Managing Partner Update November 2019

At the beginning of November, our team at National Christian Foundation Chicago had the pleasure to hear Marcus Buckingham speak about his and Ashley Goodall’s new book, Nine Lies about Work, during the GLSnext event series. What a treat. For those of you that haven’t heard Marcus talk, you must register for the 2020 Global Leadership Summit just to experience him. I promise it will be worth it. After just 30 pages into this book, I’m confident you need to spend the 20 bucks to buy the book. Read it slow. Take notes. I promise it will be worth it. If not, I’ll buy the book from you and give it to someone else! That should make it an easy decision, JUST DO IT. Now you’re wondering, “Why is Jeff spending his time touting a book when he gets nothing from the sales?” Continue Reading




An Interview with Partner John Yukawa

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I had the privilege of sitting down with friend and Barnabas Chicago Partner John Yukawa and wanted to share our conversation. John Yukawa is a Sr. Private Wealth Advisor, at Ronald Blue Trust and we are so grateful for his partnership. Tommy: What sticks out to you about Barnabas? John: The verses that come to mind when we talk about Continue Reading


In Memory of Dale Gifford

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Dale Gifford, a dear friend and mentor, passed away earlier this summer.  I met Dale in 2009 after he had retired as the CEO of Hewitt Associates and it began the start of a nine year relationship where he was my mentor and advisor.  Dale was a role model to me and I loved him so very much. I wanted Continue Reading

How To Communicate Impact

How To Communicate Impact

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Last month, my husband and I closed the books on the fundraising season.  We attended our last chicken-dinner event and reviewed our charitable giving, discussing the organizations we feel privileged to support. Since I’m also a retired fundraising consultant, part of this process means I will pick apart each event and give my husband an assessment of what was well Continue Reading

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Barnabas and the Local Church: Your Training Base Isn’t Your Final Stop

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Bob Shank, Founder of the Barnabas Group, and Chicago Managing Partner Tommy Lee chat in this quick clip about Barnabas and the local church. The local  church is part of God's brilliant design so how does Barnabas come alongside the local church in a strategic way? Take a look at this encouraging conversation!

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Busy Busy Busy

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What did you do last week that you'll be talking about 1,000 years from now? That's a question, isn't it? For me, I don't know if I have an answer. What about you? Take a look at this video - it's a quick one - as our Founder, Bob Shank and Managing Director Becky Turner tackle the notion of "I'm Continue Reading

Emily Harburg

Emily Harburg speaking at The Barnabas Group Chicago

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Emily Harburg is a bright, hard-working young woman who just recently completed her doctoral studies at Northwestern University. She is an eloquent speaker with a willingness to answer questions and go further in depth when needed. We were recently blessed to have Emily speak to our community in the Loop. When Emily applied for college, she initially wanted to study Continue Reading

Felecia Thompson

Felecia Thompson speaking at The Barnabas Group Chicago

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It is rare for a speaker to connect to every person in the room, but Felecia Thompson did just that when she spoke at our recent Quarterly Gathering. She was just the right mix of personable, funny, and direct. She delivered her message and reached the hearts of everyone present, reminding us of the importance of living a life rooted Continue Reading


Called to Work

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This post is from the managing partner of The Barnabas Group Chicago, Tommy Lee. Tommy is passionate about connecting leaders and organizations to meet goals and strengthen the gospel message. You can find Tommy on LinkedIn, Facebook, or his new radio show, UpNext.  Marketplace leaders. We hear this term, "marketplace leader", often but do you still find yourself wondering exactly Continue Reading