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Q: Why this blog, On Leading Well?

A: Every human endeavor stands or falls on leadership. I’ve been observing leaders and studying leadership for over three decades. I’ve witnessed good leaders, bad leaders, great leaders and a handful of extraordinary leaders. It’s my conviction that anyone can lead well within their sphere of influence if they care enough about people and keep learning.

Q: Who is your target audience?

A: Anyone who aspires to lead better and can read English. I write most posts with an international audience in mind. Ann and I lived overseas for 13 years and have treasured friends on each continent. My current job scope encompasses serving and strengthening leaders around the world. Much of my content flows from conversations and questions raised by these friends.

My Story

My calling and passion in life is to serve and strengthen God’s leaders.

I met Ann at age 7 and married her 3 weeks after graduating from the University of Texas. Since then our approach to life has been: When in doubt about the will of God, take the path on which the shadow of the cross falls. We’ve been enjoying a journey of reckless abandonment in following Jesus ever since. Along the way I picked up a Masters in Arts from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University. Cycling, photography, and playing electric guitar fuel my creative side.

I currently serve as Executive Vice President of Field Ministries with East-West, a global non-profit focused on bringing light into the spiritually darkest places. If you lead over a large, complex scope you might be interested in my book CLOSE: Leading Across Distance and Cultures.

Q: What have been some of your top blog posts?

A: Here are a few to get you started:

What is Shared Leadership?

Feeling Stuck? Practice These Things

Tips for a Great Sabbatical

How Sabbatical Helped Starve My Ego and Feed My Soul

What 80 Top Leaders Really Want

Don’t Shoot The Messenger

Embrace the New Rules of Work

Why Leaders Fail: Shameless Self-Promotion

My Thesis: A Paradigm for 21st Century Global Leaders

Four On-Ramps To Personal Leadership Development

How To Engage Younger Leaders

Leadership Reading List 2010

My Ride Across Florida 2010

Humility Stinks

A Second Look At 2 Timothy 2:2