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Husband, father and Executive Pastor at Owasso’s First Baptist Church. As co-owner and director of Interactive Solutions he led the video production team for the largest student camp in the United States. He is the author of Everyday People: The Divine Story of God's Relentless Affection for You. Connect with Chad via his LeadChange Profile, or on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or his blog.

Epic Fail – 5 Ways to Build a Culture of Failure


No one likes to fail. Failure feels like losing. But failure is more generous than we might think. Failure gives experience to those who try and offers wisdom to those who will try next. Failure fuels our quest for something better. It is the hunger that drives our discontent. Failure is the engine of innovation. It » Read More


5 Things You Don’t Really Believe About Leadership

Leadership - Stand Apart

I have a friend who often says, “The things we do are what we really believe. Everything else is just talk.” You would think with all our talk about leadership there would be few ideas left to explore. But the truth is, no matter how many posts you write, books you read, or conferences you » Read More


Declaration of Independence: The Fundamental Question of Freedom

Declaration of Independence

Is it better to suffer the misfortunes of the mistakes of a free people or to live in the luxurious prison of a tyrant? That is the question at the heart of what we celebrate on Independence Day. The greatest challenge to freedom has never been the political hubris of aristocrats, bureaucrats, or those who would » Read More


You’ve Gotta Teach Me Something


“Am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been, has, have, had, do, does, did, shall, will, should, would, may, might, must, can, could.” Those are verbs of being. I learned the list in 5th grade from a teacher named Mrs. Hoggard. She was a teacher from the old school. I’ll confess. There are times I inflict » Read More


Life Changing: 4 Questions to re:Shape Everything

life changing

Last year at the State Fair I saw a vendor selling rocks. These weren’t just any rocks. You could heat them up, put them in a blanket and they would keep you warm. They glowed a gentle red when heated and retained their temperature for a long time. The banner above the rocks read: Experience » Read More


Training vs. Working Out | 6 Practices of a Healthy Culture


Three years ago I was fifty pounds heavier than I am now. I altered my diet slightly and learned how my body reacts to different foods. I lost a pound or two per week. My weight dropped but I didn’t get any stronger. For that I need to add exercise. I should work out. So » Read More


Deodorant | 4 Ideas to Take the Stink Out of Bad Laws & Policies | Pt. 2


This is the second and final part in quick series called ‘Deodorant’. I hope with these simple ideas we can serve our organizations more effectively by recognizing that laws and policies don’t have to stink. They can be written in a way that inspires and empowers people and defines the culture of your organization. We’ve » Read More


Deodorant | 4 Reasons Your Laws and Policies Stink | Pt. 1

For under arm use only.

Crazy. Some of the rules, regulations, laws and policies of this world are simply crazy. In our schools, businesses, and our nation’s capital many of the things we actually write down as ‘the law of the land’ are just a bit bonkers. For me, this realization started in grade school. There are I sat minding » Read More


3 MVP’s of the Wisdom Economy


We live in an Information Economy, but a revolution is taking place. As knowledge doubles exponentially, you’re one Google search away from being an expert on just about anything. And so is everyone else. These days experts are easy to find. Turn on CNN, Fox News, or MSNBC. Open up the Wall Street Journal, the » Read More


7 Best Practice Best Practices


Have you ever watched an artist or athlete who made what they do look easy? Their performance comes so naturally that, as you watch you think, “I could do that.” Whitney Houston opens her lips, amazing music comes out. Michael Jordan goes in for a layup, jumps from the 3-point line and soars through the » Read More

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