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Leadership Tuesday

June 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

wishing wellCheck out his blog post from a few years ago by author Seth Godin:

The wishing/doing gap

It would be great to be picked, to win the random lottery, to have a dream come true.

But when we rely on a wish to get where we want to go, we often sacrifice the effort that might make it more likely that we get what we actually need. Waiting for the prince to show up is a waste of valuable time, and the waiting distracts us from and devalues the hard work we might be doing instead.

If you can influence the outcome, do the work.

If you can’t influence the outcome, ignore the possibility. It’s merely a distraction.

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Last year, Seth posted the following on his own blog:
“The easiest way to thrive as an outlier
…is to avoid being one. At least among your most treasured peers.

Surround yourself with people in at least as much of a hurry, at least as inquisitive, at least as focused as you are. Surround yourself by people who encourage and experience productive failure, and who are driven to make a difference.

fosbury flopWhat’s contagious: standards, ethics, culture, expectations and most of all, the bar for achievement.

The crowd has more influence on us than we have on the crowd. It’s not an accident that breakthroughs in music, architecture, software, athletics, fashion and cuisine come in bunches, often geographic. If you need to move, move. At least change how and where you exchange your electrons and your ideas.

We all need leaders who challenge the tribe. We benefit even more when our leaders have peers who push them to be even better.”

Don’t you agree? We constantly need leaders who challenge us to be better, to do better, to attempt that which has not been attempted before.

How are you striving to be even better than you were last year?

Seth Godin Quote

December 30, 2013 — Leave a comment

bellA few weeks ago, Seth Godin sent this out in his blog post for the day:

The sound of a small bell during a dark night …is louder than the din of traffic outside your window during rush hour.

Surprise and differentiation have far more impact than noise does.”

Do you agree with him?

Why or why not?

Do you want to be different? Would you like to surprise your audience, your clients, your team? How can you stand out from so much noise around us?

coffeeFollowing is one of my favorite posts by Seth Godin from September of 2012.

Overstimulated

Time to pay attention to the Weber-Fechner Law.

It’s easier to tell the difference between two bags of flour that are three ounces apart in weight when one weighs a pound, than it is to tell the difference between two bags that are three ounces apart when one weighs twenty pounds.

It’s easier to tell the difference between two flashlights that are 6 lumens apart when one is just 2 lumens bright than it is to tell them apart when one is 200 lumens.

The more stimulus you’re getting (light, sound, pressure, delight, sadness) the less easily you can notice a small change. That seems obvious, but it’s worth saying.

If you’re entering a market filled with loudness, it’s harder to be noticed, even if the incremental benefit you offer seems large to you. If you’re trying to delight existing customers, the more delighted they already are, the more new delight you need to offer to turn heads.

One more reason to seek out those that are both interested and underserved.

Do you agree with the above or not?

FREE Fridays

April 26, 2013 — Leave a comment

Ok, all you loyal readers and followers, here’s another nearly FREE give away for this week.

I try to find you cool stuff for FREE each week. Sometimes I can, other times I find nearly FREE stuff I think will help you. This week’s is in that latter category – not entirely FREE, but should be useful to you, especially if you are a presenter of any kind.

It’s a book on the presentation techniques of marketing guru, Seth Godin. If you’ve been following us for any time at all, you’ve run across Seth in several of the posts found here.

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So here you go – a nearly FREE copy of a book covering Seth’s presentation techniques.

Put it to good use and enjoy!

Life changer logoHave you ever had someone begin a conversation with you in that fashion? We think to ourselves, “I know where this is headed. It’s some kind of sales pitch.” Oh, not the kind they show on late night TV with the guy yelling at you about the latest and greatest this or that you absolutely have to have, but we think “sales pitch” nonetheless.

Well, I’d like to take the time to introduce you to something we’ve been working on for some time now. Recently we’ve launched a new website, Facebook page and Twitter account all for a new non-profit that’s growing.

Over the past several years I’ve been reading posts by the likes of Michael Hyatt and Seth Godin. And let me just say that they’ve influenced some of my thinking. I blog about them from time to time, and I think they’re the most popular items of my posts.

Well, in the spirit of what they are doing, we’ve created Life Changer Studies. We are developing DVD-based Bible studies for Small Groups and individuals alike. We include a set of Small Group questions at the end of each lesson and provide in-depth study questions and answers as pdfs on each DVD.

And you ask, “John, how’s that any different?” Ok, I’ll tell you. We create these DVD under a Creative Commons copyright that gives the purchaser permission to copy the DVDs for use with their people as long as they don’t sell them! Who ever heard of that?

And, we’ve uploaded all of the Small Group questions and in-depth questions and answers for download on the website, www.lifechangerstudies.com. Our first study, Sermon on the Mount, is out, the second, Party Frosting, is currently in production.

The first study is also being translated into Spanish, and the 4th study, Living Your Dash, is filming this month in HD! So go check out the website and read our history, our vision, etc. You can sign up for our newsletter to stay informed as to what’s going on with this crazy team of people who just believe that something like this can be done!

Oh, and by the way, at least 10% of every study sold will be donated to a clean water project in Africa through our friends at Compassion!

Tell us what you think. IS this a crazy idea or what?

I like Fridays! Especially when we give stuff away.

Today’s FREE gift to you comes from author Seth Godin. It’s a copy of his book: Tales of the Revolution.

Simply follow the link, and download your FREE copy! The cover even looks a bit like Seth!

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Happy Friday!

But Sunday’s coming!