Super Bowl Ads

As we gear up for the big game tomorrow, relive some of the funnier ads from 2008 on Hulu. They are all there from last year so enjoy.

Steve Fee song

Many of you worship leaders who were at Catalyst remember Steve Fee leading everyone in the chorus of “Glory To God” this past October. Powerful moment and powerful song. Well, you can get the chords and lyrics to the entire song and watch Steve and Matt singing it at the Fee website. Check it out.

Dallas, ice storms, and innovation

A pretty adventurous day yesterday and today here in Dallas. More thoughts later. For now, check out a few pics and follow the action at the innovation3 website.

Great resource from Andy Stanley

Do yourself a favor and subscribe to Andy Stanley’s leadership podcast. You can stream from the North Point website or download from itunes. Incredibly practical short talks and interview.

Start of the Week

A few thoughts as we begin the last week of January

1. Wow, how about the historic events of last week. A great moment in history. Now the work begins. In the meantime, check out this amazing pic that Los tracked down. I spent an hour looking at it. Seriously. 

2. How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions?

3. Working hard on the speaker lineup for Catalyst East in October. I am really excited about who we have so far, and who is in the works. Several favorites will be returning for the 10th year anniversary.

4. Heading to Dallas this week for the Innovation3 Gathering being put on by Leadership Network. Really looking forward to it. If you are going to be there let me know. Would love to say hello. 

5. In honor of all of the award shows happening in Hollywood over the next several weeks (and tonight), I think I am going to start asking everyone I talk to “who are you wearing today?” 

6. If you are a twitter user, make sure to follow Guy Kawasaki and Robert Scoble. Between the two of them, you’ll get all the info you need on staying up to date with all things in technology and innovation. 

7. Great article in Fast Company on Shaun White, the skateboarding/snowboarding mega superstar. 

8. Saw Cirque du Soleil on Friday night. Amazing. The creativity and attention to detail within the program is off the charts. A great book on the innovation within Cirque is The Spark. It’s been out for several years, but if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.

Fun from the office

Check out this video from Pete Wilson – recorded earlier this week on his trip to Atlanta. He and Jenni Catron made a stop by the office and decided to join in on the festivities here in the office. Enjoy. 

Are you a Finisher?

I love people who execute. Who get it done. When it comes to hiring new employees, no other characteristic is more important than someone who can finish. It is the #1 trait related to work ethic that I look for in a new hire. 

Anyone can come up with a new idea, a new concept, a new pithy word, a new organization, or a new perspective. What ultimately matters is were you able to take an idea from concept to completion. And to do that, you have to have finishers on your team. The folks who are intrinsically wired to make things happen, and bulldog their way to the finish line. They find joy in checking things off the list. But not just a task machine. Anyone can take an order and then go complete it. What matters is whether you can carry the ball all the way down the field and cross the finish line. 

Take a moment and think about who that is on your team. If you don’t have someone in this role, go find them immediately. This is incredibly important if you are the leader- you have to have someone on your team in whom you have ultimate confidence that if you hand them a project, they will get it done… and without your constant management of them. The answer can’t constantly be “we’re still working on it….”. That is an excuse for either being lazy or unfocused. You’re either moving forward or backwards.

For our team here at Catalyst, it is imperative that everyone plays the finisher role. Now some have to more than others, but no one can only be the “idea” guy. Everyone is required to execute and own projects from start to finish. It’s a non-negotiable. We take incredible pride in being able to take a concept and turn it into a finished project. This is a distinctive part of our culture here. We’re serious about it. It’s part of our DNA. 

And for all you type A’s, you can’t do everything yourself, even though you think you can. Find someone who can carry the load alongside you.