Fans or Coaches

Sorry for the lack of activity on the blog over this last week. While I love blogging, digital life is not close to the first priority for me. This week in particular has been quite full. My 13 yo. daughter is in the school musical (Which is an amazing production!). My 11 yo. son is playing flag football (They're undefeated!). Brooke–of course–has been in charge of a lot related to the school musical. So most nights this week have been seen all of us getting home pretty late after practices, building and painting sets, etc. I used to be the only one in this house with a nutty schedule. That's no longer the case.

Being a parent of a teenager (and another soon-to-be-often-already-acts-like-a-teenager) is a different kind of busy. I've had friends talk about this but Brooke and I are only now beginning to experience it. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade it for anything... but it's busy! You feel like you're always taking someone somewhere. You're kids are staying up later than they ever did before (doing homework, hanging out on weekends with friends, or simply getting home late from practices, performances, etc.) But, doggonit, I love seeing them flourish, learning to manage their schedules and discover their passions!

I didn't actually want to write about that. I wanted to offer something I've been pondering for a few weeks. All metaphors break down. This one isn't perfect but it's what Brooke and I have thinking about a bit...

I think often times, we parents think we're supposed to be our kids' coaches... but I think we're supposed to be fans.

Not fair weather fans. Rather, those crazy football fans that paint their chests and go to games shirtless no matter how cold it is. The kind of fans that root for their team no matter if they win or lose. The kind of fans that will critique, some times harshly, their team because they love them so much. But it in the end, they will love them and root for them no matter what happens.

The thing about thinking we're coaches is that there's no clear line of distinction between us and them. We hover. We project our success and failure upon them. It's a hard habit to kick (I'm trying to... it's hard!). If you don't stop now, they'll soon rebel against it as teens or simply avoid you in adulthood.

Sometimes kids want us to be their coaches. But in the end, they need fans–crazy, shirtless in below freezing weather, faithful fans. That kind of fandom is a sport in and of itself. I've never been that kind of fan but its the kind of fan that makes an athlete go further, try harder.

For a long time, we know our kids' capacity and potential way more than they do. So be their fan! That's what I want to do better at, day after day.

Who knows. I could be wrong. I've got (pre) teens. That's as far as I've got so far. But this is what I'm working with for the time being.

I'd love to read your thoughts!

A New Thing | Jane Gerdsen

This week, for the A New Thing series, I'm happy to have The Rev. Jane Gerdsen. Jane is an Episcopal priest who served for five years at St. Andrew’s, an inner city church in Dayton, OH. She is currently working as Missioner for Fresh Expressions for the Diocese of Southern Ohio, exploring new forms of Christian community. She works predominantly with young adults and those who have been disenfranchised from the church in some way. She has a heart for those on the margins. She is also a wife and mother to two young children and loves yoga, gardening, and planning dinner parties.

Can you describe your new thing?
I believe that God is always doing a new thing – and maybe my particular part of that is a deep curiosity to find out what God is up to in our own time. I have been part of creating what we are calling Praxis Communities – a collective of fresh expressions communities in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. We are building a network of people who are experimenting with new forms of Christian community. In practice, this probably looks a lot like chaos! We have a variety of new worshipping communities, immigrant communities, intentional communities, experiments with art and music, gardens and moveable feasts. We meet in art galleries, pubs, people’s homes, churches, and parks. We are united by our practice, our desire to put our faith into practice. We hope that we don’t have to do this alone, so we work to cultivate communities of faith and practice so we have partners in this work. These small groups and communities commit to walking the spiritual path together and sharing how faith practices transform their lives. We believe that there are no experts, only practitioners. We try to share what we are learning as practitioners on our blog.

Why you? What drew you to do this?
I was on maternity leave with my oldest child, and my husband says I birthed more than a baby that summer! Something about stepping away from regular ministry and wondering what life would be like for this child so new to the world, led me to read and think and talk to people about things that I wasn’t normally talking about while working in a traditional parish.

