Don't Waste That Vision 
Sharing What We Are All About With Those We Lead
by Lee Wise
I love network marketing. I enjoy the continual process of learning that must take as I explore better ways of "making it happen." <more...>

Creating a Vision Plan is a Recipe for Success
by Rhonda Jones
Just recently I created a vision chart. The chart contained pictures, scriptures, words, and phrases that represented by goals, dreams, and desires. It encompassed core areas including my career, social life, health, recreation, spirituality, education, relationships, and self care. To create my vision chart I perused favorite magazines and cut out images a <more...> 

Identifying True Christian Leaders 
by Glen Williams
It saddens me to see what we modern Christians think of as a leader. It's as if someone disconnected our spiritual gifts and we're unable to distinguish the leaders God chose from the ones man chooses. We tend to see their physical appearance, the political positions they take, the letters before or after their names, the titles on their resumes, and their ability to please everyone <more...>

The Visionary Family
by Carl Caton and Dena Dyer
During World War II, Britain had a difficult time keeping laborers in the coal mines. Many wanted to join the military, since the servicemen garnered much public praise. Yet the mines were critical to the success of the war. So the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, faced thousands of coal miners one day and told them how their role could make or break England’s goal of freedom.

How to Write a Christian Family Mission Statement
by Carl Caton
If you're pursuing the idea on how to write a family mission statement, then I don't need to tell you about the power and benefits of such an endeavor. One of the best resources in guiding you through this process is found in "Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind", page 70, of the bestselling book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families." Covering more than forty pages, author Stephen Covey gives you everything you need to know about his powerful process. <more...>

A Vision That Renews
by Ted Schroder
There are two ways of living: one way is to get up every day and do what is on the agenda for that day; and the other way is to look ahead beyond the immediate and ask, “Why am I doing this? Where am I going? What do I want to achieve?” The former approach allows the immediate to dictate how our time is used, and the latter approach prefers to set priorities according to their answers to those questions. <more...>

The 7 Components Of Vision 
by Ericka Jackson
When we hear about vision, we often hear the words purpose, dreams, calling, passion and gifts used synonymously. It's time to clear this up once and for all! There are seven components to vision and understanding each one will help clarify your path. <more...>

What is Failure Anyway?
Nan S. Russell
Does it surprise you that only 400 cokes were sold the first year; Albert Einstein's Ph.D. dissertation was rejected; Henry Ford had two bankruptcies before his famous success; or Ulysses S. Grant was working as a handyman, written off as a failure, eight years before becoming President of the United States? <more...>

Leading a Growing Church 
by Brian Jones
Recently I spent the day reflecting on my fumbling attempts to lead our church in growth. To say that I've felt unprepared for my current assignment is an understatement...the Three Stooges meet Forrest Gump strikes me as a more accurate picture. While my initial list filled three pages, here are four things I wish someone told me before my boat left the dock: <more...>

It's Not About Time
by Nan S. Russell
With mounting to-do lists, big projects with short delivery dates, consuming workloads, growing obligations and festering unfinished tasks, it's no wonder in this what-have-you-done-for-me-today world we often feel time deprived. Work-life flows to home-life, balance becomes imbalance, and goals and dreams get relegated to a closet shelf. <more...>

7 Ways to Keep Your Team Motivated
by Kelley Robertson
Many managers mistakenly think that money is the prime motivator for their employees. However, according to surveys by several different companies, money is consistently ranked five or lower by most employees. So if money is not the best way to motivate your team, what is? <more...>

Power Up Your Communication Through Listening
by Anthony Mullins
The differences between hearing and listening can be as different as black and white. In our personal lives, ineffective listening isolates people we care about, and invalidates those around us. In a professional environment, ineffective listening involving our clients, staff, and peers leads to failure. On the other hand, developing the skills of a powerful listener can build a bridge to success.  <more..>

Let's Talk About Trust 
by Nan S. Russell 
I agree with Booker T. Washington, "Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him." I agree with Mr. Washington because I've experienced trust. I've been on both the giving and receiving side of the equation, and I know first hand the power of trust. <more...>

