Ave Atque Vale (Hail and Farewell)

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The Innkeeper: A Christmas Story

My name is Pradeep Patel. I operate a small motel off of Interstate 55 about an hour southwest of Chicago. And I need to tell you a story. As night began to fall, I lit the “No Vacancy” sign for the first time in months. All twelve rooms in our inn were full for the […]

Our Historical Moment

I spent five years studying the American Revolution. I read the founders’ letters and diaries and commonplace books. In a strange way–because I learned their secrets–I got to know them better than they knew each other. As it turns out, they were men and women just like we are. They had flaws and warts. They […]

The Drawbacks of Consulting or: The Parable of the School Bus

I have done a lot of management consulting over the years. While the business can be lucrative, it has two major drawbacks: 1) the hollow grind of frequent business travel, and 2) the frustrating limitation of advisory agency. The first is self-explanatory, if you’ve ever spent week after week in placeless hotel rooms and dim […]

Transforming Resources into Assets

Resources are flecks of gold shimmering in the creek bed. Assets are blocks of gold stacked in a pyramid. Entrepreneurship is the transformation of resources into assets. 1 Let’s imagine that I inherited five one-acre parcels of land: one acre of land near Midland, Texas, another acre near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a third acre in […]

The Fall of the House of Graham

Billy Graham is passing slowly into shadows. His legacy is following close behind. We know him as the “Evangelical Pope” and “Pastor to Presidents.” For the last half of the twentieth century, he was, without argument, the leading religious figure in America. If you went to one of his rallies, they were simple but powerful. […]

God’s Heart for the Helpless

There are people God likes better than you. You don’t notice them and don’t know their names. They are faceless statistics, grim ideas. They may smell like mildew or Fritos or urea or pickles. They have no Klout score. They may live alone in a shoebox apartment or down a country lane, or they may […]