Do It With Passion, Purpose & Humbleness

25 04 2009


So I just spent the last two days at Catalyst West in California….in a word WOW! Totally next level in every way. The take away for me was the level of amazing speakers and staff at Catalyst. From Erwin McManus and Rick Warren to Perry Noble and Andy Stanley, and so many in between…they all came with passion, purpose and humbleness.

Check the Catalyst site for sessions, resources, and a ton of equipment for the cutting edge church. What I want to speak to is the atmosphere of humbleness that surrounded servitude. I believe without one you can’t have the other. I saw key leaders in the Catalyst organization serving snow cones to people in back of the long food line. Rick Warren walked into a packed green room and made a purpose to meet everyone in the room…asking their name, shaking hands, and hugging some (I was one of the lucky ones 🙂 In fact, before he went on to speak he stepped over to tell me and a small group of people on side of the stage that he had to cancel a meeting with the President (yes Pres Obama) to make this meeting…smiling as he commented “I’ll take a meeting with Pastors over Presidents everytime.”

It was refreshing to see a group of influencers and leaders who didn’t live in a tunnel of superiority. They looked for ways to connect and serve. It didn’t diminish their passion or purpose. In fact, in my eyes it only elevated it.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Take Off

16 04 2009

I’m was hopscotching across the US these last couple weeks (so I’m knocking the dust off my blog). This morning I was moved by the whole concept of air travel. It was solidified by this pic I took at 20 something thousand feet. Actually the pic will insert at the bottom of the blog…thank you WordPress iPhone App.

I could make this into a blog series with the life analogies that fit air travel. The simple components of air travel I want to draw from are the connection, departure, take-off, flight, and arrival.

When I examine how the best brands…the best strategies…the best marketing plans function, I see them all like an adventure in air travel.

It all starts with a connection to the audience…the community…the person who was formerly seen as just another customer. Once you have this established, which takes work, the
you are ready to go somewhere.

You really need everyone on board before you can go anywhere. Departures will eventually cease if there isn’t anyone on the plane to support it.

Take off is the fun part right. When a company gets all the elements right, it’s a beautiful thing. Like an airplane, the complex variables working together on a proper runway…will give you everything needed to take off.

The flight is the map. It’s the place where you also get the best views. Where a layer of dark clouds fall below and an awesome vista awaits. Much like a roadmap for a product, brand, or company… The flight takes you there, through all the milestones..all the successes.

It all leads to a destination right? You can’t fly for ever. We all want the brand / product to take us to that place. Eventually, through natural development…we want to go to that next place. Thus the business cycle. Where you are taken to that next “big thing.”

It all takes careful planning, precise execution, and flexibility to adapt. The flight path you start on, may not be the one that takes you to that destination. The aircraft may change, the methods may evolve, but the people and end goal remain. Real connection with a real destination in mind.

Breathe In & Smile Out,