The Cost of a Powerful Life

What is a “powerful life?”  What images come to mind? Adoring crowds? A huge bank account?  High position in government or industry? Or perhaps a life lived in service to others. Powerful implies influence, success, reaching to the heights and enjoying a fulfilled...

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Welcoming Crisis

Big mistake many leaders make (whether a parent, CEO, or politician): viewing crisis as a bad thing.  Crisis is the life-blood of change.  Crisis focuses on the future, ultimately leading to the resolution of conflicts and complaints. Without the proper understanding...

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Change and Leadership

Change: the only thing on which we can rely.  It follows us wherever we go.  Respected leaders are never surprised at changes, no matter how they may upset the status quo. Leaders understand that change brings opportunity and that nobody fights most changes...

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Detached and Powerful

Detachment is the quickest means to becoming a powerful, fierce, and respected leader.  The best way of understanding detachment is to look at attachment. We know we may be unnecessarily attached when we get grumpy and sad when things don’t go...

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The Generosity of Advocacy

An advocate is not only a respected leader but can make people grow. My friend John has been a high school teacher for 40 years. Recently he went on a short field trip close to the school with a group of grade 11 and 12 students. At the end of...

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Do You See What I See?

Women always swooned when they saw my big, hazel eyes and long, dark eyelashes!  Of course I was just 5 or 6 at the time.  My eyes may not be as prominent now, but along with my other senses, they serve me extraordinarily well.  They are my key...

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I Sense. Therefore I Know: Intuition

Great and respected leaders use their intuition more than their rationality at critical moments.  Their intuition helps them to protect their personal and professional boundaries and those of others. Highly developed intuition is central to...

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Who’s Listening To You?

If you can’t communicate your ideas, thoughts, needs, and desires, then forget about anyone, except maybe your mother, taking you seriously.  It’s really that simple.  Effective communication, whether by speech, action, writing, or even...

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Who’s Following Whom?

A great leader is first of all a great follower.  There are many styles of leadership ranging from humble example to narcissistic dictatorship.  Yet the truest and most effective kind of leadership starts and ends in discipleship. Disciples...

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Happily, Ever After?

In childhood most of us heard stories that enchanted and enhanced our lives. They often taught us values and morals, offered images of heroism and adventure, and sometimes even scared us.  As adults we continue to tell ourselves, and others,...

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