Sure, leadership calls for courageous decisions and at times is an isolating reality. However, you and I find strength in relationships. We thrive best in community.Continue Reading "Leaders are Empowered in Community"
I find that we get all twisted up over the notions of mentoring because of some funky ideas that mentoring is about structure or curriculum or Yoda-Like super-wisdom. In reality mentoring is about sharing your life, your experiences, and your perspective when needed. It is more about walking together over the long haul then solving a urgent problem in a perfect way.Continue Reading "Mentoring Made Simple"
Sometimes sending an email is really stupid. I know, my Mom tried to teach me that calling someone or something stupid is not very nice. But, I can’t think of any better way to say it. Simply put, there are occasions when you are being stupid to send an email.Continue Reading "When Sending Email is Stupid"
At 7:14 this morning, a phone call told me that a very good friend was shot and killed last night. Emotionally I’ve spent the day vacillating between shock, sorrow, anger, and indignation. There are many things I could tell you about my friend, but since you don’t know him I need to write about the personal reflections I cannot escape.Continue Reading "Lord, Teach Me to Number My Days"
Because I spend most of my time working with Christian ministry leaders and leadership teams in churches or ministry organizations, I regularly run into teams that have become hospice care centers to the detriment of quality work that needs to be done. However, as I interact with colleagues in the for-profit business world, I frequently hear about the opposite sinkhole where people don’t matter only what they produce does. Neither extreme makes for a healthy team. I would like to suggest that the tension of…Continue Reading “A Tension that Makes Great Teams”Continue Reading "A Tension that Makes Great Teams"
It used to be that the notion of a leader as Lone Ranger was a good thing. Riding in on a white horse to save the day single-handedly is the way great leaders carried themselves. That day is over. Today, leaders that operate today as autocratic individualists are suspect.Continue Reading "COMMUNITY — THE FIFTH “C”"
What were your books of the year? My runner’s up for book of the year honors are: Tribes by Seth Godin; and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero.Continue Reading "Runner’s up for Book of the Year 2008"
I grew up in a Christian culture that functionally reduced following Jesus to a list of obligations and daily duties. Here is a profoundly different look at discipleship. One that is freeing and enticing.Continue Reading "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality"
In spite of the fact that we blaze through the demands of our daily lives at an impatient pace, the truth is, life is long.Continue Reading "Life is Long……and fragile"