I remember going to a young group worship at my friend's church back in high school that pushed me outside my comfort zone. I grew up in a southern, conservative Church of the Brethren congregation, so going to my friend's nondenominational church that had a full band and a "creative worship" night where the members… Continue reading What is Vision Without Focus?
"Cows are God's favorite animal," said Tom Trantham, founder of Happy Cow Creamery. On the first day of our national trip to South Carolina and Georgia under the shade of their agri-tourism picnic shelter, Tom shared with VALOR the incident that kick-started their successful grass-based dairy operation. It all started with a break out -… Continue reading Happy cows come from… South Carolina?
"A beef farmer and two Farm Bureau employees invite an HSUS employee on a conference call...." It sounds like the start of a bad joke. Comical thought, but that would never happen and if it did, it wouldn't end well. Right? That was the exact situation Brantley, Stefanie, and I found ourselves in during our… Continue reading What Do We Have In Common?
"We shouldn't use the word 'test' to describe these assessments," Dr. Crystal Tyler-Mackey said as she was introducing the purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to our class during session three. "The word 'test' makes it seem that there is a right or wrong answer, when, actually, there isn't. These results are just your preference."… Continue reading But does it work in the “real world”?
It has been a while since I actually participated in a leadership development program - which is slightly ironic given that most of my young career has been spent behind the scenes of membership organizations coordinating program development. Last Friday, I was sitting at the Panera in Blacksburg, finishing up some work-related tasks over lunch… Continue reading The Start of Something Wonderful…