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  • If we want to do work that matters, we need to do it with others.
  •  Those who own the means of production make the rules.
  • If you own the means of production, why are you holding back?
  • There is no map for being an artist.
  • If I could tell you how to do it, it would not be art anymore.
  • The thing with the race to the bottom is that you might win.
  • Don’t wait to be picked. Pick yourself. If you want to do something, do it.
  • It is impossible to do art and always succeed. That is what makes it art.
  • We are constantly looking for a reason, and excuse not to do our art.
  • How many people would kill for your influence, you ability to do art, your platform.
  • Don’t let the world tell you who you are. Don’t settle, rise!
  • Everyone is born an original.  Sadly, most die copies.  ~Abe Lincoln
  • Your attitude about the world says nothing about the world, it speaks to your character.
  • We need to be the change we want to see in the world
  • We can talk about the world all we want, we can focus on the evil and put the blame on others; but change starts with one. We can be the one.
This was an amazing talk! You need to go and download it if you can!

Believe in a future by creating it first

  • You cannot ride one business model through your career.  You will have to reinvent yourself 3-5 times during your career.
  • If you cannot predict the future, create it!
  • Stop worrying about what you want to do and decide what you need to do next.
  • Know what you want, do what you can do now, be alert to what you are getting, take steps with the means that you have, bring other people with you, remain flexible.

5 Questions to answer:

1. What is your leadership challenge at work?

  • Under challenged, Appropriately challenged, Dangerously over challenged
  • At what level do you do your best work? Just a little above the appropriately challenged level.

Knowing that leaders do there best work just above the appropriately challenged level:

  • If you are under challenged, do what you have to do to bring yourself up
  • If you are dangerously over challenged, you have to do something quickly to fix that

What is the challenge level of your associates?

  • Good leaders will leave if they are under challenged

What is the challenge level of the organization?

2. What is your plan for dealing with challenging people in your organization?

  • If you lost 50% of your revenue, who would you keep/say goodbye to?

The key to an organizations future is their ability to attract and keep fantastic people. The same is true on the other end of the spectrum; an organizations future also depends on letting people go that need to be let go.

  • How long do you let someone with a bad attitude remain?  30 days max, it is addressed as soon as you see a pattern develop
  • How long do you keep someone who is under performing? 3 months. Put on a performance plan and address as soon as you see the pattern develop
  • How long do you allow someone to remain when the organization outgrows that leaders capacity? These are tough calls to make. This almost always leads to heartbreak. 6-12 months are given to develop or redeploy. If they have to leave, you should honor them for their service and give them a generous severance.

If you don’t deal with people that have a bad attitude, you will discourage and defeat your fantastic people. You have to deal with challenging people quickly.

Challenging people, deep down, are not happy people. When you have these tough conversations many times they will come back and thank you later.

3. Are you naming, facing and resolving the problems that exist in your organization?

  • Real leaders face and resolve the problems. It builds trust in the organization.

Ideas and programs will only last so long. Everything has a life cycle. The things that are booming and that have momentum now will eventually decorate and tank, becoming a problem that will need to be faced. They key is to reinvent before something tanks.

4. When is the last time you re-examined the core of what your organization is all about?

  • Great leaders ask are we all about?
  • The Bible is clear, the church is in the life-changing business.

5. Have you had your leadership bell rung recently?

  • Leaders rarely learn anything new without having their world rocked or their bell rung.
  • It is easier to make excuses than to create solutions to move your organization from here to there.
  • Keep moving things forward. The way you end is the way you are remembered.