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THIS IS THE CRAZY SEASON black fridayfor consumers and the companies which serve them.  We’re less than a month away from Christmas, and in the US we just had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  It’s a time for family and brotherly love.

Then, OMG, we totally obliterate that goodwill with the worst bout of consumerism this planet has ever seen.  It’s getting worse every year.

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 J OSH MILLER Josh Milleris a pastor who is starting up a new church in Fort Collins, St Thomas Church.  He brings a wealth of experience and amazing energy, so I have confidence that he’ll see success with this venture.

I first met him at a local Chamber of Commerce event.  How unusual is that, right?  It’s almost as if business relationships can’t at all be associated with spirituality.

So of course I just had to find out more.

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SOMETIMES WorryIT’S ONLY FAITH that gets you through.

This has been a tumultuous few weeks, both for my business and personally.  I won’t go into details here, but it’s been … a testing time.

Life is not meant to be comfortable or convenient.

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OK, I’LL ADMIT IT: Sometimes my own foundation feels a little uncertain.  Despite the fact that I’ve been building this momentum for 15 years now and have been seeing considerable success in the last year, I still have my moments of doubt.

I think it’s part of the human condition.

EarthquakeWhat do you do when you’re starting to doubt your values and principles?  Read the rest of this entry »

CHRISTMAS Christmas angeland the other holidays can be a crazy time of year.  Retail, especially, can go nuts.  But there’s others, like what’s happening with health care insurance right now.

Just crazy.

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MLKquotePEOPLE are sometimes puzzled by this concept of “deep values” in the for-profit world.  Partly that stems from an overlap with the idea of altruism.

Altruism is the idea of putting others’ needs ahead of your own, being able to give without expectation of return.  We do this all the time in our families:  You’ll help out others just because of the close relationship, not because you expect something back.  Well, not exactly true – you expect a certain amount of reciprocation, or trust and closeness will degrade over time.  But that’s not very specific.

And in the case of the commitment to your spouse or kids, you’ll give and give and give.

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DEEP VALUES are surprisingly hard to nail down.

This is because you see wonderful statements masquerading all the time as deep values, the foundation of the company.

walmart-made-in-the-usaAn interesting example came up recently:  Walmart.  I remember back in the 1970s when they had a strong statement about “Made in the USA.”  Proud of this fact, they made it a central point of their advertising for several years.  You would have been forgiven if you assumed that this was a core belief of a company home-grown in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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