Giving Thanks to God

I truly love Thanksgiving! It is my personal favorite of all of the holidays – even Christmas and Easter. Of course, the birth of our Savior was God’s gift of His Son to us. And the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection is indeed the Gospel. It’s the single moment in history that changes everything … as…

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5 Lessons Learned on Humble Confidence

“I cried so hard a few times I couldn’t see the screen.” These were the words of Donnie Smith, former CEO, Tyson Foods, as he wrote the eulogy to celebrate the life of his close friend and coworker of 30 years, Dennis Leatherby. Dennis, recently retired CFO of Tyson Foods, passed away unexpectedly last week.…

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How to Embrace the Work You Don’t Like

You have elements of your work that you don’t like doing, don’t you? I think it’s safe to say that all of us do. I definitely do. For me, when I have to dig deep into budgets and P&L’s, the air gets real thin. One day I had a conversation with a friend, who is…

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Discovering God’s Purpose for Your Work

Last Friday, I had the privilege of sharing these insights at the Workmatters Leadercast event in Northwest Arkansas. (If you were there, this will serve as a powerful reminder of the thoughts that were shared).    Can I be real with you about your work for a few minutes? Regardless of how much you love…

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Purpose-Driven Work Between Mountaintop Experiences

We treasure mountaintop experiences, don’t we? Affirmation of excellent work we have done. A promotion (and a raise!). Seeing a coworker prosper from your leadership or mentoring. A powerfully successful meeting as a result of the weeks of prepping you did. Hearing an inspirational speaker like those at 2017 Workmatters Leadercast. And of course, a…

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Crucial Conversations: Why You Need to Have Them

Everyday, each of us have encounters with real people. Some with coworkers. Some with an upset customer. Some with a server in a restaurant. Some with the woman behind the rental car counter. Some with our spouse. Some with our children. Some with a close friend. A crucial conversation occurs when “opinions vary, stakes are…

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When Your Personal Life and Work Life Collide

We love to act like our work life and personal life are distinct and separate, don’t we? We have no problem checking our personal lives at the office door, right? For many years of my career, I lived exactly this way. I didn’t want bosses, peers and coworkers to see any weakness in my game.…

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5 Tools For Purposeful Living in 2017

I love end-of-year reviews and fresh starts to a new year! Do you? I made so many mistakes in 2016. That’s why one of my favorite phrases in the Bible is ”…his mercies are fresh each morning.” We all need fresh starts, and once a year we get a natural opportunity for that – to…

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Happy Thanksgiving From Workmatters

For me, Thanksgiving is the ultimate celebration. Of course, at Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Savior. But at Thanksgiving we get to celebrate all that He does in our lives! Just him, your family and friends, and a year full of extraordinary blessings to be thankful for. And today, our team at Workmatters…

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Lessons Learned from Walmart’s Don Soderquist

  On July 21st Northwest Arkansas and the world lost a great leader, Don Soderquist. Last week, over 1,000 friends, coworkers and family members crowded into Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers, Ark. and many Walmart associates viewed the service via simulcast to hear his four wonderful grown children share stories of his life and his…

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Who is Your Dad?

All of us have a father. And all of us have (or had) unique relationships with our father. Some are very, very close relationships. Some are estranged with no relationship at all. Most lay somewhere in between those two extremes. I meet with my mentor once per quarter and go deep on life for a…

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I Should Have Seen It Coming

“I should have seen it coming.” My favorite aspect of my job is meeting one on one with senior leaders. Especially when they have issues. When God is doing something in their lives, in particular their work. It’s a privilege to listen. To pray. And then see how I can coach or encourage them through…

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3 Ways to Avoid Bully Leadership

My alarm went off early one morning to a painful Focus on the Family story about a man who grew up in an orphanage. As I laid there captivated by the horrific childhood picture he was painting, I was drawn into his description of the bully system in the orphanage. He literally was beat up…

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Jack Nicklaus: Learning Humility and Excellence for your work

Are you a young professional in your 20’s or early 30’s? Are you in your late 30’s and 40’s juggling family and a significant career? Maybe you are in your 50’s in the prime of your life at work? Regardless of your season of life, we all desire our life and work to make a…

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Do You Have Good Pride or Bad Pride?

We are told to take pride in our work, our family, our school, our appearance, and yes, our country! But then the Bible says that pride goes before destruction. That pride leads to disgrace. Wait…what? Same word…two entirely different methods. “Good pride” is healthy and appropriate. “Bad pride” (selfish pride) very often results in self-destructive…

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Faith and Work Secret Sauce

You are the hero of this story. And you have a problem. You are called to a mission that is outside of your comfort zone. But it’s necessary for your own survival as a leader and for the benefit of those around you. So what’s your problem? If you are a follower of Christ, your…

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One Word That Can Change Your Life

Throughout my life, I have been a veracious annual goal setter. I have been known to create a multi-page document each December detailing my goals in each element of my life, including faith, husband, father, work, church, community, etc. Did it work? Actually, for the most part, I would say yes. But over time, as…

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Attention – Important WorkMatters Events Update concerning Feb. FUSE

Three years ago, WorkMatters launched a new event format called FUSE, a quarterly luncheon event. Its purpose was to “engage” more leaders in a faith and work journey. Over 2,600 leaders have done just that — the stories of impact have been powerful! We are constantly evaluating how we can help more men and women…

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Facing Your Giants in Life

Stop. Force yourself to think about this question. It could change your life. Who or what is a Giant in your life? We all have them. But we try not to look at them. We try to ignore them. We try to work around them. Why? Because of one word…FEAR. We’re afraid of what might…

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Finding Joy At Work in 2016

On the surface, “joy at work” may be one of life’s great oxymorons! Think about it. Do you feel joy in your work? Not, are you happy at work. Rather, do you feel true joy in the tasks, the relationships, and the purpose of your work? This is a theme that God has brought front…

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