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Abraham Lincoln captured my fascination when I read my very first book about him in grammar school. I was intrigued by the pictures of the tall, lanky young Lincoln. Since that time I have read numerous books on Lincoln, perhaps more than any other individual. Even now I have two books that I plan to read this year. There have…

It just naturally happens; you get carried away. The next thing you know, you are the hero of your own story - the knight in shining armor. You saved the day, the company, the youth group, the church, the marriage, even helped transform a life. Stop! Hold everything! Are you and I really the ones who bring change or are…

“Nobody makes you give up; you choose to give up!” was the quote I heard on ESPN Game Day. Don’t dismiss this as just another piece of motivational advice until you know the story. Terry Griffin, the father of twin brothers and UCF football players Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin, shared this nugget of wisdom with his sons. Born only seconds…

Casual Leadership extracts its greedy tariffs on corporations and classrooms. Only making withdrawals, Casual Leadership always leaves a deficit in lives. It manifests itself in the marketplace, halls of higher learning, and sports arenas. There seems to be a new trend - or should I say plague - in college football these days which illustrates this undesirable leadership trait. Football…

Recently while watching children on a playground I was struck by comments like: “I am the leader; you have to do what I say!” “No! You are supposed to follow me.” “That is mine.” “I want to go first!” “Hey everybody, listen to ME!” You would expect to hear comments like this from immature children. Promoting Number One in a…

A place to step aside from the daily routine to discover new ministry tools, methods and be refreshed. Because you are always giving, you share a need for healing and encouragement. Conferences can be a great resource for your ministry and personal life. Consider these Six Reasons Why You Should Go to a Conference: We all need encouragement because ministry…

From the time I was old enough to walk, I followed my Dad around his garage. I handed him tools, held parts in place, and just kept him company. I was referred to as “Little Bill” until the day someone noticed I was at least six inches taller. I loved learning about cars, and as far as I was concerned,…

When I was a little boy there was something magical about a cape. It did not have to be store-bought: an old discarded towel or pillow case bequeathed to me by my Mom would do. Regardless of its origin, it became magical the moment it was draped over my shoulders. I instantly believed I could fly. But somewhere along the…

“Send me a man to fight!” was the cry from the valley of Elah by the Philistine warrior Goliath. Saul had the opportunity to save countless thousands of his men from slaughter if he would fight for them - serve as their Protector. This was a common practice for armies in those days and soldiers knew how good leaders performed…

The ability of a leader to clearly communicate message is vital. As Gilbert Amelio said, “If a leader can't get a message across clearly and motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn't even matter.” Leaders usually fail to clearly communicate message for one of two reasons: They are out of touch with their constituency, so they…

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