White Rabbits

I write a lot about my grandmother Elsie (my mom’s mom) and the four simple words she shared with me. She was a force of nature and profoundly impacted who I am today. You can learn more about Elsie in a talk I gave in March 2020.  Age and circumstances meant I did not get …

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Leaving To Serve Better

Many of the big life decisions I have made have been with the privilege of doing so in relative privacy. And while significant to me, they have not created any anxiety about the large-scale fallout or ramifications.  Last night’s announcement that Jacinda Arden was stepping down as Prime Minister of New Zealand was anything but …

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Learning From My Blood

In my early 30s, I was feeling really sluggish which was unusual for my high energy and normal go-go-go. And while it was a busy time of life  — I was a single, self-employed father of two rebuilding just about everything —  the progressive change in my energy levels was more than an inconvenience. I …

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What are you in service to? January 6/23 | The ego-driven madness we are seeing in the US House of Representatives is a classic example of leaders who are not transparent (or even fully aware) of what they are in service to. When we are blinded by ambition, rage or narcissism it can be hard …

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Leaving Leadership Behind

“Leave leadership out of it”. It was the second time I had heard that statement in a week and it caught me off guard. Even more this time.  How could we leave leadership out of servant leadership? Isn’t that the entire purpose of this Four Simple Words  journey to figure out how we can lead …

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Connecting with Elsie

I am sitting in one of Elsie’s favorite places, surrounded by memories of her and Clifford, aunts and uncles, cousins and second cousins once removed. The chair is in the kitchen at the farm house she and Clifford bought in 1942 just outside of the village Chaffeys Lock, an hour north of Kingston. The chair …

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Not So Simple

Our Four Simple Words Forum #2 with CV Harquail this week about the connections (and tensions) between feminism and servant leadership was brilliant for a number of reasons. The conversation really challenged a lot of my thinking about what feminism is, my role in it and being aware of the MANY barriers that people who …

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The Right Conversations

Our Four Simple Words Forum this week with my friends Glenna Banda and Melanie Lang was a lot of fun. The three of us shared some experiences around serving teams remotely. It was a great chat and had me reflecting on how I need to be adapting my leadership in these dramatic times of change. …

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