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Building a Proactive Life Plan

“When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight, not for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us thinking, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them. And that men will say, as they look upon them and the labor and wrought substance, “See! This our fathers did for us.” Audels Carpenters & Builders Guild, Vol. 1, 1923 Review the Blueprints Over the holidays, I saw a re-run of the PBS special “Building the Great Cathedrals”. This program focuses on the design and construction of several of the greatest Gothic and Medieval cathedrals in Europe. It also highlights the problems a few of them experience in maintaining structural integrity. Clearly these magnificent structures weren’t meant for temporary use or “present delight”. I happened to catch this program just as I was reflecting on the pa ...

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Outside Insight

As a kid, I loved the game of baseball. I played Little League, Jr. High and High School ball. My favorite player was Wally Moon with the LA Dodgers. All Star college player at Texas A & M, National League rookie of the year his first year in the Majors, three-time National League All Star, three-time World Series Winner—I knew all his stats. I believe I even bled a bit of Dodger Blue! You can imagine my delight as a college freshman to learn that Wally Moon was our University Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach. So I did the natural thing, I tried out for the baseball team as a walk-on. For two weeks I ran, threw, hit, fielded balls, and ran until I couldn’t run any more. One afternoon after practice Coach Moon put his arm around my shoulder as we walked to the field house. He said, “Jamie, I have watched you closely the past few days and you have more enthusiasm for this game that just about anyone I’ve ever met. But tomorrow they are having tryouts for the swim team, and I think you would do ...

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Slight in Fame, Huge in Game!

Merriam-Webster defines Hero: “(n) A person who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.” We all have our heroes – the superheroes of childhood, sports heroes, mentors that seemed larger than life to us. Some years ago I was hosting a call-in radio show in Northern California. I would conclude every interview with a well know celebrity by asking, “Who are your heroes?” I was often astounded at the responses. Bishop Desmond Tutu said, “Trever Huddleton, a simple priest from England, who served in the black township of Sophiatown and fearlessly stood against apartheid.” Tony Campalo said, “President Jimmy Carter, by doing more for people through Habitat for Humanity than he did as the most powerful man in the world.” But what about our professional heroes? Those we work with day-by-day that inspire us to push harder, show up more often, and bring our “A game” every day. The Quiet Inspiration Early in my career, I was privileged to get to know and work with Jon Campbell, who was President o ...

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Devil in the Details

“If we did all the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” ~Thomas Edison As we anticipate the coming year, many organizations use the month of October to develop the action plans for 2015. So once again we take the leadership team off-site for a time to re-affirm the vision, mission, and goals, and attempt to map the path for the coming year. But how do you maintain that enthusiasm and energy throughout the year? You start with a strategic plan. But what exactly is that? While your vision and mission answers the questions “what” and “why,” an effective strategic plan weighs in on the “how” and the “when.” God of Amazing Details I would like to take exception with the common mantra, “the devil is in the details.” Actually, we serve a God of amazing details. We can see that by just taking a short look around us. If God pays attention to detail, how much more important is it for us to do so, especially in strategic planning. But you say “I’m a big picture guy, those t ...

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Connecting is a Choice

Your Development Director just handed you a list of names. A quick scan down the list makes you cringe. These are donors to your ministry that need to be contacted personally—by you. A few on the list have the potential to make significant contributions. But getting out of the office to meet folks is way out of your comfort zone. After all, you have an organization to run, right? There is a Jewish proverb that says “The wise do at once what the fool does at last.” John C. Maxwell points out some excellent principles in his book “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.” From this book we can gather a few principles that he so aptly points out about "what effective people do differently." It is all about connecting. Connecting Is All About Others Before you make your call, ask yourself three questions—questions your friend will ask themselves about you. 1. Do you care for me? 2. Can you help me? 3. Can I trust you? During the conversation, focus on the benefits that t ...

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    “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.”

    As a life-long student of management principles, I enjoy finding those sparks that bring light to a dark situation. It is my hope that this “lampstand” will provide you a bit of light.

    With a diverse background in media, corporate communications, and public sector employee training, I assist ministries in keeping their operation true to their vision, mission and goals.

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