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Quick Hits of the Week

  • In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell writes that it takes an average of 10,000 hours, or 5 years, to gain a level of expertise at a new skill or new career. Getting past that initial period of  inexperience can be daunting, but you have to keep at it. Dan Rockwell has some quick advice for inexperienced leaders, but I think a lot of them apply to anyone trying to get over that particular hump in their newly chosen field.
  • Last year, state legislatures added over 40,000 new laws to the reams and reams of regulations that already exist. That doesn’t count federal and local additions.  With so many regulations, is it possible to exist without becoming a criminal? According to one author, every American commits, on average, three federal felonies a day without even knowing it. There are so many minor offenses and vaguely written major offenses that it becomes easy to be prosecuted for the most laughable of activities. No, really. What does it mean when the only thing keeping any of us out of the courtroom is how closely somebody in authority has or hasn’t looked into our lives?

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Quick Hits of the Week

  • Something to think about: If you make your employees jump through hoops before they’re able to act, you are effectively erecting roadblocks and telling them no. Dan Rockwell encourages leaders to create a hoop free zone, because fewer hoops fuel passion.
  • If you’ve got an interest in science, and some time to spare, I would recommend this talk given by Pastor Will Little to you. Why Jesus Creates: Science. Pastor Little is a scientist, with a PhD in biomaterials and currently working in the field, while he also serves as a pastor at Mars Hill Church Downtown Seattle. He rejects the narrative that science and Christianity can’t rationally coexist, and does a good job defending his position historically and intellectually. It’s worth watching.

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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.

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