Sometimes, all you need is a unique perspective to jump start the process at hand. Here are five interesting concepts and quotes that I believe are worth discussing with your team.
“In 2004… Facebook didn’t even exist yet, Twitter was still a sound, the cloud was still in the sky, 4G was a parking space, ‘applications’ were what you sent to college, LinkedIn was barely known and most people thought it was a prison, Big Dada was a good name for a rap star, and Skype, for most people, was a typographical error.” Thomas Friedman in Thanks for Being Late
“The hallmark of originality is rejecting the default and exploring whether a better option exists.” Adam Grant in Originals
“When companies fail, it’s usually for reasons that almost everyone knows but almost no one has voiced.” Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in Option B.
“I have been struck by how families, corporations, and other kinds of institutions are constantly trying to cure their own chronic ills through amputations, ‘strong medicine,’ transfusions, and other forms of surgery, only to find that, even when successful for the moment, the excised tumor returns several years later in ‘cells’ that never knew the ‘cells’ that left. ‘New blood’ rarely thwarts malignant processes, anywhere. Indeed, with both cancer and institutions, malignant cells that appear to be dead can often revive if they receive new nourishment.” Edwin Friedman in A Failure of Nerve
“I’ve learned that most problems aren’t rocket science, but when they are rocket science, you should ask a rocket scientist about them. In other words, I don’t know everything, so I’ve learned to seek advice and counsel and to listen to experts.” Astronaut Scott Kelley in Endurance
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Jay Desko is the Executive Director of The Center and serves on the Senior Leadership Team at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Jay brings experience in the areas of ministry assessment, leadership coaching, decision-making, and strategic questioning. Jay’s degrees include a B.S. in Bible, a M.Ed in Instructional Systems Design and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.