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Terry Storch Dispatch w.22.2019
This Memorial Day weekend, we “opened” our pool. Technically, our pool was never closed, but the weather and water temperatures were not ideal for swimming. But, even though the pool was not open, it still took a significant amount of maintenance during the off season—seemingly endless skimming of leaves, managing chlorine and chemical levels, vacuuming the pool, etc. The hardest part was not seeing the fruit of the effort. All of this work on the pool in the off season, and no ability to swim.
It was a lot of effort with no tangible result until this weekend. And this weekend was awesome!
As leaders, we need to remember the power of tangible results. There are times we're leading through the "winter" season and not able to see tangible results. When we find ourselves in the middle of a long winter, we must remember how it impacts our teams and makes them feel. I like as much as possible to break projects and ideas down into manageable chunks so we're not working for too long a stretch without seeing tangible results. We all love seeing our work and efforts touch and impact people lives.
Opening the pool and seeing kiddos having a good time playing brought joy to my heart. As leaders, let's not forget the power of "opening the pool." Let's plan, schedule, and build our strategy to regularly open the pool, and allow our teams and team members to see their work in the wild and being used.
The city of Baltimore was and is basically shut down on many fronts due to some massive cyber attacks (read more.) Hackers breached the city's servers two weeks ago, and the government emails are down, payments to city departments can't be made online, and all real estate transactions can't be processed. CRAZY! But, to take this craziness to a new level, the NSA may have known about the potential threat and kept it quiet. Whoa…(read more)
Simply put, don’t believe everything you think. I know that sounds odd, but confirmation bias is so, so dangerous. This article from Greg Satell is a must-read. One more teaser about this article is one of my favorite lines: “We tend to defend, rather than question, our existing beliefs, and those around us often reinforce them.” Take about 7 minutes and read "The Gladwell Trap."
I was recently in a group text messaging thread that had to do with politics and some really closed-minded thinking. To protect the identity of this thread I will move on...but I shared this article, "Are you Exposed Enough." Steve Graves does an amazing job challenging us all to move out of the echo chambers we live in. This is a soapbox of mine...please, please, please read this and broaden your inputs and get more exposed, and please do it today! (read more)
I'd love to highlight some cool open roles on our teams:
Did you realize that YouVersion reaches every country and territory in the world? The scale and infrastructure required is crazy. We see on average 20,000 requests per second and well above 40,000 requests per second at peak times. If that makes sense to you, you might be interested to know we are growing our SRE team. Learn more here.
One of our Digerati Axioms is "Data has a seat at the table." At Life.Church, we measure a massive amount of data, and we are looking for a strong leader to bring a solid strategy to this area. Learn more about a new role leading this area as the Data Strategy Leader.
Don’t see a role for you? We have dozens more! Click here to see all open career opportunities at Life.Church.
Most-engaged Instagram post last week: