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Leadership

Most leaders love strategy.Laying out plans and priorities for future results is fascinating and oh-so appealing. It offers a sense of accomplishment right now for things that may not happen for years. So much of what has been provided under the banner of leadership training and development is rooted in the idea that the right strategy is the secret to success. If everybody’s doing it, it must work!Of course it doesn’t.Real life has a funny way of interrupting our well designed plans and forcing us to adjust, improvise, or abandon whatSEE DETAILS

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Leadership

My parents met as leaders of the local wolf cubs group, part of the Boy Scouts. So it’s no surprise that I was a regular member of Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts growing up. I don’t remember it all that well, but it was a part of my formative years.A few years ago one of my sons was invited to join the current Cubs group so we went on registration night in September to check it out. On the way in I was chatting with another dad and tried to introduceSEE DETAILS

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Leadership

For many Christians today marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a time of reflection on the realities of suffering in the world.Most leaders don’t need a reminder that life is often hard.Not only is leadership inherently complex, but most of the leaders I work with are in charities, seeing to make a difference in some of the most difficult situations in our communities and internationally. They spend every day neck deep in the messiness and injustice that I often choose to avoid. They choose to do the hardSEE DETAILS

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Leadership

Most of the time leaders are wise to try to maintain a sense of stability. Constant urgency is a recipe for burnout, unhealthy turnover, and ultimately a short and unproductive term of leadership. Overreacting is a sure sign of insecurity and/or immaturity.Wise leaders try to maintain an even keel and a confident posture even in times of difficulty.But there are exceptional situations. Occasionally a leader recognizes that the organization is under-reacting to reality and the correct response is to raise the alarm and call all hands on deck for theSEE DETAILS

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Great Stories

I’ve had many titles in my career: Program Director, Camp Director, Kayak Instructor, Youth Pastor, Church Planter, Board Chair, etc. But one of my favourites is definitely coach.During my undergrad I earned my certifications in several sports and I’ve coached at least a dozen teams in half a dozen sports since then. This year I’m coaching one of my own kids for what may be the final time (and our PeeWee hockey team is undefeated as of this writing). Teaching, motivating, challenging, and encouraging athletes to do their best bothSEE DETAILS

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