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Heeding My Calling

One of my favorite quotes is from Frederick Buechner – “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” I have long been intrigued by the notion of discovering one’s calling or true purpose in life – that each...

The 7 Best Books on Leadership

The ice breaker question at my last Allied Executives Peer Group meeting was “What is the best business book you’ve read?” I was stymied. Not only have I been a business consultant for the past 13 years but prior to that, I was an avid reader of business books. This goes back to college when…

We Are All a Work in Progress

I recently had the privilege to participate in the swimming competition at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama. The Games, a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. The...

To See Ourselves as Others See Us

In my 11th grade British Literature class we studied poet Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), the Scottish poet who penned such classics as “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye”, “A Red, Red Rose”, and “To a Mouse”.  But I was reminded of another Robert Burns classic...