"I ask men what they do when they come home from work and they say, "Play with my kids." I ask why and they answer, "I haven't seen them all day." I then say, "Your wife hasn't seen you all day either. Why don't you go straight home, straight to your wife and let your children know your marriage is the most important relationship in your life, not your relationship with them because this is good for them to know."
John Rosemond, Nationally recognized Child psychologist
I have always wanted to read more and, of late, have found my reading decreasing to a virtual standstill. So...I'm publishing my reading list for 2010 for accountability more than anything. Too often we have "resolutions" we share with no one and, therefore, have no accountability when we fall off the wagon. So here it is...more aggressive, more diverse and a bit daunting. I found inspiration and influence from a long-time friend (Bob Hostetler, a pastor and author in Oxford, OH) and his annual list. I modeled my list much after his own and am hoping for an exciting literary year.
READING LIST 2010
The Operator: David Geffen (King)
Lucky: A Memoir (Alice Sebold)
The Moviegoer (Percy)
Black Boy (Wright)
On Writing (King)
Churchill (P. Johnson)
The Brief History of the Dead (Brockmeir)
Poet for 2010: Rainer Maria Rilke
Stories of God
Letters to a Young Poet
Selected Poetry of Rilke
Saint Maybe (Tyler)
Free Fall (Golding)
The Innocent Man (Grisham)
Weight of Glory (Lewis)
10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe (Osborne)
Jesus wants to save Christians (Bell)
Divine Conspiracy (Willard)
Sacredness of Questioning Everything (Dark)
Branding Faith (Cook)
Designful Company (Neumeier)
How the Mighty Fall (Collins)
Built to Last (Collins)
What got you here won’t get you there (Goldsmith)
The Ten Faces of Innovation (Kelley)
National Suicide (Gross)
The Phantom Tollbooth (Juster)
With Open Hands (Nouwen)
A Barclay Prayer Book (Barclay)
Provocations (Kierkegaard and Moore)
The Open Secret (Newbigin)
Brothers Karamazov (Dostoevsky)
Les Miserables (Hugo)
2. Don't kill a bad idea too soon.
3. You have permission to fail.
4. Within the boundaries, nothing is off limits.
5. Sometimes it's better just to listen
(courtesy of #DRIVE Conference twitter feed)
Innovation is a threat to yesterday’s success.
Markets don’t always reward new ideas. Focus on customer needs more than customer wants. Markets – people – know what they have experienced, but innovation changes the experience.
Innovation is not a solo flight.
The vision of the lone innovator is dated – the world today is just too complex. Work in interdisciplinary teams and networks. Remember that innovation is often about combination: There will be some chaos, but don’t try to avoid it. Fail fast, start learning, be agile. Innovation – as opposed to invention – is more process than product, and the future of innovation is about collaboration.
Budgeting can be an innovation killer.
Rather than managing costs, focus first on investing to create value. The greatest value of innovation results from a context of profound and prolonged uncertainty. So learn how to react quickly when you discern real sources of value. Innovation – finding new sources of value – needs room to explore.
Experience innovation is infinite.
Innovations in product design, price, and speed to market only go so far, but you can always better understand your customer, their needs and desires, and find ways to meet them that are ever better and differentiating. We continue to see a shift from product to service economy, and exploring this area is a great way to surface new innovation opportunities.
Design processes around your customer.
Organizations need to innovate the customer experience first and then work backwards to deliver that experience. When we make plans, we often get the future wrong because we don’t always understand customer behavior. Do all you can to understand the customer’s context before your next investment.
- William Barclay (commenting on 1 Cor 3:1-9)
- Adam Smith, father of Modern Economics (1723-1790)
"Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them." (Psalm 146: 3,4)
"The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!" (Luke 12: 2,3)