As I sit here preparing for my workshop participants to arrive, I reflect back to my last completed read. The Ideal Team Player, by Patrick Lencioni. My workshop is based on communication and learning to work together in all situations, so maybe that is why the book came to mind. It speaks directly to who … Continue reading The Ideal Team Player
"Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth." (Mike Tyson) That was one of my favourite lines from a conference I took in a few years ago. The speaker shared about how many people did not enjoy the politics of the organization, but came on staff, trained, but then threw up their … Continue reading Help people be their best
Yes, that tweet is relevant to the title of this post. I celebrated 2 different graduations this week, for 2 sons at 2 different places in life. They were emotional, celebratory, and marked both an end and a beginning. High school graduation is one of our few rites of passage left in society. So we … Continue reading Happy graduation! Now keep going…
Musings on what I have learnt from being in a family: Don’t sweat the small stuff; Forgiveness covers all kinds of wrongs; No one can cut you deeper than those in your own home; Appreciation and approval are important things; Blood runs deep; Everyone else is normal and my parents are crazy! (Youth reference) What … Continue reading We Are Family?
Do you bring clarity to your situation? We all speak in code. It just happens when we become familiar, feel accepted, and develop our own little culture. Each setting, if observed closely, has a language and a set of mannerisms, and that brings unwritten expectations of participants. The sooner you admit that you are part … Continue reading Clarify what you mean!
The workshop may have been small, but the sharing was deep! I had yet another opportunity to share my living better together workshop, discussing communication and relationship-building within families and communities. We had a little trouble getting word out, but once the right people were on the case everything moved nicely! Many thanks to those … Continue reading Thank you Little Grand!
"You may have heard that I'm a bit of an a**hole, and I'm not denying it!" (Quote from a new general manager being introduced) This term is used often nowadays, both in lighthearted contexts and as a source of pride for people who suffer from 'contemptible behaviour'. (Source: English Language & Usage) I like that … Continue reading Do you suffer from ‘contemptible behaviour’?
Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? It is a strange question to ask when you think of it. Gifts are unearned, in disguise, and often without a foreknowledge of the reason behind them. Until we open them. Then we may get a story, a moment, or a surprise. Asking if you got what … Continue reading The Best Gifts
I first of all want to thank the awesome group at Mile Two Discipleship School for welcoming me into their circle last! It was a pleasure to help in the area of self awareness and learning to lead from your own unique place in life. This involves the Myers-Briggs type material, but definitely goes beyond … Continue reading A Leader is not Necessarily a Commander
Have you ever considered radio waves in your home? I am not trying to worry you, but they are everywhere. And they are not alone. There are slower moving waves you create in your kitchen that ripple right through your body. Every time you pick up your cell phone and put it next to your … Continue reading Are you making waves?
What is your culture of leadership? What does it look like to be on your team? One of the traps I found myself in as a leader was that of managing over motivating. It is easier than we might imagine to create an unhealthy work environment based on our drive to fulfil what we believe … Continue reading Change Your Work Culture
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?