Let’s Talk…But don’t save it for one day

I love the #BellLetsTalk initiative. It creates awareness to mental health issues, and destroys barriers created by ignorance and stigma. Unfortunately, there is a big push for that day, and then it fades. People shut up, listening is deafened, and awareness pervades. I know for myself, my family, and friends around me, there is much … Continue reading Let’s Talk…But don’t save it for one day

Do your words help or hurt your team?

Do you have poison on your team? Or is it a form of healthy opposition to make the system stronger? I have considered this problem for a long time. I hate gossip, so much of what I have seen in team dynamics gone bad is just the many faces and effects of gossip. Words are … Continue reading Do your words help or hurt your team?

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

Show and Tell Your Values!

I schedule and create meeting opportunities based on 3 of my core values in leadership. I say 'of', because I have more core values; they are simply beyond the realm of my workshops and coaching sessions. The 3 have an impact on all that I do, but they do not represent the people I love … Continue reading Show and Tell Your Values!

This week: Personality and Listening!

"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!

Websites, clarity, and Family time

This picture is a slight exaggeration, but as with everything, it is a good expression of the statement 'nothing comes easy'. I had the opportunity to help my some of my family bring clarity to the store front of their mission. (Check them out: Haiti Friendship Centre) I love helping with clarity and how we can … Continue reading Websites, clarity, and Family time

Jubilee Retreat: Creating space to listen

I had the privilege of joining some of the ministry leaders of Jubilee Church for a day at the cottage this past weekend, and I felt blessed for it! There is nothing quite like being in the beauty of creation with folks who desire to listen for clarity in their vision. For me it is … Continue reading Jubilee Retreat: Creating space to listen

Speaking to Another’s Level

What a great way to spend the long weekend! Speaking and communing with young leaders in a beautiful camp setting. Nature, a purposeful group seeking knowledge and growth, and the time allotted to do so properly. A safe environment that fosters faith and challenges the community to be shaped all at once. Most of us … Continue reading Speaking to Another’s Level

Burnout in Leadership…and life

The next couple of blogposts will be focused on burnout in leadership and how that led me to developing Lead Freely. A little more personal, and hopefully something you can glean from. Enjoy! I enjoy listening to Donald Miller's podcast Storybrand. Click the link above and have a read or listen, or both. He usually has … Continue reading Burnout in Leadership…and life

Career Development is Storytelling

So last week the Ice Road Truckers were up in Pauingassi, Manitoba. And so was I. (You can find more about IRT here, if this is new to you.)I got to see one up close. Without the TV outlining the truck cab, I just thought it was another truck making another delivery, to another remote … Continue reading Career Development is Storytelling

Exciting Week Ahead! #Workshop #LeadFreely #youth

Do people still use the word 'stoked'? I do. So I am stoked about this week! I am privileged to be given the opportunity to go to a very rural area and provide them with a youth career development workshop. Each one of those elements is exciting to me, but there is an essence to this … Continue reading Exciting Week Ahead! #Workshop #LeadFreely #youth

Change Your Work Culture #teamwork #culture #vision

What is your culture of leadership? What does it look like to be on your team? I enjoyed the video above largely because of this simple statement: Don't get so caught up in vision achievement that the people around you start feeling like equipment. (Rough quote) One of the traps I found myself in as … Continue reading Change Your Work Culture #teamwork #culture #vision