The Organizing Secrets of Noah. 
by Nita Jackson
All around Noah was chaos and violence. God decided to wipe out the whole mess and start over with just Noah and his family. The following are five principles that helped Noah with such a large task. <more...>

How To Conduct Effective Meetings
by Susan Cullen
Before you call your next meeting, the FIRST step is to decide if it is really essential. To determine that, ask yourself the following: <more...>

No More Stagefright = Have Fun Speaking!
by Dianne Legro
7 Tips that calm and center you before your presentation:  1. Breathe and stretch before your presentation for at least ten minutes. This refreshes you, gets oxygen flowing to your brain and releases the hold your mind has on your body which gives you that "pent up" feeling. <more...>

A Simple Guide to Writing (and Giving) a Speech
by Hal Warfield
Nearly as dreaded as snakes and spiders, public speaking ranks high in causing fear in many of us.  Whether your motivation is a desire to learn or simple necessity, here is a really simple guide to writing and giving a  speech.  <more...>

Fact or Opinion?
by Nan S. Russell
"You ain't going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck." What if Elvis believed this Grand Ole Opry manager's critique after his l954 performance? Or the Beatles listened in 1962 when Decca Recording Company responded, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." <more...>

The Myth of the Happy Church-Growth Pastor 
by Brian Jones
Once upon a time there was a young man who felt called to become a Pastor. He went to a Christian college where they taught him many wonderful things...how to love people and teach the Bible and win people to Jesus. But when he entered his first church he realized there was a big difference between what he was taught and the skills needed to run a dynamic congregation. <more...>

The Laser Lifestyle
by Claire Hatch
I feel very lucky to live in a country where work can be more than just a way to survive. Where work can nourish the mind, build self-esteem, and provide what novelist Henry James described as “the most agreeable emotion of the human heart”-success. <more...>

A Quick Tip for Delivering a Great Speech
by V. Berba Velasco Jr., Ph.D.
Does speaking in public leave you tongue-tied? Do you stumble over your words? Do you want to learn how to speak more eloquently in front of a crowed?  <more...>

Someone Else
by Nan S. Russell
"I'm sorry, but I have to vent. It was a horrible day at work," began my friend on our monthly catch-up call. "We've all been there," I offered. "Yeah, but not like this." As a substitute instructional aid, she'd been asked to assist teachers on a field trip for 275 fifth <more...>

Ancora Imparo
by Nan S. Russell
Ancora imparo, translated as "I am still learning" or "Still, I am learning," is attributed to Michelangelo in his eighty-seventh year. The man who painted the Sistine Chapel and sculpted the Pieta and David, whose very name evokes mastery of his craft, exemplifies a lifelong learning philosophy. <more...>

It Takes a Little Fear
by Nan S. Russell
Opening this week on Broadway, Julia Roberts makes her debut in "Three Days of Rain." The Oscar-winning actress expressed her fear about her upcoming theater début this way, "By the time I get there," Roberts told The New York Times, "I'll be entirely apoplectic. But the terror is part of the excitement." <more...>

The Most Important Stories You Tell
by Nan S. Russell
Stories can inspire or deceive; motivate or manipulate; challenge or deflate; persuade or console; unite or divide; ignite or resolve; anger or connect. But, none of this is new news. Stories are everywhere, all the time. In the papers we read, in the content we watch or listen to, and in the places we frequent. That includes our workplaces. And we're all storytellers. <more...>

5 Keys to Powerful Communication
by Anthony Mullins
As a coach that specializes in marriage, couples and family coaching, it is critical to develop strong and clear keys for communication. How many times have you been faced with a difficult feeling or occurrence that you are reluctant to discuss with your partner? You probably thought, “If I just don’t say anything, I can get past it”? <more...>

Taking Your Words Seriously
by Nan S. Russell 
When we ordered the stained glass window as an accent piece for our home, the artist-proprietor told us he was a bit behind. “So," he said, “to be on safe side, plan on six months." That was two years ago. <more...>

Turning Your Speech Into A Book
by Alyice Edrich
Most speakers want to become published authors, but don’t know where to start; after all, their speakers, not writers, right? Nothing could be further from the truth. All great speeches start with an idea.

