making dents

“Great groups (teams) hope to make a dent in the universe”
Steve Jobs, Founder of Macintosh Computers

This quote may be even more significant in light of the announcement of the iPhone and the way Steve framed the announcement. I am sure by now you have seen the actual announcement feed on the Apple site. But let’s reflect a bit on his statement about teams.

Great teams flare like a rocket, are propelled with power toward a previously unexplored destination and leave behind a residue – a residue that bespeaks their synergism and creativity. We too hope to make a dent in the universe; a dent of divine design and immense proportion. Divine because dents not bearing God’s perfect pressure are annoying flaws detracting not adding to a person’s beauty. Immense proportions because any life moved closer to the kingdom has traveled a huge chasm over sin, selfish inertia and enemy enticements.

To build on islands of health and strength we must create healthy environments where experiments can be conducted, fuels tested, maps into space charted and rockets eventually built. This will be as exhausting as it is exhilarating. What new habits of health are you committing to walk out that will make you’re a better dent maker? What kind of dent are you hoping to make? What is its size, shape and on whom are you to make it?

Rockets are designed and built by taking intentional steps in the context of team. Will you commit to facilitating the most exciting rocket building environment possible and to do all you can to make a dent with those teammates you lead and in the lives of those with whom we are called to travel. That is the journey we are called to facilitate, that is the journey we as leaders must consider taking every day.

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