Are you a popular leader?

Here is one of my favourite leadership stories found in the book of Acts in the Bible: As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand. The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand … Continue reading Are you a popular leader?

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Is it an outcome? Or an occurrence?

Last week the NFL honoured a small group of individuals by being selected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which means they received their 'beige jackets'. Yes, I am a football fan, and this post does apply to you. Two of the players honoured led contentious careers, which were marked by soundbites against their … Continue reading Is it an outcome? Or an occurrence?

How much do you hate?

"I really hate ______________________________!" (Fill in the blank for yourself, and then continue reading.) I had a great conversation with one of my sons recently on the topic of hate. Hate is one of those words of great meaning that has become commonplace and overused. It is not a bad idea to review the words … Continue reading How much do you hate?

Do you schedule time to rest?

"When's your day off?" In my experience, this is a common conversation with pastors. Other leaders experience it as well, but the self-managed world of most pastors makes it unique in their setting. Depending on who you were talking to, the question could be packed with meaning. Many pastors are on call throughout the week, … Continue reading Do you schedule time to rest?

Fear as a Motivator

That is a quote from Seth Godin's most recent podcast, and it is definitely worth a listen if you have not already. (Click here to go to Akimbo) Seth highlights how we teach people to juggle and ride a bike. His main point is that fear and shame are often the traditional go-to in our … Continue reading Fear as a Motivator

Leadership directs the mindset

What does conversion look like in your organization? We all have them. There are the larger 'A-ha!' moments that we all love to experience. Those are easier to recognize and dissect. But the smaller moments of conversion are equally necessary, do not always rock the boat, and may have greater change impact for the future. … Continue reading Leadership directs the mindset

Thank you for Leadership workshops where I get to be the Jerk

Last week was great for all the wonderful opportunities I had to walk with others in their leadership settings! An MBTI workshop with young volunteers (Which I blogged about last week), a board discerning vision going forward, and a church leadership group discussing values and mission. I love each of those scenarios for a few … Continue reading Thank you for Leadership workshops where I get to be the Jerk

Be Kind, even without the sale

Basic civility and common kindness are integral parts of all aspects of social interaction. Business is no exception. In fact, we have great opportunity in this arena to show these things as normal behaviour. I maintain this as true. But alas, not all humanity got the memo. We are given plenty of opportunity to see … Continue reading Be Kind, even without the sale

Necessary Endings

Ah yes, another encouraging title from my long list of books with impact! This one came a little late in my leadership journey, as it presented a message I believe I needed to be convinced of earlier on. In my younger years I spoke of moving on from a situation that was not a fit … Continue reading Necessary Endings

Let’s Talk…But don’t save it for one day

I love the #BellLetsTalk initiative. It creates awareness to mental health issues, and destroys barriers created by ignorance and stigma. Unfortunately, there is a big push for that day, and then it fades. People shut up, listening is deafened, and awareness pervades. I know for myself, my family, and friends around me, there is much … Continue reading Let’s Talk…But don’t save it for one day

Emotional clarity, even in public

I had a great interaction at the coffee shop recently, all about the words we use for our feelings.  The staff and I discussed our feelings while not knowing each other well. The trigger for me was one person stating, "I had a bad feeling." I simply asked, "What is a bad feeling? I feel … Continue reading Emotional clarity, even in public

Bird crap on the window

How long do you let crap build up in your view? A friend of mine tells the story about the bird nest constantly getting built outside one of his main meeting rooms. The let it sit, and the bird crap begins to build up. First just a few people notice it. Then just like everything … Continue reading Bird crap on the window