“If the game was a zero sum game, then Apple would lose (to Microsoft).”–Steve Jobs
Thanks @destinoeric for this link on yesterday’s post. One of my fascinations with Christian ministry philosophy in the US is how often zero-sum thinking inhibits/de-empowers emerging leaders from realizing their God given call early enough in their career to make redemptive changes.
Steve Jobs talks about how in the early days when Apple was “at war” with Microsoft, they really weren’t:
“There were too many people in Apple playing the game of ‘For Apple to win Microsoft has to lose.'”
“Apple didn’t have to beat Microsoft, Apple had to remember who Apple was” —my favorite by far.
Personal Ministry Applications:
- Other people with similar giftings/abilities often are perceived as threats to established leaders with a zero sum mentality; take out that mind-set and leaders end up nourishing and developing these young leaders, AND getting more of the results they desire, which ends up enhancing their reputation.
- The person “above” and “below” you are not the only people that God wants to use you to lead/affect/change. Seems to me that those new to ministry fail to engage beyond the vertical axis of people, significantly limiting their ministry reach.
Corporate Ministry Applications:
- Assuming ALL the resources needed to accomplish the mission are INSIDE the org–this leads to reinventing the wheel a thousand times and often what comes out is not a wheel but a really ugly looking rock.
- “Apple had to remember who Apple was.” –chasing trends that are outside of God’s call on the mission, vision, and values of the org.
The video is 9 minutes but even if you watch one minute you will be smarter.