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Butter Slime - clear slime - sparkle slime - oh my...

Butter Slime – clear slime – sparkle slime – oh my…

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Bradley here, with a little question for you…

When was the last time you really sat and watched a kid ‘create’?!

My youngest daughter has been in the ‘slime’ business for about two years now.  She’s watched every YouTube training or special recipe known to man.

She’s an expert! And…

When she’s in a particularly ‘creative’ mood – she’ll ponder the next big feat!

She’ll sit back and think….

Will it be butter slime this time?

What about transparent (crystal clear slime)?

Maybe, some glitter in this next batch?

After she plans, she begins the complex process of mixing a little of this and…

a little of that.

Then, as it’s taking shape – the grin gets bigger and bigger!

When I watch her create, I imagine the grin on God’s face as he’s pleased that his image of creativity flows through her so strongly!

… can’t you see the grin that must have been on His face when He was creating the earth (Gen 1:1-31).

He’s left a pattern behind for us to create.

He’s mapped out a perfect process to bring an idea to life.

When you read the first chapter of Genesis – can you see the Master Creator…

+ planning ahead?

+ not wasting any energy?

+ building systems that can easily reproduce themselves?

+ orderly… on purpose?

Isn’t this the pattern we should be following when we do our creative work in our jobs everyday?

I think so.

As a project leader – you will be asked to create something out of nothing (an idea).  When you do – it’s best to follow the rules:

 

1. Plan Ahead – nobody likes surprises and if you haven’t planned you may be perceived as not caring enough about your client’s success or your team’s success.  This planning goes beyond the nuts and bolts and extends into the vision you and your client have for the project.

2. Wasting Energy – it’s simply irresponsible to spin your wheels.  As we’ve seen in the example, every effort is efficient.  While it is a perfect example and we’re not perfect – it is the model to follow.

3. Reproducible Systems – this reduces reliance on the Creator to perpetuate the creation.  This means that you get to put systems in place that remove the individuals from the process so their creativity can be used elsewhere.

4. Orderly & On Purpose – while some projects are chaotic, they should be orderly.  In this attempt at putting everything where and when it belongs. you get to challenge the “why” of each bit of work.  This gives you the freedom to produce a creative work that fulfills the grand purpose.  As a leader – it is your job to understand this purpose and take ownership of it so that every bit of work is toward that purpose.

Talk tomorrow,

-bradley

About Bradley Waldrop

Bradley Waldrop has a 27-year long distinguished career of technical and operational excellence serving the civil engineering - construction management & public works industries. With successful projects worth $3.5B, he has developed a personal philosophy of trusted leadership. At the core of this philosophy is the dedication to develop teams & leaders with solid skills - great character & effective habits. Bradley has worked his way up through the ranks of civil engineering firms, learning to appreciate each role, the people that fill those roles on the front lines each day, and the client. He's currently serving in a leadership role with NV5, Inc. (http://www.nv5.com ).
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