It's Christmas week! I love gift giving, and I like gift getting. 2020 has caused plenty a moment for us to think of the grim and the sad in life. It is difficult for us to look at the gifts that we have received through a year like this. But we need to; it reminds … Continue reading Gift exchanges and Gift givers!
Not always, but often.Collaboration can be a good excuse for people to do less work, hide inadequacies, and demand more of others, and receive the same level of credit or honour as the rest of the group.It can also be a source of frustration for those with creativity and multiple abilities, mixed with a leadership … Continue reading Collaboration is a Team Effort
How do you help others by helping yourself? That's a major part of personal development. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a proven and accessible tool for learning about yourself and how you interact with others. It is helpful for you as an individual but is even better to work through with others! You can … Continue reading Using the MBTI helps you help others
I have been easily agitated on social media lately. I know it is happening to you too. It happens when we get caught up in the polarization vortex. You know how it works: We see people emphatically present opinions.We either agree/disagree and act subjectively.Sides form. Opinion wins. Voices get louder.Suddenly, you can't sleep thinking about … Continue reading Responding from the right place
Did you ask yourself the 3 tough questions I asked earlier? Or do you prefer your current trajectory? We often choose the current trajectory because it is the one we are on. Not because we have actively chosen it. We may have struggled to achieve at one time, maybe overcame a crisis, and now we … Continue reading Working through tough answers
Well, it is that time of year again. Pruning the perennials before the snow flies. Not everyone enjoys this part of owning a yard, but they sure love the effects. What are the effects? Proper use of the plants resources, meaning not trying to revive the dead branches, bearing less fruit, and remaining small in … Continue reading Fear, creativity, polarization, and pruning
That title is a fancy way of saying: Be resilient. Be flexible. Be adaptive. Learn and grow. As Covid-19 swept through and changed the way we do everything on earth, I began to think of stories of people who innovated and changed, especially in times of crises: "Duff's Ditch" - If you are from anywhere … Continue reading Innovative Success in Crisis
Well folks, I just signed a contract extension with the church I had been leading through transition. I wasn't planning on it at the beginning, but I think God had a different plan. It is not forever, as it is an interim role, but it we both felt we needed it. I get to continue … Continue reading New contract and knowing how long to stay
Quick to listen. Slow to speak. Slow to anger. Those are the key words from one of my favourite Bible verses. James talks about not showing favoritism, doing right, and controlling your reactions. Those words speak to me everyday; especially when things seem out of control. Control is elusive. When we do not have it, … Continue reading Learning to Listen
This book has literally been staring me down for the past 3 years. Given the current set of circumstances, it felt like a good time to crack it open. I am also preparing to preach for Trinity Sunday. It's the week after all of the Easter stuff is done, and we talked about the amazing … Continue reading The Audacity of Hope
Just so you know, I am not a health expert, and I can't give you an official recommendation on what you choose to do during a pandemic. But, I will offer an opinion or two... Everyone wants things to go back to normal. Even if normal was broken. But we all tend to get nostalgic … Continue reading Should we open the doors?
There are plenty of great ideas and thoughts out there for how you should, or should have, responded to the Covid-19 crisis. No matter how great we are, we probably could have done better. But that's the thing with crisis. You don't get the privilege of planning ahead for it. So what is your metric … Continue reading How was your pandemic response?