Tag: Community

Developing others

When you help others reach their potential you are demonstrating strong relational skills in terms of individual and team development. By providing a supportive climate, you inspire others to strive and improve.  You have strong communication and interpersonal abilities. You establish collaboration, cooperation, and mutually rewarding relationships. You are capable of confronting and challenging others..

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What do popcorn and ethical leaders have in common?

popcorn in ceramic bowl

Each of us sees the world through a value structure whether we formally acknowledge it or not.  This is true – if you recall when you were in school you learned about stories and discussed the meaning and value of the message – narrative analysis based on good and bad.  There was a good character,..

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Your Words are Powerful

As an Amnesty International supporter since my university days I’ve signed up to write. Will you? “Our words have power. That’s the idea behind Write for Rights, Amnesty International’s global letter-writing campaign that happens on or around December 10th (International Human Rights Day). We’ve been doing it every year for 20 years and today, it’s..

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Indigenous Theologies and Epistemologies and Christianity

Many Christians struggle to bridge Indigenous spirituality with Christianity. I believe it is possible to see unifying characteristics and respect differences as together we seek Creator God. With that quest in mind, I embarked this fall on a course at Vancouver School of Theology with Dr. Ray Aldred called Indigenous Theologies and Epistemologies. Indigenous theology..

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National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

Today, Sept. 30th marks the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. As recommended in a very informative communication I received this morning from Amnesty International Canada (below), I have registered for a virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, courtesy of the Woodland Cultural Centre. It is a powerful walk-through..

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We are like Cranberries

This weekend I took a lovely late afternoon walk near the cranberry fields along the Nathan Creek Dike trail in Glen Valley, just outside of Fort Langley. Fall is cranberry harvest time and it reminded me of our work as Christian educators and leaders in various sectors.  All people dedicated to the common call to..

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Stillness – concluding thoughts

The experience of stillness has the benefits of increased attentiveness and detachment while at the same time nurturing connectedness to a bigger picture and deeper meaning. This can be illustrated by Saint-Exupery’s desert experience. In Dec. 1935 Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince, crashed in the desert. In his story of survival in..

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How leaders can incorporate stillness: challenges and potential solutions

This penultimate post suggests methods for incorporating stillness and identifies challenges as well as potential solutions for those interested in incorporating stillness as part of leading self and others in a VUCA world. Harvard Business Review authors Talbot-Zorn and Marz (2017) wrote a blog titled “The busier you are, the more you need quiet time”…

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Benefits of stillness for leaders

This post explores persuasive benefits or leaders to create stillness in their own lives. Stillness is relevant for twenty-first century professionals. Professionals, indeed all individuals seek significance, yet faced with insecurities, rejection, failures and shame can be rendered immobilized or otherwise inhibited in their authentic contribution to the greater whole of the organization. Stillness is..

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