Go

Go

We spend a lot of time trying to convince people that restoration is available to them.  The company you always wanted, can be yours.  The life you were once inspired to find, is still available.  

Getting clarity on the future you desire, 

creating a clear plan to get there,

and believing that your hope can become a reality, 

can almost make them an inevitability.

We are curators of an incredible set of tools to help leaders and their companies find the same.  Once they step onto the roadmap...

Transfer

Transfer

I heard yet another story of a significant spiritual leader falling last week.  I am embarrassed to say that there was a season in my life where the failures and mistakes of others almost brought me joy.  My legalism had me trying to hold to an impossible standard that actually curated more brokenness…in me and in others.  The fall of others, in some twisted way, made me feel better about myself.

In this season, however, I just felt incredible empathy.  With his leadership over thousands of disenfranchised children and the intense...

Permission

Permission

Leaving college and going back home felt like the last chapters of my life were unfolding.  My five years in Waco had been punctuated by a rebirthing both spiritually and relationally.  The hallmark of returning to where I came from seemed like the end to both.  

Of course, it wasn’t. But it took me a while to figure that out.

I had a few lifelines...

Interview

Interview

I really love interviewing people.  I am honored that some of my clients want me to meet some of their most important candidates and that my schedule sometimes allows.  I consider getting to know someone, understanding their story, and getting to the real foundations of what makes them tick an honor.

Someone’s story is their greatest treasure.

Since I am not the potential employer, these interviews often look really different than the typical ones.  As a person who is usually helping articulate and then...

Crazy

Crazy

My son-and-law and I were circling back to get our car parked quite a ways from the enormous crowd that had gathered at the Pearl Brewery.  We were talking about what a revelation that entire area has become.   We talked about the level of both genius and crazy it took to bring about that kind of change.  To have that kind of idea.

To see possibility where others see none.

To claim the opportunity missed or maybe just not taken by others.

Ironically, whether it is of a cultural, political, spiritual, or economic nature, most genius is first identified as “crazy”.  If you’ll remember from the famous Apple ad quoted above, some

Crushed

Crushed

We pray before almost every group meeting with corporate clients and before every scheduled one-on-one.  There is a very specific prayer process that we walk through on our own before we sit down with pretty much anyone.  We learned it through a very mature ministry and it has been immensely helpful.  (Let me know if you are interested and we’ll share it with you). 

It is meant to calm, center, and get ourselves clear enough to be able to offer...

Trough

Trough

Start-up companies often experience a season they call the “Trough of Sorrow”.  They describe it as being in the place where no matter what they do, the company does not improve.  Adding to the sorrow is the feeling that everyone else around them seems to be succeeding wildly.  All the others seem to be getting acquired, raising huge funding rounds, and announcing...

Location

Location

I had to get a new phone a few months ago.  I tend to disable everything until I am absolutely sure it is necessary.  One of the things that took me a really long time to turn back on was “Location."  I had it disabled for quite some time.  On a regular basis (anytime I tried to map something) I would get the error message above, but I just typed in an address close by to bypass the error message and continued to keep it dormant.

I think if I am really honest, in some weird way it made me feel...

Calm

Calm

This is one of those passages that keeps coming to mind.  Possibly because that kind of pace, that measure of grace is so uncommon.  

I mean, come on…

Learn the unforced rhythms of grace?

Who doesn’t want that?  

Whose heart doesn’t stir at just the thought of it?

Who even believes that it is possible anymore?

Our Client Experience Coordinator was meeting with one of our clients.  She was going to him for advice and assistance on an event she was helping to coordinate....

Paths

Paths

A financial advisory firm approached us about becoming referral partners and ended up hiring us to work with their team.  They are fantastic folks who have become good friends.

They do a beautiful job of helping families and businesses transition to a more prosperous and healthy financial future.  Their very comprehensive process not only helps with the management of financial assets but relational. legacy, and physical assets as well.  The “physical asset” part is where they wanted to engage our team.

