While the Bible provides guidance on the topic of money management, sometimes it can be difficult to translate those lessons into daily practice. Lanny Rogers, MBA in Finance from the University of Dallas, CPA candidate, and Certified Treasury Professional shares his best tips, tricks, secrets and advice for financial planning.

Not only did Tolkien weave real-world words and sounds into his constructed languages, but he also wove real-world legends into his languages and tales. These tales often initially wound their way into the story through the use of a name as seen in his previous quote: “To me a name comes first, and the story follows.” Several names did not originate in the languages and cultures that he invented, but instead came from his reading of old literature as a philologist and academic. One of these names, possibly one of the first to influence his legendarium was Eärendil. Tolkien found this name in the Old English poem Crist. He was fascinated by these two lines:

“éala éarendel engla beorhtast/ofer middangeard monnum sended
(Hail, Eárendil, brightest of angels/over middle-earth sent to men).

Imagine King Solomon gawking at an iPad. We’ve come a long way from papyrus scrolls, cuneiform tablets, scribes, printing presses, telegrams, and even being solely dependent on handwritten letters delivered by the Pony Express. Technological advancements and globalization have definitely changed how our society (and most of the world) engages information. We are constantly inundated with massive amounts of information; we rarely encounter any data solely by itself. TV shows have ads for other TV shows in the bottom corners of screens. News channels will report on one issue, while several other headlines cruise by underneath. No single web page is complete without multiple scrollbars, links, and the bombardment of the occasional pop-up; we automatically know that no matter where we travel on the Web, we will be greeted with an onslaught of images, colors, and words.

How does it feel when someone praises your accomplishments? Do you suddenly feel inspired, sharp and ready to take on new challenges? Science shows that there are many psychological effects of praise. Used correctly, praise can boost self-esteem, increase performance and supercharge productivity. Used incorrectly or not at all, it can tear down and render the most high-powered team impotent.

There is no shortage of times of crisis when doing business on a global scale. Succeeding or failing in those emergencies depends on successful planning. This type of plan is called strategic planning.

Have you ever watched someone on stage and wished you had their confidence? Maybe you’re the one standing by the punch bowl while everyone else is on the dance floor. Possibly you're sitting at home on a Friday night surrounded by cats. It may seem like confidence may be the most powerful element in the universe and just beyond your grasp. I can relate, because I was that person.

Due to technological advances, working remotely has quickly become a trend in business.

In today’s society, almost everyone has been a part of a remote team at some point, even if they didn't realize it. Remote teams are when one or more of the members are not completing their work in the same physical location. If you have ever taken an online class, been part of a multi-church ministry or even worked on something with family located in another state, then you were a remote team member.

So what is the difference between leading a traditional and remote team? Does physical location change the game? Here are 3 requirements that make managing a remote team possible. 

In pursuit of our goals and dreams, we often fail to achieve a balance between work and life. We need the work to pay for the life we want, but often the career or job that’s funding our lifestyle gobbles up our life time. It’s difficult to maintain an equilibrium that satisfies both ends of the scale. If your one of the billions of people trying to reach your goals while teetering on the high wire of work and life here are 10 simple tips that you can use to help achieve greater work-life balance.

Along with ten valuable ways to live a happier life, Dr. Jeff Logue shares how getting connected, doing things for others and taking care of yourself will change your life. 

You may ask, why should we care about our ability to communicate? Well, that’s easy. We should care because we want others to understand what we mean. We want to improve our relationships. We want to make sure things get done and in many cases, we want to advance our careers. One of the job skills employers desire most is effective communication. When people communicate effectively, they can build a productive working relationship, solve problems, supervise others, and create trust in the workplace.