Leadership Lessons from an iPhone game

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I don’t play iPhone games often, but one that I’ve found incredibly addictive is Flight Control.


Never played it?  Just don’t.  It’ll suck you in, and you’ll be so concerned about landing those silly little planes that your eyes will start to twitch.

But there are a few lessons about leadership you can learn from Flight Control.

Leadership lessons from an iPhone game

1. Things gets progressively busier, and there’s nothing you can do about that.

Life never slows down, does it?  Don’t expect that, once you hit “that spot,” or “that season,” things will slow down.  Learning to manage your commitments is key, because those commitments will only increase in number and responsibility.

2. It’s okay to hit the pause button.

In fact, you need to do that.  Take a vacation.  Get away.  Put the phone down.  Disengage from social media.  I did recently. And it was incredibly refreshing.

3. You can set something in motion, but in order for it to reach its destination, you’ve got to check back in and help change things around.

In leadership, you can’t always expect that everything you start, every other leader you empower, will never need you to check in.  Managing is an important aspect of leadership.

4. It’s okay to quit and start over.

An idea you’ve been trying quit working?  Not as effective as you’d like?  Then quit trying to make it work.  Scrap it and start from scratch.  If you’re not willing to scrap your program for the health of the organization, you may be too closely connected to your idea.

5. Looking towards the future keeps you motivated to do better each time.

You’re not going to perfectly execute everything you start.  If you did, you’d be un-human.  Failure is an important component to success.

So…you ready to buy this game?

* for more ‘lessons from an iPhone game’, see my friend Jonathan Pearson’s post HERE


Christ follower, husband, father, writer, small groups pastor at Saddleback Community Church. Communications director for the Small Group Network.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    I have a similar game on my Macbook called Now Boarding. I got sucked into the free online version a few years ago and ended up buying the full version. It provided hours upon hours of entertainment. I haven’t played it in a while, but now I’m itching to. This could be bad.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Getting that game now…

    • http://www.churchthought.com Matt Steen

      This is like offering a crack addict more crack.

      • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

        I know, right? Ben is just adding to my addiction.

  • http://www.churchthought.com Matt Steen

    I finally kicked my addiction to this game and now you are sucking me back in.

    Thanks for that.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Ha! If you’re anything like me, all you need is one more thing to eat into your time.

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    Jonathan’s post about Angry birds was awesome! This one was as well! I have not personally played this game though…

    Now because everyone is doing these kind of posts, I might have to do one on “Words with Friends”! haha

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      I’d read that!

  • http://twitter.com/BrettVaden Brett Vaden

    I’ve already played enough video games–just ask Brent. He’ll tell you all the times he came over and found me playing Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy, or other such life-suckers.

    On the other hand, I’m impressed with the way you pulled out some really good points from the Flight Control game. There’s good in everything.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Thanks for the encouragement, Brett.

  • http://www.livingngrace.com Luther Wesley

    Like anyone needs some other time consuming gizmo or game….but at least you put a positive spin on it :)

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Haha…yep, I sure don’t!

  • Anonymous

    curse you, ben reed. now i can’t stop playing this game…
    which probably reveals a deep character flaw i must now deal with.

    • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

      Ha! Yeah, pretty sure you just revealed some heart issue…