Thursday, August 14, 2014

Leadership advice.

My brain.
It's FULL of leadership knowledges.
All the knowledges from great people like Bill Hybels, Carly Fiorina, and Patrick Leocini.
Day 1 of the Global Leadership Summit was a success in my book.
13 hand written pages of notes, cause I am "old school" like that.
13 different tweets, some retweets, and some sub tweeting going on and multiple followers later...
AND a new pastor to keep tabs upon for changing the dynamics of church culture and becoming multi-ethnic... cause Heaven, it's international.

Bill Hybels offered sage advice on hire-lings vs. legacy leaders.
"legacy leaders are the only ones willing to pay the price to fix a broken culture"

Carly Florin
  "Are we rearranging chairs on the Titanic?"
Actions speak louder than words. Basically if there is a cultural norm of "breaking the rules" and it goes unquestioned, then leadership is at fault. The leader HAS to model the behavior wanted in a group/culture/work place.

Susan Cain showed up with a load of wisdom about introverts. Her book Quiet sold out at my satellite location. Lucky me, I already own it.
Susan has done a lot of research into introverts and extroverts; and the science is astonishing. Our brain's neurobiologies fire differently between the two groups. Extros need noise (music, static, tv, talking etc to function "normally" whereas intros prefer a quieter environment in which to better focus.
She also suggests that in group/staff meetings, to have people have time to go off in solitude to process things instead of being in a large group the entire time. Otherwise you're only going to get the LOUDEST voice and that's not necessary the best ideas....
oh, and check out  it's her new powerhouse website (still being worked on) where introvert lifestyles are going to be focused on because guess what, y'all?! 1/2 to 1/3 of the POPULATION is an introvert. Genius work. (and also, most bloggers are introverts, btw)

and then there was Bryan Loritts. Have you even HEARD of this guy before? Amazing Pastor. He's the new guy to keep an eye on. Actually, he's not NEW, but just new to me.  He stated (which is also biblical) that God's welfare policy is to give food to the poor, but also the let them come and work the field. (Which is why all Compassion's literature has a blue square in the corner... to gather some from the very corners of the fields plowed)

Patrick Lencioni
Where do I start? I've watched him for several years now at the GLS. I'd love to see Patrick and Bob Goff talk sometime..there would be so much energy I think people would just explode.
He talked of three most dangerous behaviors leaders can make
(1) Becoming a leader for the wrong reason
(2) failing to embrace vulnerability
(3) Making leadership too important.
And in the middle of all those is a fourth, which is PRIDE.

His final point was success in leadership is submitting to God's Will and allowing failure to be an option. (not an everyday sentiment, but yes, we HAVE to fail at times and be OK with that. )

Have y'all ever been to or heard of the Global Leadership Summit?
It's hosted by Willow Creek Church in Chicago and someday I'll attend the campus live.

Friday, August 08, 2014


There's a bunch of things going on this weekend:
The Moto GP race, which is motorcycles running the smaller inside tracks of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Church (not optional)
Drill Weekend for the Marines
Family Day on Sunday for the Marines
My Marine's boss is in town for said Drill Weekend/family day
and Rend Collective playing the FREE stage at the Indiana State Fair on Sunday., which I am STOKED about. I haven't seen them play since 2012, before they got all famous and stuff.

Maybe I should have said there are a lot of things going on Sunday because my Saturday is EMPTY!
And today, there's just life group at our casa and they're playing favorite board games while I make them tacos and taquitos and etc.

However, there's a planning session going on in my head for this fall semester for Sunday School and Mission Projects on Wednesday and discipleship times, and drum lessons, and babysitting days.

And a LONG run occurring tomorrow morning. It's been awhile and I want to run again. I thought about it this morning, but there's things to get done. I'll probably pop in another Bob Harper DVD and kick butt or in my case last night, shoulders.

And this; it's our highlight topic of the month for missions.
We have EXTREME h20 game night coming up and every participant is required to bring a CASE of water. (which cases range from 6pack to 40 packs, so YAY!) 
But we'll be doing MISSIONS projects with this awesome water that we are collecting.
AND I have the college life group coming out to help the water game night...since that life group meets at my house on Friday Nights and Youth fun nights are Friday nights, we kinda combined them and it might bring the campuses together.

Next Month is Messy Game Night and they'll be required to bring canned foodstuff.
Eventually they'll figure out that because I am spending budget money on their fun stuff, they're spending some of their money on missions.
It's a fair trade off and they get to spend time with each other which is truly what they love doing anyhow and I love that they love it.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

When the ocean roar...

August in Indiana is always this weird in-between state. 
Everywhere else considers it part of the summer season. 
Public School is already playing the second week routine game with families. 

Fall lessons.
Fall activities.
Fall Football games have commenced.
But it's STILL summer.

My garden is exploding with fruits, flavors, scents, bugs. 
August is prime garden blossom time for summer.
The fall garden is getting planned so beans, peas, broccoli, cauliflower and kale will be plentiful. 

Even fall scents have arrived in stores.
And let's not talk about Christmas stuff hanging out in Hobby Lobby right now.

So I had a dilemma inside Bath and Body Works the other day.
Get a summer scent or fall scent.
Which is appropriate for this in-between season?
We have 80 degree weather and the calendar says SUMMER, but...

School suggests fall, does it not?

How do you describe this in between seasons land?