Articles

Think about the process

In art, blogging, Books, Localization, mission, Money, Technology on September 13, 2016 by mstevensrev

dominoesThe process is worth thinking about. Not merely the process that your employer has set up to make sure you are meeting each performance metric, but rather the process that makes you successful. Here are my questions:

Where were you the most productive?

What led to your wins? 

Then look to see if your activity is supporting productivity and wins. Here is how I try to evaluate:

Can you make a small adjustment that will lead to getting you the information more easily, or with less distraction?

Are there steps that keep you from acting on new information in an efficient manner?

Can I make it easier for people to find me?

I think of the leadership book by Marshall Goldsmith, What got you here, won’t get you there. The first time I read it I thought, Wow it is really important to re-evaluate. Now that it has sunk in I realize that this is almost a continuous process, one that we regularly need to address.

“People will do something—including changing their behavior—only if it can be demonstrated that doing so is in their own best interests as defined by their own values.”
Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful

Articles

The silver bullet

In art, Books, business, Community, culture, design, faith, leadership, mission, Money, principles, quote, Spiritual, Theology on September 12, 2016 by mstevensrev

23463195732_0b5aa8e114_bThe existence of this tool is far overrated. Often in strategy meetings adding that one tool is the over simplified solution for an extremely complex problem, and it is no surprise that it often does not work.

Few things work as well as compound interest. This goes for money and showing up every day to the work before you. Constantly doing your job, regularly and steadily improving small bits that can improve the whole.

For those not paying attention success does look like a silver bullet was discovered, an overnight sensation discovered, and all the lonely days practicing in the garage or at empty shows are forgotten because of the success. For those who accomplish it, they remember all the work and failure that provided the foundation for the win. Once it is achieved it means you have to go out there and do it all over again.

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

-Vince Lombardi

Articles

Respect to TWB (Translators without Borders)

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2016 by mstevensrev

TWB_color_square_hi1

Today we released a really great podcast, it is with Lori Thicke, the founder of Translators without Borders. They are a non-profit group responsible for breaking down language barriers humanitarians face all over the world. To date this is one of my favorite conversations because I am able very directly to see the work I do impact the world. The time we had was far to short, I’m sure again we will have Lori on to talk with us about more!

Check out the links to the podcast from the Moravia Blog or to learn more about this program, go to www.globallyspeakingradio.com, where you can listen to and also download a full transcript of all episodes.

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

-Robin Williams

Articles

Hearing what we don’t like

In culture, leadership, News on August 30, 2016 by mstevensrev

la-1472423801-snap-photo

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick addresses the media after a preseason game against the Packers. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

No one enjoys hearing things they don’t like.

Sit or stand, pray for suffering or not…in a free country many think differently then you. Social commentary keeps it in your face longer then you are comfortable. Then there are those who react because it is not what they like. And under all of this a message is being sent.

Are you listening? am I? Only recently have I been made aware that it is possible to disagree and not demonize the other person. In short disagreement does not demand that the other burn in hell. Music is notorious for offending older generations and then being played on the oldies station a few decades later. Take the time to breath and listen. Perhaps we will have the strength to engage in an actual conversation with that which we don’t like to hear.

One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.

Bryant H. McGill

Articles

Finding my own and inspiring others voice

In art, blogging, Community, culture, leadership, Uncategorized, work, writing on August 18, 2016 by mstevensrev

8d16dba7427130af7dc14f8d6c584657

Over half way through this year I would say that has been the biggest change in my life, finding my own voice. A big part of it has been the Globally Speaking Podcast. Blogging and stand up comedy have also been a part of the process as well. Pretty fun and I’m excited to see where it leads.

The second half of the title (inspiring others voice)I’m not so sure about, but I’ll take some credit for it. Two co-workers have published on LinkedIn, if you have a chance check them out:

When (not) to be helpful, Tucker Johnson

Career 3.0 – The climbing cage, Juliette Tanarro

Check them out!

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Articles

Risks involved with your job

In business, Community, culture, exercise, faith, family, Spiritual on August 15, 2016 by mstevensrev

0814016-OLY-Ryan-Lochte-2-LF-PI.vadapt.980.high.79There are risks involved in your job. For some, such as police and firefighters, the over all daily risk of death is much higher then others. Being an Olympic Athlete is not a job generally thought of as high risk for death, and yet this week Ryan Lochte was held up at gunpoint while in Rio. The details seem sketchy and this could end up going strange directions, but the fact remains that many of us do not have regular threats on our lives in daily work or even when we travel for work.

I’m grateful for the peace that I experience on a daily basis and I also am grateful for those who put themselves in harms way intentionally for the sake of others. So the next time you take a cab or Uber and end up at the destination without being robbed, say a little thanks.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Articles

Don’t let the crisis go to waste

In art, Books, business, culture, design, faith, family, Friends, Fun, Theology, Uncategorized on August 12, 2016 by mstevensrev

2012-11and12-tt-03-ia-to-the-fire-a-firefighter-searches-for-possible-survivors-300x200In The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, there is case study after case study on how organizations unwritten rules led to crisis at the time when the organization needed to function optimally. The King’s Cross fire in the Underground is one example where all those in authority were occupied with their kingdoms and no one was focused on rider safety costing 31 passengers their lives.

Every organization functions with a “common grace” approach that keeps rivalries in check and the orders shipped. During crisis is when the unwritten functional rules of the organization can be re-examined, when great scrutiny is on the operation unproductive power structures can be address. It is even said that in some crisis great leaders prolong the crisis in order to get the greatest positive effect of the change. Great wisdom is required to pull that off.

Is it possible to address this change without the crisis?

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Rahm Emanuel