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I made a remarkable scientific discovery in the fifth grade. Actually I did not discover the principle: I just became aware of it. I was playing with two magnets, watching them attract each other when it happened. I turned them around and voila! …they repelled one another. I know this is not “earth shattering” information. Most of us know about…

In leadership there is often discussion around the topic of leaving a legacy. Many leaders work hard at creating what could be defined as the “pièce de la résistance” of their lives. This is not a new concept as men have striven to leave their mark on society for centuries. They attempt to keep their memory alive by building pyramids,…

Leadership by nature can be demanding, time consuming, draining and stretching; and that’s on a good day. It takes a special type of person to love leadership enough to give this type of effort. Leaders don’t march to the beat of a different drummer; they are in an entirely different band. Usually people do not get selected for leadership because…

Authenticity is when who we really are matches the image we portray to others. “Esse guam videra,” means, “to be rather than to seem.” Look up the word authentic in a dictionary and you will find clarifiers like real, genuine, credible, dependable, faithful, reliable or trustworthy. The Bible uses some of the same words in reference to a steward’s (worker/leader)…

For over four decades I have studied the DNA of leadership. Yes, I have read books and attended seminars but primarily I have just closely watched as leaders did life. These leaders were intergenerational, representing multiple leadership styles, personalities, experiences and language groups. It is no coincidence they share some of the same “DNA” traits or that they are consistently…

Let’s be honest: we all like to get credit for the things we accomplish. So what about those times when you plan, work, assist, contribute or even make something happen? You do your best and are not even mentioned in the small print? The story of the first miracle of Jesus turning water into wine is told in John 2:1-11.…

Okay, sing along with me, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine, oh…” Perhaps you remember singing this song as a child in Sunday school or maybe at camp, but what does it really mean? In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world” and in verse 16, “Let your light so shine…

As a boy my friends and I would make pretend guns, run across pretend battlefields, fly pretend planes and take pretend casualties. We were children playing a game, totally oblivious to the fact that real soldiers get wounded and die. Perhaps we have lulled ourselves into believing that we have no enemy. I wonder if this might be one of…

Can you imagine people actually paying for the privilege to: Stay up late or even all night? Ride on old school buses? Give up one of their week nights, week after week, for years? Be called at all times of the day and night? Sacrifice a night’s sleep for the weekend? Be involved in the lives of students with no…

“I don’t actually trust you” are strong and offensive words. None of us like to hear someone has doubts about our abilities or even worse our character. We like to think of ourselves as people in whom others can place their confidence. Leadership is a trust relationship which goes both ways. In a future post I will address how subordinates…

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