That is what I love to do.
When we released the first pilot episode of ‘LeaderSkilz’ earlier last week, we had no idea the kind of response it would get.
People loved the first one so much that we decided to make another episode. That one got a great response too.
Combined, the videos have over 1,000 views right now.
Thanks to everyone who tweeted, retweeted, facebooked, youtubed, vimeoed, commented, liked, embedded, etc, etc!
We will try to release another one this week.
On our way back from Catalyst last week, Clayton and I had an idea (scary, isn’t it?).
Our idea is to produce a series of short, humorous videos that teach leadership lessons for the Soderquist Center.
We took the idea one step further and filmed a pilot episode this week. Before you watch it, keep in mind that we shot it in about 30 minutes and spent maybe an hour editing it. This is just for proof of concept.
The goal is to give us something to talk about with our ‘tribe,’ keep us relevant, create anticipation, and begin to share our story in a new fresh way.
We are looking for feedback. What are your thoughts?
If I’m not mistaken, the bible does say, “The first will be last.” I’m just saying…
King Solomon was easily one of the most influential figures in biblical history. Known for his unmatched wisdom, people traveled worldwide to seek him out. He had fame and fortune beyond what most of us can imagine. But he didn’t just fall from the sky with all of this. Even Solomon, like all of us, had to start somewhere. Here is a little glimpse into Solomon’s journey and some things he did to accomplish all of these amazing things.
2 Chronicles 1:6-13 (The Message):
Solomon worshiped God at the Bronze Altar in front of the Tent of Meeting; he sacrificed a thousand Whole-Burnt-Offerings on it. That night God appeared to Solomon. God said, “What do you want from me? Ask.” Solomon answered, “You were extravagantly generous with David my father, and now you have made me king in his place. Establish, God, the words you spoke to my father, for you’ve given me a staggering task, ruling this mob of people. Yes, give me wisdom and knowledge as I come and go among this people—for who on his own is capable of leading these, your glorious people?” God answered Solomon, “This is what has come out of your heart: You didn’t grasp for money, wealth, fame, and the doom of your enemies; you didn’t even ask for a long life. You asked for wisdom and knowledge so you could govern well my people over whom I’ve made you king. Because of this, you get what you asked for—wisdom and knowledge. And I’m presenting you the rest as a bonus—money, wealth, and fame beyond anything the kings before or after you had or will have.Then Solomon left the worship center at Gibeon and the Tent of Meeting and went to Jerusalem. He set to work as king of Israel.
1. Solomon fervently worshiped God first
2. He asked for help in carrying out God’s purpose for his life, not for his own selfish desires
3. God grants him wisdom, knowledge, money, wealth, and fame beyond anything the world had (perhaps has) ever seen
4. He begins working immediately
In order of my personal favorites:
“You won’t know the mark you’ve made until after you’ve made it”
“It’s not about making my mark, it’s about being perfectly positioned for God to make His mark through me.”
“Living to make my mark is too small a vision to give my life to.”
“You will never know who you can’t trust until you trust them.”
“What we need most from leaders in times of crisis is humility.”
Swindolls’ Thoughts on Leadership:
1. It’s lonely to lead
2. It’s dangerous to succeed (especially when you are young)
3. It’s hardest at home
4. It’s essential to be real
5. It’s painful to obey
6. Brokenness and failure are necessary
7. My attitude is more important than my actions
8. Integrity eclipses image
9. God’s way is always better than my way
10. Christ-likeness begins and ends with humility
5 Statements Worth Remembering:
1. Do more with others and less alone
2. Emphasize quality, not quantity
3. Wherever you go, do things the same as if you were among those who know you best
4. Whoever may respond, keep a level head
5. However long you lead, keep on dripping with gratitude and grace
“When God wants to do an impossible task, he takes an impossible person and crushes him. You need to leave room for the ‘crushing.'”
“With every ministry, a special mercy is needed.”
“We are a Eucharist. We are called to break ourselves open and pour ourselves out.”
“Sometimes the crowd thins.”
“Momentum is created. It does not just randomly happen.”
“Momentum = Focused Intensity/Time X God”
“Parents don’t need a better picture of what family should look like, they need a bigger story”
“God doesn’t use perfect pictures, he uses broken people.”
“Leadership will continually take you to tougher places”
“When you start leading, people will start leaving.”
I was just thinking about how much my professional life has changed in the past two months. This occurred to me yesterday when I arrived at work (at the organization I joined two months ago) and realized how different my morning routine is now. My morning routine used to be:
1. Get to the office early before most of the team arrived (except for Brent-never could beat him)
2. Make the rounds to just about every person in the office
3. Ask each person how they were doing
4. Ask what was on their plate that day
5. Ask if there was anything I could do to help
My job was to first make sure people had what they needed to do their jobs and then get to work on my stuff.
What struck me recently is how close I had grown to the people on my team. After seven years with a small company, you become really tight. But for some reason, the full effect of separation hadn’t kicked in until recently.
Maybe what set it off was the stark difference in my routine now verses then. My routine now is much more observational. Because I’m still new to the Center and not fully submersed in the culture, I’m still figuring out what my “leadership” role looks like. Part of that involves really getting to know the people on our team, which will take time.
So, to my GCI and FBH peeps…I miss you guys! (But you’re probably glad I don’t come around and bug you every morning anymore)
This talk is like jet fuel for anyone who wants to do something radically unconventional and something that will have an impact on the world we live in. Tim Brown is the CEO of the “innovation and design” firm IDEO — taking an approach to design that digs deeper than the surface.
One of my favorite quotes from this talk is:
“Design thinking begins with integrative thinking. That’s the ability to exploit opposing ideas and constraints to create new solutions. In the case of design, that means balancing desirability, with technical feasibility, with economic viability.”
The power of art is that it creates impractical moments of joy and beauty. It’s beautiful, vital and refreshing. It reminds us that certain things will extend beyond this world. -Rob Bell