The Pain of Conversion

"Conversion of Saint Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio

“Did you experience any loss of friends and family due to your conversion? If you did, how did you get through the grief and loss? Thanks.” The question, from a new Facebook friend, cut me to the heart. As I ponder his words, a rush of memories and emotions flood my mind. The answer to his first question, I assure […]

Are You Goal Oriented?

Have you ever been so focused on achieving your goals that you’ve run people over in the process? I sure have. In today’s workplaces, it’s more important than ever to meet our goals, and we’re under lots of pressure to be productive and efficient. Unfortunately, this can cause plenty of interpersonal problems, since we all act differently when we’re under […]

Applied Leadership

My MBA was in “Applied Leadership.” It took an enormous amount of time and sacrifice to complete, yet I’m still not sure that I could provide a concise definition of exactly what “applied leadership” means. Thankfully, I know it when I see it. One of the most head-spinning times in my life was right around my 40th birthday. First came […]

Pursuing a Meaningful Life: An interview with author Randy Hain

In a spirit of full disclosure, I am a Randy Hain fan. As a friend, he has been the source of unfailing encouragement, fellowship, and wisdom. Yet there are many dimensions to the man… Randy is a husband, father, writer, speaker, business leader, and much more. His third book, Something More: The Professional’s Pursuit of a Meaningful Life is packed […]

5 Reasons to Speak Positively about your Spouse at Work

“Sorry, I can’t do it tonight. The old ball and chain gets ticked off if I’m out late.” How many times have we heard derogatory comments like this about spouses in the workplace? Even worse, snide remarks can give way to all-out whining: “My husband is such a jerk sometimes” or “My wife completely lost interest in me after we […]

Clement of Rome & the Didache – A New Translation and Theological Commentary By Dr. Kenneth J. Howell

"Clement of Rome and the Didache" by Dr. Kenneth J. Howell

If a fulfilling career consists of working with terrific people, then I must have one of the greatest jobs on earth. After twenty years in financial and executive roles, it has been my privilege since 2010 to work with The Coming Home Network International (CHNetwork), a Catholic apostolate that helps non-Catholic clergy and laity to come home, and be at […]

The Virtue of Business

Many years ago, I discovered that business is fun. Of course, my dad contributed to this way of thinking. As missionaries in Nigeria, my parents discovered that relatively simple tasks could be maddeningly complicated. Just one example: it took over 45 minutes to purchase a stamp at the local post office. That’s why, as a Presbyterian minister, he later went […]

10 Ways for Men to Increase Work & Family Balance

Photography © by Paul Johnson

My wife got run off the road today. Some guy was in a big hurry and didn’t like the fact that Kathi had slowed down to merge onto the highway behind a school bus full of children. So he accelerated from behind her car, and drove up beside her, forcing her onto the berm. After almost causing multiple accidents, he […]

Five Keys to Transform Difficult Times into Growth

Photography by Paul Johnson

I used to be Successful It’s a story I’ve heard several times recently. I’m speaking with a guy, and in a reflective moment, he drops his head and speaks softly about how tough the past few years have been. He used to have more status, money, prestige, respect. But not anymore. Now life is full of struggle. It’s like his […]

What To Do When There’s Nothing Left To Do: The E&O Strategy

In so many aspects of our daily lives, our roles entail doing things. For example, as a guy, I’m hardwired to work in order to provide for my family. I have goals to achieve, emails to answer, action items to accomplish, clients to serve. I prioritize, plan, work, and pray like crazy. Every day. If there’s a need, or a […]