Blindside Transitions

We were going to build a lifeboat. The CEO and I knew our seven-store, high-end, retail jewelry chain was experiencing declining sales in the all-important Christmas season of 2007. We knew the bank was worried about our leveraged position and wanted assurances the credit line would be paid off. We knew that some stores would … Continue reading Blindside Transitions

A Resilient Life

As I survey the inner landscape of the market and ministry leaders that I work with regularly, most are discouraged, drained, depleted and depressed. It seems the ways in which we’ve sought to navigate political discord, racial tensions and a global pandemic are not sustainable. Add to that, our personal lives, stresses and schedules. Most … Continue reading A Resilient Life

Contagious Calm

I’ll begin with a confession. This year, I have felt drawn towards anxiety like never before. It’s not a big, loud anxiety. It’s more like a low-grade fever, or a little strained back muscle that’s subtle most of the time, but turn the wrong way and it can seize your whole body. I’ll be hummin’ … Continue reading Contagious Calm

Partners for Life

There is a spot in my front lawn, well maybe two, where up until this year the grass struggled to thrive each spring. I have tried everything: power raking, aerating, organic compost, over-seeding, weeding, ant-killer, etc. Yet, it remained dead – until this year. My wife, bless her heart of patience, asked if I thought … Continue reading Partners for Life