Bad Advice

Listen to “Bad Advice” by Fred Smith   Last week I wrote about the importance and also the difficulty of letting go.  There comes a time when the founder or entrepreneur must [...]

Hands Off

Listen to “Hands Off” by Fred Smith   For me, as someone having founded and co-founded several organizations, few things are more satisfying than spending time with men and women [...]

More Than Enough

Listen to “More than Enough” by Fred Smith   My wife, Carol, was sleeping in the passenger seat as we drove past the exit sign for Tyler, Texas. It was 1977 and we were on our [...]

The Good Commission

Listen to “The Good Commission” by Fred Smith   Some blogs are diaries – personal and revealing by making you feel you have been invited into the interior of the author’s life. [...]

Do the Next Thing

Listen to “Do the Next Thing” by Fred Smith   Now and then I host what Quakers call a Clearness Committee for an individual working their way through an issue about direction or [...]

The Gospel Drone

Listen to “The Gospel Drone” by Fred Smith   In 1967 film maker (and devout Christian) Irwin “Shorty” Yeaworth  produced “The Gospel Blimp” as a send-up of the craze [...]

Gods in Disguise

Listen to “Gods in Disguise” by Fred Smith   It was not even a major miracle. No one walked on water or fed five thousand. As far as miracles go it was almost incidental. A [...]

Paper Dolls

Listen to “Paper Dolls” by Fred Smith   There is no topic more widely discussed and fretted about in family philanthropy than that of donor intent. Horror stories (both true and [...]

Neighbors

Listen to “Neighbors” by Fred Smith   Like most of us, I’ve heard the Parable of the Good Samaritan since childhood and one thing has remained constant: the Samaritan has always [...]

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