The President's Blog

“I’m sorry.” This is how I greeted my colleague, the Executive Director of Ministries, first thing in the morning the other day.  A confused look followed. “For what?” “I don’t know yet.  But I’m surely going to have done something wrong by the end of the day, so I’m profusely sorry.” We both threw our […] Read More >

Do you ever hear voices in your head?  I’m not talking about the kind of voices that would justify anti-psychotic medication.  I’m talking about the voices you hear when you’re lying awake at 2 AM. I hear voices.  Sometimes it sounds like my own voice, second-guessing my decisions.  Questioning, doubting, nagging at me.  Rehearsing what […] Read More >

Snow is a funny thing.  As it’s falling, it seems so insubstantial.  But it doesn’t take long for it to pile up and become an enormous obstacle. Back in January, we had a big snowfall, and I was using the snow-blower.  Our driveway is steep, so it’s almost impossible to drive a vehicle up it […] Read More >

Are you someone who looks to famous leaders for inspiration? I strongly encourage you to watch Into the Storm, a biopic about Sir Winston Churchhill’s leadership of England during World War II.  It’s actually my all-time favorite movie.   It paints an incredible image of the kind of leader it takes to make s significant […] Read More >

When you’re a leader, how do you deal with failure in your organization?  It’s easy to be disappointed by failure, but failure is actually a sign that your team is reaching high and attempting new things.  It might sound strange, but the best way to deal with failure is actually to celebrate it. Have you […] Read More >

Change is never easy.  What I’ve found is that to successfully guide change within your organization, you have to maintain a balance between people and process. Let’s say your organization has big goals.  And to reach those goals, you’re going to need introduce some significant changes.  Maybe you’ll need to move key personnel around, or […] Read More >

If you’re a leader, you’re going to make mistakes.  So how should you respond when the inevitable happens?  We all know leaders who have tried to cover up their errors, but that is never a good idea. When you make a mistake, how do you take care of it? Read More >

Every so often I come across a book that radically changes my thinking.  Timothy Keller’s The Prodigal God is a case in point – it left me absolutely stunned. Timothy Keller’s main concept is that the story of the “prodigal” son in Luke’s gospel is not actually the story of one lost son; it’s the […] Read More >

High-profile leaders are not immune to temptation.  In fact, the stresses we face make us more prone to temptation than most.  I’ve developed a few key habits to help me deal with temptation. What about you?  What are some ways you protect your integrity as a leader? Read More >

I confess: switching  off work completely is hard for me.  Maybe you can identify. Over the years, I’ve discovered habits that help me stay focused on my family while I’m on vacation.  Have a look at this video, and then comment below.  I’d love to hear what you think of my approach, and how you manage […] Read More >

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