“Do We Really Need to Burn the Ships?” (Change)

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis “Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.” – Robert C. Gallagher In my first seminary class, the two instructors posed this question: “How many Brethren does it take to change a light …

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Leading Through Covid-19 (What I’m Reading)

I Photo by Matthew Shenk, Lancaster, PA "The darkest hour is just before dawn" - English theologian, Thomas Fuller "It's always something" - Gilda Radner as Roseann Rosannadanna A Ten-Alarm VUCA! How many of you were starting 2020, optimistic, full of hope, with great plans - both personally and professionally - that seemed well within …

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Dr. Seldon V. Whitaker, Jr (Renaissance Man) by Dr. Patricia Best

April 7 was the day that I found out that my dear, close friend, Sel Whitaker, died.  I reached out to Sel's long-time colleague, Dr. Patricia Best.  Patricia is a former superintendent at the State College Area School District and shared these thoughts with me that I thought warranted its own posting. Sel (left) and …

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Leading Through the Unknown (VUCA and Strategic Focus)

Good Leadership... A client recently shared this story with me about responding to pandemic: Efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 were escalating rapidly the weekend of March 13-15.  Schools had been closed and there was talk from the home office that we would need to start considering alternative arrangements.  Over the weekend an extensive …

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Live Your Best Life (Stages of Development)

Part 2 of 2 Last post, we examined the idea of stages of human development from three perspectives: Anderson and Adams’ “Leadership Circle Profile,” Rohr’s “two halves of life,” and Bergi and Achi’s four mindtraps and four “Forms of Mind.”  All this work is built on the pioneering work of Piaget, Maslow, Erickson, and Kegan/Lahey.  …

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Live Your Best Life (Stages of Development) – Part 1

In my post from September 28, 2018, I wrote about the Stages of Development and its impact on my thinking, living, and working.  Since that post, I’ve continued to work on better understanding the theory behind this work and how best to apply it to my coaching and helping leaders develop and improve.  In fact, …

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