Work can often feel busy and consuming. Coming out of COVID and another year of Zoom calls, I was sure there was more to life. Looking through my journals, pictures, and calendar from the year inspired a huge sense of gratitude for the life I have. Here are the best of 2022 (with links in... Continue Reading →
how questions can change our relationships
I recently read Michael Bungay Stanier’s book, “The Coaching Habit”. It was one of the best coaching books I’ve read. My wife, Terry also read it and summarized the book in a post on her blog. Check it out,
It’s been a while. I have not had the mental space to write clear thoughts for a long time. However, today is the day. I received the fun (and motivating) notification that this blog has had over 100,000 all-time views(!), and I finished a book that I liked a lot and want to share with you. When I share my learning with others, it sticks better with me, so thank you for helping me out by reading this post. The added plus is that I think you will learn things that are also helpful for you.
The book I finished is called “The Coaching Habit,” written by a coaching guru, born in Australia, now living in Canada, named Michael Bungay Stanier (MBS). He writes with humor and wit; the book is easy-to-apply practical and deeply wise.
The book’s premise is “say less…
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Know Yourself to Lead Yourself
What is true with climbing a mountain is true with growing in leadership and life. The higher you go, the harder it gets. Acclimating to higher levels of leadership requires me to face and conquer the tendencies in my life that keep me from becoming the person I truly desire to be. As I have... Continue Reading →
Steward Your Personal Growth
Let's face it. Growth is hard. At times, it can be downright painful - especially when the Professor Life shows up, replete with his curriculum of trials and hard circumstances. "Hey, I never signed up for that course with that professor!" you complain - until you embrace the suck, and if you have been intentional... Continue Reading →
doing battle with discouragement
As leaders, we need to fight discouragement so our best self shows up across the table (or Zoom screen) from others. We want to contribute and add value to the lives of others in healthy ways. While there is much today we cannot control, think about all we actually can control…
Life has felt heavy. COVID. Politics. Racial divisions. Natural disasters.
I feel the weight of these many issues, and somedays I have to battle to find hope.
On a large scale, most of this is out of my control, hence the heaviness of it all. However, there are ways that I can engage and get involved in my small scope of the world. When these pressures add to the “blah” of my day or contribute to my “cloudy” brain, I try to focus less on what I cannot control and more on what I can.
I can control my attitude.
I can choose gratitude over grumpiness. I can practice curiosity over judgment. I can loosen demands to have things go my way and humbly accept what others might desire or need. I can listen to music that uplifts my soul. I can seek Jesus’…
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