Guide rails: Mapping Out Your Identity

In this episode, Tom unpacks the idea of mapping out your future self.  What do you want to be known for, as, and by? You are not going to be accidentally successful but mapping out who you want to be is the most powerful tool you can have in making sure you become that! Subscribe iTunes | SoundCloud | Google …

Are you living above the line?

Do you live “above the line?” It is a fair question for anyone.  In order to answer the question, a definition may be necessary. People who live above the line are open, curious, and committed to learning. People who live below the line are closed, defensive, and committed to being right. People who live above the line take personal responsibility. …

Why would you want to work for me?

I wrote a blog post several years ago asking the question, “Why would you want to work for me?” At the time, we were looking for some top-notch talent for our team. I received a lot of positive feedback, but the market was not at a place where there was a lot of great talent available. In recent months, I …

Parting is such sweet sorrow

This will be my last post for awhile, as well as the end of the BIZ Tools podcast. No, I am not fighting some terrible disease. No, our business isn’t going under. No, I am not burned out. Here is how I reached this decision… Over the past several months, I have been evaluating all of the things I do. …

I’m not a preacher, but…

“Are you a preacher, sir?” the voice at the end of the aisle asked me. “Uh, no.” was the best response I could give on such short notice. I can see where the mistake could be made. After all, I was in a Christian book store. I was wearing a shirt and tie. I was mumbling to myself – (OK, …

being intentional

Being intentional is not that easy

Being intentional has become a “buzzphrase” of sorts, especially in leadership. However, acting on that phrase is a lot more difficult (at least initially) than it sounds. At one time, I had the privilege of hosting a church life group in our home. During one of our meetings, we discussed “meditating on God’s word.” Blessed is the one who does not …

There is hope for knuckleheads

Do you think you are a knucklehead? Maybe others think that about you. Either way, I have good news — there is hope for you. A little “Knucklehead” History… In my late teens and early 20s, my “knuckleheadedness” was in full motion. I was irresponsible, short-sighted and somewhat arrogant. Each weekend meant consuming too much alcohol, spending too much money and …