A Resilient Life

Resilience is a good trait, not just in leadership, but for every walk of life. As I made my way past Necessary Endings (last week) I came across this book by Gordon MacDonald. I had picked it up at a leadership conference the year before, almost exactly at the time that I realized I was not … Continue reading A Resilient Life

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

Becoming Human: Jean Vanier

Thank you Mr. Vanier, for this entry in the CBC Massey Lecture Series. It had been on my shelf for a long while, and I skimmed and perused it from time to time. But it was not until my need to step away from leadership that I read it entirely. Becoming Human is what I … Continue reading Becoming Human: Jean Vanier

Shattered Dreams

How's that for a title? Well, in keeping with my January promise to review books that impacted me in recent years, I am starting with this one. It is by no error that I have chosen this selection of books after last week's discussion on mental health. These books were largely part of my getting … Continue reading Shattered Dreams

Winning Friends and Influencing People

Christmas is long passed, and the New Year is getting old. What do you have planned to start things right? One of the books that has left a mark on my life, ministry, and friendships was introduced to me by my dad many years ago. I have seen the outline put to work in many … Continue reading Winning Friends and Influencing People

New Year…Unstable to Onward?

Happy 2018! Have you broken all your resolutions yet? I looked at my first post of the new year 2017 and recalled how it was focused on a small light at the end of what seemed like a very long tunnel. I was hopeful, don't get me wrong, but I also felt the pain of … Continue reading New Year…Unstable to Onward?

Your Insurance Company doesn’t actually care about you (A short business rant)

Are you familiar with 'cosmetic pharmacology'? That's the term my health insurance provider pulled out of a 1993 book to sell a new 'talk' program they are creating in the new year. The term is basicially associated with the idea that doctors are prescribing drugs to help people with non-medical symptoms. In other words, coping … Continue reading Your Insurance Company doesn’t actually care about you (A short business rant)

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

Happy Gratitude Day!

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!

What if you were to only think in positive outcomes???

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???

Are you familiar with ‘compassion fatigue’?

Many of us are, but may not have put a name to it. A friend of mine wrote an article on this recently. Go here to check it out: Understanding Compassion Fatigue  Not every type or function of leader will encounter the same level of fatigue, but we will all encounter it at some point. Compassion … Continue reading Are you familiar with ‘compassion fatigue’?

Should: The Most Dangerous Word

Mental health, burnout, and learning adaptability are filled with the word 'should'. It is a powerful word. I saved this word for the last blog in this series on burnout, because I believe it is pertinent regardless of your state of affairs. "Effective management is putting first things first. While leadership decides what "first things" … Continue reading Should: The Most Dangerous Word