Archive - December, 2011

The Job Experience [Official Music Video by @MaliMusic]

Mali Music – The Job Experience [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO] from Anthony Brooks on Vimeo.

Check out this music video by @MaliMusic, listen to the lyrics, embrace the story line and feel the cinematography. What do you think about this song and this video? What stood out to you, what moved you? Share your thoughts!

Let’s Raise Our Kids To Be Entrepreneurs

Great TED Talk by Cameron Herold about teaching our kids to be entrepreneurs.  It goes with this verse and it’s really a new way to think about raining kids, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for life.”  Talks about traits of CEO’s like Steve Jobs, Ted Turner and more.

Cameron asks the question is your kid bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur. At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish — as kids and as adults.

This is a brilliant, candid and honest talk. Very reminiscent of the way I thought and operated as a child.

Watch this video and share your thoughts.

Special Offer On A Great Church Planting & Leadership Conference #Velocity12

Let me get straight to the point.  I attend and speak at many church planting, leadership and ministry conferences each and every year.  Each conference has it’s own unique flavor and I have my favorites for a variety of reasons.

One of my favorites is the Velocity Conference put on by ChurchPlanters.com.  This conference is right outside of the ATL (Atlanta, GA) and it’s a jewel of a conference for church planters, ministry leaders, volunteers and anyone that wants to learn, grow and connect.  This years dates are February 27th & 28th.

The speaker line-up is amazing, including: Sam Chand, Jud Wilhite, Shawn Lovejoy, Stacey Spencer, Geoff Surratt, Pete Wilson, Tony Morgan, Ed Stetzer, Amy Bloye, Ron Edmondson, Derwin Gray, Mac Lake, Brian Bloye, Artie Davis, Patricia Lovejoy, Ed Stetzer, Brandi Wilson, Myself and way too many to name in one blogpost.  For a limited time the registration is only $79, yes only $79 and that’s for a limited time.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR BigIsTheNewSmall.com Readers: Starting now through January 15th Velocity Conference is going to offer a 20% discount off the #Velocity12 registration for everyone who registers with my special discount code: #velocity12Williams. (Only $63)  Click here for more details and click here to register.  Don’t forget to use #Velocity12Williams for your 20% discount.

I hope to see you there.

How To Live A God-Shaped Life

A God-Shaped Life — (Prov. 11:17-32 MSG)

When you’re kind to others, you help yourself; when you’re cruel to others, you hurt yourself.

Bad work gets paid with a bad check; good work gets solid pay.

Take your stand with God’s loyal community and live, or chase after phantoms of evil and die.

God can’t stand deceivers, but oh how he relishes integrity.

Count on this: The wicked won’t get off scot-free, and God’s loyal people will triumph.

Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful face on an empty head.

The desires of good people lead straight to the best, but wicked ambition ends in angry frustration.

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.

Curses on those who drive a hard bargain! Blessings on all who play fair and square!

The one who seeks good finds delight; the student of evil becomes evil.

A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.

Exploit or abuse your family, and end up with a fistful of air; common sense tells you it’s a stupid way to live.

A good life is a fruit-bearing tree; a violent life destroys souls.

If good people barely make it, what’s in store for the bad!

Thoughts? 

12 Ways Leaders Can Increase Their Leadership in 2012

Don’t you just love the lists of how to do this and how to do that.  Well as 2012 rapidly approaches, our love for the “Top 10 Ways” types of lists only increases.  We develop a mindset that says lay out the path, show me the tools and give me some new ways to think.

The driving force behind our interest in these types of lists is an inner desire to grow.  We want to do things different, we want to think different and we want to be different, as long as the end result means growth.  Growth is a critical component of the vehicle that drives you down the road of success.

Below is a straight to the point list of how leaders can increase their leadership in 2012.

