you value right now over others when looking for the “right” people? Continue Reading…

One Dumb Move from Blowing It

When Shannon and I lived in Charleston I had the privilege of being in a Bible study with the lead pastor at the church we attended. His name is Buster Brown (yes, that’s for real) and he is one of most intelligent men I’ve ever had the opportunity to interact with. He seemed to be able to have an intelligent conversation with you about any topic at any time. I really wonder if he had a photographic memory.

There was a phrase he would constantly share with us that really resonated with me and I think is worth thinking through and passing on. This phrase is a real gut check for any leader and a reality we need to live with. To not think this can be very dangerous and the implications immeasurable. Continue Reading…

Picking up the Baton: Pat Williams Story

A few days ago while driving to work I heard an intriguing story that caught my attention. It was a story that caused me to pause and provided a very practical example of someone picking up the baton for someone else and a model for what leaders do.

Pat Williams is the founder of the Orlando Magic basketball team. He orchestrated bringing the NBA to Orlando and has been behind the surge of fan interest and bringing superstar NBA players to that city (ex. Shaquille O’Neal, Dwight Howard, etc.). He is a former minor league baseball player and has been in the NBA in some capacity for the past 40+ years. That’s just a snapshot of his professional career and there’s much more. Continue Reading…

Staying on Target in Leadership and Life

Have you ever played golf and how does golf correlate to leadership? If so, you’ve experienced one of the most frustrating aspects of this game that is the source of many lost balls, broken clubs and ventures through the woods of your local golf establishment. This thorn in the flesh is called the slice. We are all capable of doing it. Even the best in the world are at risk and there are thousands of websites, ebooks and tools offering to cure this ill for you. Continue Reading…

The Law of Sowing and Reaping

I’m always surprised when others are surprised when things happen in business. There are definitely external or environmental factors beyond our control that change our dynamics and surprise us, but the majority of what we run into daily are results of the constant build up of all our decisions.

There is a key law referenced in the Bible that speaks directly to this. This law is not fair or unfair but simply a timeless truth that plays itself out in all of our lives and contexts. It’s simple, straight forward and given to us in the context of farming. Continue Reading…

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