Give it away to Get it away!

That's right, I'm coining it!

I can't find anyone saying it on Google so it must be original. 🙂

One of the biggest reasons start ups fail to reach potential is because the founder won't let go of their baby and they end up squeezing the life out of the thing till it dies, gets overtaken or limps on like a wounded dog.

With our world moving quicker and quicker it becomes harder and harder to get projects away, to see them flourish and hit that Gladwell coined Tipping Point. 

The only way I can see around this in my experience is to give it away.

Find people you like, people who share your vision, people who are going in a similar direction who are different to you and disagree with you and give it away to them.

Break bread with them.

Sink with them.

Swim with them.

Give away authority not just responsibility.

On the rare occasion I have managed to do this effectively my overheads are lower, productivity goes through the roof and the adventure gets into full swing.

Give it away to get it away………. I like it!


Compassion – a well needed commodity!

The Charter for Compassion has just launched in a bid to promote compassion in every country!


I want to be someone who is moved by compassion to act, and act well.

I would love to see a Charter for Grace alongside compassion.

I think we can all check ourselves and see where we are falling short in this area.

Its interesting that I didn't see any obviously Christian organisations in their partner list.

I don't believe that "all ways lead to god or enlightenment" but I do think the message of true compassion is among the most important that I want to carry as I journey.

Enjoy the video


Shred the theories – Start the conversations

We all know organisations are made up of people.

People are not robots. Robots work from formulas and people don't.

We love to operate from a place of emotion and relationship.

Theories are nice in….theory! :-) 

We need to choose people, listen more and build structures to enhance the people and their gifts not the other way round.

I stole the picture above from Cantle a brilliant leadership development retreat, check it out if you can afford it! 


Dont just bitch….Fill the gap!

There are many gaps in life but they don't last long.

People who are meant to do their job, don't do it and someone else who may or may not be better at it will come in and fill the void…..quickly!

There are plenty of people blowing their lids this week at how outrageous Nick Griffin is

The reality though is that Nick Griffin and the British National Party are not where the focus should be.

The focus should be on who created the gap by not doing their job? 

Some people are starting to vote for the BNP because they are different, some voters have lost their patience with the dominant parties with their lies and corruption and are asking for something different.

If Nick Griffin was exterminated as some protesters would wish for it would not solve anything as the void remains and it would be filled by someone else offering a different solution.

We need mainstream politicians who put their money where their mouth is, act with transparency and simplicity, meet their constituents where they are and lead as if they were servants rather than Kings. 

They don't need to be perfect but they do need to share their imperfections with us before we find out, which we will!

I am sure if this were the case then the topic of Nick Griffin would fade away.


There will probably be Christians in Surrey who will see this shop and
be offended.

They may talk to their friends and maybe even write a
disapproving letter to the council or shopping mall owner who allowed
this shop to open, asking if not demanding that it be shut immediately.

The reality is if this new shop proves successful it will be because they have accurately detected a gap in the spiritual market in surrey. 

The sign on the right says "Healing here today!" The shop seemed busy in the 2 minutes I observed it.

My question to those Christians who might look on disapprovingly is when was the last time you tried to actively fill the gap rather than pointing the finger at others you disagree with.

When did you last ask someone if they needed healing or offer to pray for someone on the street?

When did you create a space for the general public to meet you, access what you are about, ask questions and have a dialogue?

Are you acting with transparency and simplicity and act to serve the community you live in?

There are gaps in life if you don't fill them someone will.

Mobile micropayments are they the future?

There is no doubt in my mind that mobile is the way forward!

The Iphone gave us a real glimpse of the future of mobile experiences, in many cases replacing the need for a laptop to be lugged around in a brief case (Thank Goodness!)

With this in mind I popped along to a small gathering at Ebay's offices in Richmond in September to join in on their Charity Hack.

Myself and a few others, set about trying to create a solution for charities to be able to take low friction micro payments from donors instantly (similar technology to the amazon 1 Click functionality) on their mobile. We had just 24 hours to complete the task!

Enter Get Giving………

A mobile APP on all major platforms that integrates with paypals new adaptive payments API to allow people to spontaneously give to any charity of their choice.

Getgiving will derive its charity list from Mission Fish's database of nearly 4000 charities. 

It is going to make it super easy to make payments to charities wherever you are for as little as 1 pound in just a few clicks.

Ok so we didn't quite finish it in the weekend but in conjunction with Paypal and MissionFish we are on track to have it alive and kicking for 2010 so watch out!

To see some more slides and other pictures from the day Click here