I was born in a small town in northeast Wisconsin, to a family of entrepreneurs, where I was encouraged to start things from scratch. At the age of six I would construct small wooden ships, pack them in my wagon, and sell them to soft-hearted workers as they finished their shifts at the local shipyard. A faith commitment in high school led me on the path of ministry. Eventually my entrepreneurialism led to the starting of hundreds of new churches throughout the world, and I’ve continued to dedicate myself to creating healthy organizations which achieve their mission, both in the profit and not-for-profit sectors.
What I’m good at:
I have spent my life making mistakes, learning how to do things better, and conveying what I’ve learned to others. That goes for starting new churches (I’ve published books and taught on that quite a bit), but it goes for the broader world of human and organizational dynamics as well. I’ve enjoyed being a coach, encourager, and strategist for people in all walks of life. I often say, no one gets the life they thought they’d get and no one behaves the way they say they’ll behave. We all need hope, and if we’re “humble, hungry, and smart”, we’re positioned to win. I’m a very good public speaker and presenter. I enjoy teaching, and people like my humor, insight, and practical applications.
My Myers-Briggs preference is ENFJ. My StrengthsFinder themes are: Maximizer, Context, Activator, Positivity, and Developer. My DISC orientation is “I”. People are very comfortable around me, and they find me to be a practical “how-to” communicator. I specialize in recognizing and removing the obstacles which stand in the way of success, and I’m very willing to challenge people to grow. As a Senior Associate with GiANT Worldwide, I help others “become leaders worth following, who build leaders worth following, and lead organizations everyone wants to work for.” I serve a wide spectrum of clients in both for-profit and non-profit spaces. What we do in GiANT is, hands down, the best leadership development process I’ve seen in three decades of service. Routinely I hear clients say, “I wish I would have had this years ago. I would have been a better leader…a better person.”
Most of my career has been in Christian ministry space, as a pastor, regional, national, and international director of new church start-ups—where my entrepreneurial bent has been satisfied. I have authored or co-authored six books on leadership. I am a certified practitioner in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
My personal interests include fitness, motorcycling, history, travel, reading, and the National Football League. I make my home in Madison, Wisconsin, and I spend a fair amount of time at my family cottage, and at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, where I am a season ticket holder.