How to Lead When You Are Already Busy

Life is full already, so adding in leadership – especially volunteer leadership – is difficult. The most common response to busyness is to increase your activity – just put your head down and plough through it. Don’t do that!

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…

Knowing When NOT to Lead

That’s right – good leaders know when NOT to lead. Most of the time leaders are responsible to stand up, speak up, and show the way. However, there are also times to step back. I remember twice in my tenure as pastor when it was better to let someone else lead …

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?”