Creating SMART Goals Important for an Organization

I work with lots of church plants and young ventures. I love the enthusiasm and momentum an organization has early in its life. I hope to always be a part of starting something. As I’ve gotten older, however, I’m equally as concerned about sustainability. The right energy and vision will create growth fast, but building an organization that lasts requires having a plan for maintaining viability.
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Tortoise and The Hare Principle of Organizational Growth

Companies such as Twitter and Facebook, for example, have grown at sprint pace. Most likely they will not be able to continue at their current growth rate long term. To be successful in the future and be companies that last they must find ways to convert their growth rate to a steadier pace. The employees of those companies are most likely stretched at this point. They are probably having fun sprinting right now, but their longevity and avoiding burnout will require they achieve healthy pace sometime in the near future. [...] Continue Reading…

Parenting For A Purpose

It could be the fact that we are soon to be “empty-nesters”, but I have been thinking a lot about parenting lately. (Actually our college-aged son still lives at home, but we rarely see him with the differences in our schedules.) I know my days of having a controlled, direct influence over my boys is almost over. I have little leverage with them now. I still pay their insurance and will continue to help them with expenses while they work their way through college, but they could probably make it on their own at this point should they choose to try. I’m not advocating they do (and it wouldn’t be very wise on their part…just in case they read this), but the point is that my parenting role has changed. [...] Continue Reading…

Republican Efforts to Regain Strength (Future of Political Parties)

It is interesting to watch Republicans organize attempts to reclaim their party. As one who has usually voted and supported conservative candidates, I generally agree with the philosophies of government held by the leading Republicans. In recent years, however, I have been less enthusiastic about parties in general, not completely feeling that either major party completely represents my values.
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More Than You Can Bear (My Most Searched Post)

Please know this, God will allow times of struggle greater than YOUR ability to handle it. He allows these times so that you might learn to fully and completely rely on Him. Apart from Him you and I can do nothing. When you and I learn that principle and live accordingly we will be free to experience His power, which is perfected in our weakness. [...] Continue Reading…

Picking Your Children’s Friends

My advice to parents is to surround your children with kids they can be encouraged by later in life. Pick your children’s friends, while you can, based on their parents. Look for people who share your values, share your discipline philosophy, and are heading their children in the same direction you want your children to go. Then get your children around those children as much as you can. Hopefully you will instill in your children the skills of picking the right kinds of friends wisely that will carry over into other periods of their life. [...] Continue Reading…

Supreme Court Judge Souter to Retire?

Apparently President Obama will have an early opportunity to place his stamp on the Supreme Court. Justice David Souter has told the White House he plans to retire at the end of the court’s current session. Read the full story HERE. While Souter has proven to be more moderate than some expected, his replacement may be even more liberal. [...] Continue Reading…

Shaping a Political Philosophy

I love politics and government. I know not everyone does, but I love a good debate, I love discussion, and I love the political process. We’ve lived through a lot of political and government discussions in our house. The boys and I enjoy it. Cheryl, although being a voter and very patriotic (I wouldn’t have married her otherwise….j/k…sorta), she doesn’t like the argument and debate process. She also doesn’t like boxing. Whatever! [...] Continue Reading…