Based on the book Ben-Hur: A Tale Of Christ, Ben-Hur returns to the big screen cinemas.

Over time, the tale of Ben-Hur has been recounted in multiple movies, TV shows, and cartoons. This weekend saw the release of the latest Ben-Hur telling.


The 2016 Ben-Hur is brought to us by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. They’ve previously produced The Bible and A.D. The Bible Continues TV mini-series.

Now, they’re tackling the big screen.

The story of Ben-Hur is a sad tale of a thirst for revenge. Judah Ben-Hur is a prince who is accused of treason by his adopted brother. After being sent away as a slave on the sea, he returns to seek revenge against his brother Messala Severus.

All of this happens in the time of Christ. So, we get to see Jesus Christ weave in and out of the story.

Caution: Ben-Hur spoilers ahead

Any manager would appreciate having a team that could work effectively and independently, without over­relying on him or her to answer questions or smooth over minute workflow issues.

However, in many companies, this is simply not the case. Why?

Sometimes, it has to do with the team. Maybe your team is inexperienced at certain tasks and needs some extra oversight.

Sometimes, it’s a question of tools. Maybe your organization hasn’t fully bought into the collaborative software or communication tools you need to work more effectively, so workflows are spotty across a project’s timeline.

And sometimes, it’s your own inability to let go. Research from teamfocus finds many managers have trouble fully putting their trust in team members. As a result, work bottlenecks, team members struggle to clearly understand what it is they’re supposed to be doing, and managers increasingly feel bound to their jobs — at the expense of their own free time.

Listening to those around you, you see people have lost the hope of finding opportunity. They think America is no longer ripe with the chance to succeed.

You’ll hear excuse after excuse. You might even hear some blamed tossed in along the way.

People are bemoaning the fact that there’s no opportunity to be found.

You can find opportunity anywhere

Let me tell you something. Those people telling you there’s no opportunity, they are wrong. DEAD WRONG.

Our world offers plenty of opportunity. But only for those who seek it.

The Secret To Finding Opportunities

I want to share with you where I believe, and have found, opportunity to lie.

Hard Work: Opportunities are often disguised as hard work. You have to dig and seek to find opportunities, but they’re there.

Much like mining for gold, you will seek and seek and seek. Some days you’ll hit a nugget of gold. Other days, you’ll strike out.

Do you remember the book or movie Pete’s Dragon? I vaguely do.

Those memories of Pete’s Dragon are found memories, as vague as they are.

leadership lessons from petes dragon

I remember the oddly drawn green dragon and the little orphan boy the story revolves around. Recently, Disney decided to remake Pete’s Dragon.

Can I say WOW?!? The new Pete’s Dragon was a stunning recreation of the original that made this grown man feel like a little kid.

Pete’s Dragon also held amazing leadership lessons. Let’s dig into those.

Warning: Pete’s Dragon spoilers ahead

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

1. Pete’s Dad:

That’s the other thing about adventure, you’ve got to be brave

Seconds into Pete’s Dragon, we hear Pete’s dad telling Pete that adventurers are brave. They have to be. Because that’s what is required of those who take risks.

What Are You Making?

August 12, 2016 — 1 Comment

With all the talk about vision and mission, we forget a simple truth. Through our leading, we are making something unique.

Now, we’re not all creating the same thing. Yet we’re all forging a new future.

The Mindset To Have

As leaders, our mission is to grow our organizations, our churches, or our businesses. We are tasked with bringing in more people or creating more disciples.

This growth mindset clouds the real mindset leaders should have

That mindset is to grow other leaders. That mindset is to influence our followers to take actions. That mindset is to help those we lead to make better choices.

What do the above tasks have in common?

Looking deeper at growing leaders, influencing followers, and helping others make better choices, we can see there’s a common thread. The common thread is that leaders are meant to make and create.