Dyslexia: Suffering in Silence

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My son just started the 8th grade and my wife and I recently received some news that we were hoping for.  My son is Dyslexic. I can hear some of you now saying “You were actually hoping for this?” We are not cruel nor do we wish him any ill will. It’s just that after three years, we now know a key reason for his struggles at school and are in a position to help. Continue reading “Dyslexia: Suffering in Silence”

The Perfect Father

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In the Bible, John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  If you want to be the perfect father, then do what our Heavenly Father does and start by showing love.

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Lead By Example

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“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”

Titus 2:7-8

 

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Fathers Are Important

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Fathers are key to successfully raising a child.  Research statistics consistently show that fathers who are active parents have children with fewer behavioral problems, perform better in school, and in general are better prepared for life.  You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be there.

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Being Fruitful

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July 31, 2017

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 1:28

I was on the subway one morning on my way to work when I overheard a conversation between 2 young guys.  From what I could tell, one had recently gotten married and naturally, the conversation turned to family.  When asked about his plans for having kids, this guy said that he and his wife weren’t planning to have kids.  He said, “I just don’t want the hassle.” Continue reading “Being Fruitful”

4 Ways That Becoming a Parent Made Me a Better Leader

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This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on November 30, 2016.

Like all working parents, I have sometimes struggled with balancing my responsibilities to an employer versus my responsibilities as a parent; however, make no mistake – my responsibilities as a parent will always come first.  Like most men, I initially assumed my role in life was to be a provider for my family.  When I looked at various career fields, my primary criteria was potential income instead of where I could best serve.  After college and a tour of duty in the military, I started my career in the technology field and quickly rose through the ranks.  Soon I was in management with ever increasing levels of responsibility.  From the outside, I was on a very successful career path but on the inside, I was searching for my purpose.  I was successful as a manager but had yet to learn the true meaning of leadership. Continue reading “4 Ways That Becoming a Parent Made Me a Better Leader”

Leaders Molding Leaders

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This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on October 19, 2016.

As a leader, it is good to occasionally take time out to reflect on the impact that you have on those who surround you.  During difficult moments, sometimes leaders get down on themselves and think that what they are doing (or trying to do) doesn’t matter.  Well, I’m here today to say that you matter; not just for the moment but also for the legacy that you are leaving behind. Continue reading “Leaders Molding Leaders”

An Example of Servant Leadership

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This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on September 7, 2016.

My family moved to Austin, Texas four years ago to take advantage of educational opportunities for my special needs daughter.  Although I continued to commute back to the Washington, DC area for work, I knew that at some point, I would need to be in Austin on a full-time basis.  I wanted to transition to a career that would give me the flexibility to be a fully involved parent as well as the opportunity to chart my own path. Continue reading “An Example of Servant Leadership”