Millennial (n):

An abbreviation for the millennial generation; a term used by demographers to describe a segment of the population born between 1980 and 2000. History's most educated, diverse, and determined generation.

3 Things The Best Leaders Know

he best leaders know some foundational facts. These facts position them to lead better than the average leader. The three things the best leaders know are that they can only do so much, they are human, and they will not lead forever. Let’s further discuss those three areas: Thanks for reading! You may want to […]

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Next Up Podcast: How to Gain & Keep Influence

Everyone wants influence, but few actually take the time to earn it. In this episode, Jonathan Pearson and Dustin Bates talk about the temptations that face young and experienced leaders alike to try to lead without having influence first. Influence is earned, in this episode, the guys will talk about what it takes to earn influence and lead the […]

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A Fool Proof Method For Dealing With All People

Always err on the side of love. When you have a tough decision to make. When you’re wondering how to respond to something someone said. When you’re trying to make a relationship last. When you’re in conversation. When you’re leading your family. When someone at the checkout line may have said something rude. When others […]


3 Things Great Young Leaders Forget

As a young leader, there are so many things that I need to learn. I don’t have the life experience or the leadership experience that many have. I’m always seeking to grow in who I am and in my leadership. However, there are some things that I believe myself and all young leaders need to […]

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Next Up Podcast: B Is For Burnout – How to Keep From Burning Out Way Too Soon

Burnout is too often a reality for leaders. Many of us that are young tend to think that it can’t happen to us and fail to realize when we’re in danger. The truth is, none of us are exempt from potential burnout. In this episode, Jonathan Pearson and Dustin Bates remind us that if we’re facing burnout to find […]

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7 Ways to Nurture Creativity

A colleague of mine recently asked me to chime in on a poll question for a magazine article, “What do you do to nurture creativity?” To be honest, in that moment when she posed this question, I was experiencing what I would call a “creative dry season.” But just when I needed it most, her […]


Things That Kill Communication

We all have something important to say. I really do believe that. For those of us in church work, our message is not only important, but life changing. It’s the message that we want everyone to know and no one to miss. Working with people and being around people, we can often find ourselves in […]


3 Leadership Lessons From Andy Griffith

One of my favorite sitcoms ever is The Andy Griffith Show. Even though the show was recorded before my time, I have great memories of watching the reruns with my Dad on Saturday mornings. As I’ve gotten older and still watch the show, some of the lessons the show teaches have gotten a little deeper.


3 Keys To Take You Further

I watched Diana Nyad recently tell the story of her historical swim from Cuba to Florida. It was an inspiring story and she shared a few of the reasons that allowed her to accomplish a feat many tried before her, but all met with failure. Here are a few of the “strategies” she mentioned.