Four Warning Signs You’re Approaching Burnout — Eric Geiger
The pressure, responsibilities, and pace placed on leaders can be immense. If leaders don’t care for themselves, burnout is inevitable. Sadly, many leaders struggle with reading the signs that they are approaching burnout. Despite all the advice, books, and sessions calling leaders to care for themselves, many leaders struggle with slowing down. Many fail to listen continually to their bodies, their friends, and their emotions.
I am not a medical doctor or counselor, but I have learned the rhythms in my own life and have sought counsel continually from leaders I respect. I have seen and also learned the hard way that pushing through seasons of exhaustion can backfire. Here are signs I look for and encourage other leaders to look for in their own lives.
Ministering to Moms With Complicated Lives — Deb Douglas
Mom, Dad, 2 kids. A picket fence. A dog named Spot. A house with a fireplace.
That’s the picture in the past of what a normal family was “suppose” to look like.
But normal has faded away and been replaced by complicated families with complicated lives. Some of the complexity is caused by choices, but some of the complexities are a result of a complicated world. For example, next door the family is a mom and dad who are both deployed military personnel, leaving a grandmother and aunt to care for the children. It’s complicated, but it works.
3 Ways to Make It Safe for Employees to Speak Honestly — by Ilan Mochari
In most workplaces, there are ugly truths about which you cannot speak.
I take that back. You can speak about them. But if you do, you might get fired. In which case, you’ll regret speaking out. So it’s easier–if a bit less accurate–to tell yourself you can’t speak out.
The wisest companies have always recognized this conundrum–and tried to change it. Barry-Wehmiller, a $2 billion capital equipment and engineering consulting company based in St. Louis, built its acclaimed employees-first culture of trust largely by reacting fast to worker frustrations. The key was making employees comfortable about venting in the first place. How can you do that? One method is to cultivate an atmosphere of psychological safety. Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson’s research on psychological safety emphasizes the importance of “embracing messengers.” That is, you should reward and celebrate those who come forward with bad news, questions, concerns, or errors.
3 Easy Parenting Principles We Used And Saw Amazing Results — Ron Edmondson
Parenting is hard work. Don’t try it without a plan. It’s amazing how we tend to plan for everything in life, but seldom for our parenting. I know men and women who have a plan to improve their golf game, but nothing to help them grow as a father or mother. Parents who plan great social events but have no plan to instill values in their children – they simply react to life as it happens. Some parents scramble to make their children happy, making sure they are in every activity available, but never stop to think what kind of character they want their children to have as adults and what is going to best help them get there.
If you want to be a great parent, you must be intentional about the role. You must have an overall goal and plan for your parenting. This includes an individual plan for each child. They are each different and require unique discipline, interaction and approaches to parenting. It means deciding in advance what the character and values you are going for and thinking through – intentionally – ways to develop them.
14 Reasons to Memorize an Entire Book of the Bible — Andy Naselli
Here are 14 reasons to memorize a whole book of the Bible:
1. It renews your mind with God’s viewpoint.
Memorizing a large chunk of the Bible is a strategic way to obey Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” It helps you be like the person in Psalm 1: “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”