How to be an Attractive Leader

I want you to think of someone that you believe is a great leader.  Go ahead… think of someone that you respect as a leader.  Have you got their name in your mind?  Now, answer this question.  What qualities do they posses that make them a great leader? I’m sure that if we surveyed 100 […]

Jet Ski vs. Scuba Diving

We are a jet ski generation. Fast. Loud. Powerful. Exhilarating. Adrenalin. And you can cover a lot of distance in a short amount of time. But it’s all on the surface. Scuba diving is a totally different experience. Slow. Quiet. Deep. Beauty. Scuba diving takes a whole different set of equipment and skill. There is […]

The Path Less Traveled Is…

I have asked my good friend Kervin Raugust to write a guest blog.  He serves at as the Lead Pastor of Global Church Ministries at Centre Street Church in Calgary.  In recent years he has had his own life-changing journey of learning to pay attention to his soul. The Path Less Travelled is…The Path of […]

The Art of the Gracious Release

Just recently I had a pastor friend call me about a problem with a staff member. It had all the normal ingredients of a typical staff “situation”… poor chemistry, philosophy of ministry difference, and colliding expectations. The bottom line is that “it just wasn’t working” and everybody knew it. As we talked, it was clear […]

Write It Down

Every great leader must master the art of the “hard conversation.” Whether it is talking with an underperforming staff member, addressing a problem with your staff team, firing an employee or discussing a rift in a friendship, hard conversations are inevitable. None of us like having the “hard conversation,” and if you do enjoy them […]

Start Where You Are

One of the most common questions I get asked regarding the health of a team or an organization is this one: “what if I’m not in charge?” If you are not leading the team or running the organization, how much can you really influence it’s health? It’s a fair question. And, if you are not […]

Cranky Christians

As we get older we tend to mellow. There are many things that I used to get so uptight about that just don’t matter that much any more. But there is one area where I am not more mellow. In fact, the truth is I am less mellow and tolerant about this than I used […]


Tonight I am sitting in 12A. We are soaring 35,000 feet above the earth. I am surrounded by people, all who are pre-occupied with their own world. There’s nothing special about 12A except that tonight it has become my own little sanctuary. At least for these minutes, this is “holy ground”. I’ve got my headphones […]

Own It!

One of the best days of your life is the day you take full responsibility for your own life and health. I can’t tell you how many times I played the “victim card”. Or, I would lie to myself with statements like “it will get better” or “this is just for a season” or “once […]