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

There’s No “i” in Team

As a senior in college and young worship leader, I faced a complex leadership challenge. Tasked with assembling and shepherding several worship teams for a large Christian University in Southern California, my charge was to develop bands that represented our... Continue Reading →

Leadership and Introverts

Someone jokingly said to me recently: "I've always thought there are two kinds of people in this world; extroverts and those who want to be." Predictably, it was an extrovert who made the quip. However, this is not far from... Continue Reading →

Leadership & Memory

We've all lost sleep replaying the hurts and offences we experienced yesterday and rehearsing a hard conversation that we anticipate the next day. Sometimes the two are related. Yesterday's wound sometimes means tomorrow's confrontation. But memories and perceptions (even recent... Continue Reading →

Policy & Productivity

It's easy (but shortsighted) to assess leadership purely on the basis of policy and productivity. The recent mid-term politicking here in the United States provides a classic case-study. We tend to gravitate towards leaders who share our views (policies) or... Continue Reading →

Growth Mindset

Joshua was a typical firstborn child. He approached life cautiously, didn’t stray far from mommy, and was ever observing. His young parents (my wife and I) reinforced these tendencies. Despite our fears of the hazards he may encounter, we chose... Continue Reading →

The Culture of Personality

Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Broadway Books, 2012) writes: America has shifted from what the influential cultural historian Warren Susman called a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality.... In... Continue Reading →

God Created…

You’re know you’re getting old when you find yourself rapt by public television… While flipping through channels recently, I saw images of an African culture called the Maasai (moss-eye) and became immediately riveted. The Maasai reside close to the birthplace of humankind... Continue Reading →

The Curse of Resources & Regulations

Viability and affordability matter. On the one hand, budgets often determine the possibilities. If we can't afford it, we probably can't do it. On the other hand, rules and policies within an organization can be restrictive. "That's not allowed!" Those... Continue Reading →

Failure is not final

One of the most systemic fears of our day is the fear of failure; also called atychiphobia. (There's a new word for dinner parties!) We may all fear a stock-market crash, or a possible health crisis one day. We may fear... Continue Reading →

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