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The High Calling of Living in the Dip

By: on June 11, 2013

This week I am reading and reflecting on “The Dip” by Seth Godin. Whenever a person wants to accomplish anything worthwhile they will experience the “Dip”. This is the challenge after the initial excitement. There comes a time when it becomes difficult and we are tempted to give up. This separates the exceptional from the…

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Dip in The Perfect World

By: on June 11, 2013

A number of times I have given a few minutes thought to quitting this Dmin program.  Those thoughts could have lasted and perhaps they could have resulted in the decision to quit were it not for a few key realities.  First and most importantly, I entered this program because I determined it was within God’s…

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Bucket Filing in The No BS Crowd

By: on June 7, 2013

Rath challenges the reader to use five strategies  to fill the buckets of others and your own bucket with positive emotional strength.  I compete in bench rest shooting matches.  The bench rest shooting crowd is societally diverse in many ways, ethnically, economically, politically, and religiously.  But there is one common thread that runs through most of the…

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Social Media is filling buckets

By: on June 5, 2013

This week, I read “How full is your Bucket” by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton. The main thesis of the book is, that positive feedback and reinforcing support helps when interacting with people and leads to a more content life (in both sides). For this concept the authors use the image of a bucket…

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It Takes Many Trips to the Well

By: on June 4, 2013

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Love Thy Neighbor

By: on June 3, 2013

Various authors over the years have prescribed mantras for a happy, successful and fulfilling life like 5 easy steps, 3 simple techniques, 101 ways, or an edition for dummies.  The list goes on.   How Full is Your Bucket? by Rath and Clifton my latest read could have easily featured on that list with the five…

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A Full Bucket

By: on June 3, 2013

This week’s reading, a well researched and significant book by Tom Rath and Don Clifton reminded me much of two other books that were of immense benefit during critical junctures in my life.  To describe the reading of these books as life changing would definitely not be an overstatement.  They were more than just mile markers.  The first…

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I Will Fill My Bucket

By: on June 3, 2013

  I am going through a month of great transitions, like I have never gone through in my life. I was very aware of the conflicting emotions that I was going through and most of all in my mind. I have found myself awake at two or three o’clock in the morning wondering how I…

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5 Travel Stories from Israel/5 Strategies of Rath

By: on May 31, 2013

5 Short Travel Stories from Israel/5 Strategies of Rath 1. Loving Choice – Prevent Bucket Dripping Recently I let too many drips fall from my bucket and someone else’s bucket; and felt the effects for the rest of the day. I entered into a conversation with someone I love and respect but by the end…

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Buckets Leak

By: on May 31, 2013

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Intentional Bucket Filling

By: on May 31, 2013

This has been a good week to reflect on Tom Rath’s five principles in his book, How Full is Your Bucket? Here is how the five principles played out. Bucket Dipping In the last couple of days a good friend of mind received good news that he has been hired as pastoral staff at a…

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How Big is Your Bucket?

By: on May 30, 2013

How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton is a good reminder for us to live healthy and productive lives by enriching the lives of those around us. I have been reflecting on the five strategies it encourages us to live our lives by. They are: Prevent bucket dipping; The concept is…

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Overflowing or Drained?

By: on May 30, 2013

In the summer of 2009, after a long four year push in ministry, I said to Naomi (my wife) that I was going to go lay down and take a nap.  Now, I love naps, but on this day in 2009 I hadn’t taken a nap in almost 5 years. It was around 2 o’clock in…

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Filling Up Buckets

By: on May 30, 2013

This week for my D.Min assignment I was tasked with reading the book How Full Is You Bucket? By Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton.  Roam and Clifton’s thesis is simple: people are happier and more productive at work and in life when they are reinforced by positive feedback and settings.  Of course, this is…

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A Full Bucket and a Tornado Disaster

By: on May 30, 2013

Five Strategies for Increasing Positive Emotions This week I read, “How Full is Your Bucket” and spent a considerable amount of time in Moore, Oklahoma helping people whose homes were decimated by an F5 tornado that was 1.5miles wide and on the ground for 17 miles.   I didn’t think my reading would lend itself…

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By: on May 28, 2013

I came to know about George Fox with the use of a napkin. Dan Brunner, a professor at George Fox was attending the Amahoro Gathering in Cape Town in 2009. I was asked to join the Africa Board of Amahoro and accepted. I wondered if I was up to the task in providing leadership for…

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By: on May 26, 2013

Exploring A Question This week’s reading from Roam: The Back of the Napkin was an interesting and valuable tool to include in a leader’s toolbox.   The tool explores a visually creative and systematic way of generating innovative ideas and problem solving.  The tool simplifies the entire process, brings clarity, and shows an explicit way to…

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Cross Culture Joint Venture Contract Explanation and Cash Flow Diagram

By: on May 24, 2013

Last week I returned home from China. The purpose of the visit was to review a potential Retirement Community management contract project in the heart of Tianjin and to continue to negotiate a Joint Venture contract merging two organizations together to do business in China. The Chinese Organization brings to the JV, the connections and…

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Madrid: Beginning to Solve a Massive Problem with a Drawing

By: on May 24, 2013

This week in our Doctor of Ministry cohort we were tasked with reading the book The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam and put the thesis of the book into action.  Roam’s central point is that when we draw out our ideas and problems we can see,…

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Schools: Help Wanted

By: on May 24, 2013

  One of the forefront discussions in North America is the revitalization of public education. This multi-layered dialogue is often an involved matter debated in congress, social media, community forums, classrooms and by former and current educational professionals. The reality is that most urban schools in the public education system are broken; they seem to…

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