You know when a church is not healthy as an organization. You will identify things like:
- Poor communication
- Low morale
- High conflict
- Limited results
- Foggy vision
We know that healthy organizations reflect the opposite kind of list.
So far, this is not complicated.
But building a healthy organization is a challenging and complex task, that requires enormous effort and fierce focus.
The key to any healthy organization is based on the foundation of two things held in a cooperative tension.
- The senior leadership wakes up every day thinking about what’s best for the team.
- The team wakes up every day thinking about what’s best for the organization.
This is easy to comprehend and very difficult to achieve. There’s an obvious unspoken tension here. I’ll get to that in a minute.
But first, please absorb this same principle again, but this time in reverse. The tension becomes very clear.
- If the senior leadership wakes up every day focusing only on the good of the organization (hit the numbers, success at all costs, staff are expendable, etc.), the staff won’t want to stay there very long.
- If the team wakes up every day focusing only on what’s good for them (what do I get? what will you do for me today? make my load lighter, etc.), the senior leadership won’t want them to stay very long.
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