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Written by Aaron

May 13, 2008 at 10:51 am

Being Big

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Really like this post by Tim Stevens at leadingsmart.com

Tim and the rest of the senior team at Granger Community Church decided that…….

We will not be the team that leads a church so big and flabby that it is impossible to move.

I work for one of the largest companies in the world and I attend one of the largest churches in America, so I understand that being big definitely adds complexity to change and innovation.

However, being big is never a valid excuse for avoiding necessary change and innovation.

Written by Aaron

May 7, 2008 at 10:21 am

$2.84 Billion and 110 Million and 38%

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$2.84 Billion = Revenue generated from U.S. porn websites in 2006

110 Million = Number of active users worldwide on Myspace

38% = Percentage of Protestant churches in America in 2007 without a church website

info from TechCrunch & Jeremiah Owyang & The Barna Group

Written by Aaron

April 29, 2008 at 10:41 pm

A Global Conversation

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I have been reading through The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business As Usual……it is free online here

The internet has changed things. And I don’t mean in an every company, organization, or church has a fancy website kind of way.

The internet has really, really changed things. A global conversation has begun……..via the internet.

The attraction of the internet isn’t really the technology. Remember, the internet started gaining popularity when the technology of the internet wasn’t all that great.

The attraction of the internet is the conversation…….and the technology of the internet enables that.

Everyone can communicate with everyone about everything. Instantly.

It seems obvious now with the explosion of things like Myspace, Facebook, web-based email, instant messaging, blogs, and Twitter. But the authors of the Cluetrain Manifesto had it figured out way back in 1999. I was shocked when I noticed that the manifesto was written that long ago.

If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, at least check out the 95 Theses

Then ask…..

  • Am I part of the global conversation?
  • Is my business part of the global conversation?
  • Is my employer part of the global conversation?
  • Is the Church part of the global conversation?

Written by Aaron

April 16, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Why Would Great People Want to Work Here?

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Mavericks at Work has 4 parts

1) Rethinking Competition

2) Reinventing Innovation

3) Reconnecting With Customers

4) Redesigning Work

I am reading through part 4 now and I think its the most important. Parts 1, 2, and 3 all depend on 4.

Everyone always says, “People are our most important asset.” It might be an over used phrase, but it remains true. Rethinking Competition, Reinventing Innovation, and Reconnecting With Customers can only happen with great people.

Mavericks at Work authors William C. Taylor and Polly Labarre often ask CEOs the following question…

Why would great people want to work here? (The answer can’t be about salaries, bonuses, or stock options)

It is a good question to think about……..for employers and employees.

Employers want great people to work for them.

Employees want great people to work with them.

Written by Aaron

April 14, 2008 at 7:30 am

Another World

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Excited about tomorrow night.

Our friends. Our house. Diving into a new study on Heaven.

If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.        – C.S. Lewis

Written by Aaron

April 10, 2008 at 10:44 pm

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Why do we do what we do?

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I posted a few notes yesterday from Mavericks at Work.

One thing that I have noticed about all the successful companies that are profiled in the book is that they all know why they do what they do…….They all have a clear sense of purpose.

A few quotes from the book…..

– If everybody is selling the same thing, what’s the tie-breaker? It’s purpose.

– At the heart of every great company is a clear sense of purpose.

– The companies that get in trouble are the ones that are mushy about who they are.

My incredible wife, Jennifer, demonstrates this concept each weekend as a staff member of the Children’s Ministry at our church, Fellowship of The Woodlands. Each Sunday morning, she gathers a team of volunteers and reminds them why they do what they do.

She reminds them that they are planting the seed of God’s love as the children grow spiritually in a safe and secure environment while allowing the parents to hear God’s word without distraction.

Purpose is powerful.

Does your organization, team, staff, ministry need to be reminded why they do what they do?

Written by Aaron

April 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm