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
As I sit here preparing for my workshop participants to arrive, I reflect back to my last completed read. The Ideal Team Player, by Patrick Lencioni. My workshop is based on communication and learning to work together in all situations, so maybe that is why the book came to mind. It speaks directly to who … Continue reading The Ideal Team Player
"I am not here to speak to you from all my success stories or best moments. I share with you where I got it wrong." That was an introduction from one of my most memorable training sessions. The instructor was not one of my favourites, but much of what he said was the most memorable. … Continue reading Become Aware
It's one of the banes of church leadership. But yes, it is everywhere. People using indirect tactics to communicate thoughts and emotions, but not verbalise honestly, usually to avoid conflict. Brushing people off. Muffled responses. Attention focused on only certain people. Fake apathy in dialogue. Not responding to messages. Pretending to be good, but really … Continue reading From one passive-aggressive to another
"If you don't mind my asking, how old are you?" This type of question used to cause me far more stress and identity defensiveness than it does now. Being the youngest born, there can be the attraction towards defending yourself for your piece of the pie. Smart enough, loud enough, opinion above the rest, etc. … Continue reading How old are you?
I had the good pleasure of hanging out with a pretty tremendous group of people this weekend. It happened to be at a pretty sweet location as well; the first camp I went to as a kid. A lot of memories from past retreats combined with new ones made with some new friends! I was … Continue reading A great weekend at Red Rock with youth leaders
Thanks for the great opportunity to speak into the lives of young leaders! I had a great week walking and talking with these fine folks at Roseau River Bible Camp this week. We discussed personality, growing in identity, and leadership in a team setting. What does it mean to know your personality and continue learning … Continue reading Great Time at Camp!
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
Yes, I know it's summer. But Fall will be here sooner than you think! Summer is a great time to consider how you would like to change and grow for the final half of the year to come. In agricultural terms, we plant in Spring, let things become fruitful through the Summer, and then prepare … Continue reading Coaching special for Fall!