Akimbo - A New Postcast from Seth Godin


Akimbo is a posture of strength and possibility. The chance to make a difference, to bend the culture.

It's at the heart of my work. Your work too. The work of making change that we're proud of.

And so, a new podcast. A different kind of podcast. No guests, no fancy production, it won't remind you of NPR or sports radio either. 100% organic and handmade


The First 10 Minutes of Your Day

Ron Friedman on how to begin your day:

What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at your desk? For many of us, checking email or listening to voice mail is practically automatic. In many ways, these are among the worst ways to start a day. Both activities hijack our focus and put us in a reactive mode, where other people’s priorities take center stage. They are the equivalent of entering a kitchen and looking for a spill to clean or a pot to scrub.

A better approach is to begin your day with a brief planning session. An intellectual mise-en-place. Bourdain envisions the perfect execution before starting his dish. Here’s the corollary for the enterprising business professional. Ask yourself this question the moment you sit at your desk: The day is over and I am leaving the office with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved?

I've noticed recently that I allow urgent tasks and projects to dominate far too much of my time, distracting me from those things that are truly important.

For me, this is most often the result of a failure slow down and plan well. I can easily convince myself that there just isn't time to "waste" with a planning session—after all, I have things to do!

What usually follows is a day that looks much like a game of Whac–A–Mole, spent stamping out one urgent task after another while very little important work gets done.

Of course, the temptation to fall into this trap is the strongest when you are the busiest. As it turns out, the busier you are the more important it is to spend time planning your days and weeks.

So, tomorrow, begin your day by creating a plan, do some work that truly matters, and stop swinging that mallet at every urgent task that pops up.

A Simple Guide to Saying No

Telling people NO can be difficult and uncomfortable. Julie Zhuo's lays out her simple strategy for doing it well:

  1. Be honest and direct. A no is a no, and that should be communicated in the first or second sentence and not something that needs to be read between the lines.
  2. Talk about what you are prioritizing instead. It doesn’t have to be detailed, but it should be true. Few things are ever no in a vacuum, so it tends to be about the tradeoffs, and people get that.
  3. If you’re even the slightest bit interested in the opportunity but can’t pursue it at the moment, mention that the no is for right now. In the future, who knows? Don’t prematurely rule out possibilities if you think things might change.


Gospel Confidence

Guy Mason on gospel confidence:

Gospel confidence is the living and certain trust that Jesus’ gospel is powerful to save. This is sharply distinct from self-confidence, which looks in the mirror and says, “I can do it.” Such an attitude leads to either pride at one’s “achievements,” or despair when difficulty comes. In contrast, gospel confidence finds courage not by looking to culture or to self, but to God.

Gospel confidence—God has been growing me a great deal in this area over the past several months. For me, self–confidence tends to lead to insecurity. You see, I'm keenly aware of my inability to achieve God's purposes on my own. This is especially true in the context of leadership. Insecurity, then, gives birth to all kinds of ugliness: posturing, false humility, defensiveness, and perfectionism to name just a few.

Thankfully, I don't have to be self–confident, reliant upon my own talents and abilities. Rather, I must simply lead with confidence rooted in the great I AM and his ability to achieve his purposes.

Mason ends his post in this way:

God is lifting our eyes to him. He is giving each one of us a big vision, which requires complete dependence, for when God is required for all we do, he is guaranteed to get all the glory.

All the glory, indeed.

The Discipline of Habit

The late Donald Murray, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, on the habit of writing:

I do not wake singing, 'To writing, to writing, I will go.' I drag my rump to the desk by habit. Most of the time I like being there, but I never like going there.[ref]Murray, Donald. Writing for Your Readers: Notes on the Writer's Craft from The Boston Globe. Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1992.[/ref]


Tim Challies on Discernment Bloggers

Tim Challies wrote some passionate words about so–called discernment bloggers today. His conclusion:

But I will not read any more shocking exposes built on nothing more than one sides accusations and angry conjectures. I am not going to read about this persons finances and that persons leadership style. I am not going to allow people with so little integrity, with so little concern for truth and love, to violate my conscience, pollute my mind, and disrupt my love for others. And I'd encourage you to join me.

