After too many years, I finally got all 6 Star Wars movies.
For my birthday this past week, my wife got me both Star Wars Trilogies, on Blu-Ray and DVD. Needles to say, I am a Star Wars fan and was quite excited.
Last night, our family ate pita-pizza and watched the first of the 6 films.
I came to a conclusion.
Mr. Lucas made Star Wars Episode 1 with some awkward and difficult moments.
I had seen the movie before a bunch of times. Yet, I was paying closer attention because of something a friend of mine had said a few weeks prior.
He was right.
Why couldn’t The Force just be enough? Millions of people understood the concept through Episodes 4-6. (They were made previously in case you didn’t know.) Why make The Force all scientific and complicated now?
It was working.
Furthermore, I don’t think I need to get into why Jar Jar Binks was a bad idea. After the film initially came out, fans verbally assault Lucas Films for months over that character.
That’s when it hit me.
Star Wars Episode 1 can teach us a few things about leadership.
Sometimes, we need something new. We search around for ideas on what to launch. Yet, we should be cautious on how new and out there are fresh idea is.
If we’re not keeping ourselves grounded, when creating no projects or programs, we could really miss the mark.
Like George Lucas, we could start making things way too complicated. Or worse, we could start creating things that are just down right annoying.
Perhaps you’re not a Star Wars fan.
That’s okay, the concept still applies. Continue to seek out fresh, new ideas for your church, ministry, small business, etc.
Ultimately, these new ideas lead to growth. This is a good thing.
Just be cautious that you don’t spend so much time thinking about and planning a new idea, that it becomes your untouchable baby. Have people around you that you trust. People who can break the news to you that, “It’s a bad idea.“
Maybe start a code-word around the office: “That’s a Jar Jar Binks.“
To be sure, I have had my share of Jar Jar Binks.
The one that sticks out in my mind was a college ministry event called, “Trick or What?” In my mind it sounded hilarious and a tonne of fun.
We would dress up for Halloween in the Spring and go out Trick-Or-Treating. We would have prizes for all the crazy stuff that the students would end up with.
In my mind, it was awesome!
People definitely were confused and they weren’t laughing. They were just really annoyed and the students paid for it. I should have thought that event through a little longer. Maybe spoke to some home-owners as test-subjects.
Afterword, one student actually said to me, “That wasn’t Trick or What, that was Trick or Flop!“
Have you ever created a Jar Jar Binks? Have you ever introduced an idea that was a flop? How did you and the people around you react?