Much of the wealth of the “greatest generation” was created through...

Literary

Literary

The biblical narrative begins with the Hebrew scriptures that we call the Old Testament.  We had varying degrees of getting it right, but were mostly unsuccessful in our attempts to follow that law.  Two thousand or so years ago, God took the form of man, made a propitiation for all that “not getting it right” and cleaned the slate.  God decided to show us what it looked like to live the life of God as a man.

Interestingly enough, this left us with more questions than answers.  The Bible records Jesus asking 307 questions...

Zero

Zero

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? ...Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace…Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

How do you define success?  

Increasingly, the leaders I spend time around are talking about the currency of margin…of having "white space" in their calendars.  They are celebrating the opportunity to have the bandwidth to think strategically about their business and actually “work on them” versus just “working in them”.  Several have even noted the guilt they are feeling at not being overwhelmed and working so many hours.

Good problem to have, right?  

And they aren’t being...

 

Recipe

Recipe

Like virtually every other family I know, we have wrestled with the concept of church (small “c”) and church attendance.  It has been one of the more discouraging journeys over the last decade or so. Several of the people I work with are working through the same challenges in their families.

I am working on the vision for a client’s business.  I met first with him and his wife to get the vision for their family...

Poppa

Poppa

We had our first set of three children when we were really young.  As our children began to get married at a relatively young age, we began to get excited about the prospect of being young grandparents.

However, some of the sages in my life have done a great job of teaching me that the posture for approaching my adult children and their spouses should be…

Joy

Joy

The one we refer to as our “little guy” is now fourteen years old, 6 feet tall, and over 200 pounds.  He is incredibly strong and very quick for his size.  He is also the happiest person I know.  He peppers his stories with bursts of laughter and smiles like the rest of us use punctuation.  I promise you, if I stare at him for more than a few seconds, he first smiles and then laughs.

One of the reasons we moved his education back into our home was because we started to feel like that joy was fading.  The challenges of a dyslexic in the classroom...

Longing

Longing

Okay, this is going to be a little controversial.

One of the challenges I constantly face in dealing with clients is actually borne of a very noble quality.  The folks we typically work with are operating from a faith-based or very high integrity place.  

They desire to help others and make a real difference in people’s lives.  This is actually the beautiful collision of the world’s greatest need and our greatest opportunity as leaders.  It is also a minefield...

Scale

Scale

I was listening to an interview of Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes, on a podcast.  If you know anything about his story, you know why I am a big fan.  He was a serial entrepreneur that built and sold businesses out of a need he saw that wasn’t being filled.

After immersing himself in the culture of Argentina on a vacation and becoming familiar with the challenges facing villagers there, he decided to address one of the problems.  Foot borne diseases were having a profound effect and getting shoes on the feet of children was...

Foundation

Foundation

When we talk about core values and purpose, we are talking about the deep, powerful, and defining foundations of your business.  When talking to a client the other day, the thing that I compared them to was “the law and the prophets”…the thing upon which pretty much everything else rests.

While many of the companies I come into contact with have created both of those things, one employee at a company told me...

Restoration

Restoration

Stories about restoration may be my favorite thing.  Honoring great leadership is one of the others.  Emma Koehler’s story and the construction of Hotel Emma are about both.  

We all, at times, feel like we are powerless to succeed given the deck of cards that the market has dealt us or our industry.

You know that feeling, right?

And while there is a humility in not taking full credit for our success, it can be a tremendous stumbling block...

Mis-hire

Mis-hire

Are you hiring?  So, it seems, is everybody else.  Trouble finding the right fit for the position and culture seems like an epidemic.  And while there are some great tools that allow you to post your job opportunity in hundreds of places now, it almost feels like our needle is getting even smaller in an increasingly larger haystack!

And let’s be honest, we’re all doing our best to look away from the mounting pile of evidence of how much these mis-hires are costing us, but it's getting pretty hard to ignore.  And the pressure to get it right continues to increase.