I have to say it – like the commercial jingle “State Farm is there”. My real life good neighbor, Rob Mullen, (literally across the street from my house) is my State Farm agent. This week I had to have my car towed due to mechanical problems. I called Rob to ask about the State Farm Roadside Assistance program and he not only got back to me quickly and with helpful information, he hand delivered a check to cover the cost of the towing to my house this evening.
It was only a small thing but it does demonstrate excellent service & gives me confidence that if something more significant comes up the jingle will be more than just words but a real promise of service.
It’s that time of year again. A time to start fresh. A time to make new (good) habits. One of those you might want to consider trying out is a Bible reading plan. You can start small (like a 5 day plan), try out a topic (like leadership or marriage), or an overview of the important stories and events. Like any good habit, the important thing is to start and stick with it.
What can be said but “Wow”. If you ever wanted to see an example of someone’s pain and anguish being used to drive their passion and determination, here it is! Watching this, I am reminded of the verse in Genesis 50:20
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives
I found Brad’s post to be very compelling. He highlighted 12 points that are important for leaders if they are going to be authentic in how they lead. In a digital age authenticity is something that easily is lost. I believe the world needs more authentic leaders, ones that are true to themselves and those they are leading.
The more successful you become, the less accessible you are.
Learn to open up.
Ask great questions.
Invite direct reports to do 360 degree review
Accept a better standard
Be interested over interesting
Be accountable to those who know you best
Authentic leaders make more of those around them, less about themselves
Actively build a support network
Be who you are.
Most all of these are hard to do consistently, but it in a society and culture where authenticity seems to be a dying characteristic, it is important to keep in front of us and moving in this direction. If we are not deliberate about it, the pressure to always have the right answer, look important, and show no weaknesses will set us up for sure failure.
Ah finally! I’ve been waiting for this capability for a long time! Last week Google announced the latest update to themes in Gmail. Now, in addition to being able to select from one of the many HD themes they provide, you can also use your own background image.
Making decisions can be a difficult thing, but good leaders make them. Period. Often there can be a tendency to try to avoid making a decision for fear of being wrong or being criticized by others, but the leaders who stand out, who make a difference are the ones who actually make decisions. Brad Lomenick had some great thoughts on this in his post which included these points.
Understand that it’s part of your job.
Sleep on the big ones.
Know your values.
Understand the context.
Just do it.
Being the analytical and introverted type, I know I will often gravitate to putting decisions off until I know 100% it’s the right one. The problem with that is not enough decisions get made. What about you?
You are familiar with the current top-level domains such as .com, .org, .net, etc, but starting in 2013 hundreds of new top-level domains will become available including brand-specific ones like .netflix or .toyota as well as generic ones like .bank or .dental. These new domain extensions are not cheap however with a price tag of $185,000.
Thanks to the partnership and vision to help the global church, LifeChurch.tv has created an initiative to help bring a new domain extension to all churches: .church
Read more about it and show your support to help make this an affordable reality to search, share and connect with ministries across the globe!
An interesting post today from RELEVANT Magazine about why November 1 is more than just the day after Halloween. I must confess that as a protestant growing up in America, the notion of “All Saints Day” was lost on me and I never really understood the significance or concept behind the day. I don’t think I even knew about it or any connection to Halloween until I was in college.
The true spiritual significance of remembering “all of the saints” is one that really stands in contrast to the American tradition of what we tend to think about with Halloween.
For much of modern human history (since at least the 16th century) All Hallows’ Eve—in other words, Halloween—has been notable for what it anticipates. The “eve” in the name isn’t just for show, just as the “eve” in Christmas Eve suggests something else is just over the horizon. That something, in the case of Nov. 1, is All Hallows or All Saints’ Day (fun fact: it’s also known as Hallowmas, which sounds like the greatest Christmas-Halloween mash-up ever, where kids wear costumes, gorge themselves on candy and get gifts. Like that wouldn’t take off immediately). Christians all over the world will celebrate today, remembering the saints.
Interesting how over time the cultural tradition has shifted from one of honoring the saints to one that honors the dead and focuses more on the macabre. Have you ever been enlightened to something that gives new meaning or understanding to something that is familiar?