Open or Closed?

In attempt to appear frugal and lean with our resources, we quickly fill a liminal space. Our fans and interested parties cannot tell if we are open for business and functioning with remarkable impact, or if we have shuttered our services as a victims of thriving inspiration blocked by insufficient fuel for the journey. How might we balance stewardship with responsible investment in the people and tools that matter? How might we work effectively without appearing to putting our own needs before those we serve?

Pre-Waxing Skis

If we have more than one pair of race skis, we might wax days in advance for a ski race by preparing for a variety of weather and snow conditions. If we posses only one pair of skis, it is safest to wait until closer to the race before finalizing our wax choice. More is not better if we have the relevant information to make an informed choice. Where we make errors in preparation is thinking we have all possible outcomes covered.

How might we avoid the false sense of certainty we gain by having an abundance of resources? How might we understand that we operate in a thin band of conditions before we have to adapt and attempt new approaches and techniques? How might we remember that if we look up at earth’s atmosphere, it looks abundant and expansive. However, look at it from a cross-section and is appears razor thin? How might we embrace the miracle that is choice and opportunity?

Resources for BSU Leadership Class

Problem solving + Problem Finding = Well Designed Life


Characteristics of Servant Leadership

  1. See the future.
  2. Engage and develop others.
  3. Reinvent continuously.
  4. Value results and relationships.
  5. Embody the values.
  6. Hunger for wisdom.
  7. Expect the best.
  8. Accept responsibility.
  9. Respond with courage.
  10. Think of others first.

Deciding on the work that matters

  1. What do you want to do?
  2. Who do you want to change?
  3. How much risk do you want to take?
  4. How much work is required?
  5. Does the work matter?
  6. Is it even possible?

Goal Setting

  1. Choose a goal that matters, not just an easy win.
  2. Focus on the process, not the outcome.
  3. Frame your goals positively.
  4. Prepare for failure (in a good way).

Resources and visuals for Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle

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