Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling

Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling
Recently I had the great pleasure of speaking at two leadership conferences that got me to thinking about my own leadership as a calling.  As many of you know, I have been writing on the topic of women's leadership since my first book, Leading Ladies, was published in 2000. My most recent book, Influence Starts with "I" focuses on developing the skill (or art) of influence --the power to effect change in people teams or organizations for the good of...

Shoes That Fit Our Feet–Insight into Vocation for Women

Shoes That Fit Our Feet–Insight into  Vocation for Women
Recently I participated in a gathering of clergy women of color convened to discuss challenges facing pastoral leaders. There were nineteen or so of us, theologically trained women living out our callings in many ways. Of the nineteen women gathered, one of us was a senior pastor, a few served as full-time staff associate pastors and the majority of us serve concurrently in our churches and other contexts. For instance, I serve as an Associate Pastor at my...

GUEST POST: Crying Out

GUEST POST: Crying Out
By Guest Blogger: Vernee’ Washington The wilderness is a desolate and deserted place, a place of lack, scarcity, and silence. When you hear the word wilderness in reference to the word of God, what do you think about? There are two instances that typically come to mind - the children of Israel and their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and the leading of Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. But I submit to you that there is

Crucial Conversations on Race: A Platform for the Gospel of Transformation

Crucial Conversations on Race: A Platform for the Gospel of Transformation
Over the weekend I held two crucial conversations on race. One with a young adult relative who has been facing some pretty complex challenges that have resulted in him dealing with the issues and frustrations he is facing by acting out rather than talking it out. The other was in a sermon to the congregation where I serve addressing the pressing needs of our communities as exemplified in Ferguson, Missouri. Crucial Conversations Joseph Grenny, co-aut

10 Tips for Career Satisfaction–Lessons from My Younger Self

10 Tips for Career Satisfaction–Lessons from My Younger Self
In 1997 I served on a panel for a Chicago-based women's employment conference. My co-panelists and I were asked to address strategies for career satisfaction for women who were re-entering the work world. The purpose of this panel was to encourage women to take responsibility for our own career success and not wait for others to pave the path to our career satisfaction. We focused on career satisfaction and not job satisfaction. There is a difference. A