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..
Power has no gender. Yet, we are so conditioned to associate leadership with masculine traits. Check your unconscious bias. Avoid diminishing yourself and your capabilities – it serves no one and there’s nothing holy in it! Avoid comparing your weakness to other people’s strengths. Do not be afraid! Never discount the cost of inaction. Own..
We need to nurture a sense of the common good. Cherie Harder, policy advisor, and think tank leader asserts “vital to such renewal will be the reinvigoration of what might seem a modest practice: the extension of intellectual hospitality”(2021). She recommends nine ways forward to increase trust which leaders wisely adopt: Read widely, Understand that..
On Feb. 17 I had the pleasure of a conversation with Jeff Beck, Pastor of Delta Church and Johannah Wetzel, Director of Global Engagement at TWU. As leaders in the community, they graciously agreed to share some insights about leadership in these challenging times. Please take 27 min. to be encouraged and inspired.Meeting Recording:https://zoom.us/rec/share/j8SJYhjG9qGnfyedsf2OK6LuDqwPNn-lmrfIFrMeeU0l32-PfVOe1AlJt4BQVarU.XPdEFAgeI13FTc-a This..
Successful environmental pedagogy in faith-based schools has not been well explored even while most Christian schools in Canada are governed by provincial curricula and provincial teacher standards that require commitments to environmentalism. Conflicts within mainline Christianity in regards to the importance of environmental justice may be why some Christian schools do not engage in environmental..
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..
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..
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”…
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..
This post explores the conceptual and theoretical base of stillness as it relates to leadership. Ryan Holiday, a contemporary thinker and writer on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life, asserts that many philosophies of the ancient world believed that stillness was necessary for leaders to think, be creative, write and make decisions (2019)…