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Why Common Sense Doesn’t Translate to Common Practice

By Leadership
My father once told me something that you have probably heard in some shape or form. He told me, "Ken, if common sense was truly common then more people would have it." As I've thought about this over the years, I've come to realize that some people have truly uncommon sense - they are able to anticipate things others cannot. They see opportunities where others see a blank page or a problem. Many of our innovations and advances have originated from this uncommon outside-the-box thinking. But I say this not to diminish the importance of common sense. Common sense and how it is applied forms the basic building blocks of life, relationships, finances, and so much more. Common sense provides shared pathways of understanding and tools for navigating life. Over thousands of years, the human race has discovered and developed certain operating principles that both save time and lives. Simply...
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Avoiding the Undertow

By Leadership
Have you ever left a conversation and wondered, "What just happened?" Or, you leave feeling worse or more discouraged or even angry. You may have been swept up into the undertow of someone else's emotions. An undertow is a current of water that lies below a peaceful surface. It's a powerful current that can sweep the strongest of swimmers out to sea. And you may not know it's there until it's too late. Truth be told, there are people who would love for you to swim in the undertow of their dysfunctions. Their pity needs a party and you're invited. But just say no. Getting swept up in the undertow is different than feeling genuine empathy and compassion. Empathy and compassion are healthy and can lead the person towards healing. The undertow will just pull you further and further down. Experience and Background 25+ years of senior leadership experience masters...
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Prove or Improve

By Leadership
What is the difference between an average leader and an exceptional leader? It's the same as what separates a good teacher from a great teacher - or a decent athlete from a champion. The difference lies in the way they think. And the way they think influences the way they act. So, how do the top-performers think differently? According to researchers Carol Dweck and Heidi Grant, it's approaching a challenge with a “performance improve” mindset instead of a "performance prove" mindset. But what does that mean? A salesperson with a "performance prove" mindset has to win - nothing else is acceptable. They are only focused on the outcome. Whether or not they learn from the process isn't important. It's all about winning. Contrast that with a salesperson who also wants to sign the deal but approaches the situation with a "performance improve" mindset. They analyze, debrief, deconstruct, and reflect on...
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The Outcast (video)

By Church
To fully appreciate this story, one must be aware of the deep-seated animosity between Jews and Samaritans. These weren’t simply groups who favored a different football team. They were groups who dehumanized the other group. This prejudice is what makes Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan so powerful – no Jewish listener would have made a Samaritan the hero of the story. In John 4, Jesus purposefully went through Samaria on his way back to Galilee. Along the way he encounters a lady at the well and engages her in conversation that concludes with him revealing to her that he is the Messiah (his first public reveal). In this one story, Jesus confronts multiple social issues in a redemptive manner. 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:...
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Becoming Less (video)

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I’m thankful for church that raised me. I’m also thankful for churches like Mountainview. Neither one is better than other – just different. Every generation of Christ-followers has a responsibility to build, equip, and extend the church in their own time and context.Earlier in the Gospel of John, John the Baptist used Isaiah 40:3 to describe his role in the ministry of Jesus: “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” A few of John’s disciples come to him and seem worried that people are flocking to Jesus. John uses this occasion to remind his disciples that his role was to prepare the way for Jesus. “He must become greater; I must become less.” To follow Jesus today still requires us to submit to his ultimate superiority over all other things, ideas, and philosophies. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube...
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