Today marks 2 years since I ventured out with Lead Freely. Just over 2 years ago I finished my certification to be a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner. It marked the beginning of new things...I hoped. 2016 was a rough year to say the least. I finished my days at a local church in an … Continue reading Great Learning and Growing Experiences!
As this day comes to a close I am reminded of my present state of sanity. I am also reminded several times through life experience and through my knowledge of the Bible just how fragile we are as humans. We are created 'good', are amazing and intricate in design, have been blessed with amazing resiliency … Continue reading Cracked Pots #WorldMentalHealthDay
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
I love the #BellLetsTalk initiative. It creates awareness to mental health issues, and destroys barriers created by ignorance and stigma. Unfortunately, there is a big push for that day, and then it fades. People shut up, listening is deafened, and awareness pervades. I know for myself, my family, and friends around me, there is much … Continue reading Let’s Talk…But don’t save it for one day
Happy 2018! Have you broken all your resolutions yet? I looked at my first post of the new year 2017 and recalled how it was focused on a small light at the end of what seemed like a very long tunnel. I was hopeful, don't get me wrong, but I also felt the pain of … Continue reading New Year…Unstable to Onward?
Are you familiar with 'cosmetic pharmacology'? That's the term my health insurance provider pulled out of a 1993 book to sell a new 'talk' program they are creating in the new year. The term is basicially associated with the idea that doctors are prescribing drugs to help people with non-medical symptoms. In other words, coping … Continue reading Your Insurance Company doesn’t actually care about you (A short business rant)
Many of us are, but may not have put a name to it. A friend of mine wrote an article on this recently. Go here to check it out: Understanding Compassion Fatigue Not every type or function of leader will encounter the same level of fatigue, but we will all encounter it at some point. … Continue reading Are you familiar with ‘compassion fatigue’?
Mental health, burnout, and learning adaptability are filled with the word 'should'. It is a powerful word. I saved this word for the last blog in this series on burnout, because I believe it is pertinent regardless of your state of affairs. "Effective management is putting first things first. While leadership decides what "first things" … Continue reading Should: The Most Dangerous Word
Have you ever considered how resilient you are? Many of us do not have our full depth plumbed in this area of mental health, and for others it seems there is no end to the learning curve. Resiliency, adaptability, rebound, etc. are all terms used to describe our ability to venture through crisis and major … Continue reading Detour: Has Your Life Been Rerouted?
Kurt Cobain. Layne Staley. Scott Weiland. Chris Cornell. All lost from the same era and genre... I love the era in which I grew up. Science, politics, entertainment, etc. etc. Many good things happened in the world around us. Music was huge to me. I like the fact that I came of age in the … Continue reading Fell on Black Days
I love my mom. At least the way I remember her. She passed away in 1989, so some of the memories need to be unpacked from time to time in order to recall them for what they represent to me as I get older. Sometimes I remind myself to tell stories to my kids about … Continue reading The Worrisome Mother: Mental health and the family tree
The next couple of blogposts will be focused on burnout in leadership and how that led me to developing Lead Freely. A little more personal, and hopefully something you can glean from. Enjoy! I enjoy listening to Donald Miller's podcast Storybrand. Click the link above and have a read or listen, or both. He usually has … Continue reading Burnout in Leadership…and life