Well said. I'm in.

Read his entire post here.

How to Start Anything

Mike Williams, president and CEO of the David Allen Company, talks with Inc.'s Jeff Haden about how to be more productive when starting anything:

A great way to be significantly more productive is to start anything you're about to do with one question: What does a wildly successful outcome for this meeting, project, conversation--whatever it might be--look like? If you ask that question up front you co-create success: Everyone knows what you're shooting for and actively works towards making it happen.

Leaders Who Last in Lincoln

One of the great blessings that has come from these past eight months in the Resurgence Training Center (Re:Train) Missional Leadership Program has been the opportunity to spend time with my cohort leader, Pastor Dave Kraft. Dave is, without a doubt, one of the wisest men I have ever met. He has decades of leadership and ministry experience under his belt, has a heart for investing in and developing young leaders, and continues to humbly learn and grow in Christlikeness himself, even to this day.

Dave recently began traveling around the country, speaking at seminars that bear the name of his book, Leaders Who Last. His travels will soon bring him to Lincoln, NE as 2 Pillars Church will be sponsoring a Leaders Who Last Seminar. Here is a brief description from the 2PC blog:

Dave Kraft, Pastor at Mars Hill Church, Director of Leadership Development and Coaching at The Resurgence, and author of #1 Christian Leadership book Leaders Who Last, is traveling around the country with the goal of helping develop leaders. 2 Pillars Church is proud to announce that he will be making a stop in Lincoln, NE on April 30.

Join us as Pastor Dave leads a one-day seminar based upon his book. The seminar will include large group presentations, Q&A, small group discussions and application.

The event is for any ministry or church leader – from volunteers to pastors. If you are a leader or a leader of leaders then consider joining us on April 30th.

For further details and event registration information, read the entire post HERE.

If you are a ministry leader and live within a driving distance of Lincoln, then I encourage you to consider spending April 30 with Dave Kraft and other area leaders. It will surely be a value investment of your time.


Are you planning to attend the Leaders Who Last Seminar in Lincoln or elsewhere? Have you read the book? Comment below.

Credibility of Consultants vs. Full Time Staff

Karlyn Morissette posted the summary of an interesting discussion that resulted from a question she recently posed on Twitter: Why are higher education consultants given more credibility than full time staff who say the exact same thing? Nearly 40 people joined the discussion, offering their insights and opinions. Check out Morissette’s summary and observations here. I’m guessing that the premise of the above question holds true to varying degrees based upon the institution. It seems to boil down to a issue of objectivity, in my opinion. As a full-time staff member, am I able to look at a particular problem or set of challenges with an objective and impartial set of eyes, divorced from the emotion of the situation? Of course, depending upon the circumstances, there can be many factors at play.

God-Centered, Bible-Saturated Leadership

John Knight recounts being drawn in by false teaching and almost becoming a false teacher himself. It was the God-centered, Bible-saturated, Spirit-filled leadership of his pastors, Knight explains, that helped him to correct his course:

Younger pastors should realize that God will bring issues into your churches of which you have no experience and of which there are few resources from a God-centered perspective. Disability is one of those issues. What families like mine need from you, more than anything, is that you remember Jesus alone is the source of your hope. The greatest help you can provide is to keep us in the Bible and show us your own affections for God and his word, even when the passages are hard to understand. Show us your passion to submit to God’s revelation gladly.

When you are saturated in the Bible, that subtle, non-biblical voice someone like me may inadvertently bring into your church will be felt. When felt, you can move up next to it, seek to understand it, and respond to it in loving ways, with wisdom that God will provide. Your God-centered leadership can guide such a false-teacher-in-training away from that which would kill him and others. Maybe you’ll have to endure some harsh and unkind words in response. Or maybe God will use your firm, gentle, courageous engagement to turn a false teacher into a passionate lover of God and his word.


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