Field notes

for the leadership journey

Leadership

I think I’m supposed to launch this!  I hear this phrase hundreds of times each year from excited change makers over a hot black coffee, in coaching sessions or on a zoom call. Whenever someone utters this I feel two things simultaneously; excited and sad. Most of...

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The past holds us back more than we ever realize.  Success in the past holds us back from risking in the future.  Nostalgia of the past limits our vision of what could be.  Baggage from the past keeps us stuck in stinking thinking.  But the past is not all bad. Some...

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Imagine your time and energy fall into one of two buckets; drains or fills. Time is so precious, but it isn't neutral. Why does this matter? If we can recognize whether activities, environments, relationships and tasks drain or fill us we can plan accordingly. The...

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Coaching

We hear this question all the time... "What are the benefits of leadership coaching?" Chances are you've wondered the same thing too. Maybe you're dealing with a nagging sense of confusion and you long for clarity. Maybe you're navigating a major life-change and doing...

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Are you weary?Are you feeling more on edge than normal?Are you stressed?Are you longing for some refreshment and fun? Goodness this last year and a half has been a doozy! We’ve experienced grief and loss on somany levels. It’s taken a larger toll on our minds, hearts,...

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It happened again this morning in one of my coaching conversations…. That “aha” moment when insight, recognition, or inspiration appears and a lightbulb turns on inside. It’s one of my very favorite things about journeying with a client: helping them experience...

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summaries

Dangerous Calling is one of the few books I read year after year, and every time I read it, it challenges me. Paul David Tripp masterfully weaves real-life stories and often forgotten spiritual truths into this book. As the pages turn, the wounds, temptations, and...

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It’s rare to find a book where every chapter invites you into a new way to think and a better way to live. David Brooks, a popular columnist, and author, walked through a valley and emerged on his second mountain with a refined and weathered view of life. He recorded...

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Talk about timely! This book is nailing leaders between the eyes right now. In his typical concoction of honest, sarcastic, and well-researched John Mark Comer lays out the problem; hurry is slowly killing us and our relationships. But he also builds a hopeful and...

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Church

I competed in a race at the Talladega Motor Speedway. The redneck deep in my DNA has my mullet blowing in the wind, while my arm is hanging out of the window of my lifted truck, and blasting “Sweet Home Alabama” at the mere mention of ‘Dega. But before you think I...

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This past Saturday, my daughter and I went to Denver to participate in a peaceful protest against the murder of George Floyd and the mistreatment of POC all over America. As we marched around the capital, I saw that man… you know the one… he stands on the corner with...

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I spend a lot of time with church leaders. Sometimes we’re sharing a meal, sipping a coffee or sitting around a fire pit. Other times we’re digging deep into their life and leadership in a coaching session. While there are several studies out there about pastors I...

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