Geno v. Cal? Geno’s offensive philosophy wins

There’s a critical difference between the two dominant NCAA basketball teams: Kentucky ( in the men’s tournament) and Connecticut (in the women’s). UConn doesn’t slow down offensively.  As evidenced by last night’s unrelenting pressure against Maryland, the Huskies play great defense (like UK) but they never ‘hold the ball’ on the offensive end.  As Nate Silver shows at 538, Kentucky did slow things down and it killed them (literally). Here’s a picture of it: 

“Our church won’t collapse” – until it does

Being 45 is interesting.  I’m old enough to appreciate order (‘this is the way we do it around here’) and yet I still sympathize with the younger crowd (demanding an answer to the question ‘Why do we do that, that way?”) The problem is both groups are right in what they assert.  The Boomers have spent 30 – 40 years learning the ropes of church. Moving to top of the food chain, they’ve waited their turn and now they control the budget or the music or the __________. The youngers – those revolutionaries – want (even need) things to change.  When they don’t, they vote with their feet.  They’ve decided to play somewhere else with their time and with their attention. So, it’s really about the status-quo.  Who wants to keep the future looking just like the present?  Turns out, … Continue reading »

Customers – for church

Who do you want to help? Who you believe Jesus misses the most? I know, he loves everyone, but who does he like? If you want to know, ask yourself an easier question: Who do I like? Guess what. Jesus likes them too. How do I know? Because Jesus likes you and he likes me. So of course he likes our friends. When you consider your church’s customers you have to focus on two things: Who do I know (and like)? Who’s local? Liking matters. Don’t discount it. Humans have been doing business with family for thousands of years. Why? Because in low-trust environments, blood is way thicker than water. If I can see you, or sit at a table with you, there’s a much greater chance I’ll trust you. If we’re Twitter friends, I’ll find you entertaining, but trust … Continue reading »

“God created war so Americans would learn geography”

I heard this quote on the Tim Ferris show with Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding. During the show, Potts mentions this quote (attributed to Mark Twain): God created war so Americans would learn geography. Being a human geography teacher, I know this to be true. Many of my students don’t remember 9/11, they were toddlers or smaller. They don’t remember our 2nd go-round in Iraq, much less the first in 1990-91. So when Obama gives a speech about ISIL, they wonder several things: What is he talking about? Where in the world are the places he’s talking about? Vox (in their 14 maps that explain ISIS) has done a great job of showing this critical geography to us.  Here’s one of the maps that shows ISIS control. In our Theory of Knowledge class this past week, we assigned groups of … Continue reading »

1st Step to a Better Meeting? Admit the 1 you just ran sucked

H/T to Fast Company for this. I try to stay out of meetings as much as possible. I find them brutal and these ‘types’ in this video are immediately recognizable. If a meeting is inevitable, I propose these three things: Follow Jason Fried’s advice and don’t have the meeting in the first place. Follow Seth Godin’s advice and do not ask this question If you must have a meeting, plan, plan, plan it well. As the great John Wooden once said: Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.