Priorities

Integrity Is Key to Strategic Planning Implementation

Strategic planning is hard work. It takes a lot of effort to produce a good strategic plan, so it is important to implement the plan that you produce. In fact, implementation is the most important part of strategic planning. To … Read more

Results Come from Relationships

In today’s business culture, can a bank attain great bottom line results without merging, acquiring another bank, or adopting a sales culture? According to Jay Stafford—President and CEO of Benchmark Community Bank in Kenbridge, Virginia—the answer is yes. I recently … Read more

A Leader Must Be Prepared to Say No

As a leader, you are tugged in different directions all the time. Some people want you to do one thing, and others want you to do something else. You are constantly being asked to do things that are outside the … Read more

The Bottom Line is Not the Bottom Line

A new study led by Baylor University demonstrates a correlation between a manager’s focus on bottom line results and their employees’ lack of performance. According to the research led by Dr. Matthew Quade and published in the journal Human Relations, … Read more

How Do You Make Godly Decisions?

When you have to make a key decision, how do you decide what to do? It’s always important to pray and ask God about it. But how do you make godly decisions if you don’t hear from God? What next? … Read more

How to Make Time for Your Priorities

I once heard someone say, “Priorities are what gets done. Everything else is just talk.” You have the time for all your priorities. You just have to make time. Not by balancing your priorities, but by integrating your life. When … Read more

How to Make Sure You Don’t Quit

Have you ever started something that you didn’t finish? Did you wish later that you had kept at it? You have the ability to take on new things and finish them. You just need to make sure that you don’t … Read more

Do You Believe You Can Change?

Despite the pigeon holes that people will put you into, you don’t have to be the same person in ten years that you are right now. You have the privilege to change. But the question is: do you believe you can … Read more

The Importance of Incremental Improvement

How do you get better at what you do? You don’t have to change yourself in a day. All that’s necessary is incremental improvement. Just one step at a time. Remember Aesop’s fable about The Tortoise and The Hare? It’s … Read more