React, respond or initiate

Seth Godin almost always says things that prod me toward growth as a leader. It was fun to see him at Catalyst. I am reading his book “Tribes” right now. Yesterday he had a great post on what we spend our time doing. Check out the whole post here. My leadership question today is: how…

The Catalyst Gang

Here we are, yesterday, on the way in to the arena. From left to right: Jim Brese (Director of Attract), Pastor Chuck, Tim-Eyes-Above-the-Sign-Hartnett (Ministry Operations Manager), Dick McKie (Director of Serve), Mary Lou Hartnett (Director of Care), Jason Christ (Director of Student Ministries) and Sue Steege (Director of Transformation). The Friday speakers were great. I…

So what else is new?

I am at the Buffalo airport–my flight (my wonderful, sweet, direct flight) to Chicago is delayed 3.5 hours. Supposed to leave at 7:05. Leaving at 10:20. I am headed to Chicago for a long stretch: Wednesday: Willow Creek Community Church for “Gifted to Lead”, a conference for women in leadership Thursday and Friday: Willow Creek…

Making space…

Last night in the Servant Leadership class, we were working on the Stewardship of Self servant leadership strand (there are four strands: Stewardship of Faith, Leadership of Leaders and Leadership of Groups). One of the practices in the Stewardship of Self strand is called “Grow Spiritually”. The encouragement for servant leaders here is: For spiritual…

BE LIKE WILL.

In Servant Leadership, we are studying a book called “Death by Meeting” (by Patrick Lencioni). It’s a story meant to teach about the importance of good meetings. One of the pivotal characters in the story is Will–he turns a whole company around by taking a few risks and understanding the make-up of a good meeting….

Stick-to-it-ive-ness

Last night the Blue Learning Cluster (Tracy, Jen, Marlene)–from the current Servant Leadership class– met in cyberspace for a chat, last night. Main agenda: discussion of the first section of “Death by Meeting” by Patrick Lencioni. Here’s how it went: First, we were supposed to meet last week, but one of those stormy nights got…

Face the music

I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot this week, for some reason. Neva Rose Stewart Steege. She died almost ten years ago, of breast cancer (I can’t believe it’s been that long!). This might sound strange, but she died well. She shared her faith until the end. She told the truth about what was…

Meet you in cyberspace!

The participants in the current Servant Leadership course meet in small groups of 4-5 called Learning Clusters (there are three of them) in between our monthly large group meetings at church. The kicker is we meet in a chat room! Tonight is the first meeting of the Green Cluster…we’ll be discussing the first section of…

Shhhhhh…..

I am in Chicago serving as the Dean for the KINDLE Learning Cycle–we’re in the middle of a learning event where 18 DCE’s come together grow in their servant leadership development skills. Our chaplain for the week, Scott Rauch, decided that for our morning devotions (we worship every morning at 7), we would have a…

Servant Leadership turns my crank!

Last night was the first of four monthly in-person class meetings for Servant Leadership. SO MUCH FUN!! There were 13 participants…10 of whom are completely new to the Servant Leadership course. Our focus last night: Stewardship of Faith (one of four Servant Leadership strands). Before we are anything (spouse, friend, parent, worker…), including leader, we are…