How to Turn a Summit Chair into a Seat of Transformation

You’ve heard the comments before at the Leadership Summit. With great flourish a renowned leader points to a chair in the auditorium as he passionately thunders, “That’s the chair where everything changed. I remember sitting in that very chair many years ago at a conference when my life was forever changed…” [caption id=”attachment_2534″ align=”aligncenter” width=”580″…

Why Leaders Need to See the World through “Young Eyes”

Originally posted May 1, 2012 There’s nothing quite like proven, reliable experience to help a leader navigate through the toughest of challenges. But at a recent gathering of the board of The Leadership Centre Willow Creek Canada, I was reminded of an important quality in leadership that is an essential companion to experience. It’s the…

Preparing to Pass the Leadership Baton

Last week I was privileged to take part on a panel of ministry leaders organized by Alpha Canada. The event took place just outside Vancouver, and was simply entitled “Join the Conversation.” Six of us “older leaders” (ouch!) were invited to engage in leadership discussions with about 25 leaders under the age of 35; and…

Canada’s Secret Olympic Formula

Like almost every other Canadian, I find myself scrambling to share my post-Olympic reflections. Everyone, it seems, resonated with a different element of the Canadian Olympic experience, whether it be the exuberance of the downtown crowds, the compelling stories of perseverance or the new-found confidence Canadians seemed to develop in themselves through this experience. But…