20Apr

Success is Succession – Developing Younger Leaders

One of my favorite things to do ever since I have moved into my house is to work in the yard.   I know this is not something loved by all 26 year-olds, but I have grown to love planting plants, cutting the grass, trimming the hedges, etc.  I think a lot of the reason why I love it is because I get to see immediate results – whereas in my career we aim for long-term results over the short-term.

This year in my yard, Angela and I wanted to try something new; we wanted to be like every good southern family and build a garden.  Over the past 3 weeks we have dug, tilled, and built a garden into the landscape of our back yard.  As much work as it has been, I have a feeling that the fun part is just getting started.

The garden has also taught me a lot about the role of a leader to prepare others.  I understand that garden analogies are a bit cliché, but there is a lot to take away.

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6Apr

A little Afternoon Humor

In case you missed it – here is a video that I made with our 2011 WinShape Camps International Project Team.  We had a lot of fun…

24Feb

Michael Ryan is Here

In case you have not heard up until now, early this morning we welcomed Michael Ryan Fielder into our family.  He was born around 1:00am weighing 7 lbs. 8 oz. and 20 inches in length.  We are so blessed and fortunate to have a healthy baby boy and a healthy mommy.

Angela was a tropper and handled the delivery with much grace – she did a great job and I am so proud of her.  She will make a GREAT mommy!

We are so blessed to have friends and family that will surround him and us with love and support.  Below are a few pictures for you to see what we have expereinced over the past hours…

 

Be on the lookout in coming days at BrentAndAngela.com

14Dec

Processing an Event – 3 Steps

Over the past several years, I have had the honor to be able to hear many great speakers and communicators at countless events and seminars.  In fact, it is one of my favorite things to do – break away from the office for a day or two and find ways to challenge myself, grow, learn, and meet others in the same boat.  Although I get to hear great material and gather some great ideas for how it can all impact my life and the world around me – I often find that I never take the time to process what I have heard and make it apply for me.

The most frustrating part is that its great stuff and so quickly I loose it.  I just think over 2010 how much great material I have been able to hear.  Through Backstage Leadership alone, I have heard from Dan T. Cathy, Jon Acuff, Mark Batterson, Francis Chan, Ken Blanchard, Mike Foster and more.  Then you throw in Chick-fil-A Seminar and I was able to listen to Coca-Cola CEO, Mutar Kent, Bill Hybles of Willow Creek, Andy Stanley, and even more great Chick-fil-A Speakers.  Then we can go with an event like Catalyst where the stage was filled with great communicators:  Scott Harrison, Seth Godin, Beth Moore, Perry Noble, Gabe Lyons, Craig Groeschel, and more.  The list goes on and on… But the biggest question is what do you do with the information – because reguarless of how great a speaker is and how great the content is, if you do not apply it and put it into practice then you loose it and waste it.

Through all of these experiences I have worked to find out the best way to capture your thoughts and the best way to capitalize on what you have heard.  The process has to start with a good note taking system (for me I use a Moleskin, then transfer all materials to a indexable database such as Evernote to find information very easily later on) but after note taking you have to take your info to a different level. For me is as simple as 3 easy steps.  Hear me out…

  • Within 1 hour stop, debrief, reflect, and journal:  I understand that it is not always feasible to stop within an hour of receiving great material to debrief, but I do encourage you within one hour of getting away from the hustle of everything going on – stop and think about what you have heard.  I would start by simply writing a 1-3 key take-aways in a permanent place.  For some this is a blog, for others its a journal – wherever it is you need to write down 1-3 key points and take aways from your event/material. (you can add more, but having 1-3 key points is much better than loosing it all)
  • Within 1 day find someone to share your key learnings with: It is proven that you will learn something so much more if you teach it – the same is true of things that you learn through great communicators and events.  For me, it is important to verbalize what your take aways are as it will help you process it further.  The other great thing is that it will lead you to great conversations that will give you insights from others and help expand your growth and learning even more.
  • Lastly, within 1-week find at least 1 additional resource to take you deeper. This is the final point that will take you from where you are to where you want to be.  The best growth will happen when you dive in further on the topic being talked about.  You can do this simply through reading blog posts about it, finding articles online, read a book on the topic, watch interviews on YouTube.  Whatever it may be, I want to challenge you to take what you learn at the event and find a way to take it a step further.

