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Quick Review: Crazy Busy

As I’ve continued to prioritize some reading related to rest and well-being, I decided to read Kevin DeYoung’s Crazy Busy as another resource to reflect on how to best steward my soul and my contribution, given the immense stress of my life with its many demands, especially in a different country.

This is a short book – about 130 pages or so and it could be read in 2-3 hours easy.  They are short chapters that cover a lot of the main areas that need attention in modern society impacting well-being and business.  Prioritization (mission creep), Parental anxiety, Internet and Technology addiction or even attachment, Sabbath and rest, Personal Limitations, and most importantly the heart issues that drive our decisions and behavior that are rooted in sin or immature character.

This book is not a deep dive into these areas, but a broad exhortation in these different areas to highlight a key overall concept – we need to choose what is best even over the good.  And the best is resting in and abiding in God as the source of life, trusting that He will do what only He can do and expressing that confidence in faith by only doing what we can/should for God’s glory.

So many of us are struggling here with one or more of these areas covered in this book and we need to stay vigilant to guard against these enemies of living out of God’s abundance.

For a deeper dive I still recommend Buchanan’s The Rest of God as a more devotional journey going into rest and abiding in God that will draw you more deeply into God’s presence.  But this is a good and simple exhortation that we all need on a regular basis to guard our hearts, schedules, and relationships from drifting away from abundant life in God.

 

Thoughts on”The Future Arrived Yesterday”

Just finished reading The Future Arrived Yesterday:  The Rise of the Protean Corporation and What it Means to You by Michael Malone.  Had a great time talking about it tonight with the book club I’m in and while it’s fresh in my head I’ll pass on some thoughts.

Malone provides some history as well as some current cultural analysis of what changes and trends are taking place in the world.  He forecasts what these changes will do to businesses and companies and presents a model of how the companies of the future can both stay grounded and stable, but also stay adaptive and fluid enough to meet the demands of the changing culture and speed of those changes.

I loved the history provided in the first couple chapters and I also loved the brief Greek myth explanation (as shared elsewhere I like Greek mythology).  I found some of his insights helpful as he attempts to roll out the model, but some of it was hit or miss with me.  It raised very helpful questions at points and then raised theoretical challenges that don’t seem too relevant to my own context.  If you’re reading this and are a business guru – you’ll understand more than I did and I’m ok with that.

One of his points of emphasis was about how to retain talent and draw talent in a very competitive and fluid world.  I found that to be very interesting in this book as well as his treatment of how to navigate the tensions between entrepreneurial spirit and corporate ethos and tradition and continuity.  Wanted to share a few brief quotes that jumped out to me from my reading:

On allowing internal and external dissent and debate he writes:

“Crushing the press, much like stifling dissent, is a guaranteed way to create bigger explosions down the line.  Turn off your radar and you will eventually hit the side of a mountain.” pg. 207

One of my friends Israel emailed the author a week ago and Malone responded with some additional nuggets.  On the importance of creativity he writes:

“Creativity is going to be the single most competitive factor in the global marketplace of the future, and companies that don’t cultivate it and recruit it, or worse, punish it, are going to fail.”

On the issue of honoring and retaining the non-entrepreneurial vanguard types  he writes:

“The key to retaining what is best about our enduring institutions and traditions lies in identifying the key individuals at the heart of them and holding onto them during this time of great transformation.  One of the best features of the Protean model is that it finds a home for these individuals – indeed, a place of honor and authority – where otherwise they would be marginalized, even driven out to an uncertain fate in most other schemes.” (266)

If you like thinking of the future of business and if you’re an entrepreneur or really into technology and social media you’d probably like this book.  It should force you to think through some things you should be thinking through even if there aren’t many solutions provided or practical help.

It’s important to think through the future and if it arrived yesterday then we should really get on it 🙂