There were two specific things that happened – one, I spent a lot of time with young adults in college and those who had recently graduated and I heard their stories of feeling like there was no place for them in the church as it currently existed. Even those who loved God, and Christian community often found it hard to find a church where they were welcomed and felt like they belonged there and so they would attend less and less or not at all. The second thing was that I had been working with a community of Rwandan refugees who loved the church but told me that they “missed singing songs in our own language.” As I began to reflect on what church looks like in the language of the people, I was invited to help them form a prayer fellowship gathering for their friends and family members. They began to worship on Saturday nights in Kiryarwanda (the native language of Rwanda) and today have about 70 people who regularly worship together. I realized that we had to be willing to explore new forms of Christian community that met people where they were. This led me to learn more about what people in the UK were calling fresh expressions of church. Eventually, I realized God was calling me away from serving as a priest in an established church and to start building new communities of faith.

Originally, I thought that would be one community, but in consultation with our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal and diocesan staff members – we decided it would be better to start a movement of people beginning new communities than to put all our resources into starting just one. We knew that these fledgling communities often fail (or only last a season or two), and we thought if we started several across our diocese we might find that some would survive the initial start-up phase and begin to move towards sustainability.

How would you describe yourself?
I’m an introvert but moving closer and closer towards being an extrovert – I love being with people and creating community. On the Meyers-Briggs, I am an INTJ – which means I love learning, am deeply curious, imaginative and yet decisive, focused and strategic in how I approach things. Maybe simpler, I love systems and am curious about how to create change. I have an intuitive sense about what needs to happen and then like to see dreams put into practice.

I’m a 2 on the Enneagram – a helper. So I care about relationships, love being a host, listening, holding space for other people, and empowering people to move towards their passions and dreams. At heart, I want to be a hostess who gathers people around the table and makes them feel loved and cared for.

Where and when are you most productive?
I think I am most productive when I am listening to others and encouraging them to move towards their goals. I have been working on hosting conversations that matter, so I think I often see the most change when I am bringing together a diverse group of people to share what they have to offer and take what they need from the community. In holding space for others, I find that my own sense of what I long to create happens. I like to be the convener and then see what emerges. I think great liturgy should feel like that.

As far as getting done every day things, crafting liturgies, writing sermons, email, finally sending out blog posts – I am most productive sitting in bed with my laptop on my lap or locked in a room with no one around, I suppose that is the introvert part of me. I love to work in coffee shops and third places but get less done because I always end up in conversation with people. But that is the real work – so most of the time, I am out and about meeting up with people.

What inspires you to create?
Frankly, everything – beauty, nature, people, art, suffering, love, children. Doing things that feel challenging or that I’m not good at – trying to make art for instance. I recently have begun to practice soul collage and have found that an amazing creative process. Mostly though, I am inspired to create from listening to what others find inspiring. I am most creative when I can help cross-pollinate ideas. So taking something I heard from an artist friend, something my son shared with me and an experience at yoga and I find an idea for a spiritual community begins to emerge. We did a Lenten Series last year at a local yoga studio where we combined Christian contemplative practices (like Ignatian Contemplation) and yoga kriyas and music. It was amazing and an incredibly inspiring and transformative experience.

What are you currently reading or listening to that inspires you?
I love Krista Tippet’s On Being podcast and blogs and have often found inspiration there. I have been reading and researching about play – I have been reading Stuart Brown’s book Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. I think the church is so overwhelmingly anxious right now and am fascinated by the idea that play – things we do that seem purposeless and just for fun, might be a new spiritual practice that could open us up to new possibilities, creativity, and joy. I’ve been reading Brene Brown’s newest book, The Gifts of Imperfection and I also recently read Matthew Fox’s book Creativity and have a book about the Catholic Worker movement that I have been reading through as well. I’m also really interested in how to host community, so am always buying books on group facilitation practices.

Start-up’s can be spirit-draining work. What nourishes your soul?
I love to do yoga – specifically Kundalini yoga, a more spiritual form of yoga. I like that practice of meditating with my body. I also am drawn to centering prayer, silence, and contemplative practices in general. I love to garden – having my hands in the dirt restores my soul. Playing with my children, mimosas with friends, going for a walk with the dog. Paying attention to what is happening around me.

Starting something new requires knowing who will be served by the thing you are creating. What method(s) have you employed to understand your context (or market)?
I think mostly just talking to people. I wish I had a better answer…I do have a spiritual practice of trying to meet new people. So if someone says, you should meet someone, I try to get their number and meet them for coffee. I find I know more about the people and context, the more they want me to know.

