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I stumbled upon Sanebox a few weeks ago and it has been a game changer for me. I am by no means a super power email user but I get my fair share of emails every week. I would spend a few hours a week archiving old and information only emails. One of the common problems was important emails would get pushed off the important front page of my gmail account. Getting pushed of the front page would push it from my mind and many important emails would get lost or delayed because it was out of sight out of mind. launches

Looking for a great tool to help you develop those you lead. looks like just the thing for you. I was really excited when I realized that the development strategy was goal based and not numbers driven. Helping your team meet their goals both professional and personal will go a long way in creating trust and building a stronger team.

Here is the best part its free. I love the passion and the vision the people at Lifechurch have. Their passion to for excellence within their church but also beyond their church is tangible. I have met a few lifechurch staff and am always blown away by their continued passion to learn and grow.

If you lead a team or are part of a team you definitely need to check out

Here is a short video explaining what it’s all about.

AHA book review


Idleman uses the story of the prodigal son as the background for a book about what happens when we come to the understanding that we need forgiveness, that we are a mess and our only hope is in Christ.

A couple of years ago I read the Prodigal God by Keller and I found myself unintentionally going back to Keller’s book as I read AHA. It isn’t an indictment on Idleman’s book but Keller’s book was the first I had read on the biblical account of the Prodigal son. While I enjoyed both books, I enjoyed how personable and all the illustrative stories from Kyle’s life that he shared with us. Also being a Generation X’er myself I found his life experience hit very close to home. Idleman book spans three big moments in the life of the prodigal. Awakening, Honesty and Action. AHA.

1 thing that will make you a more effective leader


Rereading “The Effective Executive” by Peter Drucker the thing that I keep coming back to is what he says about the difference between manual workers and knowledge workers.

Drucker says manual workers are concerned with being efficient, knowledge workers must be consumed with being effective.

The one thing that will make me a more effective leader is asking myself “Am I being efficient or am I being effective.”

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
Peter Drucker

Effectiveness is a byproduct of doing the right things.

As a boss am I asking for effectiveness and rewarding efficiency?As a parent am I efficient with my time more than effective with my convictions?
As a husband do I effectively listen to my wife or efficiently listen?
As a follower of Christ am I efficient in my love of others or am I effective?