Do you suffer from ‘contemptible behaviour’?

"You may have heard that I'm a bit of an a**hole, and I'm not denying it!" (Quote from a new general manager being introduced) This term is used often nowadays, both in lighthearted contexts and as a source of pride for people who suffer from 'contemptible behaviour'. (Source: English Language & Usage) I like that … Continue reading Do you suffer from ‘contemptible behaviour’?

Do you need a chairperson?

You might. I asked this of a friend recently regarding a personal group I was working with, wondering if this role just might be essential in all areas of life. I hate being managed, it goes with my personality and leadership style, so I was a little sheepish when I asked. He liked the idea, … Continue reading Do you need a chairperson?

What do you have planned for 2019?

Ok, Ok, I know you are inundated with ideas and great items for getting your year off to a great start. But this one is free... Below is the link to the first post I presented on my '7-4-3-1' method. It is has a free download that could help you with getting your thoughts together … Continue reading What do you have planned for 2019?

Is work like family?

A friend shared with me his love of knives, specifically, the legendary Buck knives. If you go to their website, buy a product, or just sign up for regular emails, you will get the 'family intro'. It is a promise of their integrity, pride in their product, and their claim to an outstanding warranty. What … Continue reading Is work like family?

Are you a popular leader?

Here is one of my favourite leadership stories found in the book of Acts in the Bible: As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand. The people of the island saw it hanging from his hand … Continue reading Are you a popular leader?

A Resilient Life

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

Necessary Endings

Ah yes, another encouraging title from my long list of books with impact! This one came a little late in my leadership journey, as it presented a message I believe I needed to be convinced of earlier on. In my younger years I spoke of moving on from a situation that was not a fit … Continue reading Necessary Endings

Shattered Dreams

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

Are you a humble leader?

We need more of them. Somehow we have slipped into another era of robust and loud leadership, albeit relational. But humble leadership stands out in all settings. Check out this article from Harvard Business Review for a bit more technical view: https://hbr.org/2017/04/if-humble-people-make-the-best-leaders-why-do-we-fall-for-charismatic-narcissists  Are you humble? Reflecting on the last week of Lent, referred to as the … Continue reading Are you a humble leader?

Mentorship…it’s all about relationship #leadership #coaching

We are all shaped by what came before us. We continue to be shaped by the present, and we will be shaped daily by what lies ahead. Even as we get older and become a voice that shapes others. Are you aware of the relationships you have created around you that continue to shape you? 2008 was … Continue reading Mentorship…it’s all about relationship #leadership #coaching

Person of Influence #leadership #community

A leader is often referred to as a person of influence. We may differ on the definition of what this means, but when people are chosen, they are generally picked because of their proven, or potential, influence on a system. This is the nature of community in action, working, playing, socializing, whatever the situation may … Continue reading Person of Influence #leadership #community