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Jun 10

Team Tensions

Posted on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Values

photo(3b)Sunday our Spring Cleaning Team tackled our home. Amy is detail-oriented. Josh is an innovative thinker and a hard worker. Shannon is a team player with a great attitude. I work long and hard.

That all sounds like a great productive team, but it takes some work to cope with each person’s unique style.

Team Tensions

Jun 9

Go Team!

Posted on Monday, June 9, 2014 in How To, Relational, Social, Values

Go Team“Spring Cleaning.”

What came to mind when you saw those words?

A celebration of the end of winter, a chore you dread, attacking chaos, creating order, an invitation to newness or a time to prep for a garage sale, or something else?

Maybe spring cleaning was just something other people did.

Bringing spring cleaning into our family culture is one of my wife’s wonderful contributions to our “team.” As Amy describes it, spring cleaning goes beyond the daily and weekly routines to deep clean.

Spring Cleaning

May 28

Who’s Paying Attention?

Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

IMG_1071Who are you when no one is looking?
What do you do when no one sees?
Who’s paying attention?

Today at TreeHouse we we able to answer those questions for one of our colleagues. In an almost unanimous vote Bill Goon was awarded our annual Teamwork award.

Bill won because when no one is looking, he’s working. When no one sees what he’s doing, he’s doing what he should do.

 Throughout the year Bill makes it possible for every van-driving direct-service staff to:
– Transport teens to programming
– Provide life-transforming one-on-ones.
– Laugh their way to and from trips.
– Enjoy great activities.
– And, do so safely for more than 20 vehicles!

Mar 30

How High Will You Climb? by John Maxwell

Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 in How To, Reviews, Values

Book.1162.cover“Christ gives us a perfect example to follow. His high standard was not given to frustrate us but to reveal areas in our lives that need improvement. Whenever I study Philippians 2:3–8, I am reminded of the healthy attitude qualities that Jesus possessed.”

He was selfless, secure and submissive, and author John Maxwell challenges us to assess and examine our attitude and the impact of our attitude. Subtitled, “Determine Your Success By Cultivating the Right Attitude” this book challenges readers to become more insightful and incisive leaders.

Mar 13

Wrestling

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Relational, TreeHouse

012_12When I was just beginning to move from loner to leader I read these words:

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” 1

They have helped me to remember not to choose as selfishly as I am inclined to be.

I attached the picture on purpose. Bad pictures remind us to laugh at ourselves and not take ourselves too seriously.

I’m thinking a lot about my role as a leader.

Jan 24

4 Answers 2 Anxiety

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 in Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

alone-96856_640If you asked me if I struggled with anxiety, most days I would say “no.” If you asked me if I was listening to myself enough to know, I’d probably shrug my shoulders. Usually self-reflection takes a back-seat to busyness.

The Burden & Blessing of Busyness

On Wednesday TreeHouse (my employer) committed a day to “fasting and prayer.” My busyness was set aside. 1

My tendency to be a busyness-burdened workaholic comes from a mashup of my strengths and my fears. According to “Strengths Finder” my strengths (#2-5) include Activator, Learner, Ideation, and Achiever. I like to learn, think through what I’ve learned and put what I’m learning to use, but the fear of rejection cries out “You’re stupid and lazy”; it’s subtle, but it’s relentless.

Nov 13

Shared Passion

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Values

A-BuenoSunday I wrote about the passion of Dick Butkus Hall of Fame football player. I want to have a clear passion for life. I admire those who do.

Last night I wrote an email to a VP from a prestigious restaurant chain on behalf of a friend.

I work at the Brooklyn Park TreeHouse. I’ve been part of TreeHouse since the 1980s and few of my TreeHouse alumni have been as passionate and enthusiastic about his career plans as Fernando Bueno.

Aug 1

Fear of Water

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Social, Spiritual, Values

021_21I’ll be in water, on water and underwater today.

The fear of drowning is one of my fears. It probably always has been a fear, but childhood bullying certainly made it worse. Sometimes I’m not even aware that I’m thinking about it.

Our Fears

Fear will try to stop us.
Doubts will try to stop us.

We’ll be tempted to duck responsibilities.
We’ll be tempted to from taking chances.
We’ll be tempted to lay low and avoid risks.

Fear has paralyzed many people from
– attempting great accomplishments
– facing great questions
– embracing great opportunities
– joining great adventures
– creating something new
– sharing gifts with others

May 22

Person of Hope

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

Allison HillToday, at TreeHouse, is our All-Staff Fiscal Year-End Celebration. Today’s event is our annual review and celebration of what God – through people – has been doing at TreeHouse in the past fiscal year. We’ll enjoy lunch, have fun together and sing celebration songs.

Today will also be the announcement of our “Persons of Hope” award winners.

Each year, staff submit their votes for awards are given to recognize TreeHouse employees for their excellence in what they do. As our Executive Director Becky Walker explained, “we know that some go above and beyond the ‘call of duty’ each and every day and we want to acknowledge those efforts!”

May 9

You Can Rest Now

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

Untitled-TrueColor-355Last year I read Grace by Max Lucado in which I found some profoundly good news.

Jesus does not say, “Come to me, all you who are perfect and sinless.” Just the opposite. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28 NASB).

There is no fine print.

A second shoe is not going to drop.

God’s promise has no hidden language. Let grace happen, for heaven’s sake. No more performing for God, no more clamoring after God. Of all the things you must earn in life, God’s unending affection is not one of them. You have it. Stretch yourself out in the hammock of grace.