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was reading an interview recently with falcons owner arthur blank - here's what he had to said with regard to what's tangibly different this year from last year:

The relationship [Mr. Dimitroff - Gen. Mgr.] has with has with the head coach, I wouldn't say it's unique in the NFL but it's not characteristic of many clubs. He and Coach Smith, in terms of football philosophy they absolutely see things through the same lens. It doesn't mean they agree on all players, but their basic philosophy in what they are looking for is very similar. That means all the energy between the two of them and their relative departments is all positive. They are not spending dilutive time trying to build walls or take them down, all those things that are very counterproductive. That from an organizational standpoint has been very positive.
what resonated with me were these specific statements:
  • absolutely see things through the same lens
  • doesn't mean they agree on all players
  • what they are looking for is very similar
  • means all the energy between the two of them and their relative departments is all positive
  • are not spending dilutive time trying to build walls or take them down
  • from an organizational standpoint has been very positive.
based on my own experience in the retail, marketing, management, and church work - there is a lot of wisdom to gain from these words.

some questions to ask:
  1. do i know the overall agenda/purpose of the organization, department, division or ministry? do my intentions, motivation and actions support that purpose or agenda?
  2. regarding those that are direct reports below me and those to whom i am a direct report - are we operating with the same set of values, lens', and priorities?
  3. what can i observe as being counterproductive to the overall direction of the organization, department, division or ministry? in other words, speaking in automotive terms, what wheel is out of alignment with the others?
  4. in terms of energy, where are we loosing steam? in other words, what is it that causes me or the organization to loose steam?
  5. finally, in terms of church, who's kingdom am i building?

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