Notes from Scott Belsky at Catalyst West

May 3, 2010 — Leave a comment

Scott Belsky spoke twice at Catalyst West.  He spoke in the labs on Wednesday and on Friday for the main session.  Below are some key thoughts on Making Ideas Happen
which I felt were relevant to share with you:

It's ideas that solve problems – Very true!  When a problem arises, we usually don't have a solution yet.  It takes people and ideas to solve problems in the world.  Once we have ideas which have potential to solve problems, then we have to make those ideas happen!  We've got to find a way to implement them so they can be used to solve the problems.

People leave organizations because they don't feel well managed – Very true too!  Many times people leave an organization because they feel their potential and passion will be used to a greater extent at another organization. 

Yes, pay, benefits and work environment might play a factor in why people move from one organization to another, but they are only byproducts of someone who doesn't feel well managed.  If a person feels well managed in an environment where they are using their strengths to make a difference,  very rarely will they leave a company.  When a person is well managed and led, they will sacrifice pay, benefits, and other things in order to keep working for an effective leader who manages them and their talents well.

Measure a meeting in action steps – If you have a meeting and there are no action steps determined that need to be done after the meeting, then you shouldn't have had the meeting.  I think you can take this a step further and know that the more action steps that need to be taken after a meeting, the more productive the meeting was.

Share Ideas Verbally – I like this a lot!  I like the idea of sharing ideas verbally for two reasons:

  1. It gives me feedback on the idea, &
  2. It gives others an opportunity to make the idea happen

If you train yourself to share your ideas you will also allow others to not just give you feedback to help make the idea happen, but it will allow others to keep you accountable on an idea.  So if you share with a friend that you have an idea to start a blog in a week, the next time you see that friend she will probably ask you, "So, how's the blog coming?"  And that will help you stay accountable to that idea to help you make it happen.  Using this example again, it will also allow her to help you get that blog up and running in case you need help, and it will help you realize if it's even a good idea to start a blog.

Leaders Talk Last – If you're like me, you might need to hear it again: Leaders Talk Last.  When gathering in a meeting with people to discuss ideas or problems, the leader should speak last.  Allow everyone to get out what they are feeling and what they know.  Cause if you start talking without giving your people a chance to share what they feel and know, they probably aren't going to listen to you anyway.  The entire time you're talking they are going to be thinking in their ahead about what they want to say.  So when you gather with your team, talk last!

Develop Others Through Appreciation – If there's one thing I feel people need more of in the work world today it's more appreciation.  So many people feel like they just go to work to do a job, and go home.  Very few leaders are engaged enough with their people to acknowledge their hard work and effort.  When you let someone know you appreciate them, they feel good.  They feel that what they did made a difference and that it mattered. 

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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