Have you ever compared the themes of Advent with the themes of leadership? I have. Not just for my status as a leader in a group, but for my personal life as well. Who I am and how I see myself. My belief is that the outcomes we desire in leadership are the same as … Continue reading Leadership and the Advent Season!
"Helping people find who they are, where they are" That's my motto, and that is what this week is all about. Right now I get to walk with a group of young adults as they discern the path ahead, both in their faith, and in vocational direction. Speaking to them about personality and identity is … Continue reading This week: Personality and Listening!
Technically, the day is pretty much done, but you're supposed to be thankful all the time, right? Last week I went out West to help my kinfolk with their website and the message of their mission (Mike & Irene Ritskes, check their first blog post here.) Many good conversations came out of our time together, … Continue reading Happy Gratitude Day!
Crazy, but there is much truth to this changing your outlook. I am an 'optimistic realist', which is another way of saying I easily fall into a pattern of clarifying negative outcomes after the idea process has begun. During burnout and times of intense stress people are easily confused by my withdrawal and slip from … Continue reading What if you were to only think in positive outcomes???
They'll let anyone into this place! And am I glad 😁 I am blessed to bring 3 sessions to these young leaders on the power of community when you work on a team. Especially when stress hits. It takes all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Not just your will. In fact, it might break … Continue reading Joy is key to your team
The Easter weekend is upon us, and once again I reflect on the work of Christ. In leadership, I focus much of my attention on this work as the basis of my ability. As I said earlier, the humble leader stands out. In this case, for millennia. As I considered this throughout the week, I … Continue reading Good Friday is really Good
We need more of them. Somehow we have slipped into another era of robust and loud leadership, albeit relational. But humble leadership stands out in all settings. Check out this article from Harvard Business Review for a bit more technical view: https://hbr.org/2017/04/if-humble-people-make-the-best-leaders-why-do-we-fall-for-charismatic-narcissists Are you humble? Reflecting on the last week of Lent, referred to as the … Continue reading Are you a humble leader?
On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I thought it would be appropriate to quote the man himself. The excerpt below is from King's essay, "An Experiment in Love", which discusses the place of love in nonviolent resistance. It is interesting to read these words and consider how timeless the thoughts are in reflection of … Continue reading Learning to Love Your Neighbour #MLKday #leadfreely
The season of Advent is coming to a close, now we celebrate with the ancients at the arrival of the King. The most basic description of the word is ‘waiting’; it can also mean ‘arrival’. Both are important, especially if you are like me, and you think of ‘adventure’ whenever you hear the word. There … Continue reading What are you hoping for? #Christmas #Hope