Jim Karwish, a friend, and I are exploring the idea of publicly reading a book together. Each week as we read a chapter, we'll share with each other on Facebook what personally resonated and discuss back in forth. This allows others to observe and participate.
In the movie Chicken Run, the chickens are not producing enough eggs so the owner, and also the villain, decides to buy a pie making machine. As you see in the first part of the graphic above and the video below, chickens go in and pies come out. The magazine in the film, inspires the villain in the movie to buy the pie maker. She believes this machine will turn her failing farm into a money making machine.
The Trap For Leaders
As a business owner striving for success, we can easily fall into the trap of seeing our team members as the chickens in this analogy. Team members go into our company, the pie machine, and out of it comes what we define as success or achievement. Money, power, fame, influence, are a few examples of how we measure our achievement.
In this mindset, the team is not a top priority and we can see them as a commodity making it really easy for us burn someone out knowing we can find someone else to take their place.
As I mentioned last year, I'm writing a book about flourishing in freelancing. As a result of writing this book, several freelancers requested getting together on a regular basis. This resulted in us establishing a monthly group where we meet to review the concepts in the book. After our last meeting, I met up with a client to talk about the work we were doing. Fresh off the freelancing meeting, we discussed the graphic I created to teach the day's concept.
As a result of this discussion, he invited me to meet with him, his partner on a new business venture, and a friend to share these concepts with them. I agreed and the next day I shared the concepts with them including his friend Craig Williams who co-hosts a business authority radio show on the Pro Business Channel with Neil Howe.
Craig invited me to be one his guests on the business authority show. In the interview I discuss the work I do, two projects I've worked on, IDEMA and the Formula For Intentionality. The segment where I'm interviewed begins at 9 minutes 30 seconds.
It has been awhile since I've done this type of media so it was great to shake the dust off and share my ideas.
After I chose to shut down Noodlehead Marketing, us team members concluded one of the most valuable ideas from our journey was the IDEMA framework. As a result of this conclusion we agreed to package and publish it so we could take and use it in our future ventures. It was our parting gift to each other, our clients, and our friends.
Every year, our church hosts its services at the park for Easter Sunday.
Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a parking attendant. Part of this included helping carry guest's food and stuff to their destinations and an offer to park their vehicle in the larger lot.
After the experience, I recognized an interesting pattern of how people responded to my offer for help.
Image courtesy of PicJumbo.
Thanks to my parents, I've been involved in different denominations and sizes of churches since I was born. I've also discovered the church has lacked in their potential to truly connect their powerful, but digitally neglected , content with their people in a personal and relevant way.
When we find ourselves resisting those leading us, let us direct our leaders with this one statement.
"Please, bring me along."
Helping a friend, family member or stranger go from where they are to where they want to be can be difficult and require a ton of energy. Heck, it could be hard to do this for ourselves!
The Iceberg effect is a visual metaphor to help us more realistically face life and work.
Any time we face a project, relationship, friend, employee, church, or anything, the top of the iceberg is what we can immediately see.
For example, when watching a political presidential debate we see the top of the iceberg for the candidates we're interested in supporting.
When we start a new project, we think it will only take 2 weeks, when in reality it's a 2 month long project.
When we have experience in a particular area, we visualize what the iceberg looks below the tip of the iceberg. While we don't know for sure, we can reasonably anticipate the unknowns that are likely and unlikely to happen. This helps us better anticipate the successes and failures we'll face.
No matter how experienced and knowledgeable we are, we will inevitably face the unexpected unknowns in life, work and projects. It's the deep abyss with no end. It could be something or it could be nothing.
In 2001, numerous New York companies planned for what they knew and what they expected could happen to mitigate their risk and maximize their chances of success. At the end of the day, they did not expect a group of terrorists to attack the world trade towers and change their entire lives.
It is wise for us to plan for what we know, what we anticipate and a little extra for for the complete unknown. Outside of this, it requires we trust in something more powerful than the unanticipated unknowns.
For me, I choose to trust in God. How about you?
As a freelancer, there are times when we need to generate income immediately. In red alert mode, we need to move quickly to get paying gigs. Ideally, we discover what to do in red alert mode before it happens, but for those of you who are in this zone now, here are ten actions to help you move forward and suppress the panic.
- Since God knows and is in control, anchor yourself by praying for direction.
- Meet with 10-12 people per week, ranging from good friends to people you hardly know, and ask for advice.
- Call past clients and leads to discover if they have any needs you can help with.
- Reach out to people who have referred work your way in the past and let them know your situation and how they can help.
- Keep your inner circle updated on your situation and how they can help you overcome it. Be specific with what you need.
- Attend 2-3 networking events where you can meet numerous people in a short period of time.
- Get exposed on-line by sharing articles, content and ideas on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.
- Blog daily and share links to your blogs with your network. (If you don't have a site signup for a free account on Medium or Wordpress)
- Offer to write a blog for those in your network who have platforms and an audience.
- Slow the bleeding by taking odd jobs, research study groups, or becoming an extra in a feature film.