Coca-Cola and the Influence of 1

Being an Atlanta native, there is something really fun about being in a foreign country, looking at the container of your drink and seeing 2 words : “Coca-Cola” and “Atlanta.”  This past week I have been in Brazil, and as I was sitting in a restaurant the other night, I could not help to think of “home” as I drank my Coke Zero from a glass bottle in a country on the opposite hemisphere from where it all began for the company!

What I could also not help to think about was the influence of one man running a medium sized company was the catalyst that lead to Coke being one of the single most known products and brands in the world.  If you are not familiar with Coca-Cola history, I will fill you in on just a small piece.

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Managing Your P.R.

A few years ago, the only people who ever thought about Managing Public Relations would have been a celebrity, a business executive, and maybe a local politician – but not me, and not you…

One thing that I am learning more and more everyday is that “everyday Americans” are now thinking about PR all the time and never realizing the importance of it and maybe not even realizing that they are doing it. Read More »


On a Scale of 1 to 5….

Every year around this time the team that I work with at WinShape Camps does something that very few organizations do.   For one work week, we put everything on hold – The whole team puts up an away message, packs our bags, and we head to a location together to  stop, evaluate, dream, and plan for what is in store.

We call this week an “evaluation week” as we always start our time by diving into all ‘customer service data’ that we have.  We look at trends in our evaluations from parents of campers, from the campers themselves, our summer staffers, and even evaluations from ourselves.  We try to take a step back and look at what we are doing, celebrate things that have gone well, and look for areas to improve upon in the coming year. Read More »


We’re Expecting…

I have typically tried to keep this blog away from my personal “day-to-day” activities – however, this one was too big of news, so here goes….

In the Fielder household, Angela and I have recently found out some incredible news – Yup, you may have guessed it… We’re Expecting our first child!  I can not begin to tell you how excited we are to walk through this over the next few months and then to be parents!

With this also comes a lot of responsibility.  As I have sat in a room twice now and listened to the heartbeat of our child I am somewhat dumbfounded that I am going to be a dad.  It is amazing to sit and hear a heart beat of something so small yet so full of life!

I am so excited – excited to learn how to be a dad, excited to raise up a child who will be able to know that his heavenly father is even greater than I, to be able to be a parent with my amazing wife, Angela, and so much more!  It is going to be a blast!

So, the due date is February 22, 2011 – keep us in your prayers as we journey though this for the first time!  I will keep you updated as time goes on…

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it


Prayer for College Freshmen

Today in the classic city of Athens, GA marks a huge moment for many people – It is the first day of classes at the University of Georgia. For some it is the first time they will sit in a college classroom, for others it is the last-first day of class. For others they are sitting in a room on probation having to make great grades to keep from moving home and others are thriving and hanging on to presidential scholarships. So many thoughts and the classroom is just the tip of the iceberg – because life happens when you walk out of the classroom.

My thoughts on today really have a lot of emotions for me. For me – my focus is on the freshmen. I wish that I could communicate clearly the reality that the choices that are made in the next 2 weeks will decide your year and most likely your college career. You will chose where you will hang out, who you will hang out with, what you will do, who you will be, and so much more.

As I sit and think about being a freshman, I think of a lot of decisions that I made – some great, and many not-so-great. I do not write this to discount the people that I met and the experiences we had – some people I met were unbelievable people – but at the end of the day I made a lot of choices that I wish I would have never made.
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I have an idea…

The thought of an idea is overwhelming to me sometimes… just to be honest.  The reason why is because when I have an idea, I think that I only have three options: One option makes me a procrastinator, another makes me a bad steward of the idea, and the last makes me work and sacrifice…

When you have an idea, I believe that you have 3 options:

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Disconnect to Connect

Toady,  I am reposting a blog that I wrote for the WinShape Camps Staff Blog sometime last fall….


‘Disconnect to Connect’ is a phrase that has been coined and thrown around a lot in the WinShape world – how can we use parts of the summer to disconnect with our everyday lives and connect intentionally with campers and staff around us?
Today we learned this in a new dynamic.  Today some IT technicians from Chick-fil-A came to our office in Watkinsville, GA to work on all of our computers at one time.  So let me paint the picture: 6 people in one office with no computer and only access to the web through the 3×4 window of an iPhone.  We learned really quickly what it means to disconnect!  How do you manage to work in an information-based world without the machine that gives you the information needed?

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Cutting Back to Leap Forward

I have grown to love a new hobby… For some people, when they get home from work, they love to watch sports, for some its Bill O’Reily on Fox News (well, I do love that too), for others it is running and jogging in 105 degree heat – For me it has become yard work.  I never thought that I would be one to love working in the yard – specifically picking weeds, trimming hedges, and cutting grass – but the opposite it true… I love it.

I love 2 things about it the most:

1) I love that I can see the final product in a matter of a few hours after I get started.  When I walk out in the yard, the grass maybe high, the bushed may be out of whack, and the weeds may be taking over my beds, but in a few hours I an sit with a sweet tea on the back porch and enjoy the fruits of my labor.  This is something that I do not experience daily in my work – as I work on projects that hopefully impact lives and I may never see the full fruit of the labor – so I do enjoy seeing it in the yard…Instantly.

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@BackstageLeader Lesson 3: Dan T. Cathy

This was a really interesting session with @backstageleader and possibly the one that I anticipated the most from my semester in the program.  I was not really excited about this from the fact that I was planning to hear a ton of information that I have not heard before, but more so to hear Dan in this context – to see how he would relate to this group and to learn from his interactions.

Crazily enough the think that I learn from Dan the most is the value of people.  Every time that I get to spend with Dan, I do feel like I learn so much, but it really boils down to the stewardship of influence and how you interact with people.  The time with Dan during the Backstage Leadership Session was no different at all.

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@BackstageLeader Lesson 2: Mike Foster

The next session that I had with @BackstageLeader, was with a guy named Mike Foster. People who were in high school and college at the same time as me will probably know Mike mostly from being the co-founder of and organization called XXXChurch. Currently Mike is working on something called, People of the Second Chance, so check out his site if you have a few minutes.

Mike works also in the field of branding and graphic through his studio called Plain Joe Studios based out of California, so a lot of what he had great isight on was project management, new ideas and creativity.

One thing that he said that really stuck with me is that

“people will never respect you for what you are about to do, only for things that you do do.”

To be really honest, ideas are a dime a dozen. You can sit at a table with 3 people and come up with a list of 10 ideas in about 5 seconds. Then when you get done and look at your list of 10 ideas, that will lead to a new list of 3o ideas that have spun off the first 10, then 90 ideas, and so on. Point is that almost anyone can come up with an idea – but how do you make your idea a reality.

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