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About Shelley Ozment

Shelley is the founder and Managing Director of Vanguard Creative, an online community focused on training and connecting leaders to create solutions to society’s most pressing problems. She also writes a weekly blog and serves as a coach/ consultant for leaders and socially-minded organizations.

March 26, 2015

Waiting For Them To Say Yes

By |March 26th, 2015|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , |

This weekend I had the privilege of speaking about social entrepreneurship at the Kingdom Business Summit in Dallas. The Summit is a unique event where business leaders come together to blend Kingdom-minded vision with essential business practices. I had so much fun meeting with people who are hungry to do business in a different way! Over lunch, one of the speakers at the event made the point that it seems like God is ready to do some new and exciting things, but the people seem to be waiting for permission. I’ve been thinking a lot about what he said: God [...]

What Label Are You Wearing?

By |March 4th, 2015|Categories: Identity|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever felt like you understood a season of your life, only to realize you didn’t? That’s what happened to me this week. I was sitting in a conference session and suddenly realized that for years I had been miscast in a role that defined my identity for over a decade.  What?!?! I was really good at what I did.  I helped a lot of people.  It was something that I excelled at, but it was also a label that boxed me in. Can you relate? The Identity War: Sometimes we forget, or fail to recognize the level of [...]

February 13, 2015

A Little Perspective On 50 Shades Of Grey

By |February 13th, 2015|Categories: Family|Tags: , , , , , , |

So it’s Valentine’s Day weekend and millions of Americans are celebrating with a visit to their local movie theater to catch 50 Shades of Grey.   What a commentary on our culture. I'm not going to rehash why going to the movie is a bad idea.  There have been a lot of excellent articles about why we shouldn't waste our time on this movie.  Read them. Instead, I thought I'd share a few numbers that give some perspective on the effects of violence on women around the world: BY THE NUMBERS: THE WAR AGAINST WOMEN  1 in 4 [...]

Take The Leap – Embracing Creative Risk

By |February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , |

Have you recovered from the Superbowl? I have a dear friend who needed to find her religion again after that crazy game!  We were all rooting for Seattle at my house this Sunday and in the matter of a few minutes we went from resignation that they would lose, to euphoria (how did he catch that pass???) to absolute shock and frustration. How could they make that call? What were they thinking?   https://twitter.com/umangdua/status/562088544697843713   Blasted autocorrect!   But this morning, I read a post from Todd Henry that really hit on an important point. What would we be talking [...]

January 27, 2015

Announcing Vanguard Leadership Courses!

By |January 27th, 2015|Categories: Leadership, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

I have an exciting announcement that I want to share with you this week! When I launched Vanguard Creative last year, it was to help leaders like yourself to better position themselves to make an impact in God’s Kingdom. Other people write about Christian living, leadership and other important topics. My goal is to align prophetic revelation with Kingdom ideas so that we can start making an impact on the world around us at a higher level. We need to be more than good witnesses.  We need to shift the world around us. With that in mind, I’m excited to [...]

My Three Words For 2015

By |January 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I’m trying something new in my planning process for 2015 and I thought I’d share it with you. For years now, I have always taken some time at the beginning of the year to put some goals in place.  Some of my goals have been very actionable, some were rather vague and some were ridiculous leaps of faith. Sound familiar? This year, I’m trying an exercise I learned from Chris Brogan that takes a slightly different approach.  Instead of just writing goals, I'm putting a framework in place that addresses the bigger picture beyond my goals.  Chris started the My [...]

December 30, 2014

My Wish For You

By |December 30th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Happy New Year! Whether 2014 was a banner year or one to forget, January 1st always brings hope and optimism for what could be. It’s a time for planning and dreaming, for fresh starts and renewed focus on all that you hope to achieve. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to share my hopes and dreams for you in this New Year. My wish for you in 2015: My wish for you this year is that you would step more fully into the calling and purpose for which you were created. I hope that you find yourself irresistibly [...]

Beware of small conveniences…and tables

By |December 17th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , |

As a leader, your success will rise and fall on the power of the team that you build. It’s not about how smart or charismatic you are. It’s not about how well you can articulate a vision. Great leaders build great teams. So as a leader, your top priority must be to create a culture that allows your team to thrive. The best of today's young leaders are looking for places where their voice can be heard, where their work has meaning and where their creativity can be maximized. Does that describe the environment you're building? If you can’t build [...]

“your idea is terrible”

By |December 11th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Of course it is. That’s the very nature of ideas, isn’t it?  Ninety percent of our ideas are destined to fail. Thomas Edison completed over 9,000 experiments before he perfected the light bulb. But when he hit on the right idea, it changed everything. This post isn’t about whether the idea is bad or not. It’s about the person who says it’s terrible. Social media has made it really easy to attack the ideas of others, hasn’t it?  People get bold when they can criticize without looking you in the eye.   Just look at your Facebook feed. Just last week, [...]

Seeing The Long View – Appreciating Your Legacy

By |December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , |

Have you recovered from your post-Thanksgiving coma, yet? It’s really easy to get caught up in all the preparations, the entertaining and the eating.  Oh, the eating! Scarfing down food until your pants hate you and your blood sugar is on overload from sampling all of the different flavors of pie! To top it off, I spent the whole day in misery after chopping the most offensive onion I have ever come across! An hour and a half later, my eyes were swollen and watering.  Even my husband’s eyes were burning and I was wondering if I was going to [...]