Thoughts

Just a few excellent thoughts…

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Just a few things that I have stuck in my mind (or in my notes)…

Those who don’t work are lazy. Those who don’t rest are disobedient.

Great ability reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.

Problem solvers have more influence.

For me the most radical demand of Christian faith lies in summoning the courage to say yes to the present risenness of Jesus Christ. – Brennan Manning

If you want to go faster, go alone. If you want to go farther, go together.

In order to amplify you need to simplify.

“The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.” Sid Caesar

“We can afford to lose money. We can afford to lose a lot of money. But we cannot afford to lose one shred of our reputation. Make sure everything you do can be reported on the front page of your local newspaper written by an unfriendly, but intelligent reporter.” – Warren Buffet

What people think of me is none of my business.

People in distress will sometimes prefer a problem that is familiar to them to a solution that is not.

God will wreck your plans when he sees that your plans are about to wreck you.

“The entrepreneur has to go from a control freak to a trusting manager to an emotionally intelligent coach and mentor.” –Ed Hess, professor at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

Ideation/Think/Leadership

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The Pareto Principle originally referred to the idea (maybe fact) that 80 percent of Italy’s wealth belonged to 20 percent of the population.

Today, the Pareto Principle helps us understand that the majority of results come from a minority of inputs and therefore we should focus our effort on the 20 percent that makes a difference, instead of the 80% that doesn’t add much.

I wonder if there is another way. Arguably, Jesus cared for the 80%’ers… the “one” rather than the “ninety-nine”, the outsiders, the unengaged, unchallenged, the messy, broken, etc.

It seems that we often use the Pareto Principle as more of an excuse for the 80 percent or worse yet, as affirmation or justification for the 20 percent. I wonder if, as leaders, in the marketplace or ministry, it’s easier to accept “the 80/20 principle” than to do the heavy lifting and the work necessary to instigate change. Let’s face it. Most things in life are distributed unevenly.

I’m pretty thrilled to work with a group of uncommon people who are helping the best leaders in the local church engage the 80%’ers in profound and spontaneous ways that will forever impact the local church and Kingdom.

More to come…