Swift Straw Blog

The Bagel, or the Line?

leadership, business, innovation, achievement, efficiency

Simon Sinek told a story about he and a friend who came across a free bagel giveaway.  Simon exclaimed “Free Bagel’s!  Let’s go get one!”.  His friend replied, “No thanks.  The line is too long.”  Simon said, “Yeah, but it’s free bagels.”  His friend replied, “Yeah, but look at the line”.  After...

Sunday Blog: Mind of the Spirit

God, Sunday Blog, Faith

The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the spirit is life and peace.”  Romans 8:6 

The Man in the Arena

leadership, business, teamwork, achievement, strength

As the Spring unfolds this year, there are many industries that are battling through their peak season.  Here is a message from Theodore Roosevelt for all of those who are in the arena fighting the good fight.  The critics and naysayers will never know victory nor defeat.  But those in the arena...

Leadership Through Collaboration

leadership, business, team building, teamwork, innovation

The work place is ever evolving which means that leadership must continue to evolve as well.  In order to lead in the future, collaboration must be at the foundation.  Here are seven examples of how to be a collaborative leader versus a traditional leader. 

Sunday Blog: From Jesus Calling

God, Sunday Blog, Faith

When you are absolutely shaken out of your comfortable routines, grip my hand tightly and look for growth opportunities.  Instead of bemoaning the loss of your comfort, accept the challenge of something new.  I lead you on from glory to glory, making you fit for my kingdom.  Say yes to the ways...

Necessity Drives Innovation

leadership, business, team building, teamwork, innovation

Last week we were working on a project that required several different pieces of equipment.  When it came time to use one particular piece, we realized that we had lost the key.  For the rest of the afternoon we searched and even delayed the project until the next morning when a spare was...

Sunday Blog: Connected to the Vine

God, Sunday Blog, Faith

The Holy Spirit is like a gentleman.  When he receives a formal invitation, he will gladly enter.  Where he is not welcome, he will politely stay apart.  History has proven this time and time again.  Nations that welcome his presence have risen to the top.  These same nations, that later...

Fully Equipped

leadership, relationships, teamwork

Last night I had the privilege of listening to Hunter Hill speak at Purpose on Tap.  He has a unique set of leadership experience ranging from sports, business, politics and the military...having served three tours over seas.  One foundational piece of scripture for him that has shaped his life...

Environmental Food for Thought

innovation, environment, preservation

Pine Straw is the only all natural form of mulch or ground cover.  Pine needles fall naturally each year and can be gathered while fresh to enhance your landscape.  Wood mulch on the other hand is produced from trees that are cut down and processed with heavy equipment.   

Sunday Blog: He Lives!

God, Sunday Blog, Faith

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.  John 20:1 

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