I know there are a lot of ways to process, but this works for me.  The biggest thing to realize is that when you are a part of hearing and being exposed to great material, you then are a steward of the information.  Will you be a good steward and allow it to grow you into the person and leader you want to be or will you waste the material, waste your time, and do nothing with it?

How do you process and debrief after an event?

Below you will also see a great video produced by Growing Leaders on this Concept – enjoy:

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14Dec

Processing an Event – 3 Steps

Over the past several years, I have had the honor to be able to hear many great speakers and communicators at countless events and seminars.  In fact, it is one of my favorite things to do – break away from the office for a day or two and find ways to challenge myself, grow, learn, and meet others in the same boat.  Although I get to hear great material and gather some great ideas for how it can all impact my life and the world around me – I often find that I never take the time to process what I have heard and make it apply for me.

The most frustrating part is that its great stuff and so quickly I loose it.  I just think over 2010 how much great material I have been able to hear.  Through Backstage Leadership alone, I have heard from Dan T. Cathy, Jon Acuff, Mark Batterson, Francis Chan, Ken Blanchard, Mike Foster and more.  Then you throw in Chick-fil-A Seminar and I was able to listen to Coca-Cola CEO, Mutar Kent, Bill Hybles of Willow Creek, Andy Stanley, and even more great Chick-fil-A Speakers.  Then we can go with an event like Catalyst where the stage was filled with great communicators:  Scott Harrison, Seth Godin, Beth Moore, Perry Noble, Gabe Lyons, Craig Groeschel, and more.  The list goes on and on… But the biggest question is what do you do with the information – because reguarless of how great a speaker is and how great the content is, if you do not apply it and put it into practice then you loose it and waste it.

Through all of these experiences I have worked to find out the best way to capture your thoughts and the best way to capitalize on what you have heard.  The process has to start with a good note taking system (for me I use a Moleskin, then transfer all materials to a indexable database such as Evernote to find information very easily later on) but after note taking you have to take your info to a different level. For me is as simple as 3 easy steps.  Hear me out…

  • Within 1 hour stop, debrief, reflect, and journal:  I understand that it is not always feasible to stop within an hour of receiving great material to debrief, but I do encourage you within one hour of getting away from the hustle of everything going on – stop and think about what you have heard.  I would start by simply writing a 1-3 key take-aways in a permanent place.  For some this is a blog, for others its a journal – wherever it is you need to write down 1-3 key points and take aways from your event/material. (you can add more, but having 1-3 key points is much better than loosing it all)
  • Within 1 day find someone to share your key learnings with: It is proven that you will learn something so much more if you teach it – the same is true of things that you learn through great communicators and events.  For me, it is important to verbalize what your take aways are as it will help you process it further.  The other great thing is that it will lead you to great conversations that will give you insights from others and help expand your growth and learning even more.
  • Lastly, within 1-week find at least 1 additional resource to take you deeper. This is the final point that will take you from where you are to where you want to be.  The best growth will happen when you dive in further on the topic being talked about.  You can do this simply through reading blog posts about it, finding articles online, read a book on the topic, watch interviews on YouTube.  Whatever it may be, I want to challenge you to take what you learn at the event and find a way to take it a step further.

I know there are a lot of ways to process, but this works for me.  The biggest thing to realize is that when you are a part of hearing and being exposed to great material, you then are a steward of the information.  Will you be a good steward and allow it to grow you into the person and leader you want to be or will you waste the material, waste your time, and do nothing with it?

How do you process and debrief after an event?

