• On Christian Life

    Putting God in Charge of Your Story

    I’ve done my best as a Christian father. I sang hymns and worship music to my daughter when she was awake in the middle of the night as a baby. I began reading the bible to her when she was an infant, and I’ve continued reading it for 10 years. We do devotions in the morning (albeit not every morning – who has that kind of discipline?) and we play worship music in the car when we drive. Throughout her life I’ve taken time to teach about the Lord Jesus in our every-day lives – what he thinks about politics, what he thinks about generosity, what he thinks about racism.…

  • On Work Life

    The Structured Leader

    As my kids have gotten bigger and begun playing around in the yard, it is a common thing to find them building something. Sometimes it’s a doll bedroom made from sticks and pieces of bark. Sometimes it’s a bow and arrow made from twine and a fallen branch. Sometimes it’s a fort made from logs they’ve stacked. My kids have Legos and Lincoln Logs and all kinds of connecting and building pieces they use to create wonderful new structures. However, structural engineers they are not. Their doll houses have no roofs, their bows have no recoil and their forts are precariously balanced. They are building from their imaginations which are…

  • On Christian Life

    What is the Kingdom of God?

    If there is a perfect spot on planet earth where the weather is great, there is plenty to do and I can choose to be around loads of awesome people or be alone with my thoughts, it has to be Colorado. From the time I was little my family would vacation to Colorado to visit my uncle and aunt and my cousins. We would drive up into the mountains to look out over the world from Pike’s Peak or walk through a tourist trap Old West town called Central City. We would take in a Rockies game or just stay back at their house playing croquet or shooting pool. So…

  • On Work Life

    The Developing Leader

    You have a problem on your hands. Your employees, not all, but many of them, are chronically unhappy working for you. You’ve built a nice organization. You have lots of amenities including programs for after-work sports and service projects around the city. You do giveaways of tickets for local events. You have a state-of-the-art facility with meals and snacks prepared by professional chefs. You give them every benefit and amenity that is offered in your industry, wooing the best talent from other companies. The company you’ve built is the best of the best in the industry, yet people are leaving in droves, among them some of the best young talent.…

  • On Work Life

    The Powerful Leader

    You’ve never even doubted for a moment that you’re a leader. It comes naturally as a by-product of your charm and charisma. You enter a room, and you get noticed. You speak, and they listen. You write memos, you issue declarations, you pronounce and codify and all the world around you listens and obeys. The only problem is that no one loves you. If you take a leisurely walk, no one follows for the enjoyment of your company. They follow only out of obligation or fear. There is no enjoying you, because you’re a harsh taskmaster. You spend your days making withdrawals from the banks of people’s hearts and minds…