Man vs. Machine 1

Man vs. Machine
Pulleys, wheels and levers are all considered simple machines. For centuries, people have used these to ensure whatever effort they applied translated into the biggest impact. The Egyptians used simple machines to help build the pyramids – a feat they could not have accomplished otherwise. The concept of simple machines in classical times was so ...

Landscapers and Clockmakers

I was thinking today of leaders with very different approaches, both effective in their own way. The first approached leadership like a landscaper approaches his work. He would try and plant people in the area they could best grow. The right environment of grounding (soil) and inspiration (light) was integral to good growth. He didn’t ...

Discouraging Artists

I came across this article from the president of Wheaton College recently. In it, Philip Ryken gives an admittedly abridged list of ways church leaders can discourage artists. The information is applicable to other organizations, especially non-profits. If you’re in leadership and want to encourage creativity and artistry, I hope you will heed Ryken’s advice ...

Privilege

“A sense of privilege is what motivates us to finish the mission.” Pastor Paul Taylor, Liberty Church Do you feel privileged? Do your employees or colleagues?

Talent vs. Time 1

Challenging thoughts from Brian at d’bug. After reading this, ask yourself: Am I willing to sacrifice in order to have time to be the best? What do I need to sacrifice? What do I believe should NOT be sacrificed?

Effects of Collaboration vs. Conspiracy 2

Alex requested I expand on the effects of collaborative communication vs. conspiratorial communication Collaboration creates teams of teams. Organizations that encourage collaboration will see greater interdepartmental and interorganizational teamwork. A sense of interdependence creates a desire to involve others in on the work at hand. Conspiracy creates lines and sides. Information is held in silos. ...

Ideas Are Overrated 3

Ideas Are Overrated
… the originator of ideas is undervalued. My family has had a business of somekind in my hometown since 1914. That might be where I get my entrepreneurial spirit. While I was growing up, we had a local grocery store named Staiger’s Grocery. Original, isn’t it? I worked there for nearly five years. Primarily, I ...