Friday, January 03, 2014

Friday Burn

::: God's Broad Canvas of Calling
If you don't have the broad canvas of calling, you have a highway with signs that read, "God calls these few people to these few tasks." If you get the broad canvas of calling, the exits on that highway are limitless, and both the individual journey and the national landscape are transformed because of it.

::: A Nonprofit takes on Poverty by Bringing Digital Jobs to Emerging Markets
Samasource creates living-wage digital jobs for women and youth in emerging markets, including sub-Saharan Africa, southern Asia and the Caribbean. It collaborates with in-country partners to recruit prospective employees and tackle client needs such as data augmentation, digital transcription, image tagging for SEO and machine learning.

::: Can do vs Can't Do Cultures
Big companies have plenty of great ideas, but they do not innovate because they need a whole hierarchy of people to agree that a new idea is good in order to pursue it. If one smart person figures out something wrong with an idea–often to show off or to consolidate power–that's usually enough to kill it. This leads to a Can't Do Culture.

::: Developing Special Teams
One of the most helpful things you can do as an organizational leader is look for ways to stretch staff without completely upending the organizational chart. My favorite way to do this is by creating special teams or task forces for unconventional projects.

Photo: train BRU, June 2012.

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