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?
"We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — … Continue reading Attitude Trumps Circumstances
"When's your day off?" In my experience, this is a common conversation with pastors. Other leaders experience it as well, but the self-managed world of most pastors makes it unique in their setting. Depending on who you were talking to, the question could be packed with meaning. Many pastors are on call throughout the week, … Continue reading Do you schedule time to rest?
That is a quote from Seth Godin's most recent podcast, and it is definitely worth a listen if you have not already. (Click here to go to Akimbo) Seth highlights how we teach people to juggle and ride a bike. His main point is that fear and shame are often the traditional go-to in our … Continue reading Fear as a Motivator
“It was always said out of love” I inadvertently invited myself to a closed invitation birthday party. It was not my fault, I was just shown the invite and my dad said it was happening. So I went. And there I was looking very much like the youngest person in the building, realizing that every … Continue reading Stories from another generation
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
Last week was great for all the wonderful opportunities I had to walk with others in their leadership settings! An MBTI workshop with young volunteers (Which I blogged about last week), a board discerning vision going forward, and a church leadership group discussing values and mission. I love each of those scenarios for a few … Continue reading Thank you for Leadership workshops where I get to be the Jerk
A Sunday afternoon is often a time for lazing around. Not yesterday! I was blessed to work through the MBTI with a group of energetic youth leaders! Thanks for inviting me in to help with learning about self, and learning about team. Keep growing forward!
What are the top 2 reasons people give me for not continuing development in their current role? Time and Money. No surprise there, right? I cannot make time for you, that is something you will have to make on your own. But I may have found a way to get funding to alleviate the affordability … Continue reading Can you afford training and development?
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
Basic civility and common kindness are integral parts of all aspects of social interaction. Business is no exception. In fact, we have great opportunity in this arena to show these things as normal behaviour. I maintain this as true. But alas, not all humanity got the memo. We are given plenty of opportunity to see … Continue reading Be Kind, even without the sale
That is the question for the week! My book release is happening on Wednesday at 7:00pm CDT, and completely online. I will talk a bit, but mostly it will be left for commentary and thoughts as I make the order page live for people to download. The event is on my Facebook page if you … Continue reading Managing Time or Harnessing Vision?