9 Ways to Make a Terrible First Impression

How to Make Sure That People Will Never Want to See You Again

Whether you are interviewing for a job or hoping to get a date, first impressions are a really big deal. They are important because they are lasting. First impressions are sometimes incredibly difficulty to overcome.

This stickiness is good and bad news. If you make a good impression, it can put you in a favorable light for some time. But if you make a bad impression, significant work must be done to overcome the tainted image that has been created.

3 Ways Seating Arrangements Communicate

How You and I Say Something by Where We Choose to Sit

You walk into your boss’ office. He sits behind his desk and you sit in front of it, directly across from your boss. In that moment, how do you feel?

For many of us who have found ourselves in that setting, we remember feeling uncomfortable or maybe even intimidated. But why?

6 Reasons Why I Love My Standup Desk

My 6-Month Review of Using a Standup Desk

As I write this, I am standing up.

About six months ago, I abandoned the traditional office desk for a standup desk. And I have yet to look back.

Standing desks continue to increase in popularity as we learn more about the health risks associated with sitting down for long periods of time each day. I don’t stand all day long (since that has shown to be unhealthy as well), but I do stand for a significant portion of my day now.

3 Things New Leaders Need to Listen For

Become a Better Leader by Listening

If you are a new leader, you have ideas. You have changes that you want to make. And , inevitably, you desire to communicate the ideas and changes quickly. But while your initial desire is to speak, don’t forget to do something equally, if not more, important—listen. Because it is through listening that you become a better communicator and leader.

4 Reasons to Identify Your Organization’s Values

Provide Your Team the Clarity They Need

This is a guest post by my friend, Charles W. Smith Jr. He serves as the Vice President of Institutional Relations at Midwestern Seminary and College. He is the husband to his high school sweetheart, Ashley, and dad to his three girls. Follow him on Twitter at @Charleswsmithjr.

According to Patrick Lencioni, “Organizational values are the deeply ingrained principles and cultural cornerstones that guide all of a company’s actions.” These values inform a broad range of organizational realities including cultural expectations, team dynamics, and even strategic priorities. When properly practiced, values provide operational clarity. Here are 4 reasons why your organization needs to identify its values:

Top 10 Posts of 2015 (Part 2)

Reviewing #1 through #5

Why is being an underconfident leader dangerous? What mistakes do young leaders sometimes make? Does a married couple really need joint accounts? How can you identify silos in your organization? And what should we do if the government takes away our church’s tax exemption status? This year’s top five most viewed posts help answer these questions.