Overcoming Anxiety

Our pastor recently shared that many psychologists believe that “anxiety is the common cold of our day.” The information and inputs into our brain continue to grow at alarming speed, causing little time or space for quiet reflection. This sensory overload not only increases our anxiety levels dramatically, it is also causing distraction and disruption to our personal time management. [...]

November 20th, 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Overcoming Anxiety

The Work Week

You might be surprised to learn that the U.S. ranks only 17th out of 38 countries on the number of hours worked per employee. According to US News and World Report, the average U.S. worker works 34.4 hours per week. Mexico is significantly higher at 42.8 hours per week, while Germany surprisingly has the least number of hours worked. Our [...]

November 17th, 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Work Week

Caring for Yourself

Years ago, Kathy and I attended a weekend retreat designed to help identify and heal any past emotional wounds. One exercise had us pretend that we were on a ship where everyone had been infected with a deadly virus, but there were just three vaccinations. We were to determine the best candidates to receive the three vaccinations. After selecting three [...]

November 16th, 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Caring for Yourself

Family Needs

In business, I’ve met men and women who get so wrapped up in their job that their family needs are overlooked. This is easily justified because they feel they’re working to “provide for their family.” In the ministry world, leaders serve the needs of others so much that they sometimes overlook the needs of their own family. Whether it’s in [...]

November 15th, 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Family Needs

Spouses Second

According to a Life Innovations Study, employees lose more than 168 hours of work in the year following a divorce, costing workplaces billions in lost productivity. When our kids were young, Kathy and I established one-on-one time in the evenings with each other. We did not allow the kids to interrupt our time together unless it was an emergency. We [...]

November 14th, 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Spouses Second

Your Priorities

The first time I met Gregg, he said, “Rick, if you choose to work with me you need to know my priorities in life. God’s first, my family’s second, and this job is third.” As a person who had been “running from God” for decades, I couldn’t grasp how Gregg’s priorities would impact the way he ran the bank where [...]

November 13th, 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Your Priorities

Honoring Our Military

Recently, at a Casey’s General Store, my wife, Kathy, stopped a young man in an Army uniform and thanked him for his service, then paid for his gas! Kathy then asked this soldier if he’s often thanked for his military service. This polite soldier simply said, “No ma’am.” The lady in front of me then turned and thanked this soldier, [...]

November 10th, 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Honoring Our Military

Seeking Good Customer Service

According to a past American Express survey, Americans tell an average of 9 people about good experiences, and tell 16 people about poor experiences. The challenge is that out of those who have poor experiences only 4% tell the actual business. Many businesses don’t even know they have a problem. As leaders trying to please God, we should be loving our neighbor in [...]

November 9th, 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Seeking Good Customer Service

Love Becoming Visible

Tom Thibodeaux, a professor at Viterbo University, discussed servant leadership at a conference I participated in recently. Although he had many profound things to say, the one that stood out to me the most was this quote, “Service is love becoming visible.” In business, we discuss and work on improving our customer service, but few ever equate it to love. [...]

November 8th, 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Love Becoming Visible

Ostracized Workers

An Association for Psychological Science article highlighted some startling revelations. It discovered that ostracizing or ignoring a worker can cause more harm than harassing that worker. A research team from the University of Ottawa conducted a survey of U.S. workers and discovered that more than 70% of respondents had experienced some form of exclusion in their workplace. In addition, those [...]

November 7th, 2017|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ostracized Workers

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