Bouncing Back: Finding opportunities for resilience

Bouncing Back: Finding opportunities for resilience

A man has back surgery and returns to work in just a week. We say that he “bounced back.” A college student has a bad semester, yet makes the Dean’s List the next. We say that she “bounced back.” A businesswoman has a bad quarter financially, but posts solid gains the...
The Work of Resilience

The Work of Resilience

Resilience is a buzzword that gets thrown around a lot these days.  Lectures, TED Talks, Brené Brown, Oprah, Sheryl Sandberg… it seems everyone is inviting us to pursue resilience as a key to joy, fulfillment, and growth.  I don’t disagree.  But what’s the pathway to...
Your Church: Re-Start, Re-Fresh or Re-Launch?

Your Church: Re-Start, Re-Fresh or Re-Launch?

Our current virus pandemic has forced all of us to face some harsh realities. One of the benefits of experiencing a seismic shift in our world is the ensuing time of introspection and the questioning of our assumptions. Most churches are realizing that the landscape...
Adaptive Change During a Crisis – Kairos Time!

Adaptive Change During a Crisis – Kairos Time!

Like many at the start of this pandemic lockdown I went all Marie Kondo on my home. In the process I came across handwritten notes from a talk Ron Heifetz (Godfather of Adaptive Change) gave several years ago.  An audience member posed a question...
Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive Leadership

Adaptive leadership, it’s all the buzz these days.  From early work by Ron Heifetz, to more recent books like Sailboat Church by Joan Gray and Canoeing the Mountains by Todd Bolsinger, everyone is talking about the reality that many of our old ways of doing things...
Predicting the Future

Predicting the Future

As I sit at my desk and look at the 14 inches of snow piled up outside my window, I think back to the weather forecasts that filled the TV screen in the days leading up to the storm. The forecast went from 8”-12” to 5”-8”. It went from heavy snow to freezing rain and...