Posts Categorized: Organizational Leadership

  • Organizational Leadership

    Building a Culture of Failure

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    “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Peter Drucker You’ve probably heard this many times before. It’s the idea that strategy, while a necessary part of business, just doesn’t correlate with success the way culture does. If you want your organization to make progress – actual, sustained progress – you’ve got to have a strong culture. There’s… Read more »

  • Best Practices, Organizational Leadership

    A Leader’s Most Valuable Asset

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    What’s a leader’s most valuable asset?  Some say it’s vision. Effective leaders define a better future, and inspire the team to work together to create it. Without vision, there’s no unity, no common direction. What about expertise? A leading expert can be an effective guide, applying their deep knowledge to define strategy and guide the… Read more »

  • Organizational Leadership

    Simplifying Your Model

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    The multisite church movement has been around for some time now. Along the way to adding more sites, many churches have realized something: adding sites doesn’t necessarily mean growth. New locations are being added, but overall attendance and engagement isn’t increasing – at least anywhere near to what was hoped for. Churches in this situation… Read more »

  • Organizational Leadership

    Before You Do Anything Else, It’s Time For a Gut Check

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    Growing your organization requires a lot of things: solid strategy, strong leadership, compelling content, planning and organization, and some technical know-how. Putting those together in the most effective way possible is essential to taking on the task of growing your church. But every once in a while, you need to step back for a gut… Read more »

  • Organizational Leadership, Strategy, Uncategorized

    Thoughts on “Belong Before Believe”

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    People belong to a group based on its actions, more than its words. They choose to belong to a group when that group does things that they want to get on board with. Every group that people belong to outside of church does stuff. Clubs, sports leagues, civic organizations… people join them to do, not… Read more »

  • Best Practices, Organizational Leadership, Uncategorized

    Tourists or Pilgrims 

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    Pilgrims are seeking a purpose. Tourists are seeking an experience. A tourist might love the experience, rave over it, document it, relive it. But they aren’t committed to it. Tourists share experiences but they don’t construct them. They’re in it temporarily, not for the long haul. Tourists are consumers at heart. Pilgrims are on a… Read more »

  • Organizational Leadership, Strategy

    The Social Flywheel

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    Having a strong social presence is too often the end goal (either by intent, by misstep, or by default) for churches and other organizations that remain unclear about how social engagement contributes to having more people attending church on Sundays or participating in midweek ministry.

  • Organizational Leadership

    A Daily Meditation of Humility for Communicators

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      “Just because you said exactly what you wanted to say, doesn’t mean they heard exactly what you wanted them to hear.”   Anyone in the business of communicating needs to say this to themselves every day. No matter how strong of a communicator you are, how creative or experienced, it’s easy to slip into… Read more »

  • For Churches, Organizational Leadership, Strategy

    Strategy vs. Description

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    “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” – Peter Drucker We’ve all heard this before. You know what else trumps strategy? Execution. If you’re in church communications or marketing, you’ve probably been asked “what’s your marketing/social media/advertising/outreach strategy?”  more times than you can count.  I work for a large church in New England, one of the most… Read more »

  • Organizational Leadership, Strategy

    Overcoming Resistance

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    The War of Art, by author Steven Pressfield, begins with the idea that all of us have a barrier between the life we currently live, and the yet-to-be-lived life full of creative potential within us.  Creatives, whether artists/writers, entrepreneurs, or ad men (and it’s not a stretch to include preachers here), have deep within them… Read more »