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How to Tell a Good Story

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Stories are powerful. Parents tell stories to help their children find their place in the world. Coaches tell stories to inspire their players. Leaders tell stories to rally their teams to tackle a project or navigate a change. Jesus is widely recognized as a great teacher. While he certainly had "lectures" that he delivered to audiences, he is perhaps best remembered as a master storyteller. Religious or not, many people can retell the basic meaning of parables (stories) such as the Good Samaritan or Prodigal Son. Jesus understood the power of stories. A good story is more than entertainment; it has the ability to shape and form the hearer. It has the ability to introduce a new perspective or challenge an outdated one. Stories are also sticky. A well-told story can stick with us long after we first hear it. Given the power of stories, I find it interesting that...
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Rooted in Christ (video)

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While some may downplay the importance of theology, theology at the most basic level is the study of God. What we believe about God will shape our decisions, influence our priorities, and impact our relationships. When we are properly rooted in Christ, our faith will be strengthened, and our gratitude will increase. Paul contrasts being rooted in Christ with being taken captive by “hollow and deceptive philosophy” – ideas that depend on “human tradition” and the “elemental spiritual forces of this world.” It’s important to remember that Paul is issuing this warning to Christians, not non-Christians. It’s a reminder that we need process ideas from a biblical, Christ-centered perspective. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube channel. Looking for a Speaking Coach? The most successful people are not always the smartest people. But they have one thing in common: they communicate well. I'd love to help you become a better...
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Spiritual Maturity (video)

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Whether we are twelve, twenty-five, or fifty-five when we are born again, each of us begins our spiritual journey as spiritual infants. The goal of following Jesus is to become more like him – to become more and more mature. While the goal is maturity, it starts with the right message: Jesus is the one we proclaim. Spiritual maturity isn’t about self-discovery but discovering who Jesus is and becoming more like him (fully mature in Christ). In the same way, it’s not our will power that brings about maturity but the energy of Jesus working powerfully within us. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube channel. Looking for a Speaking Coach? The most successful people are not always the smartest people. But they have one thing in common: they communicate well. I'd love to help you become a better communicator. Click here. My Background 25+ years of senior leadership experience...
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What Your Team Needs from You – Practice Your Hand Off

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When a team is functioning well, it's a blast. When it's dysfunctional, well, it can be a blast, too ... just a different kind of blast! Every well-performing team shares certain characteristics. These characteristics must be embraced and empowered by their leaders. Number Four - Practice Your Hand Off It just so happens that I'm writing this blog post while watching Peyton and Eli Manning host Monday Night Football. Living in Denver, I've been impressed with Peyton Manning off the field as much as when he led the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory. What makes watching the Manning brothers so much fun is that both of them were top-notch quarterbacks. They not only love the game but they see things in a game that a normal person does not. In between breaking down defensive coverages, one of the teams fumbles. The quarterback and running back were out of sync....
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What Your Team Needs from You – The Freedom to Fail

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In this series of posts, we're exploring what teams need from their leaders. These are the leadership qualities that attract and retain quality team members. They are skills that can be developed with intentional effort - and they will be worth the effort. Number Three - The Freedom to Fail Teams form and come together for many reasons, but one of the most common ones is this: they want to win. Success might be defined in terms of sales numbers, awards, or transformed lives, but regardless of the definition, the desire is the same. They want to do well. In order to do succeed, you must learn how to handle failure. No person, team, or organization will execute perfectly one hundred percent of the time. The ones who value continual improvement will have a system for processing mistakes, missteps, and misunderstandings. Everyone will make a mistake; not everyone will learn...
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