Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013
in Emotional, How To, Social, TreeHouse, Values
Recently I sat among a group of people all of whom respected one another. We share some common goals. We share some common hopes and dreams. While we were discussing those goals and hopes and dreams, one person spoke up.
The room of people turned.
We looked and listened.
She is well-respected.
She is respect-worthy.
She has a very respected legacy.
She is a leader among leaders.
And, in this group of people:
When she spoke people listened.
When she led people followed.
When she thought out-loud people agreed.
And, when she had a misguided suggestion there was buy-in.
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values
I love my family.
I love my friends.
I love spending time with them, most of the time.
Being an introvert with “a big heart” fills me with tension. 1
I Love People BUT…
I like working on projects alone.
I feel guilty when I would prefer not going to brainstorming meetings.
I like working “alone” in coffee shops…
… surrounded by people I don’t talk to.
I would rather tweet than chat.
I would rather text than talk on the phone.
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
in Emotional, Relational, Social, TreeHouse, Values
I’m an introvert with an extrovert’s job.
I’m an introvert with an extrovert’s personality.
Most people who see me work, especially when I’m teaching, would have no idea I am an introvert. 1
– I’m loud
– I’m funny
– I’m dramatic
– I’m engaging
– I usually teach dialogically
– I pursue relationships with others
And, I’m an introvert.
Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013
in How To, Relational, Sports, Values
A few months ago I read Men of Sunday: How Faith Guides the Players, Coaches, and Wives of the NFL by Curtis Eichelberger.
I loved the book. This Super Bowl Sunday let me add a quote from to add to your day:
“I close the book with a chapter on leadership, and who better to focus on than Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis?
The former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player built his own leadership style around the tenets of Christianity and God’s teachings. Here, we learn that leadership starts with serving others, not giving commands.
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013
in Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values
Amy, Jill, Eric and I were driving back toward San Jose when Eric pulled the car into a parking lot facing the ocean.
Eric knew that we would love to watch the sun set over the ocean.
While we we admiring the setting, Eric got up without a word and walked over to a pile of sticks. At least that’s what I saw. Jill saw a wood pile that had been gathered and positioned for the evening fire. Eric saw something else.
Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Values
As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.
Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom.
The first lesson the wise would teach us is Don’t Hold Grudges
The second lesson was Take Care Of Your Health.
Compassion Makes Sense
Compassion is more important than pleasure. Many people intentionally blind themselves to the needs of others. When I didn’t listen to my mom my mom would call it “selective listening.”