Are You On Autopilot?

I have a confession to make. I run on autopilot far more than I would like to admit.

Can I share a story about one of my recent autopilot experiences? Ok, I knew you wouldn’t mind.

Black and white instrument panel of an airplane

Photo by Adam Johnson

I had gone to our local Wesco gas station to grab a couple of Coke Zero/Coke Zero Cherry 20 ouncers. I opened the front glass doors, went to the pop section, picked out my choices, and went to the cashier. There, I made my payment and went to exit the store.

Cue the autopilot moment.

I get to the door and SMACK!!! I walk right into the glass door. Yeah, the one I opened up by hand to get into the gas station.

5 Questions To Ask Your Next New Hire

Hiring new talent is exhilarating and scary at the same time. You have the ability to bring new blood onto the team. Your hope is this new team member will help your organization thrive.

woman and man interviewing

Then there’s the fear. Fear the team member won’t fit your organization’s culture. Or that his skill set may not be what you need.

These two emotions clash and can bring anxiety to the hiring process. However, with proper vetting, you can discover whether or not a potential new hire will be a good fit.

5 Questions To Ask Your Next New Hire

There are certain questions you can ask of people to discover who they really are and what they can bring to your team. Knowing the right questions to ask of a new hire can be your saving grace.

Four Must-Have Skills For Today’s Leaders

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Solid leadership skills are vital for those who work with and motivate others. Whether you are a community leader, a sports coach or the CEO of a large organization, there are character traits that must be utilized to manage effectively. If you weren’t born a natural leader, don’t worry, many of these traits can be learned and cultivated through time and experience. Let’s look at four of the most important skills a true leader will need to possess.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Rhythm Section

A Reel Leadership Article

I didn’t know what to think of The Rhythm Section when I first heard about the movie (I also discovered it is based on a book). I was confused as to the premise and then I became excited once I realized what it was all about.

The Rhythm Section is the story of a young woman named Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively). After her family is killed in a plane crash she turns to a life of prostitution. When she discovers there was more to the plane crash that killed her family, she begins to seek out retribution.

Blake Lively as Stephanie in The Rhythm Section

The story continues to grow as we are introduced to characters such as B (Jude Law), Mark Serra (Sterling K. Brown), and Proctor (Raza Jaffrey). Each character added another level of complexity to the film.

Sadly, the complexity and intrigue doesn’t make for a great movie.

The Most Powerful Motivator for Leaders

A few words from the prophet Azariah motivated King Asa of Judah to up his leadership performance. The same exhortation can motivate anyone in leadership today too.

The prophet simply told the king to look beyond the vision he had for his kingdom. Beyond the history of accomplishments, current circumstances, and the daily grind.

Book cover for Servant Leader Strong by Tom Harper

He said, “Be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” (2 Chron. 15:7).

In so many words, Azariah told the king to look forward to the divine reward that would follow a life of perseverance.

The promise of future rewards motivates many leaders. It does me. When we pour into people’s lives, drip our sweat and blood into a business, sacrifice financially to start a church, or give time and treasure to causes that matter to us, it’s incredibly encouraging to know God’s watching and will reward us.