Unfinished

Listen to “Unfinished” by Fred Smith   Transitions from the founder to the next leader are notoriously difficult. Everyone is at risk in one way or another. Founders are often [...]

Scrooge Repents

Listen to “Scrooge Repents” by Fred Smith   While I would not say I have been Scrooge, I have come close. In fact, the whole period between Thanksgiving and the end of the year [...]

The House Always Loses

Listen to “The House Always Loses” by Fred Smith   The final commentary on the lives of many of the kings of Israel is, “He did evil and walked in the ways of Jeroboam.” But even [...]

Do The Hard Thing

Listen to “Do The Hard Thing” by Fred Smith As you walk into my office and look toward the small table by the window you will see a sign that reads, “Do what you love and you [...]

Making Old Friends

Listen to “Making Old Friends” by Fred Smith Sitting with five other men this weekend to talk through the challenges and opportunities for a growing business one of us had started, I [...]

Deep Dive

Listen to “Deep Dive” by Fred Smith   Until the recent Telemachus gathering, I had not seen Gordon and Gail MacDonald for many years.  Being there together with the young couples [...]

Plant and Wait

Listen to “Plant and Wait” by Fred Smith   Ten of us, all friends of Bob and Linda Buford, were sitting in the living room of their farmhouse waiting for the most important call [...]

We Talked About You

Listen to “We Talked About You” by Fred Smith   Like so many, I have struggled over the years with the discipline of prayer. Actually, it is more honest to say the contest has [...]