12 Ways Leaders Can Increase Their Leadership In 2012

  • 1. Truly Embrace The Team Concept: There is no “I” in team and teamwork makes the dream work.
  • 2. Don’t Play It Safe: Be willing to take some risks.  Your risks can be calculated or not, either way you need to get off the shores of playing it safe.
  • 3. Give Credit & Take Blame:  Give credit where credit is due and be willing to look in the mirror and say, “My Bad” or “It’s My Fault!”
  • 4. Don’t Be A Yes Man or Yes Woman:  Be willing to step up and challenge things when they need to be challenged.  This can be the process of leading-up or leading-down.
  • 5. Don’t Lose Your Cool:  Remember the 3C’s in all situations – Cool, Calm & Collected.
  • 6. Empower Your Team:  Release your team to do their job.  Don’t be a micro-manager.
  • 7. Minimize Meetings:  Reduce the number of meetings, the length of meetings, the necessity of meetings and the list of who needs to attend the meetings.
  • 8. Get To Know Your Team Members On A Personal Level:  Know what’s going on in the lives of your team members outside of work.  Know their interests, their children’s interests… To know is to care.
  • 9. Take Time To Develop Your Team Members: Leadership development isn’t a system but rather an on-going act of moving people from where they are to where they need to be. If you want your overall leadership capacity to increase, you must increase the capacity of those around you.  Leadership development isn’t optional, it’s a necessity.
  • 10. Surround Yourself With The Best: Be willing to hire people that may be smarter, sharper, more opinionated and maybe even all around better leaders than you are. Empower and release those people to strengthen your team and compliment your leadership.
  • 11. Shh Listen For A Change:  Don’t be the person who is always talking – Shh, Be Quiet and Listen for a change.
  • 12. Ask The Difficult Questions:  This is where candid evaluation/assessment of everything will make the leader and the team better.  Ask questions like:  Are the individuals that I have on my team making me better?  Am I a my way or the highway leader?  Are we going in the right direction?  Who on my team got us here, but won’t get us there?  Am I making those around me better personally and professionally?  Am I open to receive candid feedback?  If my position, role, title or formal authority was removed would those around me still be willing to follow?  The list of questions goes on and on.  Ask the tough questions and embrace the tough answers.

Do any of these 12 ways resonate with you?  What ways are you going to increase your leadership in 2012?

It’s The Day After Christmas… Now What?

The Christmas holiday season has officially come and gone.  The realities of that statement has many people scratching their head and asking the question.  Now What?  I think the best thing you can do after the Christmas season is over is to remember.

  • Remember the heart that you had for giving.
  • Remember the sense of relief after all your gifts were purchased.
  • Remember how much better it felt to give than to receive.
  • Remember the smiles on the children’s face as they opened their gifts.
  • Remember the breaking of bread and fellowship with friends and family.
  • Remember the laughing, singing, smiling and praising.
  • Remember watching football, basketball and Christmas movies.
  • Remember the Salvation Army Bell Ringers that brought a smile to your face.
  • Remember how good you felt.
  • Remember the true reason for the season: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11

It’s The Day After Christmas…  No What?  I say remember how you felt during the special moments of the season and allow the to propel you into a successful, focused and cheerful New Year.

Do you think remembering the precious moments can help propel you into a successful New Year?

Digital Nativity Scene (Featuring The Social Media Networks)

What part of this Digital Nativity Scene stood out to you the most? What caught your attention, made you smile, made you laugh etc.?

Salvation Army Bell Ringer Takes It To A Whole Nutha’ Level

I love seeing people enjoy what they do so much that they are over the top with it. As I was walking into Wal-Mart I heard this Christmas music loudly through the parking lot. As I approached the door I noticed this guy that I come to know as Willie Robinson singing his heart out as he rang the bell.

I dropped some money in the bucket and shot this short video.

Is there a Willie Robinson in your city? Are you like me and appreciate seeing the Willie Robinson’s of the world?

To all of the Willie Robinson’s, thanks for putting a smile on the face of others.

Hillsong – Born Is The King (It’s Christmas)

Merry Christmas from Hillsong…  Enjoy!

All of the earth rejoice…  It’s Christmas Time!

The Power Of Pressing On

Success is one of those things that many want to achieve but only a few are willing to put in the work necessary to achieve it.  Success is a journey, it’s a road traveled and if you want it, you must go after it.  If you want to succeed you must have an unwavering determination.

We have all heard the sayings, the quotes, the inspirational speeches etc.  In a nutshell, “If you want to succeed, you have to stop talking about it and be about it.  Talk is cheap.  Hard work pays off and there is no substitute for determination.”

In the words of our 30th President Mr. Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”

There is power in pressing on…  Be determined, be someone who presses on.

Why are so many people unwilling to press on?  Why do so many people quit before they succeed?  Why are more people not willing to do what the mouse is doing in the above picture?

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