Engineering a Miracle

We’ve all heard the story of the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson”. A routine flight from NYC to Charlotte loses both engines after striking a flock of geese shortly after takeoff. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the heroic pilot memorialized in the 2016 film, glided the plane to an emergency landing on the Hudson River. In controlled flight […]

Summer Snowballs – Turn The Flywheel

In his classic Good to Great, author and business researcher Jim Collins gives us this analogy: “Picture a huge, heavy flywheel—a massive metal disk mounted horizontally on an axle, about 30 feet in diameter, 2 feet thick, and weighing about 5,000 pounds. Now imagine that your task is to get the flywheel rotating on the […]

Summer Snowballs – Eat That Frog

In the middle of a series about momentum where we’ve explored rolling snowballs and Navy bed-making advice, today’s lesson might be the strangest yet: How to eat a frog. The essence of momentum is getting things done. In week one, Dan Rockwell reminded us that excitement happens at the beginning of new tasks but momentum […]

Summer Snowballs: Make Your Bed

Despite the title and cover photo, this post is about momentum. Momentum is built by accomplishing tasks consistently. Last week we talked about how the snowball effect can help accomplish some of the biggest goals of our lives. Using the momentum of completing the smaller tasks to build toward the bigger ones ahead. Today we’re […]

Summer Snowballs

This week I’m starting a four-week, end-of-summer series about a powerful but mysteriously hard to quantify force: Momentum. The simple science definition of momentum is force gained by motion. Momentum is a series of successful endings not beginnings. Excitement happens at the beginning. Momentum builds at the end. – Dan Rockwell So the first step to […]

Chief of Staff

After his stint as Jack Bauer on the TV show 24, Kiefer Sutherland moved on to be Tom Kirkman, the shy, reserved, nonviolent Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on the show Designated Survivor which aired this spring. In the show, the Capitol building is attacked during the State of the Union and it’s up […]

Poke The Box

When was the last time you did something for the first time? That’s the opening line of Seth Godin’s Poke the Box, a manifesto about producing something that’s scarce, and therefore valuable. This is a book for a generation that’s been taught to follow the right path to stop waiting for a road map and […]

Booster U

This week is Booster University. The one time our entire full-time team comes together in Atlanta to prepare to make the next school year our best yet! Every year around this time I’m reminded of the first time I heard about Booster, now 7 years ago. I was a Junior in college, working a summer […]

That’s The Day

I keep a folder of saved quotes and speeches on my computer and last week I rediscovered this from Passion City Church pastor Louie Giglio, originally posted on Instagram. It beautifully interweaves this millennial need for meaning and purpose with a timeless message of moment-by-moment faithfulness.  Get ready. For young leaders… A day is coming […]

Independence

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.” John Adams writes to his wife Abigail on this day, July 3, 1776. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the […]