What to Learn from an Awful Management Decision

Lots of folks were talking about this play last night and again this morning. When looking with the all knowing eye of instant replay it’s obvious it never stood a chance. But they snapped the ball anyway. 

Here is the disaster:

Coach Pagano quickly took the responsibility for not communicating clearly enough what had to be done in various scenarios. Good leadership there. But how did they get there?

They took a chance. They lined up hoping that the oddity of it would fool New England’s special teams unit and it didn’t. If it had then they might have picked up the line to gain. It was worth the risk. Since it didn’t work at all, there are a few things to learn:

  1. If we are good leaders, we’ve had decisions go at least that badly. Most leaders don’t have to think back that far to remember when they tried something that seemed good at all the time but exploded from the word “go.”  Risk is necessary for leadership. Have grace on yourself when it is a disaster. 
  2. Everyone saw it was bad but the one making the decision. Even the quarterback knew this wasn’t going to work; he was surprised when the ball was snapped. The one person that had to make the decision (the wideout tasked with playing center) couldn’t see it or didn’t know what to do. Football is too fast to get much feedback. But if someone could have spoken into his helmet they could have alerted to the impending disaster. The people with a little distance may be able save you if you can listen to them. 
  3. If a few things had gone different, we’d be talking about the genius of it. Coach Pagano explained that the play had two ways to catch New England in a penalty (offsides or 12 men/substitution penalties). It also could have been a three yard run if New England had only put two men on the ball. And the escape valve was a delay of game that wouldn’t cost the punting unit at all. The difference between success and failure is sometimes small. 
  4. Preparation matters. Snapping the football wasn’t the only mistake. The entire line was in a wrong formation. However much this was practiced, it wasn’t practiced enough to keep the ball from being snapped in a clearly losing situation or to keep the line from missing the formation. In this case better preparation would certainly have made the difference between a decent attempt at trickery and the disaster we saw. 

Rarely do our mistakes get played out in HD with the entire field in clear view. What can you learn from the Colts disaster that will help you lead?

Should a Veteran Spouse Get Fast Track Ordination?

picShould the spouse of a veteran pastor be ordained by virtue of their sharing in the ministry and leadership of their spouse’s congregation?

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Disney Princesses: A Little Girl’s Icons

You’ve probably seen the above images floating around the internet the last week or so under the title “Disney Princesses with Realistic Waistlines Look Utterly Fabulous.” Basically, it’s a collection of modified images of Disney princesses that takes their tiny little waistlines and expands them out to something a little more reasonable (even though they are still remarkably thin). The author is right. A little Photoshop makes these digital women look a little more like real women. We’ve seen enough of real women being Photoshopped into tiny semblances of themselves that seeing it go the other direction is a bit refreshing.

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#CallingAllMen: It’s Time To Help Make #YesAllWomen Safer

Many will claim that the surge of women’s stories coming through the #YesAllWomen movement is overstated. Some men will be proud that they have never personally hurt a woman, thinking that exempts them. It doesn’t matter whether a man actually confronts a woman with violence, the cumulative effect of a culture of prejudice results in oppression even when no outward hostility is present.

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The Problem: You Just Aren’t Religious Enough

the problem you arent religious enoughAn increasing number of people, and especially the young adults that I work with each day, have come to identify with the malleable phrase “spiritual, but not religious.” There is good reason to believe that all kinds of people identify with the phrase, including some of the most highly religious people in the country, those conservative Evangelicals that proclaim “it’s not religion, it’s a relationship.” Even setting this ambiguity aside, it’s undeniable that many folks today are pleased to find “god” without the trappings of associating with a traditional religious community.

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30 Suggestions for Theological Students and Young Theologians

I don’t like everything about John Frame’s theology. But I consider him a holy man and thoroughly committed to his work. This is good advice for those of us that consider theology our vocation.


In response to the question “what advice would you offer to theological students and young theologians as they face a lifetime of theological work?”, John Frame gives the following 30 (!) point answer:

  1. Consider that you might not really be called to theological work. James 3:1 tells us that not many of us should become teachers and that teachers will be judged more strictly. To whom much (biblical knowledge) is given, of them shall much be required.
  2. Value your relationship with Christ, your family, and the church above your career ambitions. You will influence more people by your life than by your theology. And deficiencies in your life will negate the influence of your ideas, even if those ideas are true.
  3. Remember that the fundamental work of theology is to understand the Bible, God’s Word, and apply it to the needs of people. Everything else—historical and linguistic expertise, exegetical acuteness and subtlety…

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