Improving an Unhealthy Team

January 29, 2014
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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 […]

Hope in a world of wishful thinking

December 31, 2013
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Every year roughly 50% of adults in the United States make New Years resolutions, and by the end of the year around 90% of those resolutions have been given up on (I’d love to meet the 10% because I’m not sure who they are). Yet every January 1, the cycle begins all over again, and […]

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Reading the Signs?

December 18, 2013
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“Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:  the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”  Isaiah 7: 14 Signs are everywhere.  I’ve counted 75 road signs in the ¼ mile between my house and the closest major intersection in the center of my town.  You literally can not […]

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What Do You Have in Common with the Chesapeake Bay?

December 12, 2013
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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 […]

Longing to See the Savior

December 9, 2013
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This week I will take a break from what I said I would blog about: leadership styles and how to maximize them. The reason? This month represents something infinitely more important!  As we look forward to Christmas, it is good to pause and prepare ourselves for this Advent season. The history of Advent is an […]

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Finding the missing words

November 27, 2013
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We all have significant memories in our lives.  Memories of events, people, and words that help shape us.  We also have memories of things that didn’t happen that shape us in powerful ways also.  These are the types of things that weren’t present in our lives, but were painfully obvious. An example of that from […]

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A Dashboard for Young Life Leaders

November 19, 2013
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(Disclaimer: although most of L42day’s posts can be read with profit whether you are a part of the Young Life mission or not, today’s post is aimed specifically at those who are leading or supervising Young Life clubs.) Young Life leaders: Do the numbers at the left mean anything to you?  Can you make any […]

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