How Past Failures Can Be Future Friends

How Past Failures Can Be Future Friends

We went to Disneyland this past week and while we were there I started thinking about the new “Reimagined” area of the California Adventure theme park. I received an invitation in the mail from Disneyland a while back when they were about to open, or should I say reopen, this new area of California Adventure.


Dear Craig,
As one of our most devoted fans, you and up to seven guests are invited to a special preview of the reimagined Disney California Adventure® park on Saturday or Sunday, before its official grand reopening.


Do you see that word “Reimagined?” That’s Disney speak

3 Characteristics Of Healthy Teams

3 Characteristics Of Healthy Teams

Teams are made up of different people, different talents, different ages, different opinions, different political views, different beliefs about life, love and friendship. With all of these differing opinions and beliefs how is it remotely possible to move a group of people toward a common vision? Well, it “aint” easy, but it is possible.

Below are three characteristics healthy teams seem to have as part of their culture

3 Leadership Ruts And How To Get Out

3 Leadership Ruts And How To Get Out

There are ruts on the road of our leadership lives. They are worn into place over time by driving in the comfortable grooves of complacency. What may have started out as a priority for each of us can erode into a road of indifference.

If we aren’t careful our ruts get deeper and and deeper until driving in them feels normal. Below are three ruts that leaders can experience and how to get out.

 

The Entitlement Rut

5 Things To Say To Your Kids Every Day

5 Things To Say To Your Kids Every Day

There is a host of stories and comments on the internet that talk about what people would do different if they had life to do over again. A simple search will reveal people would spend more time with friends, develop deeper relationships, watch the sunset, be in the moment, enjoy life. There is a great book I read a few years ago called "Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life." The book reveals Eugene O’kelly’s bought with an aggressive and malignant brain tumor and how he approached life daily after he received the news.

“Before the diagnosis, my last thought every night before falling asleep usually concerned something that was to happen one month to six months later. After the diagnosis, my last thought before falling asleep was...the next day.”

O’Kell’s book was published posthumously and as you read it you get the overwhelming sense of the importance of living

5 Mindsets That Move Leaders Forward

5 Mindsets That Move Leaders Forward

While reading Philippians last week I saw Paul’s journey come alive in a way I had not seen before. I observed Paul giving instructions to leaders based on his life experience. He wasn’t lecturing but he was certainly giving some encouraging news from his own life.

News that I believe we can all resonate with and benefit from. I hope these 5 mindsets encourage and empower you to move forward when you feel trapped by the past or stuck in the present.

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13-14 NLT

 

Awareness

I have not achieved it,

Paul understands he is not perfect. He doesn’t beat himself up over it or let shame

Leadership & The Importance of Confusion

Leadership & The Importance of Confusion

con-fu-sion [kuhn-fyoo-zhuhn] “a state of disorder; upheaval or chaos.”

When I read the definition of confusion I think to myself, “I’m pretty sure I don’t like confusion.” In fact, I prefer some semblance of order and enjoy calm vs chaos. That being said, I’m not a spreadsheet person and I don’t have a list for everything, okay, anything.


Intentional Confusion

So, why is confusion something to be embraced as a leader. Or, in this case, why should we practice