Monday, February 27, 2006

This has been around a few times

Found this on Allison's site.
Four Jobs I've Had:
Grocery/Convenience Store Chain (from sack-boy to buck-stops-here-guy)
Stream International (doing MSN, Windows, EarthLink & Comcast back when you used to get someone in the US when you called tech support)
Helpdesk -
i2 Technologies
Customer Service/Web Support,
OneSource (current)
(Strangely these are the ONLY 4 jobs I’ve had in my life)

Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over: (four isn’t enough)
Legends of the Fall
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
Anything Star Wars
Office Space
(Lord, forgive me): Any of the Porky’s movies

Four Places I've Lived:
Irving, TX (grew up, came back)
Waco, TX (college)
That’s all. (I know. Boring)

Four Shows I Like To Watch:
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Beauty and the Beast (Linda

Four Foods That I Like:
Anything BEEF (Have to help
Sam out)
Mexican (the real kind or good Tex-Mex)

Four Sites I Visit Everyday: / / /
(all via
My Yahoo)

Four Places I've Vacationed

Yellowstone National Park
Key West, Florida
Mt. Equinox, Vermont
Grand Canyon/Monument Valley

Four Things I Want To Do Before I Die:
Finish doing what God has me here for
Take my wife on her dream trip to Ireland
Cycle to Montana
Take a cross-country motorcycle trip.

Four Placed I’d Rather Be Right Now
Somewhere between
Eureka Mt. and Glacier
Vermont in October
Out riding – bike or motorcycle
The gym


Thursday, February 23, 2006

Just business

"It's not personal...It's strictly business"
Sometimes it's necessary to make decisions for the direction of an entity that requires changes in personnel. It's nothing against them personally. If the leadership of the entity is going in a direction that doesn't match the person's talents and gifts it would be cruel and unfair to make them stay. The best thing is to set them free to pursue a path that matches their gifts.

People on both sides of these situations sometimes try to make it a personnel thing. I've been in both places before: having to make the direction decision and having been the recipient of that decision. The person who has been set free should move beyond the decision. When they take it personally they hurt themselves and poison their soul with bitterness and brooding. This causes them to miss opportunities and allows their joy and hope to be stolen away. The ones making the decision, likewise, need to keep things on a high level and not bring up circumstances that don't have anything to do with the decision. This causes fear and distrust from the ones staying with the organization and creates fertile ground for rumors & innuendo and limits ones ability to perform at a high level.