Christ-Based Leadership 
by David Stark
Are You Leadership Literate?  This book came to life in my spirit on an unforgettable day in the early 1990s as I was reading global forecaster Alvin Toffler's The Third Wave. Toffler had always been quite prescient about the future, and his well-known statement struck me to the core: <more...>

More Powerful Tips To Help You Become A Highly Effective Speaker / Presenter
by Gabriel Daniels
1. Allow your arms to move freely and naturally. (Avoid pre-planning your gestures.)  In other words, avoid "consciously" saying inside, "I will move my arms this way now. That's what's appropriate at this point." Just allow your arms to move or gesture naturally. Avoid being conscious of them. <more...>

Celebrating Successes: The Power Of Compliments
by Bill Lampton Ph.D.
Years ago, when I was new in management circles, a veteran administrator decided to share his self-described secret of success. He said: You have to be careful, Bill. I've learned not to compliment my people. Makes them too self-assured, and they get lax in their work habits. Better to keep them guessing.  <more...>

Kill the Hype 
by Nan S. Russell
She was waiting for me when I returned from a meeting. Standing outside my office door, I could tell by her downward glance, Jodie was not there to give me good news on the project. Despite her confident, enthusiastic and definitive style, she failed to deliver what she had pitched. It was not the first time. <more...>

Workplace 911
by Nan Russell
I've watched a few episodes of Nanny 911 and with the chaos, out of control children and seemingly irreparable behavior, it strikes me as a precursor to Workplace 911. No, not a new reality TV show, but everyday workplace problems. <more...>

It Takes Time
by Nan S. Russell
The story goes that after one of Ludwig van Beethoven's performances, several people were offering him their congratulations, when one woman commented, "I wish God had bestowed me with such genius." "It isn't genius, madam, nor is it magic." Beethoven replied. "All you have to do is practice on your piano eight hours a day for 40 years." <more...>

Strategies for Planning and Conducting Effective Meetings
by Kate Smalley
Did you know that business executives spend about half their time sitting in meetings? In fact, 40 to 50 percent of their working hours are consumed by meetings, according to a study by the Annenberg School of Communications at UCLA and the University <more...>

Bite Your Tongue! 10 Ways to Be an Effective Listener
by Joy Fisher-Sykes
Have you ever spoken to someone and then felt the need to say, “Did you hear what I just said?” Why did you feel the need to ask? Probably because the listener didn’t provide you with the feedback you needed to know you were heard. <more...>

The Art of List-Making
by Christine Louise Hohlbaum
“Put it on the list!” my mother always said whenever any one of us children would complain of a lack of this or that. Pretty soon we had an arm’s length list of groceries, clothing, and accessories. It is no wonder my mother had an interminable scroll of paper we could pull down as we added to the list of to-dos. I inherited her skill for list-making. I even occasionally remember to bring it along when shopping. <more...>

The Secret to Success
by  Nan S. Russell
Most people are looking for the secret to success; the secret to being a millionaire; the secret to winning at working. To help them find it, Amazon.com currently inventories 1,797 books promising success secrets, everything from "Mustang Sallies: Success Secrets of Women Who Refuse to Run With the Herd" to "The 21 Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires." <more...>

Knowing and Guessing
by Nan S. Russell
The line between average and exceptional work performance is dotted with ordinary day-by-day behaviors. I was reminded of that line recently. My husband was explaining to a nurse how he'd inadvertently taken the last dose of the live typhoid virus on the wrong day and wondered if he needed to retake the sequence prior to our Africa trip. "No," she commented, "I think you'll be fine." We both knew she was guessing. <more...>

Love What You Do 
by Catherine Pulsifer
If you love what you do, then it is no longer work. The money you earn is secondary when you love your work. Money can never buy happiness, or peace of mind. 

