Let People Know You Love Them

Love is such a strange word. It conjures up emotions within us. Sometimes, there are mixed emotions that come from hearing the word love.

We may feel the pain of losing a loved one. We may feel ecstatic thinking of how we love our spouse.

I tell you, love is strange. Still, love is powerful.

Let People Know You Love Them

Love is more than the feeling you feel when you see the prettiest girl you’ve ever seen. It’s more than the feelings you have for her after she says yes to marrying you.

We can feel love in platonic relationships, such as friendships and business relationships.

We’ve been conditioned to be cautious with our use of the word love. I think we need to be more free-flowing with the word.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas… When you hear this phrase, what do you think?

Does your heart perk up a little? The celebration of the King is here! It’s time to open all of the presents people have gotten me!

Does your heart drop? Ugh, another Christian holiday. Or maybe it’s the dread of another holiday missing a loved one.

Whatever your response to the term Merry Christmas, one thing I know. It is a holiday I will be celebrating. It is a great celebration of God coming to earth. Of God sacrificing his life for the redemption of mankind.

While we may not all celebrate the day, I want to wish every reader of the blog a Merry Christmas. May your day tomorrow be filled with good cheer, good tidings, and the knowledge that there is more to life than business or your job.

Opening Up In The Workplace

By the title of this article, you may think I am going to write about the reopening process of businesses and churches after COVID-19. That’s a good thought, especially in this day and age. However, this is not the topic I want to share today.

I want to share about opening up in the workplace. This is in terms of emotionally opening up.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. With my father’s death, I realize we need to open up and share the struggles we are going through. We also need to be available and open to hearing from those we lead.

Opening Up In The Workplace

Before we get into the meat of this article, I need to preface it with a word of caution. We can be too open in the workplace. We can overshare and that leads us into dangerous leadership territory.

5 Tips For Building Strategic Relationships

We all know relationships are important. The relationships you build today may be the relationships that get you the next leadership position in a new organization, move you up in your current organization, or help you with a pressing problem you’ve been dealing with.

Relationships are also a struggle. I’ve struggled long and hard over relationships that feel way too transactional and not enough relational. The relationship always seems to turn toward business talk and what we’re doing to grow our businesses.

4 people sitting around a wooden table working on laptops

Photo by Annie Spratt

It makes me tired and sad. It feels like it is not a real relationship. But it is. It’s a different kind of relationship. These relationships are strategic relationships.

A strategic relationship is one that:

  • Benefits both parties
  • Helps you grow your business or yourself
  • Encourages you to do better
  • Keeps you focused on your goals

Who Are You Surrounding Yourself With?

The people we surround ourselves with are a reflection of who we are. This isn’t intentional but it happens.

Jim Rohn said that we are the sum of the 5 people we surround ourselves with. As we interact with people, we begin to learn, grow, and become more like them.

It’s not a bad thing. Especially if you’re surrounding yourself with high performers.

Group of friends enjoying time together

Photo by Helena Lopes

These high performers will lift you up, much like a rising tide lifts all ships.

I truly believe this. It is good to surround yourself with people who are going in the same direction as you (this isn’t to say you shouldn’t interact with those you disagree with).

Today, I want to ask you, who are you surrounding yourself with? I’ll also share with you a few people I’ve spent a lot more time with this year (outside of my family).