How To Unplug and Engage With Your Family

How To Unplug and Engage With Your Family

Is it even possible to spend uninterrupted family time together anymore? Or, do we want to? With all of the push notifications and social media distractions calling out to us is it possible to unplug and engage face to face for even a few minutes?


Some Recent Research:

  • Highlights Magazine conducted a survey in 2014 called the "State of the Kids Survey," which found that "62 percent of kids think parents are too distracted

3 Leadership Blind Spots & How To See Them

3 Leadership Blind Spots & How To See Them

I recently read Henri Nouwen's book, In The Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership. It challenged me, as his writing often does, to think differently.

As I read through his book I became increasingly aware of potential blind spots in my life. I believe each of us has blind spots that we are simply unaware of. I thought I would take a risk and share three of my blind spots that have recently come into view.


Blind Spot Number 1:  "I Want To Be Right"

I don't think anyone wants to be intentionally wrong however, it's when I want to be intentionally right that I get in trouble. This blind spot permeates every area of my life. My parenting, my marriage, my leadership, and the list could go on. Sometimes I really do think I am right and I even use scripture to support my

How Curiosity And The "Tenth Man” Will Make You A Better Leader

How Curiosity And The "Tenth Man” Will Make You A Better Leader

I don’t believe curiosity killed the cat, I believe the lack of curiosity did. I also believe it can harm leaders if we choose to believe we are always right. As leaders we are used to making decisions and accepting the consequences, both good and bad, it’s part of being a leader.

Good leaders are often seen as good leaders because they most often make the right decision more than they make a wrong one. This pattern of success can lead to an unhealthy thinking process that

6 Words That Will Change Your Life

6 Words That Will Change Your Life

Have you ever come across something so compelling it sticks in your brain and stirs in your heart and you can’t seem to escape it? Such was the case for me a few years ago when I came across 6 words that changed my life.

The six words are very simple, in fact, only one of them has more than four letters. No one explained the words, gave a talk on the words or expanded on the words. They sat quietly on two easels in

The One Step Successful Leaders Take

The One Step Successful Leaders Take

The one step that leads to leadership success is simply this, the next step.

Leadership is a journey, not a destination, position or even a person. Leadership is knowledge and experience and is filled with ups and downs and, when you are down, you focus on the next step. You focus on the next step because its all you can do, it’s all you are able to do.

“So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your

3 Steps To Take With Your Children - Step 3

3 Steps To Take With Your Children - Step 3

Step 3: A Step Sideways

As our kids get older they begin to reach for their independence, a healthy step to be sure. Throughout their lives our children move from elementary school to high school and beyond. They test the limits we have placed on them which tests their independence with us.

In the early years we walked above them, holding their hands up high as we taught them how to walk. Remember their little feet in between ours as we walked with them across

3 Steps To Take With Your Children - Step 2

3 Steps To Take With Your Children - Step 2

Step 2: A Step Back

I find myself, on occasion, holding books and other various items with small print further away from me these days. I have also been known to borrow my wife’s Mary Engelbreit reading glasses so I don’t order the wring thing at a restaurant. My point is this. Sometimes we are to close to see things clearly.

In order to gain perspective we may need to back up to get a better picture. Stepping back from our kids does not mean withdrawing from them. It just means gaining a new