South Africa Journal 2: Never Mind My Luggage; Has Anyone Seen My Character?

There’s an expression that says, “Character is what you reveal when you think nobody is watching.” Scott’s corollary to this is that “Character is particularly revealed when you are traveling.” I have seen airport security lines, Customs and Immigration queues, and waits at baggage carousels reveal some of the most self-centred, boorish and obnoxious behavior…

South Africa Journal 1: The Difference Between Looking and Seeing

There’s a big difference between what you look at, and what you actually see. And as I prepare to leave for a two week journey through South Africa, I’m determined to embrace this important difference. Never was this principle more beautifully captured than in this classic exchange between Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus: Lucy: If…

The Power of Trusting Your Pilot

My role with The Leadership Centre Willow Creek Canada requires a fair amount of travel, and it was on one such trip several years ago that God drove home an important leadership lesson that has never left me. I needed to fly from Kelowna to Regina, and I found out a couple of weeks in…

Urgency Renewed…at 37,000 Feet

I’m somewhere over the north Atlantic en route from Calgary to Frankfurt in the middle of the night. The Air Canada A330 lights are dimmed. We’re supposed to be sleeping now. The in-flight entertainment system has crashed. I’ll have to find out later who wins the Frost-Nixon debate. I should be sleeping. But instead, my…