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February 13, 2015

A Little Perspective On 50 Shades Of Grey

By |February 13th, 2015|Categories: Family|Tags: , , , , , , |

So it’s Valentine’s Day weekend and millions of Americans are celebrating with a visit to their local movie theater to catch 50 Shades of Grey.   What a commentary on our culture. I'm not going to rehash why going to the movie is a bad idea.  There have been a lot of excellent articles about why we shouldn't waste our time on this movie.  Read them. Instead, I thought I'd share a few numbers that give some perspective on the effects of violence on women around the world: BY THE NUMBERS: THE WAR AGAINST WOMEN  1 in 4 [...]

December 2, 2014

Seeing The Long View – Appreciating Your Legacy

By |December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , |

Have you recovered from your post-Thanksgiving coma, yet? It’s really easy to get caught up in all the preparations, the entertaining and the eating.  Oh, the eating! Scarfing down food until your pants hate you and your blood sugar is on overload from sampling all of the different flavors of pie! To top it off, I spent the whole day in misery after chopping the most offensive onion I have ever come across! An hour and a half later, my eyes were swollen and watering.  Even my husband’s eyes were burning and I was wondering if I was going to [...]

October 28, 2014

What’s Your Problem? Dealing With Cycles Of Delay

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: spiritual warfare|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

One of the most common attributes of quality leaders is the ability to solve problems. Like most leaders, you’re probably pretty good at this. It’s one of the skills that’s helped you get to where you are today. But what happens when the problem you’re tackling isn’t actually the problem? For most leaders, the challenge isn’t in creating a solution, but in understanding the true nature of the problem they’re trying to solve.  Here’s what I mean: A future oriented mindset may help you achieve your goals, but it's also limited because it's one-directional.  If we're pursuing God's purposes, we [...]

August 15, 2014

However Long The Night: How One Woman Is Changing Culture

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Social Innovation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week, I’ve been reading a powerful book called However Long The Night by Aimee Molloy. The book shares the story of Molly Melching, a woman you have probably never heard of, whose work is dramatically affecting the lives of millions of African girls. Melching has received numerous awards for her work in empowering African communities through education and training in proper health practices and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, Melching’s organization, Tostan, has done something no other organization has been able to do before: helping to bring an end to the practice of female genital cutting (FGC). FGC is a 2,000 [...]

July 11, 2014

Fat Or Fight: It’s Time To Choose

By |July 11th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I have had a problem with obesity for most of my life, although I didn’t know it. Since I was nine years old, I have been consuming a lot. I consume when I feel bad about myself and when I am worried about my family. I also consume simply because it feels good.  I've tried to do something about it, but just when I get moving, something seems to happen that gets my focus back on consuming. I didn’t think I had a problem. I didn’t notice it was happening.  Until, one day…I looked in the mirror and I didn’t [...]

The One Question You MUST Answer

By |July 4th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

If you’ve spent any time studying creativity in leadership, you know that one of the most important attributes of innovative leaders is the ability to ask good questions. Apple has become the dominant force it is because Steve Jobs forced his team to ask important questions no one else was asking. I never knew I couldn't live without an iPhone, until I couldn't live without an iPhone! Questions are powerful tools to expand your thinking.  They cause you to move past your assumptions and entertain the ridiculous, the nonsensical, the uncomfortable and on occasion, the truly genius. Where Questions Go [...]

April 7, 2014

Want To Change Culture? Start With Your Kids

By |April 7th, 2014|Categories: Family|Tags: , , , , , , |

Understanding Family History Creates Strong Cultural Identity We talk a lot about changing culture at Vanguard Creative, because we believe that vanguards ought to be cultural influencers.  That doesn’t mean thumping your Bible or legislating morality.  I think we have proven that those tactics don’t work.    Cultural influence is about being a person that others want to emulate.  It's about changing current structures to reflect God's values so that His blessings can be released.  We don't want to beat people over the head with our religiosity.  Instead, we want them to be so taken with what is [...]