20 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Catalyst – Day 2

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Day 2 of speakers at Catalyst started with a guy named Tim Sanders.  He’s the author of a book called Saving The World At Work.  He had some great thoughts about making a difference every day, being incarnational wherever we are at.  Here are a few quotes from him.

  • You create abundance by giving, not by consuming.
  • Good is the new great. (Which made me question if I should really try to be great like Jim Collins suggested.  Very confusing.  Just kidding by the way.)
  • Tell your people to take their values to work.
  • What you learn on Sunday makes you a rock star on Monday.
  • If not you, who?  If not now, when?

Dave Ramsey
Man, this dude is fiery.  For some reason I was expecting some chill quiet guy, but I think Anne Jackson’s twitter said it best when she said he sounded like an angry Dr. Phil.  It was actually pretty awesome.  Rachel and I started reading his book Total Money Makeover right after we got married.  When I saw him on the list I assumed he’d be talking about money, but this year he shared some leadership principles from his organization.  Specifically the five enemies to unity.  Those being:

  • Poor communication
  • Gossip
    • Gossip is complaining to anyone about anything they can’t change.
    • Some of the biggest gossips I’ve ever met do it in the name of a prayer request.
  • Unresolved disagreements
    • Happen when a leader doesn’t know they exist or avoids confrontation.
    • An indecisive leader is by definition, not a leader.
    • Nobody ever killed anything by saying, “Ready, aim, aim, aim, aim…”
  • Lack of shared purpose
    • Caused when a leader doesn’t restate the goal, the vision and mission early and often.
    • Start by having a shared purpose in your family.
  • Sanctioned incompetence
    • Team members eventually become demotivated when someone else on the team can’t or won’t do their job and a leader will not take action.

Of course after his talk on leadership there was a quick interview regarding the current economic situation.  Some great insights there as well of course.

  • There is a spirit of fear being cast by media and politicians that is resulting in bad decisions, including the most recent legislation that was passed.
  • The world should be able to look at us for hope and security but we’re just as scared.
  • If you had been handling your money by God’s principles as we talked about last year, you wouldn’t have anything to worry about.
  • Don’t buy gold!!!  The last time a fallen economy turned to the gold system after collapse was the Roman Empire.
  • Keep putting money in your 401K.  If you take it out now, you will feel pretty stupid in a few years.

Great stuff from both these guys.  Notes from the last 3 speakers coming soon so we can move on with blog life.

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