Thursday, August 30, 2007
So Michael Porter is a professor at Harvard, teaching Strategy and Leadership. I would so love to take classes from him. He's fairly Vulcan in his logic, and I loved it! Not what you would call a fluffy fellow.
He talked about using our resources wisely, with strategic planning, leaving emotions out of the mix. "How do you do well at doing good?" He says that with all the energy and money we spend on helping people, we don't get the results that we should. Boy, that struck a chord with me. When I hear about MILLIONS or even BILLIONS of dollars being poured into a needy area, yet the needs remaining unmet, it kind of makes me sick. All that means to me is that the effort to help is being led and managed poorly and probably making a few people very rich.
I hardly know how to whittle his points down, there are so many good ones. But they are quite specific to a large organization needing to be very intentional and deliberate about choosing where to make a difference and then doing it well.
I'll mention 4 pitfalls he gave: 1. Under-utilizing volunteer capabilities 2. Don't have engineers raking lawns 3. Lack of Focus 4. Creating too many programs
Five things that get in the way of strategic planning: 1. Lack of clarity and concensus on our goals 2. The services are driven by passion, not value and effectiveness 3. No attempt to measure performance 4. Limited attention to cost 5. Inability to stop anything
Are you bored to tears? Over or under-whelmed? I found him compelling - what does that say about me? (I'm open to observations!)
That's enough for today. Time to get back to pancakes with fresh peach sauce for dinner - special request from the Todd-Man. Maybe I'll add blueberries...
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The little dots are split peas, serving as table confetti!
Fot ToR we always used the speaker's main Scripture verse on the "place mats". So for this day I chose a verse of comfort for the family and hopefully some food for thought for any who don't know the Lord.
It was pretty fun, a lot of work, and sort of traumatic closure. A task well done.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
First nugget, from Carly Fiorina - I can only grow outside my comfort zone. (Ouch)
Here's another from Carly - People are people wherever you find them, and a title or position does not qualify them or give them character. (Just as I suspected...)
From Marcus Buckingham - I need to lead a strength-based team, not a remedial team. People's strengths are our greatest asset. (In other words, spend my energy strengthening my strengths rather than dwelling on or working on my weaknesses.)
Also - Everyone will win when I take the responsibility to play to my strengths.
More later, from Colin Powell, John Ortberg, Richard Curtis and Bill Hybels.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
More stuff going on with the church, unhappy things that I don't know what to do with. I'm hoping to gain some clarity of thought while I'm away. I know the Lord is talking to me, about my own attitudes. Colossians three, James three. No matter what, I'm responsible for me.
I always have hated these interim times when I don't know what's next in life.
Sorry for the blah blog - I'm tired and worn. Tomorrow should turn up at the corners!
Thursday, August 2, 2007
But this heat drives me inside like the cold in Glennallen did. Difference - I can be outside in the early morning and in the evening. And the extreme heat doesn't last long. Some of my plants get crispy-crittered, though.
This is what a Michael looks like on the last morning of having braces. I'll post a picture of his unshackled teeth soon.