"And each year, around this time, we need to remind ourselves that as one door closes we have the ability to find other doors that open." (Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain, "Loss and Renewal") So the new year has begun, and you have a new list of challenges and wishes before you. Or do you? Of … Continue reading French toast and fresh starts
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!
What does conversion look like in your organization? We all have them. There are the larger 'A-ha!' moments that we all love to experience. Those are easier to recognize and dissect. But the smaller moments of conversion are equally necessary, do not always rock the boat, and may have greater change impact for the future. … Continue reading Leadership directs the mindset
It's finally here! Tonight is the night! It is not large, but it will have a big impact. Read the book, implement the thoughts, grow forward. That is the key. What I wrote about in the book is what I use in my life, and have used as part of defining clear purpose in my … Continue reading Book launch tonight!
Resilience is a good trait, not just in leadership, but for every walk of life. As I made my way past Necessary Endings (last week) I came across this book by Gordon MacDonald. I had picked it up at a leadership conference the year before, almost exactly at the time that I realized I was not … Continue reading A Resilient Life
How's that for a title? Well, in keeping with my January promise to review books that impacted me in recent years, I am starting with this one. It is by no error that I have chosen this selection of books after last week's discussion on mental health. These books were largely part of my getting … Continue reading Shattered Dreams
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?
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!
I invite you to sign up for my new email series, part of a project I am simply calling: Monday Motivation. (#MondayMotivation for all you hip folks) 4 weeks of thoughts, challenges, insights, questions to motivate you throughout the week. This first series is one close to my heart, so I'm excited to share it … Continue reading Live on Purpose
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? 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?
In fact, it's normal. The more you embrace your shortcomings, and learn from failings, the better you become. At what? At life. People who struggle with failing tend to focus only on not doing so, and lose sight of the bigger picture. Life is filled with opportunities. To grow, adapt, and learn. Ultimately to become … Continue reading Failure is an option