International Christian Coaching Day, May 21, 2021 As I've reflected on International Christian Coaching Day, I am reminded that ... I never set out to be a “Christian” Coach. My goal in starting a coaching business 23 years ago was to be a “professional” Coach. The fact that I happened to be a follower of Christ, I hoped, would permeate anything and everything I did as it had in the other roles I occupied through the years. When I started, coaching as a profession was relatively new. Most people had no idea what it was or how it worked. Their [...]
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Work is Social We are social. Work is social. A screen can't fully replace the social heart of work. Even the best webinar platform just won't do it. I have a suspicion that most leaders and professionals thrive when we connect in-person with other people. Not all, but most. The workplace is just one of the places that happens. Having this social component of the daily routine removed or significantly altered affects people in very basic ways. People need people. People as a Job Resource Overload and burnout is most likely to be found in working environments with high job [...]
VUCA Isn't the Worst of It In the midst of the much talked about Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity, that companies, writers, and trainers are talking about, there may be a much more pervasive and damaging reality. I submit that the acronym should really read, VUCAD. The “D” may be so crucial to address, that all the others pale in comparison. I'll leave it to experts to define the actual costs of not paying attention to D. My suspicion, after coaching leaders and professionals for 22 years, is that the cost is high. D stands for DISCONNECTEDNESS. Individuals - most [...]
Working from Home During the Covid-19 Crisis 7 simple thoughts from Gary Wood, an executive coach who helps leaders deal with overload and burnout. This isn’t an exhaustive list of to-do’s for shifting from your place of work to the home office. But the ideas will get you started and moving positively, even as work and daily life patterns shift. Start Your Day From the Strength of Your Faith Take some time to pause before you jump into work. Calm your mind and soul by coming before God. It’s okay to feel needy, no matter who you are. God [...]
"How Can I Serve You?" This one question captures the servant leadership, smart management mindset. There are books in my library that I continue to go back to over time. Often my return visit is to a single well marked page or two, the message of which continues to inspire me to better thinking and improved performance over time. And that is the case with this short passage from Understanding Leadership, published in 1991 and authored by Tom Marshall. A Question of Character, Not a Question of Function There are, Robert Greenleaf in his seminal book "Servant Leadership", says, “two [...]
Here are 7 reasons I wouldn’t be without the Clarity Model. All of them relate to the fact that on any given day I need to move priorities forward. It doesn’t matter what hat I happen to have on, personal, professional or leader, I need the tools to get the job done. I wouldn’t go out trekking in the wild without having a compass and map. Nor would I navigate through the wild of life, business and service without the compass and map of the Clarity Model at my ready disposal. Here’s what makes this knowledge invaluable to me 1. I Can Use [...]
Something Jesus said helped me be more productive today. The Bible verse reads: "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you." Matthew 6:6 Now I've spoken on this verse before while covering the topic of prayer. After all that's what Jesus is speaking about. He's giving his Disciples a practical lesson about the importance of having intimate fellowship and an ongoing conversation with God versus putting on a performance to create an image for people. So, it's very [...]
A recent client mentioned something he'd once read in John Maxwell's book, Failing Forward. He also mentioned that he'd lent his copy out and should get it back and revisit what was said. Since I happened to have a copy, I wrote out several of my underlined passages that I thought might be encouraging, challenging and inspiring for my friend. I thought you might feel the same. So here they are, just as I sent them off to my client. Failing Forward, John Maxwell, c. 2000, Maxwell Motivation Inc. “What distinguishes winners from losers is that winners concentrate at all [...]
Do you have your to-do list with you? Simply writing an assortment of to-dos on a list doesn't mean it is the final list. Every individual and organization creates lists. We call them action plans. Sometimes they’re big like a strategic plan covering many years, large workforces, several countries and multiple products or programs. Other times they’re more personal, like the around-home to-do list that gets the lawn mowed, the dog washed, the washer in the hose changed, the windows cleaned, next week’s meals planned, the … well, you get the picture. Plans come in all shapes and sizes. All [...]
I've been asked a number of times before, “How did the Clarity Model get started?” So, here’s the backstory - the origins of the Clarity Model. The model really had its genesis back in the early to mid 90’s when Alice and I set aside business for a time and I took over as Executive Director of Beacon Bible Camp. Leadership and Management It was a pretty intense time of leadership as you can imagine. Beacon was a small but vibrant organization and we were the only full-time couple who were there. We felt the weight of taking over leadership [...]