The Crest Blog
One of the most requested subjects we get at the Masters level in CREST is how to bring change in organizations. Positive change is at the core of all visionary leadership, and yet it is one of the most difficult things to carry out. This blog is the story of one of our CREST Master in Christian Leadership grads and her reflection over tackling a tough change assignment.read more
I had not planned on being a “Change Agent.” Oh, I was good with vision that tweaked and refined. Wholesale change was not what I signed up for. Circumstances thrust me into the role of “Change Agent”, and it was scary. A number of things happened simultaneously, over which I had no control…read more
I was frustrated as I vented to a good friend, “What’s the matter with this church? This is a great vision, biblically-based, and exactly what we need. I’ve done the research. I’ve laid it out in careful detail. Why don’t they get it?”read more
We are all fundamentally wired to feel a need to belong somewhere and with someone. As teens we are very extreme and overt about our attempts to fit in somewhere. But honestly, it doesn’t stop when we hit adulthood.read more
One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
“Which road do I take?” she asked.
“Where do you want to go?” was his response.
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.”
The first time I remember reading this I was in my twenties, reading Alice in Wonderland to my young daughter. I thought, “Well, duh! Of course.” Now, in my 50’s, I realize what a profound statement this is.read more
Recently I was on a trip outside my province. After a long plane ride I had come directly to a meeting. I met several people and had important conversations. Before the next meeting I went to the ‘men’s room’ and as I walked by the mirror I saw to my embarrassment that my hair was a mess. Here I was in meetings, acting perfectly normal, thinking everything is okay – while everybody else could clearly see my messy hair. It was an embarrassing moment. It became a learning moment, a perfect illustration of leaders who are not fully self-aware. There are many leaders walking around, acting normal, unaware that everyone else can see that something is amiss.read more
The North Yungas Road in Bolivia used to be known as the Highway of Death. Hundreds of people went over the edge every year. Mid-life can also be dangerous.read more
CREST is now launching a new version of our life and leadership program that is more accessible and affordable – CREST 3.0. In one year, find the foundation from which leadership influence flows. Get this clear, and everything else flows much more naturally.read more
“Stuck” is a word I sometimes hear from people at midlife. They usually are referring to a deep exhaustion caused by problems that just won’t go away, no matter how many times they tackle them. Out of options, out of energy, stuck. Not being able to move means you are paralysed.read more
My granddaughter stumped me the other day with a simple question, “Who are you?” Well, that was pretty obvious — “I’m your grandpa,” I said. But when she asked the same question again, I realized she was inviting me to join her in an imaginary game. We would both pretend to be someone, and then play. Seeing I was stumped, she suggested I could be Robin Hood, and she Lady Marion. It came as a bit of a jolt that I was not very good at this kind of thinking, while she did it intuitively.read more
My granddaughter has a vivid imagination. After the initial fun and excitement of seeing each other again, she’ll revert to her favorite game of pretending. “Who are you?” she asks. That’s the signal she’s inviting me into an imaginary world where we can choose to be heroes and live out an adventure. As I desperately search my limited imagination for an engaging character, it occurs to me this simple question is a profound one when it’s asked at midlife.read more
Ah, the sweet spot. If you’re in it, you know it. You work with passion, build, innovate, move the organization forward and inspire others to join you. You love doing this! Sweet spots are the midlife reward for years of hanging in there to develop character and competence.read more