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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, decisions, decisions…how many have you made already this week? I had to get a new smartphone a few days ago, and it got me thinking about all the decisions we make. Even a decision like that one can get you stuck if you are not careful. If someone would follow us around and track … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Is your life in check(list)?

Another great installment of one of my favourite podcasts for you to listen to: Hidden Brain - You 2.0 "Check Yourself" Are you into making checklists? You can chalk this up partially to personality, partially to preference, and partially to learned habit. Depending on your job, you may have to be a checklist person, even … Continue reading Is your life in check(list)?

The Next Opportunity!

What do you have planned for the next year? I may not have the whole year planned out, but I do know where a big chunk of it will be invested. I am going to be working with Church of the Way, here in Winnipeg, for the better part of the academic year. My role … Continue reading The Next Opportunity!

Getting a handle on conflict

This post comes out of a number of conversations I have witnessed recently. Conflict seems to be a natural or even default state of being in much public discourse. As a generalization, we just do not handle it well. (As strange as this may be for a last week of summer blog, I think it … Continue reading Getting a handle on conflict

Different types of goal setting

And you could add, "...for different types of people." One of the areas of my MBTI team sessions is the last dichotomy to compare, the part about how others see us. It especially relates to completing projects and the way we order our work. That means it speaks to our use of time. And that … Continue reading Different types of goal setting

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?

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?

Is work a calling?

Is your job a calling or just a job? Have a listen to this episode of "Hidden Brain", then read on: You 2.0: Dream Jobs As a pastor, we used the term all the time, but normally in faith and ministry terms. But what if you thought of your work as a calling? Would it … Continue reading Is work a calling?

Attitude Trumps Circumstances

"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

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