Producing change and building lives through authenticity, inspiration, empathy, and innovation


Dennis Nichols

Friday Quote

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said, "If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." In my reading of the... Continue Reading →

Commending Others

We’d all agree that building leaders takes time. However, we might not all agree on the process. Let me give you one perspective that I learned in the military, and in my reading of Scripture. During my military career, I... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

Life is not just a few years to spend in self-indulgence and career advancement. It is a privilege, a responsibility. a stewardship to be lived according to a much higher calling. -Elizabeth Dole "Command them to do good, to be... Continue Reading →

Helping People to Exhale

Over the years, I have witnessed a scene played out dozens of times. It occurs when a friend, family member, or even a total stranger, comes to an emotional breaking point. Mark Goulston was an FBI and police hostage negotiator.... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

The idea that a leader is identified by her followers is a powerful truth. Max de Pree says it this way, "The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning?... Continue Reading →

Are Facilitators Leaders?

We sat having lunch, enjoying a sandwich together. Katie is a longtime friend from my career as a pastor. Our conversation topics were all over the place. Church life, personal challenges, Border Collies, and leadership. We found all of it... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

I have often heard leaders use the phrase ""tough love" as an approach to holding others accountable for their actions. In the Scriptures, however, God uses a kind of "tough love" with himself through His self-sacrificing work on the cross.... Continue Reading →

True Connection

The introduction to Henry Cloud’s book The Power of the Other states, “Most leadership coaching focuses on helping leaders build their skills and knowledge and close their performance gaps.” Cloud proposes something else. Based on the most recent studies in... Continue Reading →

Friday Quote

  “The point of simplicity is not efficiency, increased productivity or even living a healthier, more relaxed life. The point is making space for treasuring God's own self.” ― Jan Johnson Take a deep breath; sit for a moment; feel yourself... Continue Reading →

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