Genius you are

yoda.jpgWell I imagine Yoda (from Star Wars) would say that. However, after thinking about bell curves I stumbled upon a bell curve distribution of IQ in society. I thought it made for interesting viewing.

There are loads of online tests are available for you to test your IQ, some will definitely make you more of a genius than others.

Btw the last time I did an IQ test I was the “thicky” in my family, no surprise there. Most importantly I would add that an IQ score means nothing in relation to your usefulness to God, he wants available people not necessarily intelligent ones who try to outthink him, as if that were possible.

1 Samuel 15:22-23

“Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the LORD?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,
he has rejected you as king.”




Slag him off

Colloquially to “slag him off” means to criticise someone in pretty strong terms. It is something anyone in Christian leadership gets used to, but the good news is that it isn’t new. This quote is from Richard Baxter, the famous Puritan pastor in his book The Reformed Pastor first published in 1656, along with some very good advice,

“Because there are many eyes upon you, therefore there will be many observers of your falls. If other men may sin without observation, so cannot you. And you should thankfully consider how great a mercy this is, that you have so many eyes to watch over you, and so many ready to tell you of your faults, and so have greater helps than others, at least for the restraining of your sin. Though they may do it with a malicious mind, yet you have the advantage by it.”

Thinking with bell curves

Most christians are pretty boring and very conservative in nature! “Why do we need to change”, “we have always done it like this”, blah, blah blah – btw they still like to drive cars and fly in planes, but change in the church, you must be kidding me!

I had an argument with someone, surprising I know given my non-conforntational way of relating to people, but it does happen. Anyhow as we disagreed i couldn’t help thinking about a bell curve diagram which purports to show the rate of adoption of new ideas. After a very quick internet search the results are below. By the way, the fact is I am more conservative than I like to think, but I did enjoy the fact that I own a Kindle and it is “right up there” in the first diagram. In case you are wondering the middle diagram represents the easy to read facts, more about this and an explanation can be found here. The first and third are someone’s interpretation of what the curve looks or sounds like in real life.

Where do you “fit in”? Have you ever been up there pushing for change or do you weigh like an anchor safe and secure in the way we have always done it?

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Do you think?

When was the last time you had an original thought? When did you last think something that broke out of the box of religious, cultural, social and economic boxes you live within?

out of the box.jpgIn business and leadership circles there is much talk about “thought leaders”. Many students seem pretty passive when it comes to much of their thinking, yet it is not because they don’t have genuine and interesting thoughts, more that thinking is hard work”. In teaching I try to encourage people to think more and be prepared to go against the flow that is often innate within them – not for the sake of arguing but for the potential that is often unleashed as we think, and therefore act, differently.

Below is an interesting list of characteristics possessed by a thought leader.

Thought leaders are not so by virtue of a title or a job; they are so because of who they are and how they think and behave.

Thought leaders think deeply about issues; they think them through from beginning to end and understand issues profoundly.

Thought leaders “walk the talk”, not pontificate on a point.

Thought leaders communicate their thoughts; they don’t just keep them inside.

Thought leaders are eloquent, clear communicators. No rambling. No disjointed thoughts. They know how to get the point across.

Thought leaders shares their ideas and knowledge generously.

Thought leaders are courageous enough to share their thoughts despite criticism.

Thought leaders are wise enough to allow themselves to be challenged by others, and to challenge their own assumptions, too.

Thought leaders influence how others think and what they believe.

Thought leaders inspire trust; they don’t demand it.

Thought leaders are trend-setters and idea-shapers.

Thought leaders have excellent reputations, or they build an excellent reputation as they go along.

Thought leaders are passionate, but not pushy.

Thought leaders are forward-thinking.

OutOfTheBox.jpgThought leaders are innovative.

Thought leaders are confident, but not cocky.

Thought leaders are sincere.

Thought leaders are authentic.

Thought leaders take a stand.

Thought leaders are consistent with their message.

Thought leaders challenge others to think in new ways and try new things.

Thought leaders can share the same message in a variety of ways. They don’t sound like a broken record.

Thought leaders have longevity. They are not “here today and gone tomorrow”.

Thought leaders are compassionate. They understand the human situation and feel it deep in their soul.

Thought leaders are driven to make a difference.

Thought leaders believe in the possibility of transformation.

Thought leaders believe in others’ potential.

Thought leaders are lifelong learners; they learn constantly and enjoy doing so.

Thought leaders have charisma not because of a great smile or chiseled features, but because they offer something fresh and new.

Thought leaders are forward-focussed, allowing the past to inform, but not impede their thoughts.

Thought leaders have an innate sense of hope about the future.

Bringing out the best

you can.gif…in others! In the article below Ned Hallowell suggests ten tips for promoting shine with the people you influence. Although the article is written with a bent towards leadership in an organisation they are ideas which can easily be implemented in daily life, for example, with friends, family, church or children.

Recognize effort, not just results. Of course, you want the results, but if you recognize ongoing effort, results will more likely ensue. Cheerleading works.

Notice details. Generic acknowledgment pales next to specific recognition.

Try, as much as possible, to provide recognition in person. E-mail packs much less of a punch than human moments.

In meetings—and everywhere—try to make others look good, not bad. Scoring points off the backs of others usually backfires.

As a manager, you should know that the self-esteem of each employee is perhaps your most important asset. Recognition is a powerful tool to preserve self-esteem.

Acknowledge people’s existence! Try always to say hello, give a nod of the head, a high five, a smile in passing. It’s withering to pass someone and feel as if that person didn’t even see you.

Tap into the power of positive feedback. Remember that positive feedback often consolidates gains better than learning from mistakes.

Monitor progress. Performance improves when a person’s progress toward a goal is monitored regularly.

Remember, as a manager, the more you recognize others, the more you establish the habit of recognition of hard work and progress as part of the organizational culture.

Bring in the marginalized people. In most organizations, about 15 percent of people feel unrecognized, misunderstood, devalued, and generally disconnected. Not only is recognition good for that 15 percent to help them feel valued, it is good for the other 85 percent as well, as it boots the positive energy across the organization.