I always take a little time in December to “review and renew,”evaluating where I got it right and where I got it wrong in theyear.

This year, I'm reminded of a charge my father the minister onceissued to his staff shortly after taking the helm as their newleader. He said, “Our expectation here is simple: Be loyal, befaithful, be productive or be gone.” I was only in high schoolthen, but even a teenager had to be fascinated by what happenednext.

Four senior staff members heard that charge. (This was the samestaff on whose watch the organization had steadily declined.)Within months, three of them were gone. They decided they couldn'tpull off loyal, faithful and productive.

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