Echo12 :: Building Products that Matter – John Saddington

John Saddington leads teams that explore the art of digital publishing and the science of human capital. He likes blogging, really likes video games, and loves@mrsbear@roenne, and @arden.

 

 

 

  • Products that Matter
    • We have a very limited amount of time to do a great amount of things.
    • I don’t have time for bullcrap.
    • Allow certain people in a limited context to do great work that change their story and echo biblical truths.
    • Allow certain people
    • It’s not about the product, or the business. It is about finding the right people to fill the seats that are necessary.
    • It’s not about “are we selling enough product?” Ultimately the question is of human capital.
    • Great teams make great organizations.
    • Great products do not necessarily guarantee great organizations.
    • We’re going to look at Nehemiah.
    • What begins as an idea, then turns into human capital management.
    • Make sure you have the right people on the bus. Do you know who you have available to you?
    • Interesting fact: Yahoo is a crappy company. It used to be an incredible company. I was looking to Yahoo to be the landmark career path. But then they began to concentrate more on the product than their people.
    • They have had 7 CEO’s in the past 5 years.
    • It’s not ‘what’, it’s ‘who.’
    • In a limited context
    • One of the biggest challenges in the ministry is the thought that we’re going to last forever.
    • Your ideas are limited. You will die at some point. Your vision and your dream may end. As a creative you must realize that the work and ideas you are doing may not last past the age of 80.
    • Kodak, an incredible company at one point held 90% marketshare in the U.S. but has now filed bankruptcy.
    • How does that happen? Because certain people in that company didn’t understand that their influence was limited. The same vision, and strategy persisted for decades in a very changing climate.
    • There is no guarantee. Be okay with being terminated. Be okay with saying “God, give me great work for today and give me the ability to trust you for tomorrow.”
    • To do great work
    • The intention is to never do mediocre work. If we’re honest though probably a lot of our work is mediocre.
    • One of the challenges for us as believers and creatives is that our work becomes more important than the people.
    • The product is nice but it shouldn’t cost people their lives.
    • that change their story
    • Do you know how important your role is as a leader?
    • In 1986 when the Challenger exploded, 86% of the country knew about it in the first hour.
    • Cultural organizational challenges made the tragedy of the Challenger happen.
    • The cost of leadership is incredible.
    • that change their story
    • and echo biblical truths
    • Not everything that we do needs to be explicitly gospel and evangelical-centric.
    • Not everything we do needs to be incredibly evangelistic.
    • Remember me, o my God. for good. 
    • I want my limited creative work to be remembered for what it was. Not what I wanted it to be. But what it was.

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