The Easiest and Best Way to Take Risks

The Easiest and Best Way to Take Risks

What comes to mind when you hear the word risk? Does it excite you? Does it fill you with fear? Most of us probably fall somewhere in the middle, and want a little more context and clarification to provide an answer. That’s what risk does. No matter where you fall in your preference or aversion for it, you agree that risk equates to a giant question mark. And that’s one reason people tend to shy away from risk. It’s uncertainty. It’s unknown. It lives in a gray area. But to make any sort of... Read More
Take Your Goal-Setting to the Next Level

Take Your Goal-Setting to the Next Level

“These are goals, not initiatives. I asked you for six initiatives that would support our vision for the campus. These are just things you would like to see happen or programs you want to implement. Take these back and try again. If we really want to see results I need you to think steps.” I pressed my lips together, gritted my teeth and forced a smile. I also nodded and stormed out of my supervisor’s office. I had put a lot of time and effort into my semi-annual evaluation. I had probably... Read More
Refuse to Quit

Refuse to Quit

I started playing basketball in fourth grade. I had hit a growth spurt and everyone kept suggesting I try it out. My dad took me to the community center and signed me up. I didn’t know how to dribble or shoot and the rules were as familiar to me as calculus theorems. I was lost, to put it mildly. In my first game I rebounded 20 balls, which may sound impressive, except that I also walked twice, missed every shot I attempted, and fouled out in the third quarter. It was around this same time... Read More
Last Quarter: Last Ditch Efforts?

Last Quarter: Last Ditch Efforts?

We’ve just crept into the last quarter of the year. Depending on your goals and progress in them, you’re either preparing your touchdown dance or getting comfy on the sidelines, as the New Year comes into view. Sadly, many of us are already saying, “Pass the Gatorade.” But is it really too late to make remarkable improvements in the last 90 days of 2017? The good news is that, no, it’s not. There’s still time! The bad news is that you’ve got some work to do, and there’s no time to waste.... Read More
How to Work With Difficult People

How to Work With Difficult People

There are a lot of things about being a leader that I love. I love getting to experience people’s stories. I love coming alongside of people and helping them grow. If I’m real honest, I love being able to walk through the “Authorized Personnel Only” door. I even love the long days and late nights. However, being a leader isn’t all potlucks, door access, and being in charge. There are a lot of things I hate. For example, I hate paperwork, I hate paperwork, and did... Read More