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Talent Is Never Enough

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I just started reading Talent Is Never Enough by John Maxwell.

The book covers 13 things that can take talent to the next level.

1) Belief Lifts Your Talent

2) Passion Energizes Your Talent

3) Initiative Activates Your Talent

4) Focus Directs Your Talent

5) Preparation Positions Your Talent

6) Practice Sharpens Your Talent

7) Perseverance Sustains Your Talent

8) Courage Tests Your Talent

9) Teachability Expands Your Talent

10) Character Protects Your Talent

11) Relationships Influence Your Talent

12) Responsibility Strengthens Your Talent

13) Teamwork Multiples Your Talent

Personally, I would say I am in pretty good shape on about half of these items, but I have some room for development in some of the areas like Belief, Preparation, Perseverance, Relationships, and Responsibility.

How about you? Which areas could you improve in to enhance your God-given talent?

What about your team, organization, or company? Is talent being wasted because 1 or more of the 13 items is missing?

Written by Aaron

May 5, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Organizational Clarity

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Just added Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive, to my Amazon Wish List.

The Four Obsessions…….

  • Build and maintain a cohesive leadership team
  • Create organizational clarity
  • Over-communicate organizational clarity
  • Reinforce organizational clarity through human systems

Extraordinary Executives create Extraordinary Organizations via Extraordinary Clarity

Written by Aaron

April 29, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Notes from an Evening with John Eldredge

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Author John Eldredge was in town last night to speak as he tours the country promoting his latest book, Walking With God

Here are few notes from the evening……

John 10

1) The Offer – Life

  • Christianity is an offer that extends way beyond forgiveness.

2) The Setting – Danger

  • We live in a dangerous world…..a world at war.
  • A lot of Christians walk through life with a chosen ignorance of reality.

3) The Condition – Listen to my voice. Follow me. Stay close to me.

  • There is conversation intimacy available with God.
  • He is a speaking God.
  • It is His nature to communicate.
  • We are relational beings……..and we are created in the image of God.
  • The whole trajectory of scripture in 2 words……Come Closer.
  • A progression…..Clay & Potter -> Sheep & Shepherd -> Servant & Master -> John15: I no longer call you servants……..I have called you friends. -> His beloved. Bride.
  • Can you imagine any relationship without dialog?
  • The heart of God is actually jealous over you. He yearns for you.

How does he speak to me?

  • Through the scriptures (A sure foundation for your faith)
  • Through the counsel of Godly people
  • Through circumstances
  • He speaks anyway he wants to.
  • Most of our struggle is a struggle with interpretation.
  • There are other factors at work in a broken, fallen world at war.
  • You cannot cultivate a conversational intimacy with God without some place for quiet in your life.
  • Make yourself present.
  • Quiet. Present. Start with small questions.
  • Quite often the reason we don’t ask or don’t hear is because we don’t want to hear.
  • How does God raise a man to be a man? Mostly through hardship.

Written by Aaron

April 18, 2008 at 7:21 am

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Mavericks at Work

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I just started reading Mavericks at Work: Why The Most Original Minds In Business Win

On page xiv of the Introduction it says….

…business, at its best, is too exciting, too important, and too much fun to be left to the dead hand of business as usual.

I think I am going to like this book.

Written by Aaron

April 4, 2008 at 10:25 pm