"And each year, around this time, we need to remind ourselves that as one door closes we have the ability to find other doors that open." (Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain, "Loss and Renewal") So the new year has begun, and you have a new list of challenges and wishes before you. Or do you? Of … Continue reading French toast and fresh starts
Today marks 2 years since I ventured out with Lead Freely. Just over 2 years ago I finished my certification to be a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner. It marked the beginning of new things...I hoped. 2016 was a rough year to say the least. I finished my days at a local church in an … Continue reading Great Learning and Growing Experiences!
As this day comes to a close I am reminded of my present state of sanity. I am also reminded several times through life experience and through my knowledge of the Bible just how fragile we are as humans. We are created 'good', are amazing and intricate in design, have been blessed with amazing resiliency … Continue reading Cracked Pots #WorldMentalHealthDay
"We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — … Continue reading Attitude Trumps Circumstances
"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?
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
Did someone wish you a happy Easter on Friday? Technically, they shouldn't. But it is hard to correct people when they are being so dang nice. For those who do not celebrate it as a religious holiday, they are being respectful, or they enjoy the mysterious happiness surrounding a giant candy grab (and industry for … Continue reading Good Friday or Easter? Which are you?
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
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
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
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
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