Month: November 2010

Fun Friday: Favorite Cheesy Movie Speech

What is your favorite over-the-top, cheese-ball, make-you-want-to-vomit speech from a movie?

Mine is Bill Pullman’s speech from Independence Day.

You know – the one where he is the President, everyone is getting ready to hop into a fighter jet, and he’s got to motivate them to go and shoot a giant alien spaceship out of the sky.

Leaders, this is the model for inspiring your people to action.

Such fire.

Such passion.

Such willingness to read a terribly written script with purpose and conviction.

“We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on, we’re going to survive. Today we celebrate our independence day!”

…That’s the good stuff right there.

Your turn.

Late Disclaimer: There was much sarcasm in this post.

2 Pesky Problems With Playing Perfect

2 Pesky Problems With Playing PerfectLeaders, we absolutely love playing perfect.

We’re the head honchos, the boss men. We’re in charge, so of course we’ve got everything together. We say jump and our followers ask “how high?” We don’t make mistakes. Our word is law, so you better get in line. We’ve got the benefit of years of experience, vision, resources, and wisdom. We’re the bees’ knees.

Do you agree? Is this you?


4 Time Management Mindset Fails

No sunshine and lollipops today. This is a challenging post. Please know that I still love you.

4 Time Management Fails | Kenny SilvaI do a lot of stuff; you can ask me sometime and I’ll tell you all about it. A lot of people have been asking me how I make time to do this stuff; wether its reading a book or two a week on top of daily scripture study, writing a blog post every weekday, running a real estate business, serving my community, and so on.

People think I’m some kind of time management ninja. I promise, I’m not…


Quick to Hear, Slow to Speak, Slow to Anger

Quick to Hear, Slow to Speak, Slow to Anger

I’ve decided to get a little more intentional about my own development as a leader. So, I will be focusing on one passage of scripture each week and applying it to my own life. Of course, I’ve decided to pull you all along for the ride.

I’m going to call it a devotional, even though I can’t honestly say I know how to write a “devotional.” This will be the only one I post here on the blog. If you’d like to receive more, please subscribe to my weekly devotional email list in order to receive future articles…


Fun Friday: Which Ninja Turtle Are You?

Ninja Turtles

That’s right. I’m asking.

For me, it’s Leonardo for 3 reasons.

1. He was always the natural leader in the group. He seemed to have his act together most of the time. I like that. One could say I aspire to be like Leonardo.

2. He has a blue eye-mask thingy. I like blue.

3. Leonardo carries a sword. If I was some sort of ninja warrior, turtle or not, I would definitely carry a sword.

Now it’s your turn.

Which of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles do you most readily identify with?

How do You Define Connection?

What is Connection | Kenny Silva | Faith in LeadershipAn entrepreneur cannot survive without connections. I am intimately acquainted with this concept. If I didn’t know people, then people wouldn’t know me. This is a very scary reality for a business owner because people generally want to hire people they know.

This idea got me thinking about my connections:

  • Who do I know?
  • How do I know this person?
  • How well do I know them?
  • How close are we?

Our new world of social media (love that term) has really muddied the concept of “connection.” We’ve got all these different levels of connecting and varying social norms/rules that go along with each level. It can all get very confusing very quickly…


Make Your Team Dangerous: The 5 Step Guide

Make Your Team Dangerous in 5 StepsYou want your team to be dangerous, right?

Don’t be shy. I know I do.

I want my business to be dangerous for my competitors the same way Coca-Cola wants to be dangerous for Pepsi. I want my service and non-profit work to be dangerous for social injustice and poverty the same way that A21 Campaign wants to be dangerous for human traffickers.

I want my business and my ministry to be dangerous!

Is this a radical way of looking at things?