If I’ve heard this once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “Alvin, I don’t see a black man; I just see a man.” Though my colleagues mean well when they tell me this, I always inform them that this comment is not warm and hospitable to me! The desire to live in a color blind … Continue reading Toward Reconciliation
The act of following vision is not unlike the act of falling in love. As leaders, we try so hard to manufacture motivation for those we are called to lead. However, in reality, our main job is to simply create the environment and conditions that draw followers to the vision that God has given us. … Continue reading Vision and Love
Flourishing, energizing, life-giving, meaningful and purposeful, having impact – what a way to describe work! As I reflect on three decades of nonprofit work those words come to mind, along with trying times fraught with trials and challenges. I’ve seen the highs and lows while leading Human Resources with Chuck Colson and Prison Fellowship for … Continue reading Thriving Workplaces
There’s no doubt that 2020 has not been a typical year for any of us. I’m one of those people who actually likes change, and often bring it on myself. But when that change lasts for months on end, I too, begin to feel that strain and toll: emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Earlier this … Continue reading Staying Connected
Is your leadership style depleting your energy and preventing you from stewarding your followers well? If you are a leader like me, you are incredibly detailed, thorough, cautious, and a recovering perfectionist-a-holic. The DiSC personality profile labels my personality as a “C” which means a conscientious personality. A conscientious leader is often concerned that the … Continue reading Building T.R.U.S.T.
The manager had just informed us she had resigned. As an aspiring Millennial leader, I was excited about the possibility of filling her role, but there were dangers ahead. Was I ready for this role? I was fired from my last job for not progressing through a required leadership development book on pace and for … Continue reading Humbly Seeking Feedback
I want to be a full participant in God’s transforming work in this world. Many factors influence the effectiveness and endurance of my efforts, one of which is my overall health and well-being. In my travels through life, I’ve seen my fair share of situations where effectiveness and endurance were sidetracked due to half-hearted effort, … Continue reading Are You Weary or Well?
My husband, Todd, and I moved to Mexico in 1997 with our savings account, hoping to meet orphans, learn Spanish, and follow a call to make a difference. Twenty-plus years later, Back2Back is in nine locations around the world, managing an annual budget of $11 million dollars. The learning curve between there and here has … Continue reading Sizing Up
My football coach barked, “Hey Walker, number 31, get your helmet on—you’re going in.” And just like that, I was in the game. Was I nervous? Yes. Was my heart beating out of my chest? You bet. Was I prepared? Absolutely – because my coach got me ready, and I was equipped for action. The … Continue reading Equipped for Action
If you had asked me ten years ago if I would be working for a small nonprofit raising money to help families, I would have laughed and replied, “Never in a million years!” For 23 years, I had been a stay-at-home mom—passionate about raising and teaching my seven children to be part of the next … Continue reading An Unlikely Fundraiser