Yeah, I know... To those of you who have never read Harvard Business Review (HBR), you're probably thinking that this sounds about as exciting as the newest issue of The Underwater Basket Weaving Gazette! And to be honest, that's what I've always thought too until I picked up an issue a couple of years ago and realized that HBR is NOT a magazine - it's more like several REALLY GOOD leadership books and studies condensed down to just the MAIN STUFF that a person needs to know.
And sure, it seems expensive ($16.95 for each issue, published quarterly) but compared to the value of what you actually walk away with? No way. Totally worth it!
ANYWAY.... now that that's out of the way, let me share three small (but impacting) points from the January 2007 issue (The Tests of a Leader) that I'm STILL chewing on. It's from an article entitled, "Becoming the Boss" written by Linda A. Hill who writes about what it takes to effectively manage and gain credibility with others. Here they are - simple, but good.
CHARACTER - The INTENTION to do the right thing.
COMPETENCE - Knowing HOW to do the right thing.
INFLUENCE - Their ABILITY to deliver and execute the right thing.
Good stuff... HBR can be found online here. A pretty good investment of $99/year.
I'm 15 minutes early for an appointment and I really need to catch up on a few emails. But there's no WiFi anywhere to be found. What do I do? Ah ha! I use my Palm Treo 700p to log on and beam the signal from my phone via Bluetooth to my MacBook Pro...and viola! I'm blogging! And not catching up on emails....
Anyway.... Technology still blows my mind sometimes. The fact that I can be on a high speed connection wirelessly from my car in the middle of a parking lot. How cool is that?! The speed isn't the greatest (a little under 400kbps per second for download) but good enough to check email and blog.
This is where I'm at right now. It's called "office number four."
I have eight actually...
...which is one of the nice thing about being a mobile worker. You can work anytime ANYWHERE and be just as productive - and in my case, even MORE productive when it comes to focusing on things like writing and studying - which is almost next to impossible for me to do in my main office.
For me, there are a lot of benefits to mobile working. Here are a few of them...
1. Less distractions. Working off-site allows me to disconnect my brain from the "everyday" stuff that easily takes way too much of my time. (Believe me, it is to EVERYONE'S advantage that I stay out of as much of that stuff as possible. Just ask our team!)
2. Different scenery. My ADD really appreciates this. Being in a different environment helps a lot with my creativity and ability to think differently about certain things.
3. Happier staff. They tend to get a lot more work done when I'm not around. :)
4. Lots-o-coffee! All of my offices have GREAT coffee! And the one I'm at today (an indy) has FREE refills and FREE wiFi.
5. Cheap rent. Eight offices and the only thing I pay for rent is the price of the coffee. And if it's Starbucks, the @#&! cost of the WiFi. But still, not bad!
Of course, working off-site is something I consider not only a necessity for me, but a real privilege. At the same time, I also realize that NOTHING can replace good, solid eyeball to eyeball time with our team and others. So there's obviously a balance with it all. I try to be around my main office enough to coach, connect and contribute to creative meetings, staff meetings and whatever else. But yet - away enough to keep my head out of the day to day tasks that tends to mess with my head and on the big picture of where we're headed. (Of course, having a great assistant and support staff helps BIG TIME with this!)
And no. I'm not telling you my location. :)
What about you? Are you a mobile worker? Where do you thrive?
I'm so tired I can hardly type, so I'll save the details for later... But let me just say that today was an INCREDIBLE day at The Orchard as we launched a new 12 month vision initiative called, "Makin' Noise." I'll share more later, but man, oh man, oh man.... I don't think I have ever felt more energy, excitement and momentum at an Orchard weekend than I did today. Wow...
Wow, what a day... After about two and half hours of sleep last night, woke up TIRED as heck this morning, but then had a GREAT, GREAT day at The Orchard.... Mike is on vacation, so I led worship with our team. (btw - thanks for the pic Dan. That's my wife, Amanda w/ me.) Wow, it's been a long time... My fingers are feelin' it. But man... The energy was ecstatic! God was with us.
Came home, slept. And slept. Did the normal Sunday evening routine of 4 ibuprofens, a little Lou Malnati's delivery.... Time with the girls... And now, it's to the couch to watch The Apprentice. Thank God for DVR. G'nite.