Leadership: Wisdom of the Ages
by Susan Cullen
A major problem for employers today is attracting the best talent, and then retaining key employees. Research shows that the key ingredient for retention lies within the manager’s ability to understand what employees really want. <more...>

The Path of Least Resistance
by Nan S. Russell
I spend a bit of time on airplanes. So, I was surprised by what I observed on a regional jet. Yes, it was holiday travel. Yes, the flight was overbooked. Yes, infrequent and tired travelers were creating challenges for the only stewardess. Still, she saw the small boy <more...>

Which Half Are You?
by Nan S. Russell
When more than half of Americans were identified as overweight, people took notice. Major news outlets began educating on how to stay out, or get out, of that statistic. I wish the same attention had been paid when the Conference Board released their statistics saying half of Americans are satisfied with their job. <more...>

Conquering Goals: The Battle Plan
by Anthony Mullins
“To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” (Anatole France) While these three items define success, without all of them success would be unattainable. Without a dream, you will be without desire and without desire, you will be without action. If you can unlock the dream, then you can unlock success and make your dream reality.

The Power of Partnering
by Kelley Robertson

“Get the sale at any cost.”
“Make more calls.”
“Tell them what they want to hear.”

Sales professionals in virtually every industry are under tremendous pressure to close sales. It is not uncommon for them to hear comments similar to ones above from their sales manager, supervisor, or boss. But this approach does not create trust with customers and does not encourage repeat business or a lasting relationship. 

Your Pastor's Dirty Little Secret 
by Brian Jones
In the past 14 years I've rubbed shoulders with more ministers than I can remember. I've talked with ministers of large churches, small churches, and every size in between. I've hung out with black ministers, Hispanic ministers, Episcopal ministers, Republican ministers, and yes, to my shame, even ministers who are Yankee fans. You name 'em, I've probably picked up their lunch tab. <more...>

Priorities: Are You Living Yours?
by Anthony Mullins
In the Charles Dickens classic, “The Christmas Story”, Scrooge is given the opportunity to examine his life and his priorities before it is too late. Upon being shown his grave by the ghost of Christmas Future, he asks “Spirit, are these instances of things that will be or are they of things that might be? Is it too late for me?”

by Nan S. Russell
Even now, months after it happened, it surprises me when I think about it. No phone call. No heads up. No discussion. As I opened the email from a business associate, checking my messages from an airport lounge, I expected a routine update. Instead, I read a message severing our relationship. <more...>

15 Ways To Say Thank You
by Carren W. Joye
Leaders of organizations and groups are always encouraged to say thank you to their volunteers and staff to let them know they are appreciated. We want our volunteers to know how much we value their work, but sometimes just saying thanks does not seem enough. Indeed, there are a variety of ways to express <more...>

Those Little Things
by Nan S. Russell
Moving to another state meant finding a new dentist. I tried one a neighbor recommended who seemed friendly, competent and eager to please. But, I never went back. His office was a case study on the importance <more...>

Checklist for High Performing Teams
by Susan Cullen
Why do some teams perform well while others struggle? How can you assess how effectively your team is working now, and identify methods for improvement? <more...>

Run Freely (A Lesson About Courage)
by Gabriel Daniels
One afternoon, many years ago, I went to pick up my mother from work. I got there a little early so I parked the car by the curb, across the street from where she worked, and waited for her. <more...>

How To Improve Your Negotiating Skills
by Sue and Chuck DeFiore
Negotiation will be an important area for every home based business owner, especially in lease purchasing. Whether you're dealing with suppliers, employees, or prospective clients, you're negotiating. The following tips will help you to negotiate better. <more...>

Leading Others 
Helping Others Become All They Can Be 
© Lee Wise 2003 All rights reserved 

I have spent a good part of my life striving to encourage people. It seems as though I've always wanted to help people "win." When I was in high school, I coached a swim team during the summer months. I loved coaching...  <more...>

