serve together?

I woke this morning thinking about my journey with my team this year.
My question to myself was: Why have a CORE Team?
Below is the evidence that we need each other to be successful.  None of us can make it alone.
We think different, we learn different, we respond different, we judge different, we give grace different, we give discipline different and the sum of our effort is amazing.Proverbs 27:17

As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

I love the fist and last line of Ecclesiastes.  That is where I want to serve with my team in 2018.




courage on january 8th

I am more and more convinced that courage is the separation from good leaders and great leaders.  I am faced with a moment requiring courage this morning.

One of the members of my team is demonstrating inconsistent behavior that is leading to mistrust.  They are also effecting the overall moral of my team.

Sounds like an easy solution……terminate the team member who is causing the issues.  I have very mixed feelings on the solution.  I want to learn how to lead with mercy, justice and humility.

I want my leaders to participate and take this seriously as they climb into the judgement seat with me.

I have these quotes keep running through my mind as I make a decision.

“Let the one with NO sin cast the first stone” Jesus

“There once was a lost sheep and the shepherd left the 99 and went out to find the lost sheep.  After the shepherd found the lost sheep and brought him back to the heard, they rejoiced for once he was lost and now he is found.” Jesus

I want to give time to process the right outcome.  I feel like I am taking too long to decide.  I am learning to have courage with mercy,, justice and humility.





one word

My “One Word” for 2018 is COURAGE.

Stay tuned!  My courage has been renewed.






This morning I was reminded of courage.  Those who demonstrate courage fill our history.  As I developed the five levels of leading,  I began to reflect on courage in 2017.

character, talent, trust, teams, courage

What does courage look like in 2017?

What does courage look like in the marketplace?

  • thinking forward withtechnology and people
  • leader engagement (development)
  • dealing with inappropriate behavior and inconstant behavior
  • walking the talk

What does courage look like in the face of danger?

Just imagine the scene.  Danger is present.  Shots ring out.  The crowd panics and begins to run away.  First responders are those who run towards danger.  The shots rang out and the first responders ran towards the shots.  These are our hero’s!


What does courage look like as we make our world safer?

These Guatemala Naval Officers below are responsible for stopping drugs from entering Guatemala from the sea.  As drugs enter Guatemala, they are transported to the US. I visited these hero’s in August to hear their story.  Each night the boats below travel 200 miles off shore to look for drug shipments trying to enter Guatemala and ultimately the US.  They have been very successful and work closely with our US Navy Seals who are stationed in Guatemala.  Each night these boats capture drugs and runners.  Their ability to confront these heavily armed runners is courageous.  Many nights they run out of fuel and have to float in the water 200 miles off shore as they wait for fuel to be delivered so they can return with the arrested runners and drugs.  Their courage is unbelievable.  Eighty percent of the drugs that enter the US come through Guatemala.  Drug use in Guatemala is very low.  The drugs these boats are blocking are destined for the US and not Guatemala.  I was overwhelmed with gratefulness for these heroes who demonstrate courage each night.














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