A little over three years ago, I was in a place of transition in my life. I had been involved in Christian education for about 22 years, and had been able to learn and grow as a leader through my experience. However, we (my wife and I) had been walking through a journey that included her battle with cancer, so I began to look for opportunities to use my experience and skill set in ways that would allow me much greater flexibility to care for my wife’s needs. Specifically, I began to explore opportunities to teach undergraduate and graduate courses on leadership (focusing primarily on pursuing online teaching positions). Because I felt like I had some valuable insights to contribute to the conversation on leadership, and because it is desirable for college professors and instructors to be actively writing, I bought a copy of Blogging for Dummies to learn how to set up a blog, and the end result was this page, “Common Sense Leaders.”
Over the last 3+ years, I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to organize and clarify some of my thoughts in writing, and then being able to share those thoughts with you. It has helped me to grow even more in my own leadership, and I hope it has likewise been helpful for you. Along the way, I was also able to self publish a simple little book on purpose, called Finding Purpose at the Intersection of Passion, Ability, and Opportunity. I now have a second book written, one that specifically addresses effective Christian leadership based off of a series of posts I did on leadership lessons from the life of Ezra, that I hope may one day be published (we’ll see if a publisher is ever interested; it may just have been something that was written for my own benefit). Regardless, I do know that I am a better leader today than I was three years ago.
During that time of transition, as I was seeking the best way to care for my wife, God worked clearly in my life to move me into a head of school position at a small Christian school Texas, one where my wife and I are both well cared for and loved. I believe I am now in a place where I can serve God well, lead with excellence, and make a difference in the lives of people, while at the same time being able to walk life’s journey together with Nora in a way that gives us both peace and joy.
Therefore, I think it is now the right time to take a break from writing this blog. At least for the time being, this will be the last post for “Common Sense Leaders.” There may come a day when it is right for me to take up my pen and start sharing my thoughts again, but for now, I am stepping away. Thank you for taking time to listen to what I have shared, and I pray that you will continue to grow in your own leadership as well.