Highly Functioning Teams

A couple weeks ago, I traveled to Houston for continuing education focused on highly functioning teams. It was part of the Advancing Pastoral Leadership program that I have been part of for several years. We had the opportunity to hear from leaders from Chick-fil-A, NASA, and Chapelwood UMC. It was an excellent learning opportunity and there was much that I found valuable. Here are just a few quotes that were significant for me:

  • “Don’t coast.” – Janice Virtue
  • “Just because you are a good leader doesn’t mean you are good at leading people.” – Kate Potter
  • “No one is smart enough to run everything.” – Wayne Hale
  • “All great projects, halfway through, look like a disaster.” – Wayne Hale
  • “There is no perfect solution” – Wayne Hale
  • “If you want everyone to be on the same page, there has to be a page.” – Bob Johnson

I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and continue to develop my leadership abilities to serve the congregation and community.

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast: May 6, 2011

Chick-Fil-A's signature chicken sandwich
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While enjoying a chicken sandwich at my local Chick-Fil-A on Saturday, I discovered the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast. It looks to be a great leadership event, with excellent speakers and sites across the country. Here is a rundown of the speakers, from the website:

  • Voices of Influence
    • Seth Godin – Entrepreneur, Marketing Expert, & Best-Selling Author of 12 Books Including “Linchpin”
    • John Maxwell – Leadership Expert & Best-Selling Author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  • Voices of Purpose
    • Mack Brown – Head Coach of the Texas Longhorns, 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year
    • Suzy Welch – Best-selling author, television commentator, and noted business journalist
  • Voices of Hope
  • Voices of Service
  • Voices of Innovation
    • Frans Johansson – Best-selling author of The Medici Effect
    • Sir Ken Robinson – Best-Selling Author & Leader in the Development of Creativity, Innovation & Human Resources

I hope to be able to attend a local event. Have you been to this before? Will you attend this year?

This event is just one of the many reasons that I appreciate Chick-Fil-A.

Jimmy John’s vs. Chick-Fil-A

There are a plethora of restaurants not far from Resurrection. Two that are at the top of the list for me are Jimmy John’s and Chick-Fil-A. Each has a fun culture, fast service, good food, make a great place to meet someone for conversation and is master of one thing:

  • Jimmy John’s = sandwiches
  • Chick-Fil-A = chicken

I have found myself trending toward Jimmy John’s more frequently of recent weeks(love the #4 Turkey Tom), but still enjoy a good from Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich.

Is Jimmy John’s better than Chick-Fil-A? Discuss.

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