What A Singing Christmas Tree Taught Me About Leadership

Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree

You are probably asking yourself “What in the world is a singing Christmas tree?”

To answer your question, it is a 67 foot tall metal Christmas tree. It is decorated with 300 choir members from Mona Shores High School.

It is an amazing sight.

So amazing that it will be featured on TLC’s Extreme Christmas Tree special.

Below is a promo for the Extreme Christmas Tree special.

My wife and I had the pleasure of attending one of the concerts this Christmas season. We were well pleased with it. Two of our youth students made us proud as they put on a great performance.

The concert made me think about leadership and the practices that go along with great leadership.

Here are 5 leadership lessons you can learn from the Singing Christmas tree:

Give A Gift That Will Matter

This is the gift table that my sister made.

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Can you believe that Christmas is less than 3 weeks away? The holiday is fast approaching.

You have seen the ads telling you what you need. You need the latest fashion. Your kid needs the latest toy. Your wife needs a new piece of jewelry.

Do you really need it? Do they really need it? Probably not.

Within the week it will be added to another pile of junk in your home. Forgotten and wasted. Just more clutter in your home.

Instead, I would like to challenge you to give a gift that will last a lifetime.

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
— Maya Angelou

Begin looking for a person you can pour into.

Tech Tips Series: 5 Must Have Firefox Browser Extensions

Mozilla Firefox Icon

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Welcome to the first installment of Tech Tips. Tech Tips will be posted within the first week of each month.  The posts in the series will be related to software, Windows shortcuts, and related topics.

I am kicking off the first of the series by showing you the 5 Firefox extensions that I believe you should be using.


If you do not know, Firefox is an internet browser similar to Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. Firefox is huge on customization. The main way you customize your browsing experience is through extensions.

Four of the five extensions are free. One is a paid extension but well worth it.

Lets take look at the 5 extensions that I have found to be extremely helpful.

Top Posts For November 2011

And November has come to a close. It was a great month for the site and I hope it was a great month  for you.

This month saw the death of a great friend and leader, a great Thanksgiving spent with my family and my in-laws, and another month of blog posts.

I shared many of these moments with you, my readers. I hope you enjoyed them.

Today we will be reviewing the most viewed posts for November.

The five most viewed posts of November 2011 were:

  1. Life Is Short
    In this post, I honored the life of a great friend and leader, Steve. He passed away after a short bout with cancer. He will be remembered for his big smile and great sense of humor. Steve also loved those he served more than anyone I know.