Lencioni on Enjoying Work & Obama

At the recommendation of a consultant, I recently read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.  It was a quick, insightful read and I really liked Pat’s writing approach.

Recently Ken Coleman at Catalyst interviewed Pat for their podcast.  Pat offers up some advice on:

  • team building by understanding personalities
  • athletic coaching
  • how to keep a job from being miserable
  • interesting comparison of Obama to JFK

Check out the interview with Patrick Lencioni, starting at about 20 minutes into the following interview:

I’m quickly becoming a Lencioni fan.

What do you think makes for a miserable job?

What do you think of Pat’s comments on Obama?

Unplug and Relax

8:05a: The power goes out.
8:08a: The power comes back on.
8:10a: I discover that my internet access is still down.

I’m lost and confused.  How do I check my email?  How do I read my morning news?  How do I read my Bible?  How do I collect my thoughts?  How do I plan my day?

It’s kind of scary just how much I depend on my internet uplink.  I really do feel lost when I’m disconnected from the grid.

Seems like I’ve got two options… 1) go buy myself an iPhone, or 2) relax and chill out for a few minutes.  I’ll choose option 2 this time (until the deluge of email kicks back in).

Rethinking Parent Alert System

I broke the Visual-Pager keypad at church yesterday. This device allows workers in our nursery to notify our tech booth operators that they need to display a number on our video projection system. Each parent and child are assigned a number and parents know they are being paged back to the nursery if their number appears on screen.

Being the frugal geek that I am, I’m trying to rethink if there is a free way to replace this system instead of spending another $250 on a new keypad. I’m thinking there should be some way to setup some service so that our nursery workers could call a special phone number and type in the number. Then this number is communicated to the tech booth operators via SMS, IM, or Twitter.

The closest I’ve come up with so far is to setup a special Jott account and link that in with a Twitter account. The nursery worker calls Jott, says they want to contact Twitter, and then speaks the number and name of the parent. This would require the tech booth to be running a Twitter client to see the alerts. Here’s a sample of what I’ve got it doing so far:

I’m thinking there should still be an even easier way to do this, hopefully involving fewer internet services. This solution wouldn’t work if our phone service, internet service, Jott, or Twitter experienced any outages. And, it’s not totally straight forward for our volunteers to use.

Anyone have a simpler idea?