Meetings!? Better way to handle things

This is an article in Inc Magazine. Meetings in corporations, churches are just so often about posing, raising questions that really shouldn’t take everyone’s time and often create more problems than they solve. When I worked for Motorola, my cube was right next to a meeting room. That meeting room was used all day, everyday. Then the company said before there were any meetings, there had to be a summary as to why it was necessary, what would be discussed, justify those who would be present and what the hoped for outcome would be. All of a sudden a lot of people decided they didn’t need anymore meetings. I think that goes for most cases. So much could be taken care of outside of meetings and if it’s necessary to get a consensus, have your ducks lined up before hand instead of making everyone try to invent the wheel. If there is a flaw, sure bring it up, but don’t belabor most of what is necessary and obvious.

Kate Rockwood writes in June 2017 Inc Magazine p 40: “Imagine spending two full days each week just sitting in meetings. Oh, wait – you already do. And a Bain & Company study found, most leaders rate more than half of these get-togethers as ineffective. [Quel surprise, right?] Yet the calendar creep continues: ‘The percentage of time an organization collectively spends in meetings has increased every year since 2008,” says Michael Mankins, a partner at Bain and co-author of Time, Talent, Energy. When Mankins and his partners dove deep into this issue, they found the average manager spends just 6.5 hours a week on real work. [Again Quel Surpise!] ‘But when leaders treat time as a scarce resource,’ he explains, ‘they can liberate as much as 40 percent of unproductive time for executives and employees.'”

A lot of organizations should take a serious look at this and not treat meetings as some kind of pro forma way to conduct business and then wonder why little is actually getting done, or it’s causing more problems than it solves.

Godly men, men who are interested in genuine worship and serving God are in very short supply

Dear Lord, Thank you for my life and the call you have on it. Lord, I pray that men would begin to act like men. Our world is actively trying to keep men immature and acting like boys. Our enemy is afraid of mature, godly MEN. Becuase Godly men are dangerous for his kingdom. When […]

via I pray that we may act like men — The Isaiah 53:5 Project

Authenticity, integrity, true timeless principles


This is a great observation, the amount of phony, posers, pretenders in the world is staggering. They’re the ones who are usually so obsessed about pointing out how messed up everyone else is. They are the ones that a mile wide and an inch thick. They think principles are about who you sleep with, or what the new movie is about, or what they  saw on FaceBook or CNN. Then there are the ones who live their lives in integrity, focus on the eternal things, the things that create, sustain, perpetuate, strengthen and not the phoniness of the current age. So please, be authentic, be a genuine man and woman, and frankly, that can only be done in Jesus. I’m not sure if this is what Ms Gilbert intended, but I appreciate at least the theme of her blog.

I thought this was a wonderful way to approach whatever endeavors we are involved in. It’s being yourself which grounds and guides us. The start of the year, significant birthday or any milestone event, arrives and fills us with new possibilities for the future. But along with our enthusiasm can come an unwitting loss of…

via Don’t Worry About Being Original. Just Be Authentic – Elizabeth Gilbert — The Seeds 4 Life

Evening Prayer 12.28.17, The Holy Innocents — The Daily Office

Jesus was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me.” Their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:4 INVITATORY AND PSALTER O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us. Glory to the Father, and […]

via Evening Prayer 12.28.17, The Holy Innocents — The Daily Office