Good Books

Why is it when it’s only 88 outside does it still feel like 100 and make me sweat like I’m 200 pounds over weight? You don’t know either? Fine

Sorry, had to get that off my chest.

Finished up a good book I’ve been meaning to read – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Let me just say that I really like Patrick Lencioni and am looking forward to hearing him speak at Catalyst this year. Learned a lot from one of his other books Death By Meeting.

The thing I like about his style is that he teaches using story (he calls them fables). He creates a story and implements the changes that the book talks about within the story – so you get to “see” it in action. I like our team, but I’m convinced that there’s a few things that we need to work on to get better and more successful. They’re all reading it too and we’ll be talking about it once Claude gets back from Florida.

I enjoy reading good books, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still read and learn from the Good Book. I think the moment we stop learning from others (whether we agree with them or not) is the moment we’re doomed to mediocrity and irrelevance. We live in an ever changing world and even though the message of the Good Book doesn’t change, the situations we apply it to are constantly changing. I heard one guy talking to people who think church is better when it’s more like the early church (implying that media, loud music and such doesn’t belong in church). The guy told them that if they liked it like that, they should shut off the air conditioning and lights too.

So read the Good Book and then make sure you’re reading other good books to challenge and stretch you to think differently about life and leadership and about the world we live in. You may just learn something.

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  1. Anonymous August 31, 2007

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