Seth Godin had this great post today that needs nothing added.
How much of what you're transmitting is actually getting through?
Of course you're listening. You're the one that's sharing such valuable insight with the universe. You're busy talking about your product or your new book or your organization. You walk into a meeting and there are four impatient people sitting around the table, urging you on, faster faster faster don't waste our time.
So you assume that they're getting it the first time.
Odds are, your very clear, very useful ideas are getting garbled in translation. I'll do a post on a topic, and people will trackback to it, announcing that I've said something quite different. I double check my riff to be sure I said what I meant to say, and yes, I did. But they didn't hear me.
It's so tempting to compress your ideas into the smallest possible space and assume that the text or the images or the design will carry the day. But we know that repetition is essential.
The paradox is that the long stuff gets skipped. The long stuff gets ignored. Short books sell better, short commercials get more viewers. So repetition becomes essential. It'll bore your biggest fans, but you can do that (a little).
Sticking to (and building on) your story works if you do it over time.
We've made the switch from Blogger to Wordpress for the Orchard Blog. The new site looks so fresh and clean. We have also been using Wordpress for our podcast feed.
So far, I'm really impressed with Wordpress. And for the life of me, I can't figure out why I'm paying $90/year for Typepad when Wordpress seems just as good. Any good reasons that anyone can think of?
Not sure how long this has been around, but I've just found it and it seems like a great tool. It's called Meebo and it's a web based instant message platform that merges MSN, Google Talk, AIM and Yahoo all on one screen. It's kind of like Trillian - but web-based. You can also create an account so all you have to do is login with one user name and be automatically connected to all of your IM accounts.
I can't seem to get enough of this conversation...
Is church supposed to be a place that you GO TO or BELONG TO? Or...............is it more about BEING something or someone?
It seems to me that the early church was more about people than it was about buildings and programs. (Not that I’m anti-building, we have a pretty nice one that has proven to be a tremendous TOOL – but that’s all it really is - a "tool.")
Think about this - if you take away the people, what do you have? A building! Some sound equipment. Perhaps a nice place to have a piano recital. That's it!
We discussed this in our staff meeting last week and about how we need to intentionally build this kind of thinking into our church community - all the way from the little kids to the adults - because the more I see church as something "I AM", the less I will see it as "all about me and my needs." And the less I see it as being all about ME - the less consumeristic I will be in my thinking and the more I will be able to contribute towards making it about those who don't know God.
My dad used to always say - "When you realize that it's not all about you, you will find that your needs will be taken care of." Simple, yet so true. Yet, this thinking slaps the living daylights out of the consumeristic mentality that so many American churches are full of. It's the mentality that says, "Feed me, give me this program, give me this, give me, me, me, me, me..."
I'm really praying that God would help us to be the kind of church community that realizes that we are not here for ourselves - but for others. The kind of church community that realizes that church isn't something we "go to" - but something we ARE on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc...
That means that I need to be focused on BEING the church - loving and accepting people, reaching out in care to others within our church community, focused on being the hands and feet of Jesus right here in our local community and then even further out in our global community.
So let me throw this one out there... What do you see as the purpose of church? How do we help people stay focused on BEING the church VS. seeing church as something you ATTEND or GO TO?
Buckingham defines great leaders as those who, “…rally people to a better future.”
Leaders are fascinated by the future. They are restless for change, impatient for progress and deeply dissatisfied with the status quo. The mantra of the leader is, “I am not satisfied.”
And, according to Marcus, the two key talents you need in order to lead?
Optimism and ego.
(If the core talent of great managers is an instinct to coach others towards success, then optimism and ego are the talents underpinning all great leadership.)
This is why leaders can’t stand being around negative and pessimistic people. And not only that, but a leader does not just believe in a better future, but he/she believes that they are the one to help make that future become a reality.
“The difference between a leader with a powerful ego and an egomaniac is how the ego is channeled. The effective leader takes his self-belief, his self-assurance, his self-confidence, and presses them into the service of an enterprise bigger than himself. For the egomaniac, the self is the enterprise.”
Let me close with this quote from Buckingham on the "are leaders born or made" question:
“Are leaders born or are they made? They are born. A leader is born with an optimistic disposition or she is not. If she is not, then no amount of “optimism training” is going to make her view the world in an overwhelmingly positive, opportunistic light. Through repeated counseling and coaching, you might be able to make a person less pessimistic than she was before, but “less pessimistic” is not synonymous with “optimistic”, any more than “less rude” is synonymous with “charming.” To lead effectively, you must be unfailingly, unrealistically, even irrationally optimistic. Like it or not, this is not learnable.”
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FOUR FOODS THAT I LIKE: Thai Szechuan (from Le Sze Chuan in Chinatown) Tacos Al Pastor (from Taqueria Muniz in Aurora) Lou Malnati's Pizza (Hey Mark...they deliver to my home!) FOUR SITES I VISIT EVERYDAY: Bloglines Bible Gateway (great Bible study tool...) Google ScottHodge.org (this guy has a great blog! Oh wait...)
FOUR THINGS I WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE: Travel Europe Own a Weimeraner dog Write a few books Own a Mac :) (Soon...very soon.) FOUR PEOPLE I AM TAGGING: 1. Geeez... 2. I really don't know who to pass this on to 3. Because it feels too much like a forward 4. Being sent via email.