Below you will also see a great video produced by Growing Leaders on this Concept – enjoy:

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12Nov

Fifty Dollar Challenge

When we see 50 dollars, we for some reason think this is a huge amount of money to give as a young adult or college studnet but lets put this in a week’s perspective:

50.00 can buy you:

  • Roughly 15 Starbucks beverages – lets say an average of 5 a week, thats only 3 weeks worth of Starbucks
  • Roughly 9 Chick-fil-A Combos
  • About 18 gallons of gas
  • 1 pair of American Eagle Jeans
  • 38 songs on itunes
  • Roughly 5 iBooks

When you look at this list it all seems fairly small compared to other things we value and take for granted – things like a healthy life, a life with no easily treatable diseases, and a life with your basic human needs met.

Right now, the people of Haiti are suffering with not having these basic needs met – as many of you have recently heard of the cholera in Haiti – and there is an easy, tangible way YOU can help… NOW!

Here is how you can help –  For only $50 you or your family can purchase a filter to be installed THIS DECEMBER by DefyThirst in Haiti and also the training that goes with it. 19 More filters are needed before the trip! If you purchase a filter, you will receive a card with the exact GPS coordinates and a link to Google Earth with a photo at the coordinates of the family that you provided the filter for! Give the Gift of Clean Water Today!

I dare you to help – I dare you to go without 9 Chick-fil-A combos or without 15 Caramel Macchiatos and instead give a family Clean Water that will last much longer than your coffee drink.

You can buy a water filter HERE!

If you do help – Please comment here and I would love to send you a Thank You!

10Nov

Learning to live in Murky Water

We love control.  You love it, I love it – I would say it’s a strong part of our culture.  We plan and control our days on our iPhone calendars, our meetings with detailed agendas, our home life with to-do lists and planning tools – we want to control every aspect of life.  Not only that but we have moved to a culture of life coaches and leadership coaches – we pick our end goal and we make it happen – we love control, and control is not always a bad thing.

But I also think that there are times that God wants to send us some subtle and not-so subtle reminders that we are not the ones that are in control, but He is.  I think there are times where we look up and realize that we are living in the murkiness and things are no longer clear.  We may have planned and been strategic, but every once in a while we wake up, realize that things are not clear and we have to live in the murky water. Read More »

28Oct

25 going on 70 – A Lesson from Jon Acuff

One thing I am always joking with people about is that sometimes I have a tendency to believe that I am 25 years old going on 70.  As a one-liner that works our pretty good on the humor scale, but there is a lot of truth to that.   I feel like a lot of times I want to accomplish the whole world, move mountains, and make huge impacts at the age of 25.  I also sometimes feel like I am going to be 70 tomorrow and if I do not do something quick then I will miss out on my opportunity.

The crazy thing is that we know that this is not true by any stretch of the imagination.  I often find myself thinking, why am I not a CEO, why and I not a politician, why have I not started my own business, and even more so, why can I not be one of the people on stage speaking at events like Catalyst.  Then soon after this comes the humbling moment – the moment where I realize the answer to all of this is that I have nothing to share on stage in front of 10,000 people, I am young and lack a lot of real-world experience, and I have a lot to learn before I am ever at these huge milestones in life.

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6Oct

Fielder Baby | Reveal Party

If you missed our party or the live stream – you can check out the video below:

On October 2, 2010 we had some friends and family at our home as we found out the gender of our baby. We found out that we are having a BOY!

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1Oct

We’re having a….


Tomorrow | Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM, Angela and I will be finding out the gender of our baby during our Gender Reveal Party.  At 3:00 we will cut into the cake that is being made by Bee’s Knees Bakery and whether the cake is Pink or Blue will let us know if we are having a Boy or Girl!

Check back tomorrow to watch it live from the Fielder Home – Please excuse us if the technology does not work just right, this will be our first experience using it.

Below you will see the video from ustream.  You will need to press the play button to make the stream start when coming to the page.  Also, if you come before we start streaming, you will need to click the “refresh arrows” on the bottom left to get the stream going.

bfielder @ USTREAM: .

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