Finding Margin in Business and in Life

Stuck? 7 Steps You Can Take to Get Unstuck

  I remember my first job.  I’d been working as an office manager for few years, but it wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed and there was no room for advancement either.  Every day I did the same thing I did the day before.  The routine was monotonous and tiresome.  I was bored and lethargic.  At […]

A Martyr in the Midst: How to Deal with One in Organizational Leadership

No one would argue that leading an organization is a boring or simple exercise.   It is challenging from the very beginning, and perhaps most difficult, when it comes to hiring and managing employees.   Balancing the operational requirements of the organization with the varied personalities, talents and needs of employees is a delicate process that […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Evernote Right Now

I have a confession.  I hate paper and I hate filing.  I hate paper filing.  I hate looking for paper files.  Hate it!  Hate it!  So, that’s why I took my little accounting practice digital.  We have a process for digitizing paper and a retention policy for client files, but we are, by-and-large, a minimal-paper […]

Turning Accounting on Its Head

It is difficult to believe we launched into the accounting business three years ago with a vision to serve a small number of clients in an exciting and unique way.  The idea behind it was to create a service that cross-pollenized the traditional accounting practice with the more intimate connection of an on-site client-employed bookkeeper […]

Leaving Well

It wasn’t a decision you made lightly.  It took months of thinking, prayer and introspection to reach this point of clarity.   You’re done.  You’ve made the decision to resign.  As an executive in the company, what does that mean?   What does it look like?  What is the process? Having gone through this experience a few […]

Knowing When It’s Time to Go

We all have horror stories about work.  For those of us who have had the privilege and responsibilities associated with leading an organization, those stories seem to proliferate even more so.  With the benefit of time and space, some of these situations are humorous, even hilarious.  Yet when these situations are part of a long […]

Don’t Ignore Your Team!

A number of years ago I found myself leading a group of individuals, who had been abandoned, mismanaged and ignored for several years.  The only communication they received was when they made a mistake.  It was usually swift and brutal, so those who remained had grown a thick, protective shell to block out the pain […]

Breaking Through Frustration

Some time ago, I found myself battling frustration on several fronts.  Frustration with a client, frustration with several project delays and frustration in an organization where I volunteer.   While frustration is normal every now and then, it is never good to get stuck there.  Frustration leads to anger or apathy; played out in sarcasm, gossip, […]

Five Life Principles from My Father

With the approach of Father’s Day this weekend, I’ve been reflecting on my life as a father and, of course, thinking about my dad, too.   Dad was born in 1947.  A baby boomer.  A baby boomer who spent over 30 years pastoring a small church in the great American desert of western Kansas and now […]

Is It Time To End It…Or Fix It?

As leaders of organizations, we are challenged to make decisions every day.  Many of these decisions carry with them significant consequences; none more so, perhaps, than those relating to employee performance.    Decisions involving unsatisfactory employee performance are particularly difficult and painful to process. Often, we fall into two traps when faced with an employee performance […]

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