The funny thing about our “new thing” is that it is so diverse – we have communities all over the southern part of Ohio. So, there are a variety of different kinds of contexts and communities. The best I can do at this point is meet the people my praxis leaders invite me to know, follow where those relationships lead, try to love and serve the people that we meet and finding out how to draw these diverse communities together. Inevitably, I meet new people and just through conversation, time, showing up to things they care about I am able to foster new relationships and new communities. The hardest part about this work, is that as it has grown – I have less time to go deeply into relationships in each context. There are days, I really miss having one community to know and love. But I am beginning to realize that my community is a “community of communities.” So my work is to love and serve the leaders of those communities, to meet them where they are and find out how I can support them and partner with them. Ask them what they need – mostly the answer is one another. And find opportunities to host gatherings where we can all be together.

Typically, there are fewer people available to get work done in new endeavors. What do you use to manage your time, get things done and/or delegate to your team?
I am learning to delegate. It is not something I am naturally good at – but I have amazing friends and partners in this work, who all bring so many different gifts. Claiming what I do well and then letting other people do what they do well has helped this grow. For me, I often talk about apprenticing people – which actually takes longer in the beginning, but in the end you have people who can do things better than you and you have both grown together in working together. So I invite people to do things with me all the time, we co-host Moveable Feasts (dinner church), or I have a team of people that organized our Flash Compline gatherings. We just hosted our annual fresh expressions conference, I was so grateful for all of the people who took different parts of planning and just made it happen. It felt almost effortless at the end, because everyone just stepped in and shared the work that needed to be done from cleaning to setting up chairs to organizing food and hospitality. I think cultivating leaders who see what has to be done and just do it is the only way I get things done. I believe in people, in their capacity, and in their ideas. Likewise, I find people believe in me.

Time and resources are often limited during start-up’s. What time-savers have you found useful? What have you found is worth splurging on and what can you skimp on?
Splurge on a great website, and great design work – these will help you tell your story better than anything else. Pay people what they are worth. In the meantime, borrow spaces, have potluck dinners, and invite people to share their craziest ideas with you. I don’t know if I have a lot of time-savers – most of what I do feels high maintenance. I cart a car full of stuff around to make a borrowed space feel like home. I always buy flowers and make something good to eat. I pay for great coffee – including renting or borrowing espresso machines for our gatherings. The best advice I have that saves time is to invite people to help you and to show up ready – not just the space or event, but yourself. If you are ready, if you have done your inner work, everything else seems to fall into place. Prepare yourself and I try to let the Holy Spirit do most everything else.

Where do you find affirmation that you are doing what you were meant to do?
People say thank you. That feels like enough. I see that my yes, helps them say yes and follow a dream or a call. I know that in this kind of pioneering work, it is really helpful to not feel alone. So I try to stand next to people who are doing things a little differently. I try to build bridges, connecting people starting new communities to people in existing communities.

I ask people what they really need and try to find a way to help them get it. Sometimes it’s a keyboard, other times it help finding a fiduciary agent, or money for a beehive. Finding and connecting partners is part of the fun of what I get to do. So I find churches, people, and organizations that will benefit from knowing each other. This kind of mixed economy of sharing resources is what makes the church an amazing place to work.

On days that you go to bed with a deep sense of satisfaction, what happened? What was accomplished?
People felt listened to, loved, and part of something bigger than themselves. People felt cared for enough to be vulnerable, to take a risk, to whisper a dream. I think offering ourselves in this way gives glory to God. It is a way of honoring the immensity and incredible uniqueness of God’s creation. I like feeling like I have bowed down to the Christ in another person. I love that Henri Nouwen quote about presence:
"More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live with them. It is a privilege to have the time to practice this simple ministry of presence. Still, it is not as simple as it seems. My own desire to be useful, to do something significant, or to be part of some impressive project is so strong that soon my time is taken up by meetings, conferences, study groups, and workshops that prevent me from walking the streets. It is difficult not to have plans, not to organize people around an urgent cause, and not to feel that you are working directly for social progress. But I wonder more and more if the first thing shouldn't be to know people by name, to eat and drink with them, to listen to their stories and tell your own, and to let them know with words, handshakes, and hugs that you do not simply like them, but truly love them."
What advice would you offer to others starting something new?
Don’t be afraid. Tell people about your idea. Give permission to other’s great ideas by sharing yours. Accept messiness as a state of being – new things feel chaotic. Learn to find your center in the midst of the chaos. Play – it is the best way to alleviate anxiety and to remain creative! Have a community of practice or at least one other friend who is doing something new and meet regularly to support each other.

