culture

Chaotic much? Let's look at your values

Chaotic much? Let's look at your values

From chaotic schedules to needing to swoop in to “save the day” to rogue goals and strategies, one culprit is behind them all: values.  Whether working solo or leading a non-profit or Fortune 500, when the values in use are not clear, neither is anything else.

Question whether or not you’re a leader? If you have influence over the direction of a group of people, you are a leader.  That does not mean you a good leader, but it does mean that people are looking at you to help them achieve a common goal, and therefore makes you a leader (even if momentarily).  If you work ‘alone,’ but have customers (find me someone who works but has no customers…that would be a hobby, right?) or a graphic designer or a web designer or a printer, you function in a leadership capacity to a degree.

And those people you lead crave one major thing: clarity.

Culture Changes Save Churches

Culture Changes Save Churches

Today’s Star Tribune article highlighting the trend of church doors closing and mainline denominations declining is sadly not surprising to a leadership consultant to churches. While there are a number of great things still happening in these aging congregations from soup kitchens to care for widows and the elderly, a glaring reality is that the congregations are in fact aging. The average member has been a supporter for over a decade. New people don’t stick out like a sore thumb for they haven’t walked in the doors in years. With an inability to reach new people with the Good News of Jesus, the doors will inevitably close as members lives come to an end this side of heaven. But it doesn’t have to end this way for mature churches if a few cultural changes are heeded.