A Bodey in Motion

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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

What is Money?

Almost everyone, even those who aren’t big on church or religion, have heard this verse:

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

1 Timothy 6:10

Money will never love you back, no matter how much you get.

Although, many times it’s shortened, so it sounds more like this:

Money is the root of all evil.

Now, there is a significant difference between the verse and how it’s paraphrased. Though, with all of the greed, corruption, and cronyism in our society, I can understand how that difference can shrink and become less significant. Watch the news for a while, and money starts to transform into a symbol for evil.

But is it? Is money a symbol of evil?

Possibly, but there are different ways of looking at it. For example:

“Take out a dollar bill and look at it,” he said. “Now pat yourself on the back because you are looking at a certificate of performance. If you did not rob or steal from anyone to obtain that dollar, if you neither defrauded anyone nor persuaded your government to seize it from a fellow citizen and give it to you, then you could only have obtained that dollar in one other way – you must have pleased someone else.” How true those words. Whether you pleased a client, a customer, or your boss, that money is testament to your having pleased another human being. Having money is not shameful; it is a certificate of good performance granted to you by your grateful fellow citizens.

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Thou Shall Prosper

So, money’s a certificate of good and not a symbol of evil?

Here’s the problem. Money doesn’t have intentions and it doesn’t take actions. It can’t be generous or greedy. It doesn’t have a mind of it’s own, and can’t be judged innocent or guilty.

Money is a tool. It’s like a hammer. It can be used to create or destroy, but it doesn’t do either until it’s put into the hands of a human being. That person lifts it with intention and swings it into action. They are the ones to be judged.

Some people treat money in such a way that it becomes a symbol of evil. Others treat it as a certificate of good performance. In the both cases, the bills and coins stay the same. It’s the approach that matters.

So, set your approach. What is the most valuable way that you can serve your fellow man? Don’t love wealth. Love people, and allow them to reward you.

April 18, 2013 Posted by | Work and Money | , , , , , | Comments Off on What is Money?

Top Posts – Third Quarter 2012

Only three more months to go in 2012. Since the last time we did this, I went to Nashville and got trained as a financial coach by some seriously talented people. We started a new round of FPU (It’s only 9 weeks now, you should check it out). I took a week off for vacation, and now we’re back to your regularly scheduled blog.

Here are the top five posts from the last three months:

  • Kick the Ends Out – The two most irresponsible concepts propagated in the modern era.

October 9, 2012 Posted by | Top Posts | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Top Posts – Third Quarter 2012

Quick Hits of the Week

  • If you’re employed, what is it exactly that you do? Do you build widgets? Do you sell stuff? How would you describe your everyday work? Now, here’s the important question: How is your everyday work serving people? Dan Rockwell wants us to remember that the only reason we’re in business is to serve. If you can’t immediately see how the work you do serves others, then you need to take some time and figure it out. More importantly, if you can’t figure out how your work serves others, then you need to find work that does.
  • In the last couple of months, we’ve lost Sheriff Taylor,  Lt. Commander McHale, and Corporal Newkirk. That also means that we’ve lost Ben Matlock (Atlanta’s greatest criminal defense attorney), Dominic Santini (co-pilot of human civilization’s crowning achievement), and the most kissy-faced game-show host ever. I don’t like focusing on death, but it’s hard not to take note of the passing of television legends like these.
  • I’m a big fan of individuals creating and innovating. Looking at old materials in new ways, or putting a fresh spin on an old concept. So, it makes sense that the work being done by UpCycle Living would get my attention. Taking shipping-crates and turning them into affordable homes. Providing relief for Haiti. Not to mention, making a splash right in my own city. The engineer in me is busy assembling shipping-crates into different configurations in my head to see what kind of weird but interesting home designs could be created. The burgeoning financial coach in me wants to warn you not to buy one unless you are dead set on making a statement instead of an investment. These are a niche market with the potential resale value of a mobile home. I still liked them on Facebook, though.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

July 12, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment