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80/20 Principle "The Good"

80202.jpgMany of you have heard of the 80/20 principle as it relates to money people and time. If you are unaware of this principle it is derived from an Italian Economist, Vilfredo Pareto who discovered this concept in the early 1900’s. The bottom line is that if we streamline and focus our attention/efforts on our highest priorities (that top 20%) then we will achieve 80% of the desired results. I would like to take this a step further, as it relates to church members in ministry and people that you interact with in your profession. There will generally be 10% that really love you or what you’re doing, 10% that really dislike you or what you are doing and this makes up that (20%). The other 80% are generally comfortable with you and your direction. That 80% will return and support you each and every week. The wisdom in this is that you shouldn’t listen to your biggest naysayer’s or your biggest fans. I have read different research that translates the 80/20 principle into modern life applications. Below, I have listed my top 10 of “The Good,” several of which are my personal thoughts.

1. Fishing- 20% of fisherman catch 80% of the fish.
2. College Football- 20% of the universities play in the championship game 80% of the time.
3. Time- 20% of employees perform 80% of the work.
4. Leaders- 20% of leaders make 80% of tough decisions.
5. Business- 20% of the businesses’ receives 80% of business.
6. Church Giving/Serving- 20% of the people give/serve 80% of the money/time.
7. Blogs- 20% of blogs receive 80% of blog readers.
8. Reading- 20% of the book provides 80% of the memorable content.
9. Sermons- 20% of the message provides 80% of the life application.
10. World Changers- 20% of Christ Followers do 80% the World Changing.

The question that you have to ask yourself is “Am I in that 20% of the good?” Please don’t hesitate to share your 80/20 thoughts, remember 20% of blog readers make 80% of the comments.

Life Sentence

life-sentence.jpgI just found out that I received a “Life Sentence,” not really but now that I have your attention I would like to talk about a “Life Sentence.” I was revisiting one of Tim Elmore’s “Habitudes #3” Image Thirteen, entitled Life Sentence. Tim states “The contribution of a leader will ultimately be summed up in one sentence. Although we participate in many activities, we’re remembered for just one or two.” The question that needs to be asked is, “What is Your Life Sentence?” This is a tough question that I really think is going to take some serious thought. I mean we are talking about summing up our contributions as a leader, into just one little sentence. I am constantly evaluating past experiences, passions, family values, future forecasting, strengths, tough conversation, mentor/mentee experiences and the list goes on and on. What if you had to sum up your “Life Sentence” today, right now at this very moment? Would there be some unfinished business left on the table that you could have taken care of, would there be some conversations left on the table that you should have already had……. I will have to be honest my “Life Sentence” is changing daily; however if I had to sum it up today, as a leader I would definitely have some unfinished business on the table.

A Champion Knows When To…..

lebron.jpgA champion knows when to pass, when to shoot, when to sit back and when to just flat out take charge. I was watching the NBA Finals several weeks ago and realized that’s what separates Lebron James from the Michael Jordan’s and Magic Johnson’s. Don’t get me wrong I think Lebron James is a stud kid and can be the next Michael Jordan. Lebron does a great job of engaging his team mates and passing the ball very similar to Magic Johnson and he’s has shown signs of flat out dominance, especially when he scored that last 25 points for the Cavs in an earlier playoff victory. The reason Lebron is not a champion and the Cavs did not compete in the finals, is because he does not know when to just flat out take over, and that’s one thing Michael Jordan did know how to do. This applies to organizational leadership as well, we must know when to shoot (make a decision), when to pass (delegate), when to sit back (allow employees to develop) and when to take charge (cast vision and take the organization where it needs to be). If we want to be champions in our particular roles, we have to Know When To…….

Target Hits The Spot

target.jpgWhat are the differences that you notice when you visit a Target, as compared to visiting a Wal-Mart?  The initial difference for me is that Target has somehow received a cute, French like nickname Target “Tar-jay”, while Wal-Mart has to settle for “Wally World.”  It’s obvious that Target is becoming the new Big Daddy of retail.  That’s right; Target is on their way to taking out the former Big Daddy of retail, Mr. Wal-Mart.  I am not sure if that will happen in 10, 15 or 20 years; however I am confident that it’s going to happen.  Right now you are probably saying, “Give me a break, no one can take out Wal-Mart.”  If you don’t believe me ask our old forgotten about friends Mr. TG&Y and Ms. K-Mart.  You might be saying “Who are they,” if you don’t know just ask your parents.  Target is more than just a cleaner, sleeker, sexier, khaki pants, red shirt, and customer friendly version of Wal-Mart with red phones, to ring an associate to your service.  No No No my friends, research shows that Target’s prices are very competitive to Wal-Mart and are only a couple of cents off on average and many items are actually cheaper.  Target has made a believer out of me.  I’m reminded of Target’s goodness every time I go to particular Wal-Marts and have to stand in line for an hour, or perform a self-checkout.  I find myself saying that I will never shop at Wal-Mart again.  Unfortunately, I sometimes go back and re-visit Wal-Mart out of habit. Don’t get me wrong, some Wal-Mart stores are better than others; however Target has hit the spot in my world.  It is so refreshing to go into a store that has real clerks to check me out, it’s clean, it seems to be in touch with relevant culture, employees seem happy and it just overall feels good.  The sad thing is that those comments used to describe Wal-Mart and Mr. Sam Walton is rolling over in his grave as we speak.  Target “Gets It” and they understand Big is The New Small, that’s why their priorities and customer service are on Target.  

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