How Are You?

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I’ve become a HUGE fan of Michael Hyatt (thanks Gini Dietrich for the recommendation!) and his blog.  Yesterday, he blogged about 2 different leadership styles which I’ll call the “Talker” and the “Listener”.  I encourage you to read it for yourself and figure out what style you most closely follow.  The takeaway is that the “Listener” listens and takes a serious interest in those around him and seeks to get to know them.

Before I fell asleep and missed my soccer game (sorry Alex!), I was reading a book in preparation for a pretty big idea called EACH (something for a later post but check out the link) that Kensington Community Church is participating in.  The book is called Evangelism Without Additives (affiliate link) written by Jim Henderson.  I only read the first chapter but again I was reminded of how comforting it when people take a genuine interest in you!  3 simple words, “how are you?”, can go a long way.

I know that I am sometimes guilty of not being “completely there” when in a conversation.  I know I’m sometimes guilty of talking too much when the person I’m having a conversation with just needs someone to listen.  My encouragement to you today is to be aware of this.  In your interactions with people, take the time to pay attention and listen.

Here is some homework for you as you finish out this week.  It’s the same homework I have from Henderson’s book:

This week, ask someone this question: “How are you?”  Now here’s the tricky part.  When the person begins to answer, actually listen.  Don’t interrupt with your own story.  Spend a few minutes being unusually interested in the person, and leave it at that.

After you’ve complete “your mission”, share with us your experience!

Have we forgotten how to innovate?

Earlier this week I received an e-mail with the following in the subject line: “Take time to read – Especially the 19 facts at the end.  Enlightening or Scary?”.  Normally I quickly realize these are the typical chain e-mails but for some reason, I decided to read it.  The e-mail basically talked about 9 industries that are being changed by technology and 19 facts about the deindustrialization of America that will blow your mind.  After doing a little digging, I found that these articles, either together or separately, have been floating around the internet for a few months now.

At any rate, I realized how happy I was to be in the job that I am in now.  As part of MRM Worldwide‘s Focus Innovation Team, it’s our job to learn about new technologies and how they can improve some of the daily tasks we take for granted.  Rather than complain about how China or other countries are “out-innovating” us or worry about manufacturing jobs being outsourced to other countries, why not embrace what technology can do and the possibilities it can provide?  My point is that America was founded on innovation.  As the landscape has gone global, other countries are discovering how technology can be a part of our lives.  Maybe we just forgot and needed a not so subtle reminder to always look ahead and invent new ways to do things.

Let me leave you with 2 videos I came across last week.  The first is a video I saw from Church Crunch.  It takes a look at newspapers and if they were invented today.

The second video I found on Michael Hyatt’s blog and looks at books and the possibilities that could exist with technology that makes this possible NOW!

In both these examples, the traditional model has been reinvented.  I for one find this completely exciting!  What about you?  Do you fear this new paradigm or are you eager to see it evolve and innovate?  Think about it and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  Have a great weekend!