Dirty Oil – or Dirty Leadership?

In October 2010, 551 ducks died in the tailing ponds of Syncrude oilsands in northern Alberta. “Pictures of dead and dying birds flashed around the world and Syncrude was cast by its critics as an environmental pariah,” reported the National Post. How did a company respectful of its workers and the environment forever tarnish the reputation of Alberta oil sands? Recently my wife and I enjoyed a fascinating conversation with a retired Syncrude team leader, a guest of our our bed-and-breakfast. Here’s the rest of the story…

Eight Things to Love About Change

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.

How to Change Things Without Getting Shot

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…

Why Change is Slower Than You’d Like

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?”

Announcing the new CREST Program!

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.

Strange things happen at midlife

A strange thing happened to me after years of good work. I began to feel … well … unsettled. And yet I had been doing the same thing for almost two decades. You’d think I would be settled by now. Everything was going well; it’s not that I was having ‘escapist’ feelings. I remember one friend saying, ‘Well Dan, you are in a good spot. Congratulations.’ Yes, things were good. I did notice, though, that I was feeling …

Three Things I Hated About Leadership

Dr. Dan Reinhardt …
After more than two decades in leadership I remember reflecting one day over the ongoing load and stress I was feeling. I was tired, and my mind started looking for explanations, reasons why I was feeling stressed. While there are many things that stress a leader, what emerged were three things I especially hated.