Let’s Get Caught Up

Has it really been three weeks since I created a post? If you’re looking to pickup new readers, taking a three-week break after your most read post ever is probably not the best follow-up. There may be value in utilizing the George Costanza method of leaving the room laughing to some extent in writing, but I doubt Michael Hyatt would ever suggest that practice.

IMG_2389I missed one week because my computer was in the shop having it’s wifi card replaced. Yes, I too felt that the computer was a little young for such a procedure. I mean, how many one-year old computers – or three-year old computers for that matter – have a defective wifi card? I suspect not many. Any way, $114 later, my computer is back spinning like a 13″ top.

Last week I was in Orlando, Florida for a RMIS (risk managementIMG_2406 information system) users conference. I know that sounds like paint drying to most of you, but I had a great time. Now that my kids are older, I feel like I can say that I enjoy going to conferences. It’s not ALL sessions and keynotes and networking and then going back to the room to catch up on office work. Actually, that’s exactly what it was, but networking in the France area of EPCOT before the fireworks show is more fun than networking in a hotel ballroom.

There were two quality lunchtime keynote speakers at this year’s conference. Tom Kuszmarki, author of Apples Are Squareintroduced his ideas on changing leadership in an increasingly innovative workplace. Instead of leading with control and restriction of content, Kuczmarski argues that leaders must adapt as collaborators. In fact, he spent much of his keynote talking not of “leadership”, but of “peopleship”. Peopleship is based on the principles of service, humility, transparency and inclusiveness instead of controlling the message which, of course, controls those being led.

The other speaker was Dan Tapscott, ranked as the #4 most influential thinker in the world (THE WORLD!) in 2013. We received advanced copies of Mr. Tapscott’s book The Digital Economy; Rethinking Promise and Peril in the Age of Networked Intelligence. Almost 400 pages of what appears to be 9 point font. As with most of the great thinkers of the world, some of his thoughts were far more advanced than my ability to relate, so I found myself lost at times during his speech. He did say one thing that I scribbled in to Evernote for future reference; “The future is not something to be predicted. It is something to be achieved.”

I think of our friends at No Longer who let go of predictions and allowed the future to be achieved through their faithfulness and desire to impact lives of children they may never meet.

I’ve got to run. Stop letting your predictions ruin your today. GO!