Lifelong learning and the willingness to be “proximate”.

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by Elizabeth Mansfield CEO, Building Legacies International I recently had the blessing of attending the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) in Chicago. I’ve been known to describe the conference in terms such as, “It’s like drinking from a leadership firehose” or “leadership lessons on steroids”, when it comes to the invaluable nuggets of learning I’ve gleaned from attending in years past … Read More

The Legacy of the Hamster Wheel

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by Elizabeth Mansfield CEO, Building Legacies International I was 40 (almost ten years ago) when I consciously chose to get off the proverbial hamster wheel. My mother died of cancer that year and I had watched her work herself to death most of my life. You know what I mean, right? It’s the day-to-day grind many of us remain stuck … Read More

The Intentionality of Leaving a Legacy

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by Elizabeth Mansfield CEO, Building Legacies International Some legacies whether good or bad, happen by accident.  But the best, most significant contributions to mankind, tend to be intentional.  Think MLK, JFK, Mother Teresa and the like. Not so long ago I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Dr. Arthur Ammann.  He is the tremendously gifted, humble and kind-hearted man who is … Read More

Thoughts on Legacy by Jonathan Good

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My friend Steve Hayner died a few weeks ago.  I met Steve more than twenty-five years ago when I served a church where Steve and his family attended.  I was a newly-ordained pastor, fresh out of seminary, with an awful lot to learn.  Steve was a seasoned pastor, with a PhD in Old Testament, and was serving as President of … Read More

Thoughts on Legacy

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Thoughts on Legacy: When you think of your legacy and what you are leaving behind, what does that term bring to mind? The dictionary describes a legacy as :  a gift by will especially of money or other personal property:  bequest or 2. :  something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past as in:  the legacy of the … Read More

Building a Legacy Starts with a Plan

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Building a Legacy Starts with a Plan I just wrapped up the Strategic Futuring process and am grateful for the excellent facilitation and counsel provided by BLI.  Along with this, I’d like to acknowledge the significant benefit I’ve derived from its direction. As an intentional person, at various stages of my life I’ve consistently used goal setting as a means … Read More

Great Intentions

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Great intentions-difficult to implement! We had just spent a week sweating, laughing, building friendships and reflecting on what is most meaningful to us.  During the day we mixed cement on the ground, carried it in buckets to pour into forms, laid blocks, laughed and sweated as we worked alongside our new Ecuadorian friends.  In the evenings we reflected on what … Read More