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Behaviors 2017-12-27T03:11:44+00:00

Core Behavior Stacks

Even with all the wisdom in the world, without love we are bankrupt. These Core Behaviors describe how we’ll live & lead with love so that we can change our world. The Ten Core Behaviors are split into two stacks (i.e. categories) which are:

Innovation
Empowerment

“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life… If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself, the dreams will come to you.”

— Randy Pausch

Innovation Stack of Core Behaviors

These core behaviors help foster the innovation to keep wImagine alive. If wImagine does not innovate, we will die off by staying backwards. wImagine will innovate, it will step into the future, and it will reach the lives of tomorrow.

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  • We innovate by including the marginalized. This gives us the ideas so that…

  • We create data driven solutions to create a love driven world. We push onwards to create this world because…

  • We forge forward without fear because we…

  • We entrust failure to grow us forward. We must not let failure hold us back because…

  • We build honor by going all in. And we earned honor by doing what’s right because different people were at the table.

1. We innovate by including the marginalized

We are stronger together than when we are apart.

Romans 12:4-5 NLT says: “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

Some corporations speak to inclusion as if it’s merely the right thing to do — as if there are financial or leadership consequences when we choose to consider or force inclusion. I respectfully reject those notions. Everybody has a story and everybody deserves a voice. And the inclusion of other people, especially the marginalized, brings stories that we may not have considered before, but are vital towards reaching the world. When we include other people, we ourselves change,  because we hear other points of views. When we change, we grow and forge forward. The opposite of this is exclusion and death.

When we look at people, we don’t look at what they say or who they look like, we look at what their heart says, even if it’s hard to hear it. We listen to the heart to forge forward with the life. We will not discriminate by: age, race, national origin, gender, disabilities, income bracket, locale, lifestyle, beliefs, religion, sin, or social status.

2. We create data driven solutions to create a love driven world

We use data analytics, data science, and critical thinking to solve problems to change our love with and for love.

Proverbs 14:15-18 MSG adds: “The gullible believe anything they’re told; the prudent sift and weigh every word. The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless. The hotheaded do things they’ll later regret; the coldhearted get the cold shoulder. Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground.

Science is not a book of infallible knowledge, but rather, a process inviting us to ask questions and test them out. As such, we will ask hard questions, test them in hard ways, and analyze the data rigorously. This work, to the observing bystander, might seem tedious and unnecessary. But, this work will always help us courageously step forwards with our understanding, to solve problems that nobody else has solved.

3. We forge forward without fear

We forge forward without fear because our majority — my God & my Brother in my case — matter too much for me to be fearful.

Joshua 1:9 NLT reminds: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Many of these Core Behaviors represent areas where we want to be most consistently better in, yet are not there yet. I used to have tremendous social anxiety, especially when trying new things, meeting new people, or speaking about new concepts. But this Core Behavior exists because, in spite of what sets me back, it’s important that we forge forward anyway. It exists because while I’m not completely here yet, I’m getting closer to here, and that journey of doing impossible things makes us fearless.

4. We entrust failure to grow us forward

The easiest way to not fail would be to spend all of our time planning, execute once, and do nothing else new after that. It would also be the easiest way to die.

Romans 5:3-4 NLT adds: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

Many corporations have Core Values, but very few address failure and choose to address being excellent instead. But we sincerely believe that failure is a key part of an effective organization. It means that people are still empowered to try new things, that we are all still trying to reach higher, and that we’re not satisfied with ‘good enough’. Failing in new ways is a core metric to our health and we embrace failure as a means to help us grow forward.

The question in finding good people isn’t in determining how often a person failed or how often they dwell on failure. But rather, the question is in figuring out, how we let failure block us. Behind every failure, there’s a lesson. It might be a stupidly obvious lesson for stupid failures or a brilliant lesson for unpredictable failures. But no matter the failure, there’s a lesson and it’s in how we choose to take that lesson and forge forward, which determines who we are. The best don’t fail less or think about failure less, they just ensure that failure doesn’t block them more.

5. We build honor by going all in

We build honor by bringing our best and not exploiting others.

