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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

Notes from ‘Mavericks at Work’

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Still working my way through Mavericks at Work by William C. Taylor & Polly Labarre

Here are a few of the lines that are now highlighted in my copy of the book….

  • If everybody is selling the same thing, what’s the tie-breaker? It’s purpose.
  • How you talk about your company speaks volumes about how you think about your business. And ultimately, how you think about your business determines how well it performs.
  • If you do things the way everybody else does, why do you think you’re going to do any better?
  • Companies that compete on a disruptive point of view are defined as much by the opportunities they choose not to pursue as by the businesses they do enter.
  • Stop pussfooting around with “softball” issues such as corporate governance and stakeholder management and focus on what matters most in business – using every legitimate resource and strategy available to gain advantage over competitors.
  • Even in the face of massive competition, don’t think about the competition……..Just think about the customer.
  • At the heart of every great company is a clear sense of purpose.
  • We believe that a new wave of strategic innovation is being built around disruptive points of view.
  • The companies that get in trouble are the ones that are mushy about who they are.
  • The open-source movement clearly demonstrates that the more smart people you can persuade to work on a problem, the more likely it is to get solved.
  • You cannot motivate the best people with money. The best people in any field are motivated by passion. People do their best work when they are passionately engaged in what they’re doing.
  • Companies that successfully attract outside brainpower will absolutely eat the lunch of companies that don’t.
  • It’s amazing to think there are people inside big companies spending millions of dollars to rediscover knowledge that already exists.
  • You can think big without having to think of everything yourself.
  • Whatever day it is, something in the world changed overnight, and you better figure out what it is and what it means. You have to forget what you just did and what you just learned. You have to walk in stupid every day.

Written by Aaron

April 7, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Innovative Impact | Session 2 – Kirby Jon Caldwell

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The speaker for session 2 at today’s Innovative Impact conference was Kirby Jon Caldwell.

I was blown away. He is a brilliant communicator.

Here are a few notes from his speech on innovation……

  • He is energized by this concept of innovation.
  • One reason churches are dying is because they fail to innovate.
  • Love meets needs. Innovation meets needs.
  • We should be people of ‘holy’ innovation.
  • Before innovation occurs it looks impossible, after it occurs it looks like it was inevitable.
  • Before innovation is birthed it looks obscure, after it is birthed it looks obvious…….but if you are not careful it become obsolete.
  • Innovation is an act of faithfulness.
  • God was in the heavens -> God was in the hills -> God was in the temple -> then the innovation of all innovations….Jesus Christ.
  • His wife told him he was a workaholic. She said “You have a vision for the state, you have a vision for this city, you have a vision for your church…..What is your vision for this house?”
  • If you do not innovate, you die.
  • 8 Innovations Killers (for some reason i only jotted down 6)
    1. abundance of personel & resources can stifle innovation
    2. lack of committment by management
    3. poor communication
    4. inadequate information technology
    5. unwillingness or inability to interact with your customers
    6. internal politics & gamesmenship
  • People Run to This Model…
    • Vision – where are we going?
    • Mission – why do we exist?
    • Action Steps (sometimes these like to go off on their own…make sure they always stay in line behind Vision & Mission)
    • Structure & Systems
    • People (on a bad day, your biggest liability…..on a good day, your biggest asset)

Written by Aaron

March 7, 2008 at 11:17 pm