Business Devotional / 9 posts found

The 5 Essential Pieces to an Effective Coaching Plan

The 5 Essential Pieces to an Effective Coaching Plan

I’ve been in committee after committee trying to figure out which coaching and mentoring plan to adopt – what key elements to adjust for our own circumstances and which pieces are simply hogwash!  There are entire businesses crafted around the development and implementation of accountability leadership and coaching plans. But which are the really good ones? If you’re a leader in a business, you’ve probably asked yourself this same question over and over again.  Anecdotally, we see that those that get coached into bigger roles stay longer at work and find work more satisfying. In addition, each of us (if […]

Triple-P: Secular Buzz Word or Timeless Truth?

If you’ve known me for very long, you’ve probably realized that I’ve struggled with being and overachiever and idolatry my entire life.  In fact, I was so focused on getting a nomination to the Naval Academy that at 13-years old I set my sights on it and was unwavering.  However, I wasn’t focused on obtaining the nomination because it was a great education or that I could see myself leading a group of 1,000 on an aircraft carrier.  It was because of the prideful status it would bring.  I would be set apart as one of the elite – one […]
Display Your Faith at Work Without Wearing a Crucifix

2 Reasons and 2 Ways to Display Your Faith at Work Without Wearing a Crucifix

I caught myself wondering how my boss viewed religion and in particular if he was a Christian. Why? Well, as it turns out, my brain wanted to know that he was a Christian so that I could cut him some extra slack (extend him some grace) because he was a fellow believer.  Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but I’ve also caught myself drawing a line in the sand just out of spite for those supervisors that I know don’t have Christ in their lives.  Isn’t that awful?  Well, I guess I’m human! Do you ever do that?  Do you ever judge your […]
4 Ways Anyone Can Earn & Maintain Respect Within a Diverse Workplace

4 Ways Anyone Can Earn & Maintain Respect Within a Diverse Workplace

Calling all over-achievers! If you’re anything like me then you often find yourself working with and needing to influence a crowd that is both younger and older than you.  My career has been one advancement after another.  I was the youngest partner in an engineering firm – more than 10 years ago.  In that role I was almost 10 years younger than the next oldest partner.  This means that I’ve been the ‘young pup’ for a long time.  But, in that role, I’ve also been asked to lead teams, offices and disciplines with staff much older than me. And, yes… […]
The 5-Part Secret Formula to Lead By Example

The 5-Part Secret Formula to Lead By Example

I know it is cliché to say “do as I say…not as I do”. But, don’t you get frustrated by the double standard in business today? We see managers putting the screws down on staff as they take off early on Friday afternoon to golf. Or, the perks are always reserved for those more politically savvy than those that really deserve to be rewarded for their hard work. If you’re in a management position, no doubt you’ve been told to lead by example. But what if you’re the youngest in the room? What if you’re the new employee that doesn’t […]