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Princeton Leadership and Spirituality Event – The Results Are In!

May 4, 2010


It’s been a few weeks since the Princeton Leadership and Spirituality event occurred, and by now I am sure many of you are not only wondering how it went, but also if there was ever a real event to begin with.

Yes, it was real enough, and I have pictures to prove it. In fact, the PLS event was a smashing success!

Over forty participants from all walks of leadership life gathered together for this event on April 11 and 12 at Princeton Seminary’s Erdman Center. There were CEO’s, non-profit leaders, pastors, executives, and a business student. I made many new friends and even snagged a prayer partner along the way.

I also was thrilled to meet some of my blogging friends at the event, like the honorable Charles H. Green of the Trusted Matters blog, Mike St. Pierre of The Daily Saint blog (who is also now my new prayer partner), and Amber Aureden of Avodah Student Fellowship at Temple University. (Wut up, fellow bloggaz!)

It was a wonderful event, full of stimulating discussion, as our leader Dr. Stephen Payne of A New Equilibrium walked us through a brisk series that helped each of us develop our Greater Leadership Purpose for work.

As you can see from the picture of the white board above, my now-famous Leadership & Spirituality profile matrix also got a heavy workout at the seminar. We used this as the basis for discussing our spiritual leadership journeys, on the way to defining our purpose.

As an extra bonus, we heard from the CEO of Caliper Life Sciences, Kevin Hrusovsky, who gave us an inspiring description of how, based on his personal faith and spiritual connection, he leads his team as CEO of a public company towards a greater purpose.

I was honored once again to be the luncheon speaker, where the participants indulged me in sharing two readings: When Jesus Was a Consultant, and Forgetting to Remember God.  Like last year, the crowd was very polite, and even applauded for me when I was finished! That’s a good thing, right?

At the end of the session, each of us left with not only a clear Spiritual Purpose for our leadership at work, but also with a defined set of Intentions and Commitments to help us carry out our greater leadership purpose every day at our jobs.

But the best part? It was getting a prayer partner, which everyone had found by the end of the session. Michael and I pray together each week now, on Monday mornings. What a blessing, to have someone out there to share the spiritual challenges and joys of work. I have a feeling we’ll be at this for a long time.

If you too are looking for a prayer partner to help you grow in your leadership and spirituality at work, perhaps you should come to the next event. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know when it’s coming.

Pictures, thanks to me and my magic i-phone.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. May 5, 2010 6:51 am

    Wouldn’t it be powerful to have these seminars in every major city across the US? I see a bubbling of these kinds of efforts — and would love to see a full flood.

    • May 5, 2010 4:50 pm

      What a Vision, David! That’s almost the same Vision that Dr. Payne has for A New Equilibrium, except it would be global, not just in US. Hopefully we’ll be coming to a city near you soon. (seriously, there is some interest in this same seminar from a group in Colorado – I’ll keep you posted!)

  2. May 5, 2010 7:44 am

    Glad it went well, Brad. You’ll be running the whole gig before long. 🙂

    • May 5, 2010 4:52 pm

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Sam! It was definitely rewarding to lead the group in a few of these spiritual-leadership exercises.

  3. May 5, 2010 11:21 am

    I am here to increase your blog traffic. ; – )

    Okay, thanks for reminding me over at Seedlings. I added an update based on your comment!

  4. May 5, 2010 12:37 pm

    Seriously, you are too kind. I can’t wait to learn from your transparency! 🙂

    • May 5, 2010 2:08 pm

      LL, before the days of white boards and Powerpoint, your compliment would have been not only nice but also quite clever. 🙂

      • May 5, 2010 4:53 pm

        Yes, only I know the secret code of which she refers to. Well, maybe me and a few close friends…

  5. May 7, 2010 5:21 am

    You are truly making a difference to leaders seeking to live lives of significance and balance. And thank you for your wonderful contribution to the PLS event. Incredible support for your ideas.

    Just back from our third Leadership and Spirituality event in Europe at Worth Abbey retreat house in Sussex UK. Similar responses from business leaders.

    (For those interested, PLS in 2011 will be May 15 & 16 in Princeton)

    From us all at ANE, have a wonderful Birthday Brad.

  6. May 7, 2010 4:37 pm

    Just catching up on posts and so happy to hear of your successful event. Any chance someone captured your speech on video? Would love to see it!

  7. May 10, 2010 2:42 pm

    Congrats. I was wondering how it all went.

  8. May 11, 2010 6:30 pm

    Yes, good times indeed!…new challenges and encouragements…and a few divine appointments! God is good! Thanks for opening the door for a business student 😉


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