I don’t know if these might be helpful to others who are setting out but we have some core tenets for our praxis communities that have helped us reflect on our core values. These are things we hold in common. You can see the whole list of tenets here.

But this is a summary of what we are learning as we walk the praxis path:

Know People By Name – value relationships above everything else.
Give Permission – say yes and bless.
Respect the Seasons – there is a time for creation and time to let things go. Both are holy.
Accept the Beautiful Mess – messes are how God’s Spirit creates something new.
Participate in the Church Beyond Our Church – remember you are not alone.

For background on this series, read this. This was inspired by the How I Work series over at Lifehacker. If there are creators, innovators, entrepreneurs–leaders that are working on new enterprises that you know and think I should profile leave me a note in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook.

Jesus, The Good Crossing Guard

For those that follow the lectionary schedule, this Sunday we read the passage in John 10 where Jesus refers to himself as the "good shepherd." Last Tuesday, as is our custom, our team at work read the Gospel passage for the following Sunday. For nearly a week, I've been mulling over this passage and heard preachers offer their thoughts yesterday.

Sometimes, an image just sticks with you for awhile. I don't always understand why. (But I am grateful that there is such a vast library of images for us to figure out how we understand and relate to God throughout Scripture.)

But this week... I just kept thinking about the "good shepherd." Couldn't shake it.

If you do a Google image search for "good shepherd" you find lots of images of a caucasian man with a glowing head, flowing hair, well-manicured beard, in a very clean robe and holding a calm, also very clean and well-manicured lamb.

While likely painted by folks with good intentions, let's get a few things straight that most of the images do not:

Jesus probably didn't use hair conditioner, a beard trimmer or Clorox®.

And he wasn't white.

I've written before that we have to pay attention when Jesus uses the adjective "good" to describe something in the Gospels (the "good Samaritan," for example). The same applies here.

Shepherding was a thankless job. It was often risky and difficult work. Few people would have wanted to do it. But some may not have had options. A shepherd's income could be unpredictable. If sheep were attacked by a predator–this could have great impact on the shepherd's well being.

But I don't actually think Jesus intended to contrast himself with all the other sheep herders in the region. He doesn't intend to slander a whole group of the working class in his region.

The Hebrew word for "good" was "tov." It's the word used in Genesis when all God has created is described as "good." But this Hebrew term did not simply mean good as in good v. bad. It also implied functionality, wholeness, beauty.

I don't like my Google–search–good–shepherd–Jesus images. I don't think those give us the same imagination as those in the near east, in the first century when they heard Jesus say this. In their mind's eye I bet they saw someone with dark circles under their eyes from sleepless nights watching out for thieves and hungry animals. Their robe is soiled having trudged through mud and dusty hills with these filthy animals. I don't imagine that words like functional, whole or beautiful would have been terms that would have come to mind when one thought of a shepherd.

I walked out of our staff meeting on Tuesday reflecting on this and then I remembered something I had tweeted a few days earlier:Every weekday, I watch this woman "herd" children and teenagers across a busy road. If you don't live in DC, trust me: people driving along this NW corridor are some of the most self-important drivers in the country. How dare anyone get in their way?! They have important meetings to get to.

Sarcasm aside, I watch this woman do an incredibly difficult job each morning. It's a thankless job. In the sweltering heat. In the freezing cold. There's no way they pay her enough. She's honked at, flipped off, yelled at, ignored and nearly driven into at least once a day, 5 mornings a week. And she does it with an ease that is astounding. Every child crossing those four crosswalks are hers. Each morning I hear, "Come on, babies!" She will walk right in front of a Lexus or semi-truck and command them stop immediately when those kids are on the move. No fear. No hesitation. You ought to be afraid that she'll come through your windshield and warn you to never creep into the intersection ever again.

This is her house. These are her kids. Do not mess with her babies on her clock.

And suddenly, I see Jesus.

"Come on, baby! Let's get you across this road. I'll step in the way of anything. You'll get their safely."

