Monthly Archives: November 2011

Life Strategies on Time Management

If you ask the smartest and most experienced leaders what’s one thing that makes their meetings successful — most will tell you it’s having a clear agenda. But contrary to this popular point of view, we regularly see off-sites, strategy sessions and team meetings being held hostage by an agenda — rather than liberated by it. Here’s why.

When a meeting is oriented around an agenda, the focus becomes making sure that all the topics listed are talked about in the time they have been allotted.

This means that if item X is scheduled to be discussed for 15 minutes, from 10:15 to 10:30, that’s what happens. But what if item X turns out to need an hour of conversation? What if the dialogue around item X is so engaging, compelling and important that people want to keep chatting about it beyond the allotted time frame?

In most cases, the discussion, regardless of how important or meaningful, will be tabled to a later date to make way for the other scheduled items on the agenda.

The opposite is also true. If item X is slated for a 15-minute discussion, but really only requires five minutes, rarely will the agenda be adjusted. In most cases, the team members will simply fill up the time talking about the less important aspects of the item until the designated time is up.

So instead of having your meetings be oriented around a set agenda, with topics and the time allotted to them, we suggest orienting your meetings around the outcomes and results you want to accomplish.

The difference looks like this:

In an agenda-driven meeting, you have 30 minutes allocated to discussing the depth of a team.

In an outcome-oriented meeting, you declare the objective of having everyone agree on how to drive the spine ten levels deep.

So the next time you want to have a powerful meeting oriented around results, ask yourself:

1.What are the specific outcomes I want this meeting to achieve?
2.What results do I want to come out of this meeting?
3.What are the most important results I want to walk away having accomplished?

Having goals and a way to help others accomplish their goals is always going to be more effective and more efficient when the task at hand is written down and having a game plan to get it.

The same set of strategies goes for game planning the three other indicators of your Life business:
1. The number of systems you want to increase this month.
2. The number of tickets you are going to increase in each team.
3. The total volume you want to run in each leg.

These measurable results works like this. When you drive a leg ten levels deep, more people go on system and treat this as a profession. When people treat this as their profession they attend the seminar so your tickets increase. When your tickets increase volume follows. So from what I am seeing when you have a leg at 50 systems and that leg has 100 tickets in it, it will run 15,000 points thru it.

Of course this will all happen by going MVP,  set up the MVP over twelve years ago and it still scores every time it is executed!

God Bless,

Jim Martin


History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving at Plymouth
In September 1620, a small ship called the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, carrying 102 passengers—an assortment of religious separatists seeking a new home where they could freely practice their faith and other individuals lured by the promise of prosperity and land ownership in the New World. After a treacherous and uncomfortable crossing that lasted 66 days, they dropped anchor near the tip of Cape Cod, far north of their intended destination at the mouth of the Hudson River. One month later, the Mayflower crossed Massachusetts Bay, where the Pilgrims, as they are now commonly known, began the work of establishing a village at Plymouth.

Throughout that first brutal winter, most of the colonists remained on board the ship, where they suffered from exposure, scurvy and outbreaks of contagious disease. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. In March, the remaining settlers moved ashore, where they received an astonishing visit from an Abenaki Indian who greeted them in English. Several days later, he returned with another Native American, Squanto, a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped by an English sea captain and sold into slavery before escaping to London and returning to his homeland on an exploratory expedition. Squanto taught the Pilgrims, weakened by malnutrition and illness, how to cultivate corn, extract sap from maple trees, catch fish in the rivers and avoid poisonous plants. He also helped the settlers forge an alliance with the Wampanoag, a local tribe, which would endure for more than 50 years and tragically remains one of the sole examples of harmony between European colonists and Native Americans.

In November 1621, after the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time—the festival lasted for three days. While no record exists of the historic banquet’s exact menu, the Pilgrim chronicler Edward Winslow wrote in his journal that Governor Bradford sent four men on a “fowling” mission in preparation for the event, and that the Wampanoag guests arrived bearing five deer. Historians have suggested that many of the dishes were likely prepared using traditional Native American spices and cooking methods. Because the Pilgrims had no oven and the Mayflower’s sugar supply had dwindled by the fall of 1621, the meal did not feature pies, cakes or other desserts, which have become a hallmark of contemporary celebrations.

After reading this many of you that are on the Life Team will see a connection of what these Brave men and women did, and what the Life Team is going to help preserve for future generations of North America. What Orrin Woodward and the rest of the policy counsel are doing, will be read about in history books and those of you that are on the Life Team are the protectors of the freedoms we have now.

God Bless,

Man of Steel and Velvet

In the book Man of Steel and Velvet,  Aubrey Andelin writes about what a mans most important responsibility in life is to be the guide, protector, and provider for his wife and children.

In these painful and confusing times it ia all too easy to lose sight of the fundamental meaning of what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman. Based on Christian ethics as taught in the bible, Man of Steel and Velvet helps men and woman gain a clearer perspective on true masculinity. It shows how the combined traits of the firmness of steel and the gentleness of velvet make a man who is a good provider and devoted husband worthy of the respect of his wife and children.

This book came to me from my mentor Tim Marks. He had just gotten finished reading for what I remember the third time. Just as I went thru the introduction I knew this was going to be a hard-hitting but VERY truthful book that every man who wants to lead, this is a must read! If every man in this country not only read this book and applied what is written, but had their sons read this book and live up to what the author says about a mans role is, this world of ours would not be in the shape its in right now.

In my profession of community building I get to meet people from all walks of life and every different profession there is today. In the past ten years of getting close to people, I have met people who are very successful and some not so successful. I look back and wonder what is the biggest difference in people who are happy and people who are frustrated with where they are at. I see that people who are happy where they are at and going, THINK very differently than people who struggle thru life and get frustrated. A major factor is taking responsibility for the results in life that you have and making the changes that you want. With hunger to strive for excellence opportunities will show up because they are there all along, problem is many people are waiting for opportunity to knock on the front door, but the problem is they don’t hear it because the TV is too loud.

I believe this book “Man of Steel and Velvet” teaches what it means to be a man and our responsibilities as men are. I love America and what our founding fathers stood for. Today I don’t see to many men standing in the gap and assuming their responsibilities. We have a lot of people with the thinking that they should be taken care of from someone else. This is wrong thinking, men and woman fought for freedom and when people want outside forces to assume their responsibilities we ALL lose our freedoms. At a seminar we had the privilege to hear a gentleman named Oliver DeMille speak on freedom, he was talking about a shift that we all feel is happening but not a lot of people know how to stop it. And that shift is not a freedom shift it is a FORCED shift. This is when the government gets to big and takes our freedoms away. We in the LIFE business believe based on what Oliver said that we can stop this forced shift and turn the rudder to a freedom shift, just like our founding fathers did some 200 years ago. Just when it looked like it was all over for America a few great MEN stood in the gap and gave us FREEDOM!!

Men of today I call out to you not to play small, but to stand in the gap and fulfill your responsibility. To be the head of your house and raise your children with the principles in this book “Man of Steel and Velvet”. This country needs you to not take the hand out, but to give a hand up and raise more leaders behind you.

God Bless,

Jim Martin

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