Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mastering The Art of Crucial Conversations

Today I am continuing with my impressions of presentations from the 2014 Global Leadership Summit (GLS), which I attended last week. Last week was not the first time I had heard Joseph Grenny speak, in fact I saw him twice in 2013. I have appreciated his approach to communications, especially his work on what he […]

Defining Leadership

Today I am continuing with my impressions of presentations from the 2014 Global Leadership Summit (GLS), which I attended last week. Carly Fiorina was the first woman to become CEO of a Fortune 50 company, Hewlett-Packard. Being first at anything is rarely easy. It seems many of those around, instead of rejoicing with us in […]

Hard Fought Leadership Lessons

For the next few days I will be giving my impressions of presentations from the 2014 Global Leadership Summit (GLS), which I attended last week. Bill Hybels was the opening speaker, with a presentation titled “Hard Fought Leadership Lessons.” Maybe it is me, but when I think of leaders the first people that come to […]

The World Needs Leadership

I have here in the past mentioned, or more accurately lamented, that there seems to be a lack of leaders in our society. There are those we follow due to their celebrity: heroes of Hollywood or stars of the sports world. Shaping and influencing culture does not necessarily make them leaders; they may just be […]

The “Who Cares” Election

I will be voting today. Ontario is holding elections province-wide, as voters in each municipality choose their mayor, councilors and school board trustees. By the time you read this I may have already cast my ballot. I live in Ottawa, the national capital. We do things big here, and people are interested in what goes […]

Peles Castle II – They Wanted A King

But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” I Samuel 8: 19-20 (NIV) The people of Romania wanted a king, so […]

Peles Castle I – The Pack Rat

The suits of armour were very impressive. As was the entire armoury at Peles Castle, spears and swords and medieval equipment, a room full of everything a good knight needs for jousting or battle. Except why would the King of Romania need all this stuff? (There is also the question of why Romania needed a […]