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
“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it,” said Edmund Burke. While this is bemoaned of governments, it is also true of people — like you and me. If we don’t know our own history, we are destined to repeat our mistakes.
The end of the year is an excellent opportunity to make sure we know our own history. Here are some practical suggestions …read more