2 Chronicles 15:7 comforts us by saying: “But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.”

Science is a process that can be used for good or for evil. Asking the wrong questions could lead in unnecessary death but asking the right questions could lead to life. Under the Core Mission of wImagine, it is completely inexcusable for any wImagine partner to generate data, create solutions, or use science in a way that does not create a love driven world. This includes research, volunteer work, and formal jobs.

I often disagree when people say I’m smart or brilliant. What I will agree with is that I’m willing to do what other people won’t do. Whether that’s reaching out to leadership, connecting with two sides who disagree, or spending extra time to invest in others. Doing what others won’t do helps us lead with love and when we lead with love, we build honor.

“…to any young person out there who feels misunderstood or who feels different and answer that question at the end of the play for you: Does that mean I can do anything? Yes, it does”

— Alex Sharp

Empowerment Stack of Core Behaviors

These core behaviors continue to guide wImagine towards empowering other people. If we keep to ourselves, we will consume the best of society and stagnate. wImagine will reach others and will contribute to the best of society, which in turn, will produce better fruit.

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  • We give because He gave. This first sacrificial act saved us so much…

  • We invest in creating a society that’s better than before. This overflow act of love must start with an empowered heart so…

  • We reach people by refining ourselves to reach higher. When we strive higher ourselves, we can help others strive higher so that…

  • We lead with laughter & energy to lead towards authenticity. When people discover who they were made to be they move and…

  • We empower people to move because moved people empower. Our investments in people will pay dividends when they lead other people too.

6. We give because He gave

We are stronger together than when we are apart.

Despite the numerous verses in the Bible about generosity & love, it’s important I think for us to start at the beginning of the first greatest gift which transformed everything. We cannot repay it or out-give it, so it’s not that we can or will lead in generosity, but rather, we will give. As noted in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Some corporations speak to inclusion as if it’s merely the right thing to do — as if there are financial or leadership consequences when we choose to consider or force inclusion. I respectfully reject those notions. Everybody has a story and everybody deserves a voice. And the inclusion of other people, especially the marginalized, brings stories that we may not have considered before, but are vital towards reaching the world. When we include other people, we ourselves change,  because we hear other points of views. When we change, we grow and forge forward. The opposite of this is exclusion and death.

7. We surrender ourselves to serve others

Because excellence might matter, but people matter more

Proverbs 14:15-18 MSG adds: “The gullible believe anything they’re told; the prudent sift and weigh every word. The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless. The hotheaded do things they’ll later regret; the coldhearted get the cold shoulder. Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground.

We will serve people through volunteering, being a good friend, and assisting them with skill sets that we are well versed in. When we serve people, we get an opportunity to move them forwards, and as a later Core Behavior will address, moved people empower others.

8. We reach people by refining ourselves to reach higher

We respect people by continually pledging to develop and refine ourselves into becoming better people.

Proverbs 21:3 NLT notes: “The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.

There are years of innate behaviors and wisdom behind most of our decisions, and if we were to try to change ourselves every time something doesn’t go to plan, it won’t end well. The question isn’t what’s wrong with us and what we should change, but rather, what’s blocking us? By focusing on what’s blocking our growth and trajectory forwards and refining ourselves to unblock them, we take a practical approach to forging forward without blowing the neural processing node (i.e. brain) every time.

9. We lead with laughter and energy to lead towards authenticity

Everyone was created to care, so when we lead people to authenticity, we help them discover how to best love others

Colossians 3:12-14 NLT adds: “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

10. We empower people to move because moved people empower

When we empower people, those people naturally move and empower other people, because we are made to move.

Romans 15:1-2 directs us with: “We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

— Proverbs 4:23 NIV

Secret Stack of Core Behaviors

These two Core Behaviors aren’t formally considered official Core Behaviors, but we still follow them because we recognize that our mission will collapse if these overriding behaviors are forgotten.

We are driven by love, not rules

We reject processes & opinions, even our own, if they block our mission or majority.

We trust our majority, then love people, and then understand process in that order. There are no processes or opinions which matter if we hurt the majority. There is no status of excellence or victory that matters if we hurt people in the process.

My God & My Brother are my Majority

This started as a wImagine Core Behavior in its previous life and is now part of our Core Mission. This entire mission is designed to force me to pursue their higher standards of love, ambition, innovation, strength, and empowerment above all else. If I forget to follow or model them, I forget why I exist, and this mission becomes pointless.