Hi, welcome to my blog. Private reflection has long been part of my daily routine, but in the past I hadn’t taken enough time to articulate those reflections. I have decide to blog in hope that the process of reflection and articulation will benefit my own growth whether or not anyone reads what I write … but knowing that someone might read what I write helps my motivation. Let me briefly introduce myself.
The last 25 years of my life has been happily defined by raising my family with my wife Katarina in Istanbul, Turkey where our four children were raised. In July 2009 we moved to Örebro, Sweden after I was appointed the new international director of Operation Mercy, a Swedish humanitarian organization with about 300 staff in ten countries in Central Asia, Middle East, and North Africa. See www.mercy.se I also ‘moonlight’ as a trainer/facilitator in leadership skills development 24-32 days a year for corporate clients and various NGOs in Europe. In my spare time I enjoy fishing, playing football/soccer, and re-telling good jokes. I suppose my spare time activities are consistent with the Irish proverb: “You don’t have to be good at something to enjoy it.”
I’m currently working on a doctorate dissertation at the University of Edinburgh’s college of Eduation. I’m doing a collective case study that investigates the professional development of a dozen sucessful expatriate project leaders in multinational humanitarian organizations. I have a Master’s of Divinity from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a Master’s of Education and Bachelor’s of Business Education from James Madison University. I was raised mostly in Northern Virginia, but have now lived most of my adult life in Europe and Asia.
I’m on a life-time journey in pursuit of knowing and obeying Jesus better. I have adopted the latin phrase praesis ut prosis ne ut imperes or lead in order to serve not in order to rule as a personal motto. It is very close to what Jesus taught about leadership. I like the Latin because it makes an elegant expression out of what in real-life is a rather sobering and difficult ambition.