3 Things That John Saddington Taught Me About Life

Intro

They say you can admire people from afar, but can only see their character up close.  I’ve known John & worked with him for a few years in some of his past ventures, but what I really cherish were our weekly coaching calls together (I’m not sure he’d call them that, but coach me…he did.)  During some of those weekly calls, I picked up a few lessons from John that helped shape my worldview, and also got to see his character.  I can vouch that he is the real deal.  He truely tries to help as many people as possible, all while not sacrificing his ideals as an entrepreneur and husband / father.  Here are a few tidbits that I’ve picked up from our relationship together that will forever help me.  I hope they help you too.

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Episode 051: Walgreens VP Randy Lewis on Beating Fear

Randy LewisToday on The ProGuide, we interview Randy Lewis.  He’s the former Vice President of Walgreens, Peace Corps volunteer, Fortune 50 executive and accidental advocate who led Walgreens’ logistics division for sixteen years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores. Randy introduced an inclusive model in Walgreens distribution centers that resulted in ten percent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities who are held to the same standards as those without disabilities. Its success has changed the lives of thousands with and without disabilities and is serving as a model for other employers in the U.S and abroad.  His new book explores that process: There’s No Greatness Without Goodness.

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Episode 050: Lysa TerKeurst and Compel

Lysa TerkeurstLysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued as well as 14 other titles. They reach nearly 700,000 women daily through their online devotion, Encouragement for Today and thousands more through the Proverbs 31 radio program playing on 1,200 radio outlets daily. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Art, their five kids, three dogs and a mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.

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Episode 046: Dan Miller, Founder of 48 Days, LLC

DanMillerDan Miller is the passionate personality behind the 48 Days properties, which include books, podcasts, and a thriving business.  His mission is to foster the process of imagining, dreaming and introspection, to help people find their calling and true path, and to translate that into meaningful, purposeful and profitable daily work…within 48 days!

Interview with Dan Miller, Founder 48 Days Podcast:

Key Points about 48 Days Interview:

  • Can we really find the work we love in just 48 Days??
  • How can we live with greater passion in work & life?
  • What was Dan’s story?  How did *he* find work he loves?
  • What role does coaching and mentorship play in all this?
  • And more!

Now that you’ve listened, have you read 48 Days to the Work You Love?  Or listen to Dan’s podcast?  What do you think?

Self Leadership Using Thing’s Repeating Tasks Feature

The Strategy of Planning Your Weeks Using SoftwareLeadership – For Starters:

People define leadership in so many ways.  My personal definition is the stewardship of influence.  Influence is gained when people trust you.  And trust is created when we make and keep commitments to ourselves and others…..whether implicitly or explicitly.

Using Things Software to fill in the gaps

If you’re like me (a recovering people pleaser), it’s super important that you keep tabs on the commitments you’ve made.  I have areas of my life that need to stay on auto-pilot, but I haven’t kept tabs on them all myself.   Using the scheduling feature of software is a great way to trigger me to remember things at the right days and times.  That helps keep the wheels from coming off while freeing up our mental space.  Like David Allen said in our interview, our mind is for *having* ideas, not for *holding* them.  Creating a trusted set of reminders put stakeholders in the ground to allow us to look at our lives objectively.  It helps us think about what we should be thinking about!

For our purposes, we’ll be using CulturedCode’s Things app.  As always, check out the trial version of Things here.

Getting it Done:

1.  First, you’ll want to click on the “Scheduled” section of the Things App.  This is where we keep everything in life we have on autopilot.  The Scheduled section.  Where the magic happens

 

2.  Then, click on the “New Repeating” button at the bottom of the app.  This will create our reminder.

Leadership via repeating tasks

3.  Set the appropriate interval for the reminder.  The nifty thing about Things is that you can completely customize those intervals.  Need to remember to get that dry-cleaning done every other Tuesday?  No problem.  Picking the kids up from soccer practice every third Thursday?  That’s fine too!

The ability to set custom intervals.  Yay!

4.  Check your “Today” tab every morning.  When the appropriate day arrives, you get to see all the reminders for that day in a singular location.  Easy!

Custom automation shows up in your Today list

 

In conclusion:

That’s the gist of it!  Auto-repeating reminders have been a Godsend for me.  It’s the secretary I’ve never had, and it helps me keep tabs not only on “what I’m thinking about”…but “How I’m thinking about it.”  It’s so useful when you get to work on your own system while you’re in it.  Hope you’ve found this post helpful!

What about you?  Do you use Things or GTD software or any other life-management methodology?  What works for you?

Episode 044: Ken Wilson, Visual Director of NewSpring Church

Leadership Interview with NewSrping Church's Visual DirectorDo you have a job where you’re expected to consistently come up with fresh content?  We sit down with Ken Wilson, the visual director of NewSpring Church, an environment that needs new creative elements every single week.  It’s about leadership.  NewSpring sees an attendance of over 20,000 each week.  We cover the gamut of teamwork, leadership, organiational skills, team unity, and more.

Ken Wilson’s Leadership Interview:

Key Leadership Points:

  • How do you constantly stay creative in an environment that needs constant creative output?
  • How do you stay organized on a team of designers and artists?
  • What tips do you have for someone just trying to “make it,” let alone do original design work?
  • And more!

5 Questions for Ken Wilson of NewSpring Church

1.  Is there anything you know now that you wish you knew going into your job?

It would have been nice to have learned some actual knowledge of, oh, video, design, Photoshop, After Effects, or using a camera.  I was fortunate to come on staff where it was expected that I would learn.

