I sure hope so! 2020 has given us plenty to write home about! Depending on your perspective, it was either a year of pruning, growing, and maybe making some much-needed change. Otherwise it was dismal and a small piece of hell for many. But maybe it was both? I talk a lot about gratitude here … Continue reading Happy new year???
Classic country tune! And you may be surprised by the title but I thought it quite an apropos way to end the decade. Most of what I write is based on leadership. And leadership is based heavily in our sense of humanity. Messy. Broken. Confused. Tired. Humanness. That is called life. It goes with one … Continue reading Sleeping single in a double bed
"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’?
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 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?
So how are you motivated? I recently posted about the 2 separate worlds of motivation for each person. These are about as minimal as they come, and are largely based on your personality: Internal and External. One person is driven from within and has an outcome in mind to which they are striving without prompting … Continue reading Key ways you are motivated
Basic civility and common kindness are integral parts of all aspects of social interaction. Business is no exception. In fact, we have great opportunity in this arena to show these things as normal behaviour. I maintain this as true. But alas, not all humanity got the memo. We are given plenty of opportunity to see … Continue reading Be Kind, even without the sale
What a great day of listening and learning together! I appreciate times like this where I get invited into the safe space of a team, allowed to walk with them and guide the discussion towards growth. The MBTI unlocks some closed doors and starts new conversations. A team, regardless of how long they have been together, or … Continue reading Thank you McIvor!
Do you listen to stories for inspiration? There are different levels of closeness that we encounter in story hearing. Parents, friends, heroes... They all have something to say to you and your direction in life. You merge your own feelings and sentiments with theirs, and a new thing is born. I experience that when I … Continue reading Do you listen to stories for inspiration?
Ah yes, another great road trip is about to go into the books. We hit as many awesome sites as possible, lived to tell about it, and want to go home. Our van, like so many others out there, was a little microcosm of reality. Anytime you do life with others, on a team, on … Continue reading Road trips and reality
Have you ever considered how resilient you are? Many of us do not have our full depth plumbed in this area of mental health, and for others it seems there is no end to the learning curve. Resiliency, adaptability, rebound, etc. are all terms used to describe our ability to venture through crisis and major … Continue reading Detour: Has Your Life Been Rerouted?
I have been reading a lot on fear and insecurity over the past year. Largely out of recognition for how much impact these two instincts have over the common leader, and particularly in my personal life. From Teddy Roosevelt to the dad dinosaur in the Disney movie The Good Dinosaur (Ok, not technically a read), … Continue reading Insecure Leaders and Fear