Thursday, 30 December 2010

A great prayer for the New Year

I arise today through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me From snares of the devil,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who desires me ill,
Afar and a near,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

Lorica, St. Patrick

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Audacious (live) MOVE IN ME

Love this song and think the guys at Audacious nailed it! I TRUST IN YOUR PLAN.

Awesome - well done guys.

MOVE IN ME - Audacious
Intro: C F Am C

Verse (same rhythm as intro)
C F Am C
Who can seperate us from the love of Christ
C F Am C
What can come between us when we're in your light
Dm F C
I trust in you, always
Dm F
I trust in you

I know you're moving
Am G
I know you're moving in me

Verse 2
Whether rich or poor I am content in you
In life or death my faith will not be moved
Dm F C
I trust in you, always
Dm F
I trust in you

I know you're moving
Am G
I know you're moving in me

Am G
Move in me, move in my soul
Be my God, take control
Am G
I will praise, though I don't understand
C Dm
I submit, I choose your plan

Repeat Chorus

Build up
Am C x4

C F Am C
Wo-ah, we are found in you
Who can seperate us from the
Am C
Love that is in Christ Jesus

End on first line of verse
C F Am C
Who can seperate us from the love of Christ

Friday, 10 December 2010

7 Examples of Shallow Leadership

Check out this article below:

November 23, 2010 in Change,Innovation,Leadership,Organizational Leadership,Team Leadership with 20 Comments

Growing in our leadership abilities, knowledge and relationships should be a goal for every leader. Many leaders settle for status quo leadership rather than stretching themselves as leaders. They remain oblivious to the real health of their leadership and the organization. I call it shallow leadership. Perhaps you’ve seen this before in leadership. Maybe you’ve been guilty of providing shallow leadership. I certainly have.

Here are 7 characteristics of shallow leadership:

Thinking your idea will be everyone’s idea…

Believing that your way is the only way..

Assuming you already know the answer…

Pretending to care when really you don’t…

Giving the response that makes you most popular…

Refusing to learn something new…

Ignoring the warning signs of an unhealthy environment…

Have you seen shallow leadership before? What would you add to my list?

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Questions for leaders to ask

Read this excellent post by Make Lake that really challenged me. Check it out and I hope it challenges you too!

7 Leadership Development Questions to Ask Yourself

Not many people are satisfied with the level of leadership development taking place in their organization. Yet few take serious strides to really do anything about it. Leadership development requires focus and discipline. Here are 7 questions to stir your thinking at the beginning of the week.

1. Am I rewarding and celebrating the reproduction of leaders?

2. Am I challenging older leaders in our organization to reproduce themselves?

3. Am I making leadership development and mentoring simple enough?

4. Am I tracking and measuring the development of leaders?

5. Am I modeling a lifestyle of leadership development for others in my organization?

6. Am I talking with my key leaders on a consistent basis about the up and coming potential leaders in our organization?

7. Am I taking a risk on any young talent in our organization?

None of us are likely to be doing all these things perfectly but if we focus and plan we can improve by 1% this week, 1% next week and over time with concentrated effort it will make a big difference.

Here are a few of the things I’ve been learning lately…

Relevant ideas are born out of listening to others. If you need an inspirational idea, listen for need.

Interest is not the same as commitment. Many people are interested in what we lead but not everyone is readily committed to join the cause.

Enthusiasm alone does not make a movement

Mission is born when the leader spends time understanding the heart, intention and calling of God.

Values have to be expressed daily in order to truly become ingrained in your churches culture.

Leadership is a well that runs deep and requires a lifelong process of learning.

You don’t have the right vision until it makes your heart race.

Be who God created you to be not what others expect you to be or what your insecurities tell you to be.

Growth comes in waves, so be ready to ride it when it comes.

What are you learning? Write it down, apply it, reinforce it through repetition and teach it to others.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Failure – A One of a kind teacher by Rick Warren

This is a great read from Rick Warren. Thanks Rick for your continued wisdom.

Failure is one of God’s primary tools in making you the kind of person—and leader—He wants you to be. He’ll use failure to mold you, shape you, and develop your character. The truth is, we rarely learn anything from success. When we succeed we immediately think, “It’s just because of my sheer natural talent.” We don’t figure out why we succeeded.

But if we’re wise we’ll use our failures to our advantage. Wise people make the most of failure. It’s a stepping-stone to greater days.
So how can failure benefit me? There’s lots of ways, but here are three of the most important.

1. God uses failure to educate me.
(Psalm 119:71) Mistakes are a learning process. You figure out what doesn’t work and eventually you’ll figure out what does work. We only learn certain things through failure. It’s just trial and error. At Saddleback, we’ve done more that didn’t work than did. Eventually, we find something that works, hold a seminar, and pretend like we knew what we were doing all along.

2. God uses failure to motivate me. (Proverbs 20:30) We don’t usually change when we see the light; we change when we feel the heat. Sometimes God has to use a little pain to get us to change and steer us in a new direction. Remember when God dried up the little brook that Elijah depended upon for refreshment (1 Kings 17). God wanted him to move on. Sometimes it takes failure to make us do what God wants us to do.

3. God uses failure to help me grow.
(Romans 5:3-4) Failure can actually cultivate our character and help us grow. Romans 5:3-4 says we should rejoice when we run into problems and trials because they “are good for us.” Why can we rejoice in failure? God uses problems to cultivate our character. Failure has a way of softening our hearts. It makes us sensitive to others. It makes us less judgmental. It makes us more sympathetic.

Failure in our lives does not automatically educate us, motivate us, or help us grow. Failure only benefits you if you respond correctly. I know a lot of people who have been through problem after problem, and they’re still jerks. Why? They haven’t responded in the way God wanted them to so God couldn’t use it.

You may want to forget your worst failures, but God wants to turn them into teachable moments.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

Click here - On Nov.13 2010 unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch. Over 100 participants in this awesome Christmas Flash Mob. This is a must see!

This flash mob was organized by to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Special thanks to Robert Cooper and Chorus Niagara, The Welland Seaway Mall, and Fagan Media Group.