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Successful Leadership

Successful Leadership

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This week the tables turned, and I was the guest on the St. Louis Leadership Podcast with Bryan Buesking rather than the podcast host. Bryan sent over several questions around leadership last week that he wanted to cover. This was such a good exercise for me as it forced me to pause and really consider how I would answer these questions, rather than parrot how other leadership experts might reply.There are two questions that I want to dig into here but let me lay the groundwork first. I subscribe to the definition of leadership as stated by leadership expert, John Maxwell: “Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.” If you hold to this definition, that means you can be a leader of an organization, a department, a community, a…
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The Master Gardener

The Master Gardener

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My husband and I were born and raised in rural Kentucky. My closest friend lived over a mile away from me, so riding my bike to her house when I was ten years old was not an option. That was a downside. However, there were distinct benefits to living in the country as a ten-year old. I loved the wide-open spaces, plenty of yard for a large garden, pecan trees and other huge trees to climb … and even enough land for me to have my own pony. My dad made sure that we always had goats as well, and even today, they remain one of my favorite animals. Who knew that 45 years later they would be all the craze, with events like “goat yoga”.As I grew older, my…
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The Ultimate Fishing Guide

The Ultimate Fishing Guide

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These last few weeks have been a whirlwind, so this is the first time I have had an opportunity to pen the thoughts that have been swirling around in my heart and mind. Greg and I had the great privilege a few weeks ago of hosting Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby, for an intimate dinner party. I was reminded recently of Steve’s story when my dear friend and brother in Christ, Jeff Johnson, gave a devotional for the YPO Christian Fellowship Network. Jeff referenced one of my favorite passages of Scripture from John 21:1-11. “Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way:  Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were…
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Brokenness to Beauty

Brokenness to Beauty

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We have an amazing and loving family – but notice I did not say perfect. We have challenges just like every family. Each one of us has our own set of limiting beliefs, character flaws and brokenness that we are working through. It only stands to reason that when a bunch of broken people are living in community with one another, relational strain and struggle will happen. It is inevitable. As I was reading 1 Samuel this morning, I was struck by the story of Elkanah, Phineas and Hannah. The tension in that house was so thick you could cut it with a knife. There was definitely relational strain and struggle, since they were all broken in their own way. As I reflected on this, I began thinking about the…
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It’s time to withdraw to the lonely places

It’s time to withdraw to the lonely places

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None of us could anticipate the pandemic that has turned our world upside down. It has resulted in hundreds of thousands of people being infected and tens of thousands even losing their lives. Our global economic system is suffering, many have lost their jobs, the supply chain is tremendously strained, students are trying to find their way through finishing classes online and the list goes on and on. My heart literally breaks for everyone worried about whether or not they will have money for rent and money to put food on the table. I am praying that the federal relief package will alleviate at least some of the burden. The flipside, and might I even say the “good news”, from all of this is that the stay-at-home order and lock…
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Power of the sun (Son)

Power of the sun (Son)

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Danish Nagda, a brilliant doctor-turned-entrepreneur was on the Something Extra show recently. His episode launched last Thursday, and I shared it this past weekend on social media. At the end of the show I always ask the question, “What is the something extra that you believe EVERY leader needs?” Danish said, “Every leader should take the time to really know the people on their team. A leader needs to understand each person’s superpower, (or something extra in my terms) and then that leader needs to be the ‘sun’ for that person’s superpower.” Our teams need the “sun” – not kryptonite. This is where I have seen Greg Nichols shine so many times. He strives to understand the people on our team and then makes sure that each person is seated in the right seat on the…
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I’m not enough… but Jesus is

I’m not enough… but Jesus is

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A popular topic among women, especially in today’s world, are the “I’m not enough” gremlins.  How do you overcome them?  How do you grow to believe that you are enough for whatever life throws your way? I would not say this to a secular audience because the world shouts the message – “I am woman, hear me roar” – however, I will tell you – I am NOT enough … BUT I am the daughter of the One who is. This is not a new thought – many giants in the faith came to the same conclusion. This morning I was reading in God’s Word about the account of Isaiah’s commissioning in chapter 6. Isaiah had a vision of God’s greatness and upon seeing God for who He really is – felt completely…
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