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How to Decide What to Do at Work: A 4-Part Model

How to Decide What to Do at Work: A 4-Part Model

Many people go about their work activities haphazardly. They respond to whatever seems to be most important in the moment, without doing much thinking about what they should be doing and why. This way of doing work makes it challenging to make consistent progress on...
Life as a Competition? Think Win-Win Instead

Life as a Competition? Think Win-Win Instead

I’m a very competitive person. I’m always looking for a game or contest to enter. Last fall, I traveled back to the college I attended, and my college friends and I went to a football game. I loved rooting for my team. My friend had a foosball table and a pop-a-shot...
Catch What You’re Already Doing Well

Catch What You’re Already Doing Well

A few years ago, I saw the movie McFarland, USA. It was an inspiring film about a high school cross-country team from a small, poor town in Central California that succeeded against the odds. At the beginning of the movie, the main character (played by Kevin Costner)...
Close the Loop

Close the Loop

I try not to check email outside of work hours. Part of the reason is that it’s tough for me to relax when I have an unresolved issue at work. What often happens is I open my email, and see an issue that I need to respond to at some point. But I don’t have time...
3 Steps to Find Your Calling

3 Steps to Find Your Calling

I listened to a talk recently by Matt Tuggle, who is one of the pastors at my church. The topic was about finding our calling in life. Finding Your Calling Can Be Tough Finding your calling can be difficult. I know a lot of people who struggle with work, vocation, and...
How to Harness the Power of Collaboration

How to Harness the Power of Collaboration

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!” -Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Collaboration Takes Effort In my field, developing and...
6 Tips for Winning the Email Battle

6 Tips for Winning the Email Battle

I still remember when getting an email was fun and exciting, like getting a handwritten note in the mail. Those days are over. Now I get between 50-100 emails per day. Sometimes it seems as if email is running my life. I struggle to make progress on the projects that...
10 Things That Require Zero Talent

10 Things That Require Zero Talent

My uncle, Keith Nord, is a former NFL football player for the Minnesota Vikings. After he retired from football, he worked as a motivational speaker. Currently, he’s battling Stage 4 cancer. His old special teams coach visited him the other day. He said that Keith...
Humility, Growth, and Work and Career

Humility, Growth, and Work and Career

This post is Part 10 in a 12-part blog series on humility and growth. (If you missed the first post, you can find it here.) Many of us struggle with our work and career. For example, we might be at the beginning of our careers and are having a difficult time figuring...
How to Succeed at Big, Long-Term Tasks

How to Succeed at Big, Long-Term Tasks

It’s difficult to succeed at a big, long-term task. For example, students often struggle to make consistent progress on their thesis and dissertation projects. The projects are so big–they literally take 2-3 years to finish. It’s hard to see the light at the end...
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