Helping College Freshmen Through The Awkward In-Between.

This is a guest post by Crystal Chiang. Crystal, along with co-author Gerald Fadyomi, recently released their latest devotional Starting Now: A 30-Day Guide to Becoming Who You Want to Be in College. They hope for it to be a guide to recent high school graduates as they start college.

For teenagers who grew up in faith communities, the transition to college can be a tough one for a number of reasons. Whether they move away or stay home, chances are graduating means they’re no longer in the youth group. And that means…

Cover of the book Starting Now

  • Their high school friendships aren’t in the same place anymore
  • Their previous mentors aren’t around
  • Their normal go-to for community isn’t an option anymore.

5 Powerful Benefits Of Becoming A More Confident Leader

EVERY person is a leader in some capacity or context: in your family, in situations at work or school, in your community… in virtually every sphere of life.

That is because, in the famous words of leadership guru John C. Maxwell, leadership is about one life influencing another.

We ALL do that.

Leadership, visionary, fearless, bold on a speedometer - Grow Your Leadership Confidence


The question is whether your influence is:

  • Positive
  • Negative
  • High impact
  • Low impact

My guess is that you are like me – you want to influence and impact others in a positive way AND in the most potent way possible.

That begs the question… as a leader, how can you increase your level of positive impact on others?

From my research and personal experience, there is a quality you can exercise (and grow in) that can supercharge your positive influence on the lives of others.

Quotes and Leadership Lessons from The Great Train Robbery I

A Reel Leadership Article

The Great Train Robbery is a two-part British television miniseries that was first broadcast in 2013 (Currently available on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and others). It tells the story of the robbery of £2.6 million (£53.5 today) from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on 8 August 1963, first from the perspective of the robbers, and then from the perspective of the police. Episode one, A Robber’s Tale, details the organization and successful completion of the robbery. Episode two, A Copper’s Tale, follows the police investigation into the crime and subsequent arrest of many of the perpetrators. It is a fascinating look at two leadership styles, similar in some aspects, very different in others.  In this first article, the leadership style of Bruce Reynolds, the “Robber” will be examined.

Characters from the TV movie The Great Train Robbery

Bruce Reynolds is the leader of a small gang of thieves, a leader who is not satisfied with the £62K ($78K today) robbery at an airport – a robbery that was “supposed to be the big one” £400K  ($507K).  He immediately begins searching for a bigger score.

Unintended Consequences: Minimizing the ‘Oops Factor’ in Decision Making

Unintended consequences is the term for outcomes that are not the ones foreseen by a purposeful act.

When a manager consistently gives tough assignments to a worker who’s proven himself to be reliable, the go-to employee may begin to feel “penalized” by the additional load while the less reliable workers get a free ride. What was intended as a compliment and vote of confidence turns out to be an unwelcome burden.

Roger Dean Duncan with his book Leadershop

Author of Leadershop, Roger Dean Duncan

In medicine, unintended consequences are called “side effects.” Have you listened carefully to television commercials for drugs? The list of side effects is often longer than the narrative promoting the medicine. Why would we be warned that a product purported to relieve a simple ailment may also produce paralysis, high blood pressure, thinning hair, skin rash, weight gain, blurred vision or even thoughts of suicide? Because the lawyers said so.

Courageous Servant Leadership

I had one of my most profound, memorable, touching experiences in Washington, D.C. two weeks ago that I’ve realized after reflection has some important connections to leadership.

President George Herbert Walker Bush, naval aviator, Congressman, Ambassador to China, Director of the CIA, Vice-President, and eventually 41st President of the United States passed away a couple of weeks ago. Immediately, Washington D.C. mourned the loss of our former leader. The flags have been at half mast ever since and will continue to be so for 30 days following a President’s death.

Photo of the white Capital Rotunda building in Washington, DC

Photo of the Capital Rotunda

A good friend and Sigma Chi pledge brother of mine suggested we go visit President Bush lying in state, pay our respects, and express our gratitude for his long life of service and leadership, the subject of this post. We spread our plan to the whole fraternity and about 8 brothers signed on to come. We decided it would only be appropriate if we wore formal attire. Some brothers were coming from class or studying so they couldn’t, but we put on jackets, ties, and slacks and piled into an uber XL for the Capitol Building.