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Sunday Blog:  In Everything Give Thanks

God, Sunday Blog, Faith

A conscious focus on gratitude is proving to have major emotional and interpersonal benefits. Oprah Winfrey keeps a gratitude journal. Mark Zuckerburg writes one thank you letter per day to counteract his critical nature. Tony Robbins starts each day with 15 minutes of gratitude reflection.  


Leadership Insights from Frank Blake

leadership, business

Frank Blake was the CEO of The Home Depot from 2007 to 2014. During that time The Home Depot tripled in value and became one of the most successful retailers in the world. Here are some of the highlights from a recent interview with Andy Stanley: 

Wisdom from Daymond John

leadership, relationships, business

I recently listened to an interview on Lewis Howe’s School of Greatness with Shark Tank legend Daymond John. Here are a few highlights:

Green Industry Greatness: Dr. Jeff Higgins

leadership, Green Industry Greatness

Our new Green Industry Greatness blog brings you advice and insights from some of the best that the Green industry has to offer. This week features Jeff Higgins, Ph.D., CPAg, CPWS. Dr. Higgins is currently responsible for managing the Turf and Ornamental granular fertilizer business at Harrell’s...

Sunday Blog: Abandon Yourself

God, Sunday Blog, Faith

Below is an excerpt from Jesus Calling:

Customer Obsessed


Through the growth and appreciation of Amazon, Jeff Bezos has become one of the wealthiest and most influential people on earth. He shares some insights into his philosophy in a recent interview titled “Lessons in Management at I.A. Gala 2017.” Here are some of the highlights:

Fair and Balanced

leadership, business

When I purchased my first house years ago, I remember the excitement on move-in day.  As I walked into our empty house, my excitement quickly melted away when an odor led us to find that the master bathroom and bedroom had flooded the night before.  You can imagine how frustrated I was that the...

Purpose in Suffering

God, Sunday Blog, Faith

In Romans 5:3-5, Paul tells the Romans:

“Not only so, but we[ also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through...

Known, Understood and Connected

leadership, relationships, mentorship

The human heart will seek to be known, understood and connected with above all else.  If you do not connect, the ones you care about will find someone who will.  This could be a spouse, family member, friend, partner or employee.  Here are a few thoughts on how to make sure that the people you...

Creating Wakes


Every boat that moves through the water leaves a wake behind it.  Depending on the design of the hull, horse power of the engine, speed, weight etc., all boats leave a different type of wake.  The same is true for people.  We all leave a wake behind us as well, consisting of two sides, tasks and...