2.  You serve with a team of insanely creative leadership people.  What books, talks, ideas or people have been instrumental in helping you reach your current level of leadership?

First and foremost the Bible is the major influence over my life. Speaking strictly from a leadership standpoint it governs how I lead my team, my family, and how I interact with everyone on a daily basis. There is no subject, conflict, authority, etc., that isn’t covered. Beyond that, there have been a few books/talks that have been monumental for me.  Jim Collin’s Good to Great is phenominal. I loved Gordon McKenzie’s Orbiting the Giant Hairball; it offers great insight on how to lead creatives. I heard Mark Miller give a talk on creativity one year at the Willow Creek Arts Conference that I still recall. Hearing his thoughts on creativity and brainstorming, and how to guide those effectively, was pivotal for me.

3.  How do you keep fresh eyes?  What do you do for inspiration?

I keep a fully stocked RSS reader which I scan daily, and have learned to also keep an active notebook to capture ideas.To keep fresh ideas it’s important to beg God for them. He is the author of creativity.  I am able to be creative because He gifts that to me. Beyond that I’ve found it important to learn to keep myself open to reading a lot, watching a lot of movies, and being willing to venture into things that don’t exactly fit my personal preferences. Also, it’s good not to get too tired, or at least to allow myself to rest.  Better ideas flow when you’re fresher (that’s not always the case, but tends to hold true).

4.  How does a typical brainstorming session look for your team?  (Who’s involved, How long does it last, etc.)

It varies. For our main services my boss, the creative arts pastor, puts together a team of 8-12 to go through the pastor’s message. Our pastor prepares a manuscript for us to review the day before, about 1-2 pages, and includes questions to help him drill down on points in the message. We go through that for an hour, helping him fill in the gaps. After that we talk through any additional creative elements. Occasionally out of that meeting I’ll initiate another brainstorm with some of our creative artists where we’ll dig deeper into a piece requested (sometimes they have specific parameters, sometimes they’re more open) and we’ll think through the best way to execute. Usually this involves a whiteboard.  If it seems pretty fluid ….that’s because it is. Sometimes brainstorms are formal.   Sometimes they’re much more loose.

5.  What advice would you have for churches just starting to incorporate media / visual arts in their services?

Remember that most of what you see (movies, TV, etc) is created by large teams with many resources. Be realistic.  But, don’t let that become an excuse. In the end, I’ll take a good idea (which starts on a piece of paper or a whiteboard) over slick execution any day. Don’t let lack of resources (time, etc) limit your creativity. Remember where the creativity comes from.  Also, keep your audience in mind. What may work for one church may not be what God wants you to do for your church. Seek Him, and He will guide your creativity.  And don’t be scared to work hard.

BONUS FUN:Let’s say you’re headed to a desert island for life, and can only bring one electronic device.  What do you bring & why?

Assuming I have a place to charge the battery… I’m bringing my iPhone. It’d be a toss up between that and the MacBook Pro, but the iPhone can cover a majority of the tasks (Bible app with offline translations, plenty of games, Evernote for capturing my thoughts on the island, a slew of podcasts so I can expand my brain, Stanza ebook reader, and the ever important camera so I can document the adventure). Also, since the iPhone is smaller than the MacBook I’d probably stand a better chance of not losing it as I climbed a tree escaping wild boar.

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest leadership take-away?

Episode 041: Find Your Voice, with Andrew J. Mason

VoiceToday on The ProGuide:  Have you ever lost direction in life?  Not sure what your identity really is or where to turn next?  Well, I share a few personal stories on my journey to finding my authentic voice.  Included in the episode are a few tricks to finding great mentors & a lot of valuable resources to help you along the way.

Episode 041: Find Your Voice, with Andrew J. Mason

Key Points:

  • What do we mean by “Finding your voice?”
  • What journey did Andrew take to find his?
  • How do you find a good coach?
  • What resources are there for learning more?
  • And more!

Episode Resources:

Podcast Note Map:

Podcast Finding Your Voice

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?

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Track Your Success, with iOS Lift App Creator – Tony Stubblebine

TonyStubblebineTony Stubblebine is the Co-founder of Lift., and creator of the wildly successful Lift iOS App.  Before that he was the founder of CrowdVine, and contributor to Wesabe, Odeo, and O’Reilly Media.  Today, we talk to him about *his* habit tracking, how Lift got started, and some of his company’s plans for the future.

Update: Lift now has new How to Meditate page with free guided meditations.  Check it!

 

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Getting Your Shift Together – with Steve Rizzo

SteveRizzoToday we talk to Steve Rizzo, a.k.a. The Attitude Adjuster, a personal development expert whose clients include American Airlines, BP, JPMorgan, Chase, Scholastic, andSpring, among others.  As a stand-up-comic, he has headlined with many titans of comedy, including Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Drew Carey, and Ellen DeGeneres.  Enjoy the Interview!

Interview with Steve Rizzo:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What is this book about?  And why is it important for people to read it?
  • How important is Laughter at work and in Life?
  • In the book you claim that Happiness is a choice. Do you really believe that?
  • You also claim that the journey towards the goal is more important than achieving the goal. Explain that.
  • And much more!

 

Talk Back!  Are there any recent shifts in focus (by yourself or others) that you’ve been learning from?  How?