Archive for August 7th, 2009

You gotta love it when you get ammo for your birthday!

And even better, when it comes from your wife!

…..Dan at aslowerpace dot net

The quote below came to me this afternoon during my Christian Leadership Summit:

“Our sphere of empathy should be round enough to encapsulate the globe.”

…..Dan at aslowerpace dot net

This morning when I woke up, this was awaiting me at the breakfast table. A homemade card. How cool is that?

…..Dan at aslowerpace dot net

The events of yesterday’s Christian Leadership Summit are still swimming around in my head like unfinished ingredients of a delicious cake not yet done baking. I continue to be humbled, inspired, refilled, and refueled. I have recently been saying that God is stirring up something within me. Well, yesterday he hit the “puree” button.

Below are some highlights that I will try to use as future post fodder.

  • “Show me God’s way. My way didn’t work so well.”
  • Personal sustainability – need to have an adequate replenishment strategy
  • “How can I help fill you back up?”
  • “The best thing you bring to the table is a filled up you (fresh Spirit, God led)”
  • Associate with those who fill you up; avoid those who deplete you
  • “Are you changing as fast as the world around you?” NOTE: this is one I will be coming back to because, while I agree with the premise, I also firmly believe that there are bedrock, non-negotiable, foundational beliefs that CANNOT change if we are to remain true disciples in this darkened world. The challenge will be to identify those unchangable foundational blocks while morphing all the other areas.
  • “Innovate all of the time and fight bureaucracy none of the time” WOW! My company could sure use this one. Also, one note of clarification – my dad pointed out that we should always fight bureaucracy, which is true. But the point was that we shouldn’t have to. Our efforts should be going towards productive activities and we, as leaders, should remove as much bureaucracy as we can so our teams can be more productive.
  • Don’t manage, command, and control but rather mobilize, connect and support
  • “God doesn’t have a plan B”
  • We have an extravagant, loving God to deal with our wreckless sin
  • Meritocracy and the value of co-creation (within an organization)
  • A common purpose is the best way to predict outcome in an unpredictable environment.
  • Show, don’t tell
  • “God has called you to action. He calls us to play the game. Break the huddle. (football analogy)”

And folks, that was just scratching the surface of my multiple pages of notes. And I still have another full day today!
(That is my birthday present to myself.)

Truly amazing!

…..Dan at aslowerpace dot net