Winning Friends and Influencing People

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

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What does caring look like?

That is the question we were left with after my last blog. Business or personal, we are humans interacting and wanting the best for those closest to us. So what does it look like? I have said it, you have, we all have. We tell people we do something or want something because we 'care'. … Continue reading What does caring look like?

Leadership and the Advent Season!

Have you ever compared the themes of Advent with the themes of leadership? I have. Not just for my status as a leader in a group, but for my personal life as well. Who I am and how I see myself. My belief is that the outcomes we desire in leadership are the same as … Continue reading Leadership and the Advent Season!

Thank you McIvor!

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!

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

Are you good at being human?

I love this commercial. Occasionally I do watch them, and on occasion, someone gets it right in the marketing department. Marriott did good here. So are you good at being human? We like to blame everyone else for our problems and inabilities throughout the day, but that is largely because we do not like looking … Continue reading Are you good at being human?

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

​Do you listen to stories for inspiration? 

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? 

What if you were to only think in positive outcomes???

Crazy, but there is much truth to this changing your outlook. I am an 'optimistic realist', which is another way of saying I easily fall into a pattern of clarifying negative outcomes after the idea process has begun. During burnout and times of intense stress people are easily confused by my withdrawal and slip from … Continue reading What if you were to only think in positive outcomes???

Relevance is Memorable

Humourous conversation with the youngest born about musical influence: Me: Shania Twain was like the female Garth Brooks in the country music industry. Boy #3: Who's Shania Twain? Me: Blank stare Boy #3: And who's Garth Brooks? Me: You know, "Friends in Low Places", "The River"... Boy #3: I've never heard any of that. Boy … Continue reading Relevance is Memorable

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