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May 18, 2016

Über Confident

By: Dave Rahn

Not having lived in a major city, I have probably taken less than five taxi cab rides in my life. But since December 2013 I’ve used Über 14 times while I’ve been traveling. I know because I spent 90 seconds opening my Über app on my iPhone and scanning my history. (If you want to […]

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April 13, 2016

Leading With Jazz Hands

By: Dave Rahn

The great ones all have a knack for improvising. That’s my takeaway after years of being a sports fan. But they don’t routinely improvise; that’s sort of an oxymoron, isn’t it? Inside a game plan that synchronizes and synergizes the efforts of their teammates they make on-the-fly adjustments that bring about extraordinary results. It figures […]

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March 28, 2016

The Waiting Game

By: Dave Rahn

Problem-solvers aren’t naturally patient. We jump into tangled challenges eager to make quick moves to unravel the knotted mess that’s choking us. The do-it-yourself industry counts on the fact that plenty of us are wired to take initiative as soon as possible. Though we’re resigned to the necessity of planning, our payday comes when we […]

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March 16, 2016

Learning from the Teaching Guts of Andy Root

By: Dave Rahn

Every once in a while you may have the privilege of being in the presence of an amazing teacher. A teacher so passionate he or she will do whatever it takes to identify with you and then communicate a life-changing, unforgettable truth. I just had such an experience. Forgive me if I don’t get everything […]

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March 7, 2016

Who is Wise Among You?

By: Dave Rahn

Unhurried reflection is what separates the wise among us from the world around us. Is it becoming a more rare and less desirable virtue in our techno-speedy culture? I think so. But while my observations are not necessarily rooted in scientific data there is encouraging news to us wisdom-seekers. The University of Chicago is currently […]

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February 25, 2016

“Focus” Needs Our Attention

By: Dave Rahn

Few people oppose me when I assert that we should focus our greatest efforts on that which is most important. Fewer people have tried to measure what we mean by “focus.” It seems too elusive. To quote Rob Lowe’s character in the TV comedy, The Grinder: “But what if we could?” I think the power […]

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February 1, 2016

Unnecessary Leakage

By: Dave Rahn

For much of my life I have suspected that standard ministry practices are not nearly as effective as they are assumed to be. One main reason for my skepticism is that I have observed how little rigor goes into decisions about what we should do, when, why and how we will determine whether something has […]

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January 18, 2016

Love & Influence

By: Dave Rahn

I admire the genuine zeal of true believers who become salespersons or teachers in any form. They are unencumbered by doubt as they set about trying to persuade others to buy whatever they’re selling or follow their instruction. I have no desire to impugn either their integrity or motivation. But their earnest efforts do not […]

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January 5, 2016

Getting My Attention

By: Dave Rahn

A couple of days before Christmas I had a strange experience. After a number of tests the doctor told me yesterday that I most likely had a transient ischemic attack, or TMI. This is often described as a mini-stroke because, like a stroke, there is blood flow blockage to a part of the brain. It’s […]

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December 14, 2015

The Birth of Perseverance

By: Dave Rahn

’Tis the season to encounter our limitations. Embedded in this remembrance is a surprising asset to be leveraged. You’re just as familiar with being under-resourced as I am. Not enough money in the bank to pay cash for the unexpected car repair. Not enough time to be fully prepared for the holidays. Not enough working […]

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