Doesn't matter if you're walking to work, to the school right behind us or to another school down the road. At this intersection, you belong to Jesus.

There's a nobility, a charisma we often assign to this passage that may misguide our imagination. Certainly, there is a bravery and self-denying love that is communicated in this John 10 passage. I'm purposely not delving into the Christology that I know is there and deeply appreciate. I'm doing so because I think there is something else important here. I wonder if our images of Jesus (whether on a canvas or in our minds) sometimes miss his incredible capacity to simultaneously display cosmic majesty and accessibility to the lowest of the low all at once.

Jesus is not only shaping how we are to see him in this passage.

He's challenging the assumptions we make about each other.

Assumptions we desperately need to change.

A New Thing | Colby Martin

Colby Martin is the founding pastor of Sojourn Grace Collective–a new faith community in San Diego, CA. A pastor for over 10 years, Colby has been a worship leader, built arts ministries, and taught the Bible in churches in Oregon, Arizona, and California. To kick off this new series, I asked Colby several questions I'll be asking other leaders in forthcoming weeks.

Can you describe your new thing?
Well, it’s certainly “new” to us, but overall I doubt very much its “newness.” That being said, here is how I would describe Sojourn Grace Collective. We are a group of people who are attracted to a vision of flourishing driven primarily by love. Love for God, love for neighbor, and discovering how to fully come alive as we love ourselves. We are uniquely Christian (in that we find the story of Jesus and the narrative of the Bible to be compelling and true) but not exclusively (in that we hold space for a range of beliefs and we acknowledge that truth and beauty and meaning are found in places beyond the Christian tradition). As sojourners, we recognize that we are all on a journey and all on different places in that journey, so grace is needed in copious amounts. Finally, we are a progressive bunch. People who, by and large, are aware of the church’s history of creating barriers for things like science, gender, sexuality, socioeconomics, race, and creed, and would like to see that pattern change.

Why you? What drew you to do this?
You mean other than Jesus? I blame him, really. Generally speaking I’ve been chasing after a faithful life of following Jesus for the past 15 years. That journey has stirred up different passions along the way, but in the end it is about helping people connect with the truest things about them and discovering the abundant life that can be found in and through Jesus. Beyond that, though, I think what has drawn me to Sojourn Grace specifically is seeing a significant need in our culture for churches that are progressively bent, but the bends are still oriented around a Kingdom vision.

How would you describe yourself?
Myers-Briggs tells me that I am an INTJ. Which rings true for me. I am a Values based person who tries to make decisions based on what I value most. By nature I am a Leader, and over the years I’ve worked to leverage that natural leadership to better empower those around me. My ego is always wanting to take over, but in my best moments I try and not take myself too seriously. I am overly wordy (motto: why use 10 words when 50 will do?), I tend to overthink things, and I can be neurotically driven in my need to be understood.

Where and when are you most productive?
I am most productive when I break up my day in to smaller chunks of time and designate specific tasks or projects accordingly. The Pomodoro Technique has been particularly helpful. These days I work at a co-op work space, and it is here (rather than my days in the coffee shop) that I am most productive. I also wake up early every morning to get 90 minutes of writing in before the family requires my attention.

What inspires you to create?
The awareness that there is something inside of me that really does want to come out, and I won’t be happy or at peace until it does. I also create because it energizes me, it feeds my soul, it reminds me that I have been given the gift to create.

What are you currently reading or listening to that inspires you?
Reading: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland is keeping my playfulness and wit alive. Don Miller’s newest Scary Close is a full-on look in to the mirror, both encouraging and convicting me. And Frederick Buechner’s Alphabet of Grace is forcing me to think.

Listening: During Lent, I was spinning the album “Lent” by The Brilliance. I also never get enough of The Lone Bellow (although their latest album is still trying to convince me). And for podcasts I love Richard Rohr’s homilies, the Robcast (Rob Bell), and Freakonomics.

Start-up’s can be spirit-draining work. What nourishes your soul?
Honestly, spending time with the people in our church nourishes my soul. Which is strange for an introvert like myself. In general, people drain me. But I’m discovering that genuine, authentic, real relationships can actually be restorative for me! I am also nourished by my relationship with my wife, by spending time at the beach with my family, and be writing regularly on my blog.

