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5 Ways To Lead Teams Effectively

Back in my college days, I was introduced to Abraham Maslow thanks to Dr. Gast, my Educational Psychology Professor. Maslow studied what motivates human behavior and observed that we are all ‘needs junkies.” Once we have fulfilled one need, we move on to the next one. Our basic need begins with food and water and then moves on to feeling safe, belonging, making a difference, being recognized and finally, leaving a legacy. What does that mean  ...

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Guinea Pig, Anyone?

I can still remember watching the ‘Fasten Your Seat Belt’ sign come on.  As the plane began to descend through the clouds, never would I forget my first glimpse of the Andes Mountains.  As the wheels of the plane hit the runway, my stomach was filled with butterflies as we landed at the tiny airport in Quito, Ecuador.  As a summer missionary, I experienced so many ‘firsts.’ Riding on a train to the coastal city of Guayaquil, seeing bananas,  ...

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Good Medicine for Leaders

Studies show that leaders who lead with positive emotions have workgroups with a more positive mood, enhanced job satisfaction, greater engagement and improved performance. In fact one study at Mayo Clinic revealed that positive emotions could lengthen one’s life span by 10 years. Optimism early in life also predicted good health later in life. Interestingly enough, studies also reveal that praise and positive reinforcement are rare in  ...

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Capturing A Moment

What I love about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever and impossible to reproduce. Looking at a photograph often reminds me of the really important things in life – that each day is another chance for me to make everyday count. That each day I can cherish every moment with loved ones, live life with no regrets and thank God for all of the experiences He has allowed me to live out and learn from. Too  ...

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Blessings

I’ve been thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for this year. At the top of my list is is how God answered many prayers for the safety of my son-in-law, Tim, who spent the last few years serving our country – and 18 of those months were spent in Afghanistan. When we welcomed Tim home back in October, we were thankful he was home for good. So thankful he is back with his family and that God has provided him a good  ...

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The Art of Listening

How do you listen? I recently read that the skill which is most necessary to be an effective leader is ‘listening.’ In fact, some are so bold to say that you can’t become a great leader, until you are a great listener – which is often hard to do because most of the time our thoughts are consumed with our own agendas. Listening shows we really care about the person. Whether it is listening to a friend, co-worker or  ...

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Who is really in control?

“All this energy comes from Christ: God raised Him from death and set Him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the  ...