problem solving

December 11, 2014

“your idea is terrible”

By |December 11th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Of course it is. That’s the very nature of ideas, isn’t it?  Ninety percent of our ideas are destined to fail. Thomas Edison completed over 9,000 experiments before he perfected the light bulb. But when he hit on the right idea, it changed everything. This post isn’t about whether the idea is bad or not. It’s about the person who says it’s terrible. Social media has made it really easy to attack the ideas of others, hasn’t it?  People get bold when they can criticize without looking you in the eye.   Just look at your Facebook feed. Just last week, [...]

October 28, 2014

What’s Your Problem? Dealing With Cycles Of Delay

By |October 28th, 2014|Categories: spiritual warfare|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

One of the most common attributes of quality leaders is the ability to solve problems. Like most leaders, you’re probably pretty good at this. It’s one of the skills that’s helped you get to where you are today. But what happens when the problem you’re tackling isn’t actually the problem? For most leaders, the challenge isn’t in creating a solution, but in understanding the true nature of the problem they’re trying to solve.  Here’s what I mean: A future oriented mindset may help you achieve your goals, but it's also limited because it's one-directional.  If we're pursuing God's purposes, we [...]

September 19, 2014

It’s Time For A Hearing Check-up

By |September 19th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

There are times when God calls us to set aside what we’re doing and shut down from distractions, so that we can focus on listening to what He is saying. Sometimes, he pulls us aside as individuals, and at other times, there is a corporate call for reflection and diligent listening to gain strategy for what lies ahead. Spiritual hearing is so important to Him, that He established special times in the yearly calendar so that the people could stop what they were doing, get back on track and move forward in His blessing. One such time is The Feast [...]

As a man thinketh…A Biblical take on critical thinking

By |September 12th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , |

I’ve been spending some time this week studying the concept of critical thinking.  As I mentioned in my last post, I believe we’ve come to an important point in our own personal histories, where God is asking us if we’re willing to do the internal work necessary to move into the next level of what He’s called us to accomplish. To make the leap, we’re going to have to change the way we think. We’re going to have to deal with mindsets that are holding us back and we’re going to have sharpen our thinking skills so that we can [...]

August 29, 2014

when you feel small…

By |August 29th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week kicked off going back to school in Texas (and all of the parents shout a hearty HALLELUJAH!)  Going back to school is really exciting, but it’s also really chaotic if your child is in elementary school. This is totally the fault of the parents. The first day of school is the one day of the year that parents show up, cameras ready, to capture the memory of children in their new, first-day-of-school outfit complete with matching backpack/lunch box ensemble. We get photos at home, in front of the school, in the classroom, at their desk and with their [...]

However Long The Night: How One Woman Is Changing Culture

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Social Innovation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week, I’ve been reading a powerful book called However Long The Night by Aimee Molloy. The book shares the story of Molly Melching, a woman you have probably never heard of, whose work is dramatically affecting the lives of millions of African girls. Melching has received numerous awards for her work in empowering African communities through education and training in proper health practices and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, Melching’s organization, Tostan, has done something no other organization has been able to do before: helping to bring an end to the practice of female genital cutting (FGC). FGC is a 2,000 [...]

July 18, 2014

Are You Willing To Wear Your Crazy Hat?

By |July 18th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Last week, my daughter went to Camp Invention. It’s a great program put on by the National Inventors Hall of Fame that gives kids an opportunity to develop their creativity as they try their hand at prototyping their own inventions. On one of the days, the kids were supposed to wear a crazy hat.  My daughter worked hard on designing her own hat and she was really excited about what she had created…until the next day.  When we got to the camp, I could see she was hesitant to wear her hat. At the check in, the teacher wanted to [...]

The One Question You MUST Answer

By |July 4th, 2014|Categories: Creativity|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

If you’ve spent any time studying creativity in leadership, you know that one of the most important attributes of innovative leaders is the ability to ask good questions. Apple has become the dominant force it is because Steve Jobs forced his team to ask important questions no one else was asking. I never knew I couldn't live without an iPhone, until I couldn't live without an iPhone! Questions are powerful tools to expand your thinking.  They cause you to move past your assumptions and entertain the ridiculous, the nonsensical, the uncomfortable and on occasion, the truly genius. Where Questions Go [...]

May 19, 2014

Who Wants To Go First?

By |May 19th, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

That’s a loaded question. It really depends on what you’re talking about, doesn’t it? I mean, if you’re asking about being first in the line for the restroom after drinking three diet cokes (please, for the sake of us all!), or being chosen first when they were picking teams in grade school, then count me in. But if you’re talking about the first to give the big presentation, or first in line for getting your wisdom teeth removed, there probably won't be as much jockeying for the front of the line. Dancing with uncertainty: Going first isn’t always an easy [...]

January 10, 2014

Puzzles

By |January 10th, 2014|Categories: Leadership|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This Christmas a friend of the family gave my 7-year old a 1,000-piece puzzle.  She enjoys doing puzzles and it provides a great opportunity for us all to work on a project together.  We started the puzzle on Sunday evening, thinking we would finish the next day…boy were we wrong!  We have been working a couple of hours every night and six days later, we are just finishing up!  We have been eating around a puzzle for a few days now and I am really ready to get my dining room table back.  I am even dreaming about puzzle pieces…can [...]