How to Stop Talking and Start Doing

How to Stop Talking and Start Doing

Stop Talking Start DoingEven though I am an introvert, I can be a very good talker . . .

I talk about the book I want to write.

I talk about the half-marathon I want to run.

I talk about the big trip I want to take my wife on.

I talk about the things I want to teach my kids before they’re grown.

I talk about the deep spiritual life I want to experience.

I talk about the big project that I believe would serve so many needy people.

I talk about . . . a lot of stuff. And it’s all good stuff!

But here’s what I’ve learned from my own experience and observation: Continue reading

4 Lessons I Learned From Gumby (& Pokey)

4 Lessons I Learned From Gumby (& Pokey)

I’m a big fan of Gumby & Pokey (I know, I’m showing my age!). I used to watch the show all the time, and have had the toy characters on my shelf for years (hey, I was a children’s pastor – kids loved to play with them in the office!). Beyond being TV characters & toys, Gumby… Continue reading

5 Gifts Every Father Should Give His Kids

5 Gifts Every Father Should Give His Kids

  As a father of two amazing young men, every day is like Father’s Day to me. I have been incredibly blessed by them. And I was blessed with the world’s greatest Dad – at least the greatest one I could ever imagine. So my experiences as a Dad and with my own Dad have been amazingly… Continue reading

7 Things I Want My Sons To Know

7 Things I Want My Sons To Know

I have two amazing sons. As any parent, I like to brag about my “boys” who have now become young men. And, also as any parent, I want nothing but the best for them. My wife and I long to see them fulfill whatever it is that God has planned for them, and to continue to… Continue reading

How Much Is My Integrity Worth?

How Much Is My Integrity Worth?

Recently I went to Home Depot. Again. And had my integrity tested. I had purchased 3 bins and 3 lids, but when I got home I realized I actually had taken 4 of the bins. So I needed to make the trip to return that 4th storage bin.  When I made the discovery, however, I immediately started… Continue reading

5 Ways Fathers Can Lead Their Children Well

5 Ways Fathers Can Lead Their Children Well

  I believe the breakdown of the family is the single greatest contributor to the challenges we currently face in our society. That’s a topic for another post, but perhaps the greatest factor in the breakdown of the family is poor leadership by fathers. I am amazed at the truth to the statement by John… Continue reading

20 Winning Quotes From Super Bowl Coaches

20 Winning Quotes From Super Bowl Coaches

Winning a Super Bowl is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Few men have done it. Some great coaches have never even made it to the Super Bowl, let alone won. But these men have. And their words offer a small idea of how they led their teams to victory. 20 Winning… Continue reading

How To Be A Better Friend To Your Spouse

How To Be A Better Friend To Your Spouse

The couple in the picture above looks so happy, don’t they? Life is good. All is bliss. We walk with our spouse through fields of wheat holding hands to show how much we love each other. Oh that life was really this easy and peaceful! If you’ve been married for more than a week, you… Continue reading

3 Ways Parents Help Their Child Succeed TODAY!

3 Ways Parents Help Their Child Succeed TODAY!

As parents, one of our overriding desires is to see our children be successful. Maybe it’s for a small child to be successful in learning new behaviors. Or it might be that we want them to be successful in school. Maybe it’s in a sport they play, or growing in their faith. Or perhaps it’s… Continue reading

6 Books To Inform And Inspire

6 Books To Inform And Inspire

Anyone who knows me knows that I love books. I’ve got way too many and, sooner rather than later, will probably buy more (don’t tell my wife!). Normally, I enjoy reading books on leadership, ministry best practices, and business. But last year I found myself on an airplane a lot (like 100,000+ miles!), and so… Continue reading

The Baird’s 2015 Year In Review

The Baird’s 2015 Year In Review

In our 2014 Year In Review, we said our year was all about “change”. Relocation, job changes, graduations, and new schools were what the year was all about. This year, the Baird’s have been all about “growth” and “adventure”. It was a crazy, busy, exciting, fun, challenging, surprising kind of year for the Baird’s! So here’s… Continue reading

Don’t Make That New Year Resolution…Again!

Don’t Make That New Year Resolution…Again!

Here we are again – another New Year is looming. And we’ve all (well, most of us) been here before when it comes to making this or that resolution. If we even still have a copy of last year’s resolutions, we scan it in frustration, realizing that we actually never followed through on any of… Continue reading

The Power of “I Don’t Know”

The Power of “I Don’t Know”

One of the most significant phrases a leader can say: I don’t know . . . This phrase can either greatly enhance your leadership, or greatly undermine it. It depends on what comes next. If the words “but I’ll find out” come next, these words can greatly enhance your leadership. It shows that you’re not… Continue reading

8 Things Leaders Know (Or Need to Know)

8 Things Leaders Know (Or Need to Know)

There are certain things that leaders in any organization must understand in order to lead effectively. Whether you lead an organization of just a few, or an organization of many more, understanding these 8 things will help you, your team and your organization. Leaders know (or need to know): Continue reading

What The Bible Says About Giving Thanks

What The Bible Says About Giving Thanks

The Bible often talks about giving thanks. Here are just a few verses. Please share your favorite verse in the comments. And share the post with others ~ sometimes hearing straight from scripture provides the greatest encouragement. 1 Chronicles 29:13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. Psalm 20:4 May he grant… Continue reading

What Your Child Wants Most For Christmas

What Your Child Wants Most For Christmas

What is it that children want? Toys? Video games or equipment? New phones, iPods or tablets? Nope. In this powerful video produced by Ikea, it tells you exactly what they want. It’s less than 3 minutes long so, parents (especially with younger children), please watch it and take it to heart. Continue reading

Managing Ministry Mayhem

Managing Ministry Mayhem

  Ministry is Brutiful  Leading in ministry can be beautiful. And it can be brutal. Or, as Ed Young says, it can be “brutiful”. There are few things better than serving others and seeing the power of God transform lives. For those called to serve full-time, it really is something that we are compelled to… Continue reading

A New Road Map For Leaders: H3 Leadership

A New Road Map For Leaders: H3 Leadership

The new book by Brad Lomenick called H3 Leadership is “…an application driven, practical leadership playbook and road map that provides a proven process on how not only to run but finish well in the leadership race.” Brad Lomenick The “road map” asks 3 questions: Who are you? Where are you going? How will you get… Continue reading