Saturday, April 30, 2011

New Location for Blog

As of today I have moved my blog to a Wordpress format. It is located here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

YouTube - The Archbishop of Canterbury on the Royal Wedding

The Archbishop of Canterbury on the Royal Wedding

Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury speaks of officiating at the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. While I disagree with his theology in other areas, I feel very similarly as he does about the privilege & gravity of officiating at every wedding I have done. You can find the video here

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

How to Write a LinkedIn Recommendation

Recently I asked several people to write a recommendation for me on my Linked In profile. (If I didn't ask you, don't be hurt--I probably didn't know you were on LinkedIn). image

The importance of recommendations is that if someone is considering hiring you and they are waffling, or they are trying to decide between you and someone else, the recommendations on the site from people who know you can make all the difference. (Who would you pick: an unknown person with no recommendations, or an unknown person with quite a few positive recommendations? I thought so.)

Several of them have had problems writing the recommendations. (the process, not the content!! ;-D ) I, therefore, wrote out simple instructions for how to write a LinkedIn recommendation. I thought I would share it with my FB friends as well. If you have a LinkedIn account and want to make a recommendation of someone with whom you have worked, or who you hired, or who you went to school with, it is a pretty easy process: (Because I wrote this for people who were recommending me, I am using me as an example, but the process is the same for everyone).

You go to someone's (like my) LinkedIn profile.

In the right hand column (Under "Send a Message") is " "Recommend this Person" Click that button.

It asks you to identify how you know that person:

  • Colleague: You’ve worked with __________ at the same company
  • Service Provider: You’ve hired __________ to provide a service for you or your company
  • Business Partner: You’ve worked with __________, but not as a client or colleague
  • Student: You were at school when __________ was there, as a fellow student or teacher.

For ministry it can be a bit hard (depending on your definition of ministry!!) Colleague & Business Partner seem to work. Service Provider would seem to work better for someone who hired me as a coach. Student seems to be self-apparent.

Choose one and click "Go".

You then are taken to a page: "Create Your Recommendation". Depending on the context in which you say you know the person (in my case, Coach, Cal Habig Coaching; Senior Minister, Tigard Christian Church; Senior Minister, Bible Christian Church, etc.), you then answer a few questions


  • Basis of Recommendation
  • Your title at the time
  • ____'s title at the time

Service Provider:

  • Position Your Recommending __________ for
  • Service category
  • Year First Hired

Business Partner:

  • Basis of Recommendation
  • Your title at the time
  • ____'s title at the time


  • Basis of Recommendation
  • Your title at the time
  • ____'s school at the time

You then write a brief paragraph recommendation. It can be performance or character related.

A page that gives some recommendations on how to write a LinkedIn recommendation is found here:

It's as easy as that.

People you know on LinkedIn can really be helped by you writing a positive and honest recommendation. If you are on LinkedIn and want to write one for me, I would be truly honored.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Last Five Minutes of Your Day

We often talk about the importance of how we START our days…usuallyimage in time with the Lord. 

But Peter Bregman of the Harvard Business Review reminds me how I ought to spend the LAST five minutes of my workday:

Every day, before leaving the office, save a few minutes to think about what just happened. Look at your calendar and compare what actually happened — the meetings you attended, the work you got done, the conversations you had, the people with whom you interacted, even the breaks you took — with your plan for what you wanted to have happen. Then ask yourself three sets of questions:

  • How did the day go? What success did I experience? What challenges did I endure?
  • What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do — differently or the same — tomorrow?
  • Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback?

This last set of questions is invaluable in terms of maintaining and growing relationships. It takes just a few short minutes to shoot off an email — or three — to share your appreciation for a kindness someone extended, to ask someone a question, or to keep someone in the loop on a project.

If we don't pause to think about it, we are apt to overlook these kinds of communications. And we often do. But in a world where we depend on others to achieve anything in life, they are essential.

This comes from a really excellent article.  You would benefit from it, I am sure, as I did.  You can find it here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Only Do “Work” on Your Computer?

Seth Godin recommends ONLY doing work (i.e. creating something) on your computer. NOTHING personal. Then he recommends having a second device (like an iPad) for everything else (i.e. personal). (He says it better than I do here: What do you think? Just an excuse for consumerism? Or a sanity saver?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Criticism

Have you been criticized yet today? (If not, consider yourself lucky!) Monday is big day imagefor ministers to receive criticism. HOWEVER, it is also a day for them to criticize ("critique") what happened on Sunday.
Tim Sanders has a helpful little article on principles to follow in giving criticism. It is good. Again, find it here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Position Papers Will Save You From “Numbskulls”


Dave Jacobs has a great article today on Position Papers.  I wrote a number of these through the years, but never thought of them as one unified series. 

Dave says:

“Position papers save a lot of time and let you address the individual’s question in a thorough way without taking the time right there and then. When I was pastoring I had position papers on a wide range of controversial subject. Some examples:

  • Women in the ministry
  • The gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • The role of the elder
  • Church government, i.e. how decisions are made here
  • Tithing”

Despite his unfortunate derogatory labeling of people who ask questions, I think he has a really good idea.

Check it out here.

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