Daily Leadership Message
F3 IS A STARFISH
A Starfish is a distinct type of Organization. It is flat, having no hierarchical Governance or tangled bureaucratic web.
Most Organizations are Spiders, in that they invest tremendous power into a single man. Cut the head off of the Spider and the body dies.
In contrast, a Starfish has no CEO, just a cultural/spiritual Leader situated in the vague center of the confluence of appendages that comprise the Starfish itself. Bereft of Institutional power, he must Persuade to Lead.
Each of the appendages of a Starfish is self-sufficient. If cut-off it grows into a Starfish of its own. The Starfish then grows a new appendage.
F3 chose the Starfish as its Organizational model in order to harness the genius and energy of the many Leaders within its ranks.
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
- “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
- “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” –Marilyn vos Savant
- “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” –Alphonse Karr
Daily Storytelling Time
A number of years ago Al Capone owned virtually all of Chicago. He wasn’t famous for anything heroic, instead he was known for leading an organized group in illegal bootlegging, prostitution and murder.
Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was his lawyer because he was very good. Eddie’s skills had kept Al Capone out of prison for a long time.
Capone showed his appreciation for Easy Eddie by showering him with every luxury in life that could be enjoyed, including a gated mansion with servants. The estate he lived in was so big it filled an entire Chicago city block.
Eddie lived the high life and gave little thought to the evils that went on around him. But he had one soft spot in his heart. He had a son he loved completely, and he ensured he had everything in life to help him get ahead.
Despite Eddie’s involvement in organized crime, he tried to teach his son right from wrong. He wanted his son to be a better man than he was. Yet with all of his wealth and influence there were two things Eddie could not pass on to his son – his good name and example.
It was later that Easy Eddie decided to try to right all his wrongs. He went to law enforcement and told the truth about Al Capone in hopes that it would clean up his tarnished name and offer some semblance of integrity to his son. In order to do this he knew he would have to testify against Al “Scarface” Capone and the mob and that it would most likely cost him dearly.
He testified and within a year Easy Eddie’s life ended in an enormous blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago street. In his eyes he had given the greatest gift he could to his son.
Police pulled from his pocket a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion and poem he had clipped from a magazine. The poem read:
The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop at late or early hour. now is the only time you own.
Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.