I picked up Delivering Knock your Socks off Service and honestly expected to be wowed.. I wasn't. It's not that the book was bad, it wasn't. In fact, it was very good. But it just wasn't anything new. If you've read stuff by Ken Blanchard, John Maxwell, Jim Collins, and a few others then you've heard most of this. There is one idea that stuck out (it should because it's the whole premise of the book): it's that you are the company. The CEO isn't the company, you are no matter where you are in the organization. In fact, the ... Read More
As January 1 approaches, I'm thinking about my personal growth plan for the new year. Most of the time, we make resolutions and we don't keep them, simply because we don't have a plan. So I'd like to encourage you to think about what you want to accomplish and/ or see happen in your life in 2007 and think through the steps to get you there. You need a destination, but then you need to make wise decisions to get you there. Most people tell me the want to grow, but have no plan to facilitate that growth. Here are ... Read More
While I am a fan of competitive eating, one thing I have never done is eat while watching competitive eating. Why? I don't know. Maybe I'll put this down as a 2007 goal...
I had lunch with one of my best friends today who is pastoring a growing church in Hartford, CT (If you think church planting is difficult in your area, go to a place where the majority of people are 3 generations unchurched). I find it so refreshing to talk to someone who gets it and sees life from a similar perspective. We had a great time talking about ministry, life, books, and quoting 80's metal lyrics :) We all need people like this in our lives. If you don't have one, go out and find one. If you don't life ... Read More
Here are my favorite posts that I wrote and/ or there were great comments on the post: #12 - The High Stakes World of Competitive Eating (The title still makes me laugh) #11 - Halloween Thoughts (I was surprised by how many people got into this post) #10 - This One (The picture says it all) #9 - "We're podcasting" (11 months later we have over 1,300 people subscribed - no pressure!) #8 - Tipping Etiquette (The comments on this post are hilarious. I still laugh when I think of them) #7 - We are Stars (I love this video. ... Read More
How did December 23rd pass us by without us wishing one another a happy Festivus? I suppose this would serve as part of the "Airing of the grievances"... So happy Festivus for the rest of us!
Here are the best books that I read in 2006: Best book on Christian Living: Chazown by Craig Groeschel Best book on Leadership: Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders Best book that kept me up at night: The Last Word and the Word after That by Brian McLaren Best book on Church Ministry: The Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll Best Sports book: Feeding the Monster by Seth Mookin Best book for the "Rain Man" in me: Getting Things Done by David Allen Best book for the communicator in me: Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley Best Business Book: The ... Read More
I noticed that I'm approaching 1700 comments on my parking spot in the digital universe, so I thought I'd do something fun: I'm going to give away a copy of my book to whoever commenter #1,700 is. But we're taking it a step further (a la itunes) and I'm going to give away a copy of my book to commenter 1,750; 1,800; 1,850; 1,900; and 1,950. What will commenter #2,000 win? A free ticket our Momentum Conference on March 1-2. Let the typing begin!
This was the year for the Franquiz household! I got my coveted scrapbook from my Israel trip in 1999! Carey did an absolutely incredible job on it. It is the best looking scrapbook I have ever seen. It looks like something out of a catalog. Plus, she got me the Swiss Army watch that I've been wanting for years. It looks awesome! But because she knows me so well, she got me a Brother P-Touch labeler. It might not sound like much to you, but for organizational freaks like me, it is glorious! I've been labeling all morning and it ... Read More
As I sit here on Christmas Eve ready to leave for a friend's house, I'm thinking about what I want for Christmas (honestly, this has been the busiest Christmas season of my life and I haven't thought much about it). So here's what I'm hoping for under the tree: - A black Gibson Les Paul Standard - A Marshall Mini-stack - A Swiss Army Watch - A Scrapbook of my trip to Israel in 1999 - An assortment of movies that I'm constantly raving about - The Crash movie poster that was hanging in the control room of the theatre ... Read More