Bounce

7 03 2010

Okay, I know this is a little dated…but it is bound for Super Bowl “Classic Moments” history…and I’m a Saints fan from back in the “bag over the head” days, so please allow me to gloat just a little longer on our first Super Bowl appearance and win!

I initially had this thought the night of the Super Bowl win, and since I’m such an amazing, consistent blogger, it’s now making the post. The thought was on the idea of bounce. How our lives are constantly bouncing. Some forces too hard, and the bounce gets out of control. Some bounces go our way. Some bounces go out of bounds.

We have to approach life like my Saints approached the second half. When you’re down. When it looks like a win may be out of reach. When the tide is not going your way…remember one thing…you have control. You have the chance to make a play that isn’t in the “safe” playbook. You can pursue a bounce that could change the whole game!

We’re called to bounce back. We’re called to take the force of the blow and use that to bounce to new heights. We’re called to see beyond our circumstance and bounce to where we need to be!

Breathe In & Bounce Back,
Chris

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Lion Chaser’s Manifesto

24 02 2010

Got this from a friend today….great manifesto from the Mark Batterson “In A Pit With A Lion On a Snowy Day.”

The LION CHASER’S MANIFESTO

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

Set God-sized goals.

Pursue God-ordained passions.

Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.

Keep asking questions.

Keep making mistakes.

Keep seeking God.

Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution.

Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.

Stop playing it safe and start taking risks.

Expand your horizons.

Accumulate experiences.

Enjoy the journey.

Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can.

Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God.

Burn sinful bridges.

Blaze a new trail.

Criticize by creating.

Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks.

Don’t try to be who you’re not.

Be yourself.

Laugh at yourself.

Quit holding out.

Quit holding back.

Quit running away.

Chase the lion!

Breathe In & Chase Out,
Chris





Quarterback Leadership

3 11 2009

I’m a bona fide Who Dat nation card carrying member. If you cut me, I bleed black & gold. Tonight’s game with my Saints battling the dirty birds of Atlanta I learned a couple of lessons in leadership from our star QB Drew Brees.

A great leader knows when to drop back in the pocket so he can read the field

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A great leader knows exactly when to time the pass

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A great leader knows who to throw the ball to

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A great leader celebrates the victories with the team

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Brees has a superstar, or great leader, ability to drop back and make the big play. He reads the field of opposition. He looks for the opportunity. Most importantly he places the utmost confidence on the receivers to catch the ball in the small windows he threads it through. Ultimately he rallies the team to rise to the occasion, sets the bar, and delivers the opportunity for success. In the the end the team celebrates the victory.

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Faith From A Story with A Lion

23 10 2009

If you haven’t read this book yet, go get it and jump in!
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It is from Mark Batterson who is an amazing thinker and relevant preacher of the gospel. His church in D.C. has exploded and was one of the first movements of church into a movie theater venue. If you’re in the area be sure to hit Ebeneazors for the best cup of joe in town (and every sip you take helps support the church).

Here is one of my favorite quotes from his In A Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day:

“Faith is unlearning the senseless worries and misguided beliefs that keep us captive. It is far more complex than simply modifying behavior. Faith involves synaptogenesis. Faith is rewiring the human brain.”

Looking forward to the new Primal book that is coming soon. Stay tuned,

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Effort

12 05 2009

I saw this in the bathroom at a Chick-Fil-A restaurant recently. As I washed my hands I realized why it was there.
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The soap dispenser has a dripping problem. Instead of fixing the problem, the solution was to place a fruit cup bowl underneath it. Somebody recognized the issue, and instead of treating the source looked for a quick fix. Which, in reality, isn’t a fix. In fact, for me it tarnished my perception of Chick-Fil-A restaurants. They are usually a notch above most fast food joints.

What probably took the same amount of effort, could have been directed the right way towards something or someone who could really fix the problem. What dripping soap dispensers plague your work, your business, your ministry, your sphere? What are you doing to really fix the problem?

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris

BTW, I can’t mention Chick-Fil-A without throwing out this funny video…saw Tim Hawkins perform this at Catalyst West, hilarious!





1.6 Million Reasons Why Meetings Need To Be Productive

19 11 2008

“The cost of unproductive meetings can be very high. A study of salaries and benefits from unproductive meetings involving 16 members of one company’s information technology department over a year showed unproductive meetings were costing the company $1.6 million per year.” — Mississippi Business Journal

You all have been there…the dreaded umpteenth meeting for the day, and nothing is happening!  I thought this was an interesting fact in to what unproductive meetings really cost a company.  Here’s my suggestions to help move meetings into something productive:

1. Have a clear agenda

2. Invite only the people who need to be there

3. Tell the people what they need to prepare for in advance

4. Start on time

5. Have a designated note take

6. Limit discussions to agenda items

7. Keep the meeting moving through the agenda

8. Define action steps and follow-ups for attendees

9. End on time 

10. Send out follow up email to attendees with meeting notes, assigned action steps, and follow-ups

And the golden rule, don’t call a meeting for something that can be handled on a conference call or email exchange.  In the end, everyone is happier…meetings are productive, and people can focus on work loads.

Out of the meeting,

Chris