Who’s Going to Fix It?

Who’s Going to Fix It?

  My coauthor, Michael Cooley and I were on our way to a speaking engagement about a five-hour drive from home, where we would be making videos for group study of the Principles of Creative Followership. Along the way, we decided to stop and eat at one of our...
Three Es of an Engaging Presentation

Three Es of an Engaging Presentation

You have been there.  I have been there.  We all have been there. The speaker is introduced; he tells a tired old joke, quotes several authorities, reads his notes, reads his PowerPoint slides, accepts the audience’s polite applause and sits down. His problem was that...
My Most Demanding Boss

My Most Demanding Boss

While working at Chick-fil-A, as soon as I learned that we had a problem, the first thing I did was work out a suitable solution.  The second thing I did was inform my boss, Truett Cathy, of the problem and the solution that was already under way. My boss said that he...
Always Do Your Best

Always Do Your Best

I did not like school. I liked to learn, but I did not like school. Most of the time I was bored and disinterested. My body was present in the classroom, but my mind was far away. I did like learning what I considered useful and practical. Subjects like math and...
Any Job Worth Doing . . .

Any Job Worth Doing . . .

My daddy planted a large garden in our backyard. No, let me correct that. My daddy turned our backyard into a garden. During World War II, most of the folks in our neighborhood planted a “Victory Garden.” It was the patriotic thing to do, and for our large family, it...
Do You Need a Dress Code?

Do You Need a Dress Code?

Who needs a dress code? Do you need a dress code? Are dress codes necessary? Many believe workplace dress codes are not necessary and interfere with their self-expression. How about you? I felt that way in 1954, the year I graduated from high school. For me, jeans and...
Are You Easily Discouraged?

Are You Easily Discouraged?

Are you easily discouraged? How much does it take to discourage you? How do you deal with discouragement? As a youngster, I learned discouraging situations are something we all encounter; it is just part of life. I realized for some people discouragement is a terrible...
My New Year’s Resolution

My New Year’s Resolution

Have you set a New Year’s Resolution yet? If not, consider this… —Do you like it when someone takes the time to tell you that you did a great job? —Do you feel appreciated when someone asks your opinion on account of your knowledge and experience? . . . of...
Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Luke 2:12-20 12 “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace...
Bottom Up Thinking

Bottom Up Thinking

The host introduced me as the author of Creative Followership, and his first question for me was, “How is Creative Followership different from leadership?” That is a question I often hear. For some reason, many people cannot think about career relationships without...
Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

PSALM 100 A PSALM FOR GIVING GRATEFUL PRAISE. 1 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. 3 Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and...
My Worst Boss

My Worst Boss

From my first job until I retired, I worked 53 years.  My bosses ranged from horrible to great. My worst boss was a man I will call Mr. Smith. When I went to work for him, he was having an affair with the full-time checkout clerk at a small, old, run-down store that...
Take Responsibility

Take Responsibility

Can you see them? They are all around you. They are opportunities. Are you aware of how many surround you each day? Many people miss out on great opportunities because they don’t see them. I want you to know how you can improve your vision and see more clearly the...
Obey Your Warm-Hearted Impulses

Obey Your Warm-Hearted Impulses

Do you obey your warm-hearted impulses? We all have warm-hearted impulses. Warm-hearted impulses seem to arrive from nowhere. They are unexpected thoughts that just happen. Remember when you thought of sending someone a note, or a get-well card?  Maybe you thought of...
Can You Spot a Bad Boss?

Can You Spot a Bad Boss?

Is it important for you to learn to spot a bad boss before you go to work for him or her? This is a serious question. Can you spot a bad boss? Have you ever considered why it is that so many people go to work for a bad boss? Recently my wife and I visited a well-known...
Preach Your Own Sermon

Preach Your Own Sermon

I was looking forward to John’s sermon. John (not his real name) was a loved and respected Associate Minister at our church. He didn’t have an opportunity to preach often, but when he did, he very effectively delivered a message that was validated because he was a...