Dealing With Negative People Made Easy
by Peter Murphy
I was playing tennis today with one of my tennis buddies. We play once a week and we usually chat about work, professional tennis players and local news. <more...>

How To Be Confident And Relaxed When Speaking Before A Group Of People
by Gabriel Daniels
1. Prepare thoroughly.  Prepare the message of your speech thoroughly. Know exactly what it is you want to bring across to your audience...and why. Knowing the purpose of your speech will help focus and organize your thoughts, thus allowing you to be relaxed when it comes time to make your presentation. <more...>

Getting The Most Out Of A Conference
by Bill Lampton Ph.D.
For almost three decades, I have been attending conferences. For twenty years, I went as a participant, while serving as vice president of three colleges and a medical center. For the last eight years, I have gone to numerous conferences as a professional speaker and seminar leader, while I continue to attend the National Speakers Association’s conferences as a registrant. <more...>

Don’t Give Presentations Or Speeches. Give Leadership Talks Instead.
by Brent Filson
The CEO of a worldwide business asked me to help him develop a talk he planned to give to several hundred of his top executives. He said, *I feel as if I’m Daniel going into the lion*s den.* <more...>

7 Steps to Writing Effective Cover Letters
by Robert Moment
A cover letter can be the ultimate compliment to your resume. With an effective and well-written letter, you can impress future employers with details that cannot always be found in the resume. Also, a cover letter may just be the reason your resume is even read. Employers are likely to ignore resumes that are unaccompanied. A cover letter makes it stand out. <more...>

Leadership Lessons from Pope John Paul II
by Sharif Khan
From a small-town Polish boy born to a retired army officer to become Pope; from a hard life in Nazi occupied Poland, his mother dead of kidney and heart failure, an older brother dead from scarlet fever, to <more...>

Time Poverty
by Esther Smith
There is a misguided thought that being busy is the same as making progress. With shorter deadlines, competing priorities, interruptions and even higher quality expectations, it brings today’s time challenges to another level. Yet the number of hours in the day has not changed. <more...>

Time Management Tips for Solo Entrepreneurs
by Jean Hanson
Does it seem like everyone and everything is vying for your attention all at once? It can be hard for solo entrepreneurs to know what to do first, let alone try to find the time to get caught up. Here are some <more...>

How To Deal With People Who Dislike You
by Peter Murphy
When you read books on personal development and articles about making your life better the emphasis is generally on the positive. <more...>

Who Are The Underminers?
by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
How many of you had the experience growing up of being told in various ways to limit yourselves from being all you can be? The movie “The Incredibles” (tm) <more...>

Do You Have A Vision?
by Craig Binkley
Here’s one of the most important questions you’ll ever be asked (that is, if you’re a dad, or you ever plan to be): Do you have a vision for your family? <more...>

Travel Light to Work
by Nan S. Russell
As a frequent traveler, my goal for each trip is to travel light. Despite thoughtful planning, sometimes that goal is shattered when I go to close the suitcase and realize I need a larger, or even second one. I can't always get my packing right and end up taking more than I need. When that happens it's frustrating. I hate lugging extra baggage and feeling encumbered. <more...>

A Lasting Leadership Lesson: How One Leadership Talk By George Washington Saved The Revolution (And Our Fledgling Nation) From Catastrophe. 
By Brent Filson
Leadership lessons come in many guises. One unforgettable lesson comes from George Washington and his contribution to the most important victory of the Revolutionary War. <more...>

A New Look At An Old Rule
by Terry L. Sumerlin
The pre-teen “cleaned up” real nice and looked good in his new haircut. In fact, I was plum proud of my work. But, he was totally under-whelmed. In an attempt to get a smile, I said, “You really don’t need to be quite so excited about this haircut.” His mom laughed, but he didn’t. 

10 Ways To Boost Your Creativity
by Julie Plenty
Creativity is your birthright – but can often be hidden in the everyday. To facilitate your personal development and self growth, here are some creativity tips you can use to resurrect, refresh and enhance your creative faculties. <more...>

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