Tag: spirituality for executives

Embracing Death, Competing Agendas, and the Great Mystery

April 20, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

A forty-six-year-old gregarious and affable executive and member of Young Presidents’ Organization took his own life last month. He was married, with a twelve-year-old son. Everyone is trying to make sense of it. The event has generated feelings of shock, confusion, sadness, guilt, and anger. Behind the feelings are many thoughts. The post-modern mind has a tendency to pathologize everything—especially things that are hard or impossible to understand. Why did this happen? What could have been done? What could I have done? What signs did we miss? How can it be avoided next time? Whom Do You Know? I was reminded of how few people I know well (and how few know me well). The measure of how well we […]

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How to Get to Heaven

December 20, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

How do you develop the authentic humility and fulfillment necessary to lead yourself and others? Tim Tebow’s contagious humility starts with his thank-you’s (see my recent blog post). Before he responds to reporters’ questions, he thanks Jesus, his teammates, and his fans. Then he attributes the good outcomes to a broad set of factors, and acknowledges his errors when things didn’t go well while he was on the field. He never talks as though he’s making things happen on his own for his own benefit. He always acknowledges his sources of support in its many forms. Contrast Tebow with me when I was in my twenties, making millions and being interviewed by the press (albeit many fewer millions, and less […]

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To Understand People, Understand How They Perceive God

October 21, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

If you want to know what drives thinking and behavior, examine a person’s perception of God. Last week, USA Today published Baylor University’s recent research on how Americans perceive God. Click here for the article. (This was a big study, not some overnight poll by a news media outlet.) Ninety percent of Americans believe in some form of higher power and, as the study highlights, the form of that belief greatly affects the way people view the world. When we understand the lens or bubble through which we view God, our decisions, choices and actions make complete sense. Here are the four buckets the researchers found that best describe how Americans view God. The type of God captions are from […]

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