Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Last Five Minutes of Your Day

We often talk about the importance of how we START our days…usuallyimage in time with the Lord. 

But Peter Bregman of the Harvard Business Review reminds me how I ought to spend the LAST five minutes of my workday:

Every day, before leaving the office, save a few minutes to think about what just happened. Look at your calendar and compare what actually happened — the meetings you attended, the work you got done, the conversations you had, the people with whom you interacted, even the breaks you took — with your plan for what you wanted to have happen. Then ask yourself three sets of questions:

  • How did the day go? What success did I experience? What challenges did I endure?
  • What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do — differently or the same — tomorrow?
  • Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback?

This last set of questions is invaluable in terms of maintaining and growing relationships. It takes just a few short minutes to shoot off an email — or three — to share your appreciation for a kindness someone extended, to ask someone a question, or to keep someone in the loop on a project.

If we don't pause to think about it, we are apt to overlook these kinds of communications. And we often do. But in a world where we depend on others to achieve anything in life, they are essential.

This comes from a really excellent article.  You would benefit from it, I am sure, as I did.  You can find it here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Only Do “Work” on Your Computer?

Seth Godin recommends ONLY doing work (i.e. creating something) on your computer. NOTHING personal. Then he recommends having a second device (like an iPad) for everything else (i.e. personal). (He says it better than I do here: What do you think? Just an excuse for consumerism? Or a sanity saver?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Criticism

Have you been criticized yet today? (If not, consider yourself lucky!) Monday is big day imagefor ministers to receive criticism. HOWEVER, it is also a day for them to criticize ("critique") what happened on Sunday.
Tim Sanders has a helpful little article on principles to follow in giving criticism. It is good. Again, find it here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Position Papers Will Save You From “Numbskulls”


Dave Jacobs has a great article today on Position Papers.  I wrote a number of these through the years, but never thought of them as one unified series. 

Dave says:

“Position papers save a lot of time and let you address the individual’s question in a thorough way without taking the time right there and then. When I was pastoring I had position papers on a wide range of controversial subject. Some examples:

  • Women in the ministry
  • The gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • The role of the elder
  • Church government, i.e. how decisions are made here
  • Tithing”

Despite his unfortunate derogatory labeling of people who ask questions, I think he has a really good idea.

Check it out here.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March Newsletter

Logo-secondMy CalHabig Coaching newsletter went out this week.  If you are not a subscriber, you can find the newsletter here.  The main article was on Spirituality in Leaders.   You also can subscribe using the button on my blog page.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

2011-2012 Spurgeon Fellowship Lectures

The 2011-12 season of the Spurgeon Fellowship lectures at Western Seminary were announced this week. 

The dates & speakers are:image

  • Sept. 6, 2011-Dr. Sidney Greidanus
  • Nov. 8, 2011-Dr. Art Azurdia
  • Jan 10.2012-Pastor Alex Strauch
  • Mar. 6, 2012-Pastor Phil Swann

If you are in the Portland, OR area, you will want to make those dates on your calendar. The Spurgeon Fellowship is consistently good feeding for the preachers soul & craft.

More info can be found at

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

HBR: Decide What YOU Think First

Do you sometimes become overwhelmed by the different answers you get when you ask the advice of others?image

The Harvard Business Review Tip of the Day column has a great reminder:  “Decide What YOU Think First.”   

Getting advice is helpful (scripture says “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” [Prov 15:22])

But sometimes that advice can simply confuse us. 

The HBR reminds us that it is important for us to determine what WE think.  Part of that is simply so that you are not overwhelmed by the voices of others, but also so that you can develop the ability to trust your own voice. 

You can find the HBR Tip of the Day “Decide What You Think First” here.

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