Scott Wozniak

Facing Our Fears with the De Minimus Test

Fear is a powerful motivation. And influencers today know it. We are bombarded with messages of danger, trouble, and risk all day long. The news tells stories of accident and assault. Commercials show what calamity will befall you, unless you buy their product. Even non-profit causes tug our hearts with the terrible danger we are

The Oldest Computer Teacher In the World

My team was talking about spending time with our extended families over the holidays and one of my colleagues told us about her remarkable grandmother. At 93 years old she is finally handing off baking responsibilities to other people in the family. But before you think she’s getting soft, you should know that she still walks

Baking a “Change Cake”

Creating concepts is hard work, but it pales in comparison to creating change. I’ve tackled both idea creation and change management many times. A big part of my work at Chick-fil-A has been serving on teams charged to design and lead change. We know what we need to do. The research is done and the ideas are

Single-Round Brainstorming Is Weak

I love a good brainstorming session. But a handful of years ago I learned I’d been doing it all wrong. My approach had been to get a small group together, preferably with a big white board, and then take turns shouting out as many ideas as we could think of. After writing down lots of “blue

Beautiful Outlaw

Recently, my family cut down a Christmas tree, put on Christmas music, and decorated our house. And as I get ready for the biggest holiday of the American calendar, I think about the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus. I hope you’re enjoying your own traditions of getting ready for Christmas. And whatever they

The More Goals You Set The Less You Achieve

I recently had the chance to participate in an event where one of the other speakers was Jim Huling, co-author of the #1 best selling book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals. (It’s a great read. I highly recommend it.) In his presentation, he said, “The more goals you set the

What I Do on A Life Planning Retreat

I’m in the middle of my life purpose/planning retreat. If I went home now it would have been worth it. And I have one more day left. When I posted about why to get away and work on a life plan, I promised to share more on what I do when I’m on a retreat. So let’s

The Most Valuable Development Event of My Year

Tomorrow I’m going on a life planning retreat. Every year, around this time, I carve out time to ask big questions about my life and make big plans. Who am I? Who do I want to be? What do I want to do? What do I like about how this year has gone? What do

For Want of a Jack

This week, I got a flat tire. I steered to the side of the road easily and pulled out the spare tired from my trunk. I’ve changed a flat tire several times before. But this time it took over 2 hours to put the new tire on. What took so long? I did have the

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Gratitude demands a response. ~Jay Kimsey Today, I pray all our hearts will be full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Well, maybe self-control can wait until AFTER we eat.