Pursuing Perfection Poisons Creativity & Peace | Be “Good” not “Best”

Successful leaders know that creativity and peace are poisoned by the pursuit of perfection. Seeking to be the “best” at something is like walking out onto a deceiving cornice that won’t hold you. Walk out on that thing just a little further—keep trying to be “better than everyone else”, and you are going down.

You Don’t Have to Prove Yourself. God Loves You. | Mark 1:10-11

I am convinced that if I can just simply believe that I don’t have to prove myself to God, that he just loves me, that I too can be sent off on my way, as an ambassador to bring salvation to the world through the proclamation of the Gospel.

How to Keep Leadership Training Focused Around What Jesus Taught and Did | Acts 1:1-2

This passage encourages me as a leader to take a step back, clear off the clutter and focus on those few, relational, reproducible principles that will leave a legacy in people’s lives.

“Casual” Can Lead to Catastrophe Outdoors | Outdoor Leadership Skills

Talk about a crucial lesson in outdoor leadership skills. Our casual approach and over-confidence for a benign sounding excursion combined to get us into real trouble. Lesson learned. Pride swallowed.

Be a Follower First | Leadership Skills from 30 Days in the Cascades

Leadership skills and the art of following… If it hadn’t been for that delay we wouldn’t have experienced that stunning sunset-ascent of Eldorado Peak and I wouldn’t have gotten my all-time favorite summit pic.

Top 5 Qualities of Healthy Teams | Outdoor Leadership Survey

Outdoor leadership requires healthy teams. When you are spending a week with another guide leading a group in the wilderness, if you don’t enjoy working together as a team, your whole group will suffer. Teamwork among guides, staff, and volunteers is a key to a successful outdoor ministry programs.

The Danger & Risk in Avoiding Danger & Risk | Risk Quotes

People intrinsically know that to experience greatness is going to require something form them. Those things that are most precious and highly valuable also come with a commensurate cost. Here are some risk quotes to use in teaching others about the need for risk in adventure…