Deeper Connections

It is 2 years since we decided to intentionally gather leaders one month, and meet them one on one the next. As a staff team, it has been a privilege to see new depths of intimacy and change emerge, especially via one on one’s. Our next task, we feel, is to find ways to facilitate deeper relationships between leaders themselves. We made a start at our most recent gathering, by exploring three aspects of the Trinity as a potential model for relationships. A Trinitarian relationship = Godly DIR...
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Leadership Training – Rwanda

You may recall that between 2011 and 2014 Phil and I were part of Tearfund’s Inspired Individuals Programme. As ‘graduates’ we occasionally get invited to reconnect and benefit from training opportunities. Well, in August, I had the privilege of participating in leadership training, hosted by Tearfund, in Rwanda. The group was made up of a new intake of 14 Inspired Individuals who work across Africa, four graduates, and two people from Tearfund’s Rwandan office in Kigali. Through our time tog...
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Blogs, a treasure chest of information

Where do we find information to grow and develop our craft businesses?   Books, coaches, networks …. and of course the internet! If you are reading this you probably already know what a blog is, but just in case you don’t here is a definition: a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group that is written in an informal or conversational style. Business blogs are generally written by people who work in the business sector.  They share their knowle...
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Leading and Listening

Throughout May we facilitated our usual round of one on ones with 40 leaders, typically for an hour, compared to the three hours we allow for gatherings. I (Phil) also had the opportunity to read Leverage Leadership, after Rach, and was surprised by just how much resonated with my existing work with leaders.  Bambrick-Santoyo (p.22) begins by describing how much regular half hour meetings between teachers improve students’ performance. He estimates that, over the year, such meetings help ...
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