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

Everyday leaders are growing around you

Do you notice them? I'm blessed to have have worked with youth and young leaders for years. I got to see people grow everyday. When I didn't notice this anymore there was a problem with my vision. Your own growth as an everyday leader in your circles depends on seeing the people growing around you. … Continue reading Everyday leaders are growing around you

Road trips and reality

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

Joy is key to your team

They'll let anyone into this place! And am I glad 😁 I am blessed to bring 3 sessions to these young leaders on the power of community when you work on a team. Especially when stress hits. It takes all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Not just your will. In fact, it might break your … Continue reading Joy is key to your team

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

Ideas Worth Sharing

Last night I took in the introduction evening for this year's TED Talks with some friends. I was excited on a couple of different fronts. First, I have been following TED for years. I used the talks for everything from personal development, to researching specific topics, to introductions during discussion groups. Valuable material and entertaining … Continue reading Ideas Worth Sharing

Canada #2 in the World? #1 in leadership!

Ok, this is not waxing political, so we are clear. A few weeks ago it was announced, again, that Canada is the 2nd best place to live in the world. We always seem to lose to Switzerland on this one. Jerks. You can read about it here: Canada named 2nd best country in the world…again, … Continue reading Canada #2 in the World? #1 in leadership!

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

Community…Just like family? #values #community #identity

Family is the best picture of being a part of something bigger than ourselves. Period. I know firsthand that does not mean it is easy, neat, or clean. We bump into each other. We tolerate things we do not necessarily agree with. We argue and fight. We feel like pushing away when our space is … Continue reading Community…Just like family? #values #community #identity

Your smartphone does not help you #listen #communication

Active listening is important. I recently read a study on how people actually feel about smartphone use during meetings. (You can read it here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140922000612-50578967-why-successful-people-never-bring-smartphones-into-meetings) Not just business meetings, but people sitting and talking to one another in a general attentive manner. Rather, where we would assume people are attentive. Across the board, and across … Continue reading Your smartphone does not help you #listen #communication

I am not a procrastinator…are you? #personality #workethic #coaching

I have been labeled a procrastinator in some of my past circles. And I always hated it. There is some baggage that comes with being called by a certain description, especially if you feel it does not fully encapsulate who you are. We do it all the time, even when well meaning. It is where nicknames and … Continue reading I am not a procrastinator…are you? #personality #workethic #coaching