3 questions for the road ahead

As I write this I feel the warm embrace of the sun outside my kitchen window, and I feel a sense of calm. It still amazes me how responsive we are to our surroundings, whether it be reactions from friends, a completed agenda, or just a good cup of coffee in the midst of the … Continue reading 3 questions for the road ahead

Care…Might feel a bit like love

Do you feel loved in your setting? I know, I know, we try not to use words like ‘love’ in our social settings, especially when it relates to work. But I beg you to try and find a better all-encompassing term for what we expect of others, and others expect of us inversely, in situations … Continue reading Care…Might feel a bit like love

What brings you joy?

How do you define joy in your life? How does it define you? I remember writing this words in a post almost exactly 2 years ago, reflecting on the years of growth prior. You can click on the quote to get to the original post: "When you can claim resiliency. When you do not know … Continue reading What brings you joy?

Is your work worth doing?

Teddy Roosevelt seems to be the most quotable president the US has ever had. And that may hold true for general leadership quotes in all fields. He came into leadership at a pivotal time in American history and set the stage for other leaders to follow, which is why people quote him so often and … Continue reading Is your work worth doing?

Collaboration is a Team Effort

Not always, but often.Collaboration can be a good excuse for people to do less work, hide inadequacies, and demand more of others, and receive the same level of credit or honour as the rest of the group.It can also be a source of frustration for those with creativity and multiple abilities, mixed with a leadership … Continue reading Collaboration is a Team Effort

3 Tough Questions

Purpose. Joy. Care. I believe these are the 3 most important hidden desires of anyone involved in teamwork. Any kind of team. Any kind of setting. Think about these questions for a moment: Do you know why you do what you do? Do you find joy in what you do? Do you feel loved in … Continue reading 3 Tough Questions

A young man’s view of leadership

"Your boss isn't paid to see you succeed." Really? Interesting view on leadership from a high school grad. This was part of a valedictory speech at my son's graduation. It struck me immediately. In this age of collaboration and soft skills training, this young man came away with this insight for his classmates. Ok, he … Continue reading A young man’s view of leadership

Are you productive?

I love taking assessments! I am also a skeptical person, so maybe I am just trying to find one that is wrong or I enjoy the surprise at the end. Here's a great little assessment I found from Harvard Business Review, which aligns very well with the fourth 'letter' of your Myers-Briggs type. I am … Continue reading Are you productive?

You are too busy

"So how's it going" "Busy!" Have you used that line before? I know I have. I so grew to hate that line as a state of being. It does not make sense, and it is not a statement of who you are right now. You will not have it on your headstone, so stop using … Continue reading You are too busy

Be Shaped

You have an opportunity to be shaped by the moments and days throughout your life. The alternative can destructive. 30. 30. 1. 18. What? Those are the dates over this past week that I reflected on because they impact me. And in turn, they impact the systems in which I am a part. Each one … Continue reading Be Shaped

Gratitude, Silence, and Conviction

What inspires you? I had the opportunity over the past 2 days to be challenged and encouraged in a variety of ways, from 2 different sources. First, I was treated to tremendous stories of dedication and sacrifice. Those in mission to change lives, bring freedom to others, and relieve the pain of poverty. It is … Continue reading Gratitude, Silence, and Conviction

Can you afford good training? I think so…

Sorry folks. It turns out my research was wrong. The grant I was offering was/is available, but not to non-profit organizations. And guess who I do most of my work with... Non-profits! So, I'm sending this out again, with a few corrections. Hopefully we can still work together... I blogged this last year around this … Continue reading Can you afford good training? I think so…