Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
"The talent myth assumes that people make organizations smart. More often than not, it's the other way around."
- Malcolm Gladwell, What the Dog Saw, The Talent Myth
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
- How have you been as a husband in the last year? A father? A friend?- What areas have you grown in during the last year? What areas still need developing?- Are you closer or farther from Jesus?- What is holding you back from being and doing everything you dream of?- What do you need to start doing this year to make a difference? What needs to stop?- What positives/accomplishments deserve remembering and celebrating?
Sunday, March 21, 2010
My thighs are burning from a three mile jog.My shoulder hurts from throwing a baseball with my neighbor.My chest is tired from bench pressing.My hip flexer shoots me with pain when I stand after sitting.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
- Reacting rarely leads to a successful parent/child encounter where lessons are learned and everyone feels loved.- Responding addresses the problem rationally, taking into account all relevant information, and communicates expected behavior going forward with clarity and compassion.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
- Learn the organization: the culture, the values, the processes, the politics, the people.
- Be patient and do not exceed the speed limit, but do not move to slowly.
- Prioritize your to-do and to-know list.
- Construct a strategic plan to include a clear vision and communicate it frequently.
- Build a healthy team to include both current team members and those possibly outside the organization.
- Establish what needs to happen right now that is foundational for future construction.
- Secure early wins to generate momentum and establish credibility.
- Build alliances with other team members who can help be a voice for your plan.
- Enter with sustained humility.
- Add value to what other team members are currently doing.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
1. Have clear expectations - make sure you repeatedly articulate your expectations in all sorts of situations so there is no excuse or misunderstanding on the other parties part2. Have facts documented - you want to go into a conversation like this with a crystal clear picture of the problem, and with clear documentation of the unmet expectation3. Take partners - it is wise to take partners with others and get their perspective on the performance of another party, it also helps to have outside documentation so you can't be accused of have a vendetta4. Take action quickly - prolonging a hard conversation only increases your anticipation/dread, and give the other party the false idea that they are doing ok5. Change your perspective - keeping a poorly performing party around is only hurting them, if you know they are not a good fit and never will be, yet you refuse to act, you are doing them more harm than good ans wasting their valuable time
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Why do little children suffer and die? We ask it with the awareness that it is happening this very moment by the hundreds, and we ask it through tears of personal experience and empathy. Here is one biblical answer: "Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—" (Romans 5:12).
Death came into the world through sin.
That is the fundamental biblical answer for where all suffering and death came from. Or to use the words of Romans 8:20, "The creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope."
In other words, because of sin, God subjected the entire creation to the futility of mortality with all its suffering and death. The whole creation groans under the judgment.
When I suffer I don't want to look heavenward, shake my fist at my all-loving divine Father, and cast curses and blame on him. I want to praise his name that I am counted worthy to be called his child despite my iniquity and animosity towards righteousness. And I want to call on His graces for mercy, comfort and help that I may persevere for His glory.