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Technology + Productivity + Ministry = Staffhacker

You cannot be effective in ministry today unless you are PROFICIENT in technology/social media. Not an expert, nor a casual observer, but intentional, strategic, and humble to learn, try, and discard technological tools. I love what Matt Stauffer, a staff member from Intervarsity, is doing over at Staffhacker. So much so that I’m going to be guest posting there regularly on the topics of technology and productivity. “One Awesome Place to Capture Your Tasks,” my first guest post, is live on the Staffhacker. Click here or on the title to check it out. But the even easier thing to do is subscribe to the Staffhacker blog: To subscribe via email click here To add the RSS feed to your reeder click here

2 Ways to Never Forget a Website

I’ve started using Evernote to remember the various sites I visit and Twitter favorites to archive links that I want to read or save for a later time. Evernote for Web Bookmarks Evernote has a Firefox add-on and a Chrome extension that make it super easy to save both the link and/or the entire page content. I save pages primarily to be able to share them later with people that ask me questions about various web or ministry problems. I’ve found that often times my opinion is less valuable to someone than a link, and if my goal is helping people make redemptive changes in their ministries then whatever gets them to take that next step is fine with me. Twitter Favorites For Link Archiving I notice that few people use the favorite feature on Twitter. It really is a shame since it can change the way you use Twitter and expand it’s value significantly. The most frequent complaint/obstacle with Twitter I hear from others is sorting through the vast amount of data that is …

Mobilize Change in Your City!

“We need more citizens who feel agency — that they can actually influence the future of their communities. Otherwise, there is complacency and resignation. Give a Minute encourages agency. Go ahead. Share your ideas. Change your city.”–from a recent NY Times post. Check out Give a Minute’s home page, which includes not only idea generation and sharing, but transparency and accountability. I love the  “Who’s Listening” section near the bottom. Whenever my opinion is asked of something I always wonder if it will matter–if someone who has decision making power is listening AND willing to make changes. What do you think ministries and churches could do with something like this?

Why You Love Survivor: Inside the Mind of Mark Burnett

I’ve shared a Brian Solis interview before with Charlene Li on Open Leadership but this one proves extremely interesting. Brian interviews Mark Burnett from Survivor and talks story-telling, behind the scenes of Survivor, and how social media will influence and affect mainstream TV. Some key quotes: “Electronic, omnipresent, water-cooler moment.” “These moments become social objects that become the catalysts or sparks for conversations.” “Casting the right people to break through the clutter and get attention.” “It’s much more difficult to keep people coming back.” This interview is extremely relevant to those planning conferences or events! So often I hear complaints about the lackluster turnout of various ministry events but I often wonder if the planners had spent time thinking about the needs and realities of those attending and what event, activity or person to bring in that would break through the clutter and cause them to pay attention that the turnout would be quite different.

Getting the Right Things Done

“What we discovered with this process change is that when tasks were not done in one day it was an indication of an impediment that no-one had thought to mention, or even acknowledged as an impediment.” –from the post “Unearthing Impediments by Doing Less” by Tobias Mayer Found a gem of a post via Twitter. I’ve seen measuring success primarily by hours put in proves highly demotivating and rarely effective for the long term. The entire post linked to above is worth a read, as Mayer gives specific and general advice for tackling and solving large and small problems that every working team faces. As he coached a team he and the team agreed to measure tasks not in terms of hours but in terms of them being completed within 24 hours. In doing so it surfaced issues and dynamics that were only felt but never discussed until then. Here’s how Mayer describes the effect: “Having this team stop measuring partially done work and measure only completed things (tasks and stories) helped them to create …

Why People Leave Your Ministry

68% of customers leave a company because of the treatment they received. This is a ridiculously awesome infographic from Get Satisfaction, a company that does user generated customer service. Not completely new information but reiterates how important it is to make people new to your ministry feel welcomed (the way they understand being welcomed, not you). The best way I have seen is by getting people connected to 2-3 other involved people. There are some other great aspects of the full infographic. Click here to check them out.

4 Great Posts from CCC Bloggers

Lots of great blogs being produced these days from CCC staff. Here’s four I liked from the last week: Bloggin Beav: MiSDIRECT Communication is when you actually end up communicating the exact opposite of what you’re trying to communicate.  I’ve noticed of late in some organizational settings outside of my immediate context that some communicators have been so obviously fearful of backlash or reactions that in their attempts to manage the reactions and soften the blow or beat around the bush – that they actually end up affirming the exact opposite of what they really are trying to say or communicate.–Brian Virtue Double Derivative: Another way we try and stay out of living in our inboxes in through the use of project collaboration software.  This has many advantages.–Russ Martin Leadership, Technology, Innovation: I discovered the Action Method iPhone Application recently and so far I haven’t looked back. It’s simple, beautiful and customizable. It allows me organize action steps any way I want, plus it allows me to mark things as focus items for the day …

3 Insights from College Ministry Bloggers

The content on the Faith on Campus Blog-athon has been interesting. The sheer variety of posts has been great for me to look over. I mentioned on Twitter that I guest posted on 4,000 Ways to Maximize the First 4 Weeks. Click here to read it. Here’s some quotes from the various posts that stuck out: CCC Staff who Like Thinking About 100% Sent: A post titled Slow Fade address similar issues: “Few would argue that some of the most passionate, gifted energy among us is housed in those who are college-aged.  And yet few have succeeded in pointing such passion and energy toward lasting, healthy ends—especially in the church.”–click here to read the whole post Benson Hines, Re-Think Blogference author, who has his own blog btw: As college ministers, we believe it’s more important that students find a (solid) college ministry than that they find our college ministry (even if we do prefer our own!). And we believe it’s more important that students are impacted than that they are recruited.–click here to read the whole post Brandon Smith writes …

Implementing Ideas, Gospel Illustrations, and Quitting Leaders: 3 Links

Found some great stuff last week via the Twittersphere and wanted to pass them along! Does the Bridge Illustration Still Work? via Justin Wise’s blog BeDeviant The comments a worth checking out. Here’s one: “I believe that the culture has moved beyond its obsession with salvation and moralism, and is rather asking itself far more existential, or perhaps experiential, questions.” 7 Reasons Leaders Quit Your Organization via the Catalystspace Blog My favorite read this past week for sure! Best quote from the post: “You can allow leaders to work for the good of the organization or stifle them, discourage them and spend valuable time and effort consistently replacing them.  If you want to keep leaders…let them lead!” Moving Ideas to Implementation, via the Echo Conference 2010 blog Charles Lee, CEO of Ideation shares his best practices in making a great idea happen. His creativity theory: “Start with one idea. Work on it. Then you get other ideas. Ideas start connecting with each other. Then there’s a divine moment where all the ideas, some seeming random, …

5 Links To Help You Get Things Done

I’m a sucker for vision and long term strategy but getting something done RIGHT NOW that’s important feels so good. Here’s some links that have helped me: 1. Turn Up the Heat: “Raising the temperature of an insurance company’s offices from 68 degrees to 77 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 25 C) reduced typing errors by 44% and boosted typing output by 150%, according to a monthlong study by Alan Hedge of Cornell. The higher, more comfortable temperature resulted in a savings for the employer of about $2 per worker per hour, Hedge says.”–via here 2. Allow Time for Your Ideas to Grow: “The trick is to give experiments enough time to prove themselves. Too often a focus on failing fast leads to false positives.”–via here 3. Watch Your Expenses (not just money, but time, attention, and focus to name a few: “In 2008, while revenue grew by 52.5%, Apple’s operating expenses only grew by 30%. This means that each dollar spent to run the company generated nearly 60% more revenue in 2008 than it did …