Do I practice what I preach?

Well, I try to. This new year I wanted to find ways to incorporate some of the tools I share about in even more practical ways. The one I talk about the most is the 7-4-3-1 method. I talk about setting a vision more than just setting goals. In the process, you discern what you … Continue reading Do I practice what I preach?

Thank you for your custom!

Are you familiar with that term? I am thankful for groups like Pioneer Camp Manitoba, who have made me part of their custom. Being a part of various conversations with their staff allows me to speak into their ministry personally. I care about them and their work, because the relationship grows deeper every time we … Continue reading Thank you for your custom!

Did you have an Epiphany?

Not everyone does. Figuratively and realistically. Epiphany is the 12th day of Christmas, you know like the song, and it is traditionally when we celebrate the wise men going to the see the baby Jesus. They were referred to as the 'magi'; priestly, noble, and scholars. They go on a trip based on ancient texts … Continue reading Did you have an Epiphany?

Sleeping single in a double bed

Classic country tune! And you may be surprised by the title but I thought it quite an apropos way to end the decade. Most of what I write is based on leadership. And leadership is based heavily in our sense of humanity. Messy. Broken. Confused. Tired. Humanness. That is called life. It goes with one … Continue reading Sleeping single in a double bed

Celebrating a Human Saviour

Christmas is the time to meet Jesus in the flesh. Meeting your heroes, seeing them 'in the flesh' means more than finding a picture online. They become real -- good or bad. Being in the flesh comes to mean we are real and human. It is hard to imagine anyone in the room without their … Continue reading Celebrating a Human Saviour

Assessments are a good thing!

I had a great time walking the Westwood group through their ministry assessment! I am blessed to be part of your growth as a group. Here are some thoughts on the assessment process I provided to the group at the end. I believe they are relevant to anyone in an assessment situation, but especially within … Continue reading Assessments are a good thing!

Humble Communication

"Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy" I used to absolutely hate singing this song in church. It still makes me cringe. But for some reason I've been humming it a lot this Advent season. The song is based on a comparison Jesus makes between the postures of 2 people while praying. "Thanks for not making … Continue reading Humble Communication

Thanks for communicating!

Thanks to Church of The Way for letting me be part of your desire to communicate! November has definitely been a month of communication! Last week I had the opportunity to share some tools, engage in some helpful exercises, and discuss action steps going forward. It was great to have a variety of generations share … Continue reading Thanks for communicating!

Do you allow emotions in your communication?

“You’re not allowed to get angry! No crying!” Yuck. Those are words from some of my less memorable moments as a parent. As much as I was learning about my own emotions as an adult, learning with others about the value of expression, in parallel I was not always the best at it at home. … Continue reading Do you allow emotions in your communication?

Communication & Conflict Seminar!

Are you in Winnipeg on the evening of November 28? Come join me for a FREE seminar on communication and conflict! As part of the "What about...???" discussion series at Church of The Way, I will be facilitating a session on something we can all learn to do better. We all talk. We all listen. … Continue reading Communication & Conflict Seminar!

A young man’s view of leadership

"Your boss isn't paid to see you succeed." Really? Interesting view on leadership from a high school grad. This was part of a valedictory speech at my son's graduation. It struck me immediately. In this age of collaboration and soft skills training, this young man came away with this insight for his classmates. Ok, he … Continue reading A young man’s view of leadership

Are you productive?

I love taking assessments! I am also a skeptical person, so maybe I am just trying to find one that is wrong or I enjoy the surprise at the end. Here's a great little assessment I found from Harvard Business Review, which aligns very well with the fourth 'letter' of your Myers-Briggs type. I am … Continue reading Are you productive?