Month: May 2012

Farewell

  A number of my friends are beginning to say “farewell” to careers.  It’s hard to believe.  I know for many “retirement” is not an issue and they will be finding something productive and challenging for the next several years but nonetheless, it’s a change and a transition.  Not only are they saying farewell to work but to friends, clients, customers donors, and people that have helped defin ...[Read More]

Follow Me

I was with a young man who had just completed the biggest business deal of his career and if managed right left him with a fortune that would provide for he and his family for the rest of their lives.  I asked him how he felt and he said ” "I'm afraid.  I know I don't deserve this and I might lose it as quickly as I made it.  God might take it away."  Th ...[Read More]

Let's Go

  I used to kid our youngest daughter that she came into this world saying “Let’s go guys.”  She was five when we set up a lemonade stand in the front yard. She was ready to flag down all the passing cars.  I stepped inside for a minute and when I returned she was nowhere in sight!  I looked down the street and she was standing at our neighbor’s front do ...[Read More]

Leadership For Losers

  In a few days I'll be in a leadership seminar.  There will be hundreds of others in the room with me to watch speakers and consultants on the topic from all over the country via live feed.  I know there will be some thought provoking content but I doubt this thought by G.K. Chesterton will be part of it.  "Distribute the dignified people and the capable people and th ...[Read More]

Don't Give Money To Your Kids

Don't Give Money To Your Kids

I’ve been reading more stories about teaching philanthropy to kids by handing them funds to give away.  One article had a well-meaning foundation settling $100,000 on a group of college students and challenging them to figure out the best way to dispense the money.  The amounts are all over the map but the assumption is the same: If we give kids our money and help create a structure they will lear ...[Read More]

Is This Normal?

  A local acquaintance made a very large donation to a worthy non-profit a couple of years ago and I attended the dinner honoring him and his wife.  This was not their first major contribution but it was far more public and caught everyone by surprise.  While everything was done with great taste to honor them and they were extremely appreciative ” there were a number of whispe ...[Read More]

Connecting The Dots

  My last piece on entrepreneur church leaders reminded me of a dinner I had one night with a number of Wal-Mart executives in Rogers Arkansas.  I was seated next to a man whose responsibilities were doing site selections for new stores – especially Sam's Clubs.  Being naturally curious I asked him what process he used to select sites.  I wanted to know how he started ...[Read More]

Big is Here to Stay

  A friend in Dallas asked me last week “What’s the reason for megachurches?”  That’s an easy one to answer!  Since I worked for twelve years with megachurches as President of Leadership Network in what some consider to be the period of largest growth for these churches I’ve been thinking about his question.  Coincidentally I was with Bob Buford th ...[Read More]

The Narrow Gate

  “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life ” and only a few find it.” John 10:13-14 This was the lesson assignment on Sunday and” frankly ” I was not too enthusiastic about teaching it.  A good part of ...[Read More]