Starting something new requires knowing who will be served by the thing you are creating. What method(s) have you employed to understand your context (or market)?
I’m not sure that I have? At least, not intentionally. But the more I think about it, the more I can see how organically I developed awareness around what people are looking for (and what they are triggered by!) in a church. So I guess I’ve listened to people’s stories about how they’ve been disillusioned by religion, or the by the church, or by the clergy. And yet buried underneath those wounds are often a thirst for something that will actually quench. So how can I proclaim the Gospel in a way that is consistent with Jesus’ Kingdom proclamation while also finding a way that connects with the dis-churched.

Typically, there are fewer people available to get work done in new endeavors. What do you use to manage your time, get things done and/or delegate to your team?
Managing time is not one of my strong suits, sadly. If I’m intentional about scheduling with iCal, and if I’m mindful about utilizing the aforementioned Pomodoro Technique, then I can see a noticeable difference. I am a fairly effective delegater, except when it comes to things that I have convinced myself “only I” can do well. I’d love to see that list grow smaller. Release this notion that I am the best person for this job and that job.

Time and resources are often limited during start-up’s. What time-savers have you found useful? What have you found is worth splurging on and what can you skimp on?
The first thing (only thing?) that comes to mind for me with this question was when I got a new MacBook Pro. The difference between what I can get done in an hour, in a day, with a speedy laptop has made all the difference. It was absolutely worth the splurge. On the church end, with limited resources, we skimp in areas like marketing (meaning, we do nothing), food on Sunday mornings (it is all made/brought by volunteers), and media presentation for our services (bare bones, using Keynote. Not ideal, but cheap).

Where do you find affirmation that you are doing what you were meant to do?
I find it in the stories of the people who come to Sojourn and for the first time in a long time (or ever) they discover a “christian” place that holds space for them. I find it in the answers that people give when asked “what does Sojourn mean to you,” and they talk about finding a second family, or being welcomed just as they are with all their doubts and issues, or they say how they have come alive as a result of joining this collective. I find it when my I lay my head down at night feeling more connected and closer to my wife than we have ever been (because the first ten years of our marriage it was me working/pastoring. Now it is us, doing it together). And, I find it in the excitement I get every week for Sunday to come. i want to be with our people, I want to pastor and shepherd and lead them as best I can.

On days that you go to bed with a deep sense of satisfaction, what happened? What was accomplished?
Usually this means that one of three things happened (with the occasional golden day when all three occur!). 1) I felt super productive during “work hours,” and succeeded in avoiding distractions from meaningless stuff. Got sermon prep accomplished, knocked out some graphic design work, built or updated websites, etc etc etc. 2) I stayed mindful of the present moment, grounded in the now. Rather than being overly anxious about the future or stuck in the past. 3) Interacted relationally with someone in a meaningful and positive way. This could be an honest and raw online conversation. It could be a coffee with someone that either fed my soul or allowed me to feed their soul. It could be a vulnerable conversation I have with my wife, or a fun game I play with my boys. So I guess satisfaction comes to me through work productivity, personal mindfulness, and relational connectivity.

What advice would you offer to others starting something new?
Two things: First, do it with people you love. People you know, like, trust, and love. It is hard and grueling work, and if you don’t regularly have a group of people you can just deflate in to and totally be accepted, then I don’t know how you’d make it. A buddy of mine had $150,000 to start a church in a new city where he didn’t know a soul. We had $0 but a handful of really incredible souls that we loved and trusted. I’d take the people over the money every time. (Okay, I’d take both, but you get my point) Secondly, make sure you know who you are. We are all works in progress, for sure. So it’s not like you need to wait until you have it all figured out… you’ll be waiting forever. But do you know who you are? Do you know who you came from? Do you have a sense of what drives you? What triggers you? What are the wounds you carry from your childhood or past experiences? What are your fears? What version of you do put out there for the world, hoping to convince them that it’s the “real” you? What does the voice of shame say to you, and how often do you listen? If you don’t have a grounded sense of who you are, and if you don’t love that person, then you’ll find yourself worn out in a constant game of mask wearing and costume changing.

For background on this series, read this. This was inspired by the How I Work series over at Lifehacker. If there are creators, innovators, entrepreneurs–leaders that are working on new enterprises that you know and think I should profile leave me a note in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook.