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Apr 26, 2012

Morning Roundup - April 26, 2012

Are You a Bridge Builder? -- Brad Lomenick

I'm referring to building bridges in business, friendships, co-workers, mentors, and key partnerships. I'm referring to building a new relationship with your neighbor. I'm referring to connecting with someone that you've wanted to meet with for a long time and only having 15 minutes for a meeting. How do you turn that meeting into an hour or more, and then eventually into a friend?

Many folks just think that showing up is half the battle. Well, sort of. But there's more. When it comes to winning a client, or inking a new partnership, or developing a new friendship, there are some key things I've learned over the years that might be helpful.

A few thoughts:

1. Love people until they ask why.
2. Prove your craft before asking for something.
3. Ask more questions than they do.
4. Spend lots of time listening.
5. Find points of connection and shared interests, and be intentional.
6. Connect them to others.
7. Follow up.

Why Envy is a Ministry Killer -- Rick Warren

The problem with envy is that it simply doesn't end. When someone commits adultery or has an angry outburst, it happens and it's over. But envy never leaves. It just keeps on going. And it shrinks your heart and makes you miserable in the process.

How do you eradicate envy? Stop comparing yourself with someone else. Comparison is the root of all envy. Whenever you start comparing yourself, you're in a no-win situation. If you compare yourself with someone who is more effective than you, you'll be full of envy. If you are more effective than they are, you're full of arrogance and pride. Either way, comparisons will take you down.

We tend to compare ourselves to our peers. Athletes compare themselves with other athletes. Lawyers compare themselves with other lawyers. Pastors compare themselves with other pastors. And we compare ourselves with the ones closest to us. The successful pastor across the country doesn't bother us--but the one across the street does.

Jews Favor Muslims, Mormons Over 'Christian Right' -- Huffington Post

Jewish Americans hold more favorable views of Mormons and Muslims than those belonging to the "Christian Right," according to a recently published survey on Jewish values.

The findings were part of the "2012 Jewish Values Survey," which was published on April 3 by the non-Jewish Public Religion Research Institute. For the study, researchers asked 1,000 Jewish Americans to rate how favorably they view Mormons, Muslims, and members of the so-called "Christian Right" on a scale of 1 to 100.

Of the three groups, Mormons received the highest favorability rating of 47%, followed by the Muslims at 41.4%. The Christian Right, on the hand, received a much lower favorability rating of 20.9%.

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