If you haven't read Seth Godin's blog, you are missing out. I've been pondering one of his posts for a few days now and realized I should really pass along some of my favorites. Next time you and I sit down for coffee, tell me what your favorite is and we are guaranteed to have great conversation as a result. Here are links to my top 10 favorite posts (lately anyway) and quotes from each that stood out to me:
1. Beyond Showing Up. "Showing up and taking notes isn't your job. Your job is to surprise and delight and change the agenda."
2. Question the Question. "The best creative solutions don't come from finding good answers to the questions that are presented. They come from inventing new questions."
3. Empathy Takes Effort. "It is easier to walk on by, to compartmentalize and to isolate ourselves. Easier, but not worth it."
4. Nonprofits Have A Charter To Be Innovators. "We're doing important work, our funders count on us to be daring and bold and brave, because the work we're doing is too important to play it safe."
5. Anticipation vs. Anxiety. "When you work with anticipation you will highlight the highs. You'll double down on the things that will delight and push yourself even harder to be bold and to create your version of art."
6. Effortless. "Perfecting your talk, refining your essay and polishing your service until all elements of you disappear might be obvious tactics, but they remove the thing we're looking for: you."
7. Fighting With vs. Fighting For. "They are similar emotions and efforts but they lead to very different outcomes."
8. Waiting For All the Facts. "The real question isn't whether you have all the facts. The real question is, 'Do I know enough to make a useful decision?' (and no decision is still a decision)."
9. Two Questions Behind Every Disagreement. "Are we on the same team? and What's the right path forward?"
10. How to Run a Problem-Solving Meeting. "5. At least one person, perhaps the host, should have a point of view about what the best course is, but anyone who comes should only be invited if they are willing to change their position."
Carla Ritz. Proof positive that God uses cracked pots!