As I write this I feel the warm embrace of the sun outside my kitchen window, and I feel a sense of calm. It still amazes me how responsive we are to our surroundings, whether it be reactions from friends, a completed agenda, or just a good cup of coffee in the midst of the … Continue reading 3 questions for the road ahead
The sun is shining, people are getting vaccinated, and God is still good. Even if the restrictions are still in place, we have a lot for which to be thankful. So let your gratitude shine, as difficult as it may seem right now! Flourishing is an interesting word. Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist, has used … Continue reading Are you flourishing?
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???
Well, it is that time of year again. Pruning the perennials before the snow flies. Not everyone enjoys this part of owning a yard, but they sure love the effects. What are the effects? Proper use of the plants resources, meaning not trying to revive the dead branches, bearing less fruit, and remaining small in … Continue reading Fear, creativity, polarization, and pruning
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
I had a great time walking the Westwood group through their ministry assessment! I am blessed to be part of your growth as a group. Here are some thoughts on the assessment process I provided to the group at the end. I believe they are relevant to anyone in an assessment situation, but especially within … Continue reading Assessments are a good thing!
"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