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Monthly Archives: April 1991

Making Evaluation

When pollster George Barna asked people whether they had “complete confidence” that leaders from various professions would “consistently make job-related decisions that are morally appropriate,” the results were abysmal:   Type of Leader % Who Hold Public’s Complete Confidence Executives of large corporations 3% Elected government officials 3% Film and […]

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Quote

We are members of one great body planted by nature in a mutual love, and fitted for social life. We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole.—Seneca

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Eternity Inside

He has also set eternity in the hearts of men. ECCLESIASTES 3:11 The most cold-hearted pagan can’t ignore the reality of eternity. It is a built-in component from the God factory—a sneaking suspicion, an unavoidable void, an aching hunger, a feeling that can’t be outrun. The reality of eternity often […]

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Test-Driving Your Strategy

Group insurer Unum tried to achieve growth by merging with Provident, an individuals insurer. But the costs and complications of trying to unite the two sales forces proved insuperable. Too bad Unum didn’t insure the deal, because it cost them dearly. They experienced a 30 percent drop in stock price […]

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2. Ranking priorities

You have committed to some family activities that will take place the upcoming weekend. Your children and spouse are not only expecting you to be there, but they are very excited about your presence. Heading into the weekend, however, you’re offered a spot in the company skybox for the big […]

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DRIVING THOUGHT

The Power of One means that regardless of personal cost or strength of opposition I continue to pursue what is right—both for me and for others.

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Imperfections

Every strategy, even one of the really good ones, is flawed and requires compromise. Business consultant Stuart Cross tells the story of working with a retail company whose leaders considered an idea to target a new group of customers through a nonretail channel. Modeling suggested that this strategy could net […]

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The Best-Laid Plans

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps…. The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. PROVERBS 16:9, 33 Preparation is a crucial element of any successful business endeavor. Whether we’re getting ready for a big presentation […]

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Walking in Trouble

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. PSALM 138:7 We will walk in the midst of trouble. This is a reality we all know in our heads, […]

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Good for Me

In Chapter 2 I addressed the ways that selfishness can get mixed up with generosity, leading to conflicts and dilemmas and quite possibly resulting in more harm than good. There’s no question that we can easily become phony or self-righteous if we’re not approaching generosity from a place of integrity. […]

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