Thanks for the Feedback

Thanks for the Feedback - Douglas Stone, Sheila HeedI recently finished a great book called Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen. As the title suggests, it’s a book about how to best give and receive feedback. This is such a crucial, yet underrated skill. I live in a world of feedback for my job everyday. I’m constantly receiving bits of feedback on decisions I’ve made or someone has made on my team. The truth is that this can be exhausting. But the solution isn’t to run away while we cover our ears. We need feedback to grow, and regardless of what we spend the majority of our days doing we can find feedback all around us.

Here are some great ideas from the book for all of us regardless of whether you are in any type of corporate environment:

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The Responsibility for Your Incoming

"When you only listen to the top 40, you're letting the crowd decide what you hear. And if you consume nothing but the most liked, the most upvoted, the most viral, the most popular, you've abdicated responsibility for your incoming. Most people only read bestselling books. That's what makes them bestsellers, after all. Popular is not the same as important, or often, not the same as good."

Seth Godin
A Kingdom of Now and Not Yet

A Kingdom of Now and Not Yet

They recently published my latest article for the East Valley Tribune titled “A Kingdom of Now and Not Yet.” In it I write about the two contrasting realities that this world is a broken place yet God is good.

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What Are You Taking For Granted?

What Are You Taking For Granted?

I recently spoke at a church in Minnesota. Upon landing at the airport, Michelle and I proceeded to get our rental car. I stood by the driver side of the car as I signed the papers to conclude the transaction. My wife opened the passenger side door and found something left in the car from the people before us. As you can see in the image above, it was an oddly shaped brush.

My wife, never one to be bashful, quickly informed our rental car associate that somebody left their brush in our car. Our associate didn’t seemed phased by this and replied that it was supposed to be there.

“For what?” my wife asked.

“Um… snow,” came the reply.

Michelle and I both laughed. The lady helping us didn’t. We tried to explain that we’re from Arizona and we don’t use those. In fact, we’ve never used one on a car before. Our rental employee seriously had a hard time wrapping her mind around what we just shared with her and continued to give us a strange look.

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Reconciled

Here’s my message from our worship night on Friday.

Your worship of God cannot be separated from your relationships with those around you.

The Cure for Lifeless Christianity

The Cure for Lifeless Christianity

Last Sunday they printed my second article for the East Valley Tribune. I wrote about how we often think of our faith as passive despite the fact that the Bible uses very experiential language. It’s called “The Cure for Lifeless Christianity.”

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