WiLD STORIES

Your Bass Drum: Listening for What’s Important

For most of us, music is an inspiration. Ask us where we feel closest to God or most centered and so often music is at the top of our list. Music takes us somewhere else. It puts us physically and emotionally in moments of the past, gives us hope for the future, and causes us to

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Not What I Expected

[gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="3514,3511"] Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by the incredible blessings in your life? I got to watch the sunrise over the Middle East, at 37,000 ft., while on my way to India to do the work that I love – and it felt like a dream. We arrived in Hyderabad on

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What Leaders Could Learn from Ph.D. Students

One of the first challenges of being a Ph.D. student in Industrial-Organizational Psychology is rethinking how you think. In a world that permits glossing over the details for the sake of a one sentence tweet and full of search engines that think for us, being informed is counterculture.  With doctoral students raised in this world, this is

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No Margin for Character

We misunderstand and misuse the idea of character in our business culture because in business, margin drives everything. To go all business for a second, margin is the difference between a product or service's selling price and its cost of production or to the ratio between a company's revenues and expenses. Even if you don’t consider

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Post Election Thoughts – The Courage to Keep My Ears Open

My heart is heavy when thinking about the events of this past week, and at the same time inspired by my colleagues and friends. As I often tell our students, the true test of our character comes when the real pressure is on and we are face to face with a moment where we feel

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The Fabric of Character

"Character is something you can't perform, so we can separate performance from the assessment of character. Character goes beyond the content of the problem and deeper into the context of ourselves in relationship to ourselves, to the people around us, and to our experience." Character must be considered as a complex, yet undeniably practical and

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BRING THE BUCKET

Leading is hard work; it requires a person to see things differently. A leader needs to effect change and that takes guts, rigor and vulnerability. In the bible there is a moment where a guy named Jesus and his earliest followers are faced with pressures beyond their level of comfort. The stakes are high and they are

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COACHING FOR SUCCESS IS MISSING THE MARK – AT LEAST FOR THIS MARK

This is a picture of my friend Mark Adams being coached regarding his calling and purpose in front of 27 leaders at our WiLD Leaders Coaching Certification in Seattle this past week.  Mark is a senior leader in the Free Methodist Church of the USA who is a leader of leaders of leaders. While this

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