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The Power of “The Next Time”

March 11, 2014 by


When you evaluate, do you look forward or back? We in Young Life have a culture of evaluation, which is a good thing. Our constant evaluation of ourselves and each other helps us to achieve the excellence that we strive for in our mission. Evaluation, despite its necessary function, and good intentions, is not always […]

Ordinary Greatness

February 18, 2014 by


As a young believer, I was inspired by the early church in the book of Acts because of the numbers of converts.  Likewise, men like Hudson Taylor, Dawson Troutman, Jim Rayburn, Harold Ockenga, and Billy Graham inspired me to accomplish great things for the Lord.  Henrietta Mears and Mother Theresa are also on my list […]

Improving an Unhealthy Team

January 29, 2014 by


For those of us in leadership roles, the team we lead is often a number of teams comprised of individuals.  It’s a team of teams.  This is often very different from leading just a team of individuals.  It adds a whole layer to our leadership that is not quite the same. Inevitably as we lead […]

What Do You Have in Common with the Chesapeake Bay?

December 12, 2013 by


Who are you becoming as a leader?  How will what you do today affect your leadership ten or twenty years from now? This fall, I was driving in Upstate New York, from Albany to Oneonta on Interstate 88.  About halfway there, I passed a sign that said, “Entering the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.”  I was incredulous.  I did […]

Using all the clubs in your leadership bag

November 6, 2013 by


Conventional wisdom says that we are who we are and the type of personality and way that we lead cannot be improved much.  I’ve believed for years that I was basically an encourager and team builder but that conflict was something I avoided like the plague.  And while we have the personality that the Lord […]

Leadership and Discouragement

October 29, 2013 by


Leadership can be a lonely enterprise at times.  The longer we lead people, the more isolated and abandoned we sometimes feel.  There is a tension in loving the people that you also lead.  We get closer to them, and yet we are their authority.  Inevitably we will have some of the people we lead make […]

If You Aim at Nothing . . .

October 17, 2013 by


Do you have a plan for your life?  What are you aiming at?  Just over a year ago, I attended a conference called The Building Champions Experience, which is a four-day conference for professionals and executives run by Building Champions, a business coaching firm. The best part of “The Experience” was being given the encouragement, […]