A Chat With Two Inspiring Leaders: Kate and Sandy Dodge

Want to listen in on a conversation with people who built a remarkable company and changed a city?

Kate and Sandy Dodge (The NP Dodge Company) are two of the most amazing people with whom I have ever conversed.

The above will link you directly with the audio, but it is also available on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, etc.

Sandy is a quiet and thoughtful man so he can be a little tough to hear at times, but the little bit of extra attention required is worth it to glean his wisdom. Kate is brilliant and has a voice that resonates so she is pretty easy to hear.

Together they offer an extraordinary amount of virtual mentoring to anyone interested in growing as a leader…and quite frankly, as a human.

Give this podcast a listen and check out the rest of the season.

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Four Steps To Seeing God In Your Driveway

No, I am not talking about seeing Jesus’ face in the cracks of the concrete or the tracks of the snow blower like the people who see his face in their food.

I saw God in my driveway yesterday, because a man was Jesus to me. A neighbor sacrificed his time and energy for me in snowblowing my driveway out of the kindness of his heart.

God’s love was on display through God’s creation. A free gift was given to me that I did not earn and am not asked to repay…although I plan to buy him a 12 pack.

I could certainly write about being Jesus to those around us and probably will at some point, but for now I think it is best to start at seeing God and helping others see God.

I think there are four basic steps. We need to:

Open Our Eyes To The World Around Us

If you are like me you spend plenty of time looking at a device of some sort. That is fine, but we all need to remember that what you see on there is not hard and fast reality. Too much device time creates an individualistic mindset…it has the potential to create a world view that says to us “this world is curated just for you” and embellishes the importance of what gets us excited/worked up.

We need to break out of that for the good of ourselves and those we love.

We need to see the people all around us. The world is in better shape than Twitter might suggest. Good people made in the image of God are all around you.

Remember That God Created People In God’s Image

Because God made humans in his image
        reflecting God’s very nature.”

Genesis 9:6 – The Message

When we remember this fact we are more likely to appreciate the people around us for what they are vs. what clickbait wants us to see.

Of course, our human resemblance to God’s image is most often the equivalent of a disfigured Picasso impressionist portrait…but God created us and remembering this is crucial.

Enter Each Day Looking For Blessings

Start each day expecting to see God in your fellow humans.

If we expect to see pain, suffering, and evil…we will struggle to see good. Your worldview drives your perceptions. Choose a positive worldview that reflects that God created and you will see the beauty in God’s creations…his people.

Use confirmation bias to your advantage and choose to see good.

Tell Stories

Humans love stories! Tell your family members, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances about the good you see in the world. You will shape their worldview so that they can see God too.

The more we notice good in the world the less we will dwell on the negatives constantly fed to us via our devices/social media.

Train your brain to see good and help those you care about to do the same.

They will thank you for it!

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Thanks and God bless!

Week Ender – Personal Strategic Question

A quick thought to help your week end and to provide stimulation for weekend reflection.

Will It Make The Boat Go Faster