titles do not make leaders

He always had a smile playing around the corners of his mouth ready to burst into that full fledged humorous smile that made others around him smile in spite of themselves. He had a sparkle in his eyes and a jaunty spring to his step. He had a gift for seeing the humor in almost … Continue reading titles do not make leaders

stop being nice and start being kind!

Does that sound a bit odd saying to not be nice? Actually, I am not sure yet if it is the best word yet for what I am trying to communicate. In the nonprofit world especially, but often in business settings, I have found that people avoid saying what others need to hear or that … Continue reading stop being nice and start being kind!

Three Powerful Leadership Traits

Good morning! Absolutely beautiful up here in northeast Indiana! More than likely you have read many books, articles and posts on leadership traits, characteristics and so on. I want to give you three to think on: 1. Justice 2. Kindness 3. Humility As a leader, are you doing justice to those you lead? Do you … Continue reading Three Powerful Leadership Traits

4 Very Powerful Things to Say

Good morning! As leaders, there are some things that we just forget to say or that we somehow don't think we need to or should say. That's a mistake. In her article on the Inc. site Maria Tabaka lists four statements that she has found to be powerful and necessary. 1. I'm sorry 2. I was wrong 3. I … Continue reading 4 Very Powerful Things to Say

Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

A thought for you today from Scripture. This particular verse has impacted me in regards to how I lead others: "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8 ESV Walk humbly today … Continue reading Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

Being Kind vs. Being Nice

Do you have a problem being "nice" instead of being "kind"?  What's the difference? It seems in non-profits and churches we often confuse the two.  The issue is that sometimes a true act of kindness doesn't feel very kind so we move to being nice.  For this conversation, I am using "nice" to describe those … Continue reading Being Kind vs. Being Nice

The Little Things Matter

Good morning - unusually mild and great weather here in southwest Michigan for this time of year.  As a transplanted Southerner, I surely don't mind! Little things matter and I saw a couple of great examples of that this weekend.  Every Saturday morning Angela and I have a breakfast date at LePeep Cafe in downtown South Bend. … Continue reading The Little Things Matter