Smarter Than You

I’ve developed a new fascination… Rare books, preferably first editions of some of my favorites like Anne of Green Gables. (Btw, I can’t actually afford these books… I just like to search for them and imagine a library in my home full of them.) Reading didn’t come easily for me as a child.  My memories […]

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What Kind of Leader Are You?

Probably one of the greatest challenges for young leaders is finding your leadership voice. We mimic. We compare. We try and fail.  We try again. We have moments of success and moments of failure (perceived and sometimes real). Our inconsistency in leading is nauseating for us and those we lead. While some elements of leadership […]

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Energy Creators

On the couple of trips I made to Honduras last year, one of the landmarks that got my attention was a wind farm just south of the great city of Tegucigalpa.  51 wind turbines tower above the hilly landscape providing a significant energy source for the country. Juxtaposed against their primitive and poverty-stricken surroundings, the […]

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A Leader’s Prayer

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” I Kings 3:9 (NIV) Solomon’s prayer for wisdom. He prayed for: 1) A discerning heart 2) Ability to distinguish between right and wrong Leaders, lets make […]

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A Leader's Prayer

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” I Kings 3:9 (NIV) Solomon’s prayer for wisdom. He prayed for: 1) A discerning heart 2) Ability to distinguish between right and wrong Leaders, lets make […]

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The Leader Distinctive

Are you an influencer? Are you a manager? Or are you a leader? Leadership has become a very muddied word.  We interchange leader for a lot of different things and the confusion I see most commonly is between these three words: Influencer, Manager & Leader. We tend to use them interchangeably, but I don’t believe […]

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Misleading

Last week one day I had the pleasure of sitting down with another young female leader.  I love these conversations because I usually discover another kindred spirit.  With a fellow female leader I’m rarely short on words… just short on time. About mid-way through our conversation she asked me a very troubling question: “As a […]

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Be a Champion

Be a champion for someone. Someone needs you. Someone needs to stand on your shoulders, needs you to push them along, needs you to make a few key introductions, needs you to believe in them. Throughout my life I’ve had champions like this.  People who seemingly out of the blue have taken an interest in […]

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Tender Tenacity

“Be tender in approach but tenacious in intentionality”  Blake Bergstrom Blake Bergstrom, the campus pastor for our Nashville Campus, shared this quote Sunday in his vision message for 2012.  I love the quote in general but I particularly love it as it applies to leaders. It’s another grey leadership issue… managing the tension of being […]

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My New Year Checklist

Happy New Year! It’s time for a fresh start… new beginnings… new goals… renewed dreams… Here are a few things I do every year to get off to a great start: 1) Set aside some time for reflection.  I love this list from Michael Hyatt. 2) Make a list of books you want to read. […]

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