Discontinuous change is here to stay L063

The old saying used to ‘Constant change is here to stay’, but we have to update that for our 21stC context. Leadership is grappling with a whole new paradigm when it comes to change management. In the 20thC change […]

Fabulous Francesca

Fabulous Francesca

What a joy being a grandparent is. At 7 ½ months Francesca had her first overnight experience at grandma and grandpa’s this weekend. A small removal van arrived with all the equipment, changes of clothing, specialist food supplies, walking […]

‘No leadership, No future’ L062

…so said Dwight Smith, one of my past leadership mentors . And I believe it. Leadership is often much maligned and sometimes with good cause. The quality of leadership in the UK is not something to be proud of. […]

The power of community

The power of community

I arrived back from the Congo 10 days ago to discover that our house had been overrun with unexpected occupants – no it wasn’t a band of crusty squatters, it was my family. My lovely daughter, son-in-law and their […]

Godly leadership for Mayor L061

As I sat in the gloom of the fading light of our convent accommodation in the city of Butembo, Congo, waiting for the generator to kick in and 3 precious hours of electricity be provided, I contemplated the news […]

Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse Culture Shock

Many people talk of the culture shock experienced on arriving back in the west after visiting a developing nation. I guess after 4 trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo I should be used to the experience. But there […]

D.R. Congo: We hail ourselves as the ‘developed world’

D.R. Congo: We hail ourselves as the ‘developed world’

We finally arrived at Manchester airport this morning shortly after 7am. Two 7 hour legs, one from Kampala to Dubai and then onto Manchester. It is always weird to be back in the West after being in the Congo, […]

D.R. Congo: nearly falling in a swamp whilst trying to relieve myself at the roadside!

After an 8 and 1/2 hour drive across to Uganda we arrived in Kampala at Pastor Paddy’s church. It’s an impressive concrete structure that seats 800 and runs 3 services on Sunday. It’s great to meet up with Paddy […]

D.R. Congo: Hot, dusty, dirt and boulder roads to the border

3 1/2 hrs on hot, dusty, dirt and boulder roads to the Congo border in a beat up 4×4 with 4 of us squashed on the back seat and Lydia cooped up with the luggage. We passed two articulated […]

D.R. Congo: Broadcast on local TV!

We spent the morning with Pastor Alexandre looking ahead to what the next 5 years of partnership might look like – lots of exciting possibilities. I Heard that the talk I did with the mayor’s staff was broadcast on […]