Browsing Archives of Author »Kolia Lutow«

Grace and Truth

March 3, 2014


Each and everyone of us naturally operates somewhere along a continuum between grace and truth. Usually, we tend towards one or the other. Some people are very blunt and either don’t worry much about how others respond (it may feel like they don’t care), or they may not be naturally in tune with how others […]

Improving an Unhealthy Team

January 29, 2014


For those of us in leadership roles, the team we lead is often a number of teams comprised of individuals.  It’s a team of teams.  This is often very different from leading just a team of individuals.  It adds a whole layer to our leadership that is not quite the same. Inevitably as we lead […]

Hope in a world of wishful thinking

December 31, 2013


Every year roughly 50% of adults in the United States make New Years resolutions, and by the end of the year around 90% of those resolutions have been given up on (I’d love to meet the 10% because I’m not sure who they are). Yet every January 1, the cycle begins all over again, and […]

Finding the missing words

November 27, 2013


We all have significant memories in our lives.  Memories of events, people, and words that help shape us.  We also have memories of things that didn’t happen that shape us in powerful ways also.  These are the types of things that weren’t present in our lives, but were painfully obvious. An example of that from […]

Leadership and Discouragement

October 29, 2013


Leadership can be a lonely enterprise at times.  The longer we lead people, the more isolated and abandoned we sometimes feel.  There is a tension in loving the people that you also lead.  We get closer to them, and yet we are their authority.  Inevitably we will have some of the people we lead make […]

Leading From Out Front

June 25, 2013


About 15 years ago I remember being at Young Life’s Saranac Lake in the first week of June. It was the morning of day 2 and after the volleyball tournament this particular year, they decided to do the swim test en mass. Instructions were given, and the whole camp ran to the edge of the […]

The Price of Leadership

April 17, 2013


There are many things in life for which we pay a price. There’s the monetary price we pay for the things we buy. You can talk to a football player about the physical price he pays for playing the game he loves. There is the price of time and effort we pay in study or […]