Review of “Knockout Entrepreneur” by George Foreman

22 09 2009


When I think of George Foreman, two main memories come to mind.  First is of the classic fight with Muhammad Ali — “The Rumble in the Jungle” where Ali used a strategy he called “Rope-a-Dope” to wear Foreman down and take the heavy weight championship crown.  The second comes years later with a smiling George Foreman seeming to say, “Nope, I’m not a Dope!” as he sells millions of grills as the pitchman for his “George Foreman Grill”.   That is why this book, “Knockout Entrepreneur”, really intrigued me.  George truly has been a successful entrepreneur over the years and has captured some of his strategic secrets in this very readable book.

Foreman uses the language of boxing to challenge you toward stepping up to be successful in business and in live.  He addresses issues such as taking risks, having a good team in your corner, handling setbacks and defeats and living a life of integrity before God.  The whole book is peppered with interesting illustrations from Foreman’s boxing career along with stories of success from people like Charles Walgreen the founder of Walgreens, Fred Smith of Fed Ex, George Zimmer from Men’s Wearhouse, NFL great Mike Singletary and many others.  Although this is not the greatest motivational book that I have read, you just have to love George Foreman.  He is a bigger than life figure who has gone from being a successful athlete to being a successful entrepreneur.

Just this evening, I grilled some okra on my George Foreman Grill and it was wonderful.  Thanks George!!!


Donald Miller Interview – Part 3

6 09 2009

Donald Miller – Interview Part 2

2 09 2009

Here is part 2 of the interview with a great story on mountain climbing in Peru.

Donald Miller – “A Million Miles” Interview

31 08 2009

I am a big Donald Miller fan.  His best-selling “Blue Like Jazz” is a classic, and I am really looking forward to his new book coming out soon — “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years”.  Here is the first in a series of interview post from Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers.  What really excites me is that Miller is coming to Hope Church on Wednesday, November 4th as part of his “Million Miles” book tour.  Also, if you want to get a sneak peek of the first 30 pages of the book, click here.

First Time Visitors: Don’t Scare Them Away

3 08 2009


This picture shows the lanyard worn by our Information Host volunteers.  As you can see, it has a simple message — “Ask Me About Hope”.  We have these Hosts around the halls of Hope and greeting people as they pass by.  They are easily recognized, without being overbearing, as someone a visitor could approach with a question.

We talk a lot about visitors at Hope and how to make their experience as positive as possible.  One goal we have is to not scare them away.  I found this list today that gives 15 reasons why people will not return a second time to your church.  See if you can relate or better yet, if your church can relate:

  1. No welcome from the parking lot to the pews.
  2. Finding the right door to sanctuary appeared difficult.
  3. People in the pews held on to their “good seats.”
  4. Too many “churchy insider words” like doxology and introit throughout the worship experience.
  5. No safe, clean nursery for the babies and toddlers.
  6. No sincere greeting extended by pastors or members.
  7. No warmth or hospitality extended.
  8. Missing joy and a spiritual atmosphere.
  9. No sense of family in the church community.
  10. Very limited reaching out to outsiders or strangers.
  11. Very few ministries or activities for youth or children.
  12. Public recognition of guests that left them feeling uncomfortable.
  13. Appears to be no vision or purpose for the congregation.
  14. On Sunday morning, members and ushers seem focused on “member only” conversations.
  15. No one invited them back.

(For full post click here)

This list emphasizes again the importance of reaching out and making people feel welcome without making them feel more uncomfortable than they already feel as a visitor.  When people come to visit, their antennae are fully tuned and looking for what this church is all about and if this church seems to fit them.  When I walk around on the weekend, my antenna is also fully tuned into looking for people who might be new.  These are people who seem to be looking around and grabbing material off the tables or walking like they are just not sure where to go.  I do my best to welcome these folks and see if they need some direction.  I’m tempted to connect with the familiar faces I see, but I try to resist that and look for the new folks.

I thought it was interesting that none of these on the list relate to the worship service (except # 4) and especially the impact of the sermon.  I think that relating with the pastor and the sermon is huge.  In fact another survey, “The National Survey of Megachurch Attenders”, stated these factors as to why people attend and stay with a church (specifically a megachurch).

  • What first attracted attenders were the worship style, the senior pastor and the church’s reputation.
  • These same factors also influenced long-term attendance, as did the music/arts, social and community outreach and adult-oriented programs.

So, I think the whole package comes into play — from being a welcoming place to a solid worshipping place.

See also — A Wired to Serve post from the past. “Greeting Not Freaking”

See also — “Is Your Church Calling Visitors by the Wrong Name?” When talking about the culture of the church, this blog asks this great question:

Is the purpose of your church to serve as a social club for its own members?  Or is it in existence to welcome, embrace, and assimilate any newcomer that walks in the door?”

How to Kill Relationships… A Sermon Series

6 07 2009

killrelationships_cover, originally uploaded by yourpilcher.

Just saw this promo for a sermon series. Very Good!

Ministry Efficiency — Pick up the Pace

8 06 2009

j0399125We are in the process of doing a lot of reevaluation around Hope along with the “excitement” of performance reviews.  It is a great time to learn and to use the evaluation process to grow personally and see my team grow.

Improvement comes with the challenge of looking at the way things are currently being done and looking for ways to be more effective and efficient.  Here is how one company is taking employee performance and accountability to another level — from the web site Ministry Best Practices:

“The president of Canon Electronics, Hisashi Sakamaki, is also the author of a book proposing the removal of all the chairs in the office and installing security so that an alarm goes off if you don’t walk fast enough. These are some of the same measures he takes with his own company. His theory is that forcing employees to stand not only saves money but increases productivity and enhances employee relationships. In the hallway, if an employee walks slower than 5 meters every 3.6 seconds, an alarm and flashing lights are set off, reminding the poor startled worker that he’s an inefficient waste of air. Even better (or worse), there’s a sign on the floor in said hallways that reads, “Let’s rush: If we don’t, the company and world will perish.” The big boss, as a reward for thinking up all this stuff, gets to lounge in a nice, relaxing chair.”

I pray our management team does not see this!!!!

Click here to see the rest of the Ministry Best Practices post.