What motivates you?

Some people just see a wall, while others see what used to be a door and a window. We all approach life differently. We can be categorized, put into groups by type, where our similar likes, strengths, and preferences align us, but that is not our total self. How I set out to take on … Continue reading What motivates you?

Leadership and the Advent Season!

Have you ever compared the themes of Advent with the themes of leadership? I have. Not just for my status as a leader in a group, but for my personal life as well. Who I am and how I see myself. My belief is that the outcomes we desire in leadership are the same as … Continue reading Leadership and the Advent Season!

Show and Tell Your Values!

I schedule and create meeting opportunities based on 3 of my core values in leadership. I say 'of', because I have more core values; they are simply beyond the realm of my workshops and coaching sessions. The 3 have an impact on all that I do, but they do not represent the people I love … Continue reading Show and Tell Your Values!

Happy Gratitude Day!

Technically, the day is pretty much done, but you're supposed to be thankful all the time, right? Last week I went out West to help my kinfolk with their website and the message of their mission (Mike & Irene Ritskes, check their first blog post here.)  Many good conversations came out of our time together, … Continue reading Happy Gratitude Day!

Are you good at being human?

I love this commercial. Occasionally I do watch them, and on occasion, someone gets it right in the marketing department. Marriott did good here. So are you good at being human? We like to blame everyone else for our problems and inabilities throughout the day, but that is largely because we do not like looking … Continue reading Are you good at being human?

So What’s Next?

Do you take the time to review the impact you have had on the lives of others? In the midst of all the daily habits we take on, we occasionally forget the human element. Not just the tactics or items on the ‘to do’ list that involve select people. I personally lose sight of the … Continue reading So What’s Next?

Jubilee Retreat: Creating space to listen

I had the privilege of joining some of the ministry leaders of Jubilee Church for a day at the cottage this past weekend, and I felt blessed for it! There is nothing quite like being in the beauty of creation with folks who desire to listen for clarity in their vision. For me it is … Continue reading Jubilee Retreat: Creating space to listen

What if you were to only think in positive outcomes???

Crazy, but there is much truth to this changing your outlook. I am an 'optimistic realist', which is another way of saying I easily fall into a pattern of clarifying negative outcomes after the idea process has begun. During burnout and times of intense stress people are easily confused by my withdrawal and slip from … Continue reading What if you were to only think in positive outcomes???

Speaking to Another’s Level

What a great way to spend the long weekend! Speaking and communing with young leaders in a beautiful camp setting. Nature, a purposeful group seeking knowledge and growth, and the time allotted to do so properly. A safe environment that fosters faith and challenges the community to be shaped all at once. Most of us … Continue reading Speaking to Another’s Level

Joy is key to your team

They'll let anyone into this place! And am I glad 😁 I am blessed to bring 3 sessions to these young leaders on the power of community when you work on a team. Especially when stress hits. It takes all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Not just your will. In fact, it might break your … Continue reading Joy is key to your team

Coaching special for Fall!

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!

Old dog, new tricks

This past Father's day weekend was a gooder.  I spent it with many of the most important people in my life. I got to see skills and abilities honed to form art, and share pride in the lives I have been blessed to be part of shaping. All of this reminds me of the importance … Continue reading Old dog, new tricks