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Quick Hits: Being remarkable is hard. I’m no Truther. Weird music is awesome.

  • It's a world of laughter, a world of tears...When organizations grow there’s a temptation to set policies that limit the individual’s ability to make decisions and act outside of their given role. The is pretty common because it’s a way to keep the organization safe from employees who lack the responsibility, loyalty, or competence to be given that much freedom. Unfortunately, it also steals the sense of autonomy a workforce needs to become remarkable, and it leads to most employees to just do their jobs and nothing more. And I say all of that to say this: In an organization as big as Disney’s, it’s fantastic that they still have employees who strive to be remarkable just to save the day for a single young boy. (Now, if they could just get the burger-slingers at Tommorowland to catch that same spirit.)
  • Here’s a useful tidbit of information for the Interwebz: I’m not big into conspiracies. I’m not a Truther. I’m not a Birther. I don’t want to #Occupy anything. I think government has become too big, but I feel that’s more a result of apathy and entropy than dark, hidden forces coordinating it. So, I try to politely avoid engaging conspiracy theorists regarding their obsessions. Sometimes that’s really hard because that’s what they’re all about, and if you don’t agree with them you’re a part of the problem, or even in league the enemy. Still, you’re probably better then that one guy who changed his mind and stop believing the conspiracy. He got death threats.
  • Music is great, but weird music is awesome. For example, my youngest daughter and I love to watch the work of Mike Tompkins. He takes one man a capella to the extreme, covering popular songs by creating all the sounds needed with his “voice and mouth.” Check out his version of We Are Young by fun. and see what I mean. Also, I love good mashups, and no one does it better than DJ Lobsterdust. So, on the same theme, here’s It’s fun to be young at the YMCA.

September 4, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits: Being remarkable is hard. I’m no Truther. Weird music is awesome.

Where’s Your Energy Going, and Why It Matters

An organization has only 100 percent of its resources and energies to spend. I have no idea what is meant when a manager says, “Let’s give it 110 percent!” There is a finite amount of energy, and the question is simple: is it directed toward internal, political issues, or toward external, client issues?

In the best companies I’ve worked with (or observed), the ratio is about 10/90. That is, 10 percent of the energy is abraded away internally, but 90 percent of it is directed toward sales, service, retention, market share, and so forth.

Alan Weiss, Million Dollar Coaching

There are times I have to leave the house and socialize with other people. As an introvert, that isn’t my natural state. Occasionally, it happens that I have to engage a group of people that I don’t really know (aka “strangers”), adding a level of emotional awkwardness. If I’m physically uncomfortable on top of that (i.e. my chair is at a weird angle, or personal space is limited, or I have a headache, etc.) where do you think the vast majority of my personal energy is focused?


Obviously, in those circumstances, most of my energy is going to go into coping with the situation. Very little will be reserved for making new acquaintances, smiling, or being friendly. I’ll want to use my wife and kids as a shelter, rather than be aware of how they’re feeling, and I’d be filling my time by checking the clock and eyeing the door.

And that’s just one event in a lifetime filled with thousands upon thousands of various such twists and turns. In each of those moments, I’ll only have a limited amount of resources to fall back on. Each day – each hour – each second only has so much energy to expend. That time I spend at work, or at church, or at home, or volunteering – how will I use it? Where will it be focused?

It’s important to understand that. It really does matter.

See, organizational energy is a byproduct of individual energy. We each contribute a portion of the greater whole when it comes to directing the energy of our places of business, or service, or worship. Whether you’re in a family of five, a church of fifty, or a company of twelve thousand, your focus makes a difference on the internal to external ratio of that organization.

Do an audit of the energy being spent by that sleepy church in the Midwest with a slowly shrinking membership. Are they busy trying to keep the people within the walls happy, or are they zealously focused on serving their neighbors and beyond? How have their members affected their ratio? It might be helpful to do an audit of each of them.

And when we’re criticizing the organizations we’re a part of,  maybe we need to do an audit on ourselves.

Just a thought.

June 12, 2013 Posted by | Christ and Church, Marriage and Family, Politics and Other Insects, Work and Money | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Where’s Your Energy Going, and Why It Matters

Quick Hits of the Week

  • When economic times are tough, the people we elect as leaders should work to encourage enterprise. Every law or rule should be reviewed and the ones that limit entrepreneurial activity should be removed, or at least deferred. The last thing a local government should be doing is adding more legislation and requiring more permits. It happens all too often. We, as the governed, should be very careful in how we allow our leaders to stifle business activity. Those burdens often land hardest on the poorest among us.
  • It’s been said that English “mugs other languages in dark alleys and rifles their pockets for loose vocabulary.” Here are fourteen words that might be next, if they’re not careful.
  • Apparently, adding a calorie count to menu items doesn’t automatically change people’s eating habits. It isn’t a bad thing that people exercise their freedom to live and eat how they choose. See, we’re not truly free unless we’re free to be wrong (and to endure the consequences). However, that doesn’t negate the benefit of more transparency. In this case, it really is in a restaurants’ best interest that their customers be informed about the dishes they’re offered.
  • Speaking of customer service, it appears that some South Carolina lawmakers have forgotten that state agencies are in the business of serving people, too. Honestly, some of our elected leaders will make anything into political fodder for the sake of a headline.

January 19, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week