Leading in the First Quarter

We are officially over the hump in the latter have of January. The first quarter of the year can fly by if you let it, but I would like to offer 5 things every leader can do to ensure a strong start to the organizational year: Re-read a book. Go back and read that book, … Continue reading Leading in the First Quarter

Ooo … You Cheated

I've only had one fight. EVER! It was 1985 at the brand new 15th Street School. I was a kindergartener playing kickball with my friends on the play ground, and I was accused of cheating. Of course I didn't cheat at all, but the accusation was hurled at me, because some kid didn't like the … Continue reading Ooo … You Cheated

Us VS Them

The pervasive concept of "us vs. them" is the basis of racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and in the words of Pastor Shirley Caesar, YOU NAME IT! While it can be fun to participate in simple sports rivalries, or debate who's greek organization is the best, the hurtful nature of exclusivity does far more damage … Continue reading Us VS Them

Who Are You? (The Respect Fallacy)

There is this notion that "respect must be earned." I've heard this all of my life and have pretty much always fallen in line with that thinking. However, the older I get the more I realize that this is NOT the way things should be. The english language is tricky because we tend to use … Continue reading Who Are You? (The Respect Fallacy)

Passion & Purpose

I haven't completely figured out the official cutoffs, but it's generally accepted that I am a late Generation X'er. There are many things that differentiate us from other generations but I believe one of the greatest differences is that we are a passion driven generation. Before us, the Baby Boomers and the Silent Generations were … Continue reading Passion & Purpose

Maybe It’s YOU!

People come and people go; that's just the way life works. We are living in a generation that is slowly getting back to understanding the power of connection. Yes we have personal responsibility, but we are also better together. With this longing for relationship and the fulfillment that comes from them, there is also the … Continue reading Maybe It’s YOU!

Social Media Maturity

I work with elementary school kids, first through fourth grade. At these ages kids aren't just learning their ABC's and 123's, but they are also learning social behaviors and how exist outside of the world that they know: which is home. Their immaturity is evident in their behavior, which is routinely excused with these words: … Continue reading Social Media Maturity

That Don’t Make You A Christian: Cultural Christianity

One of the greatest "selling points" of Christianity is that it has no correlating culture. Culture, as defined by clothing, music, food, or anything that gives a group of people an identity, is virtually non-existent in the Christian faith. The culture of Christians are as various as there are nations in the world, because the faith … Continue reading That Don’t Make You A Christian: Cultural Christianity

Chasing Mermaids & Unicorns

Whenever bad things happen, or relationships end, people go on the hunt for closure. Closure is the sense of resolution at the end of something, that brings a conclusion after an emotional or traumatic event. Tons of doctors and tv shows make their living on trying to bring closure to the people who need it. … Continue reading Chasing Mermaids & Unicorns

Behind The Scenes

TV. Movies. Advertisements. Shoot ... even Facebook and Instagram. In order for the public to see any finished product, there is a lot that happens behind the scenes. Beyonce has had a team working behind the scenes since she was 10 years old, maybe even before that. There have been people on here team, who … Continue reading Behind The Scenes