3 Steps To Growth

I recently wrote an article addressing the barriers to change in your organization. It’s good to understand and identify the 6 Enemies of Change. But, simply understanding without a plan of action will accomplish very little; likely nothing at all! So what are some steps you can take to combat these six enemies of change? 

These three simple steps will help you overcome the barriers of change in your organization. 

  1. Clear Communication. There is absolutely no substitute for good communication. As leaders it is important that we express our expectations and our goals. Be sure that your team is aware of what you would like to accomplish, and what you expect from each person. Allow your team to have open lines of communication with you as well regarding their expectations. In addition, when working towards a large shift or change in your organization, it is important that you keep everyone informed from your inner circle to the supporters or customers who give life to your organization. This can help you overcome the stumbling blocks or pride, fear, distrust and ignorance. 
  2. Celebrate The Wins. Momentum cannot be forced, but it can be fostered. One of the best methods to keep momentum positive, and change in motion, is to celebrate each goal you reach. It is almost more important to celebrate the small moments, because that is what people notice. Change is not easy, and often requires more from people than ever expected. So, when you celebrate a win for yourself, your team or your organization, you foster the momentum you truly need. And, beyond anything else, it is a chance to encourage and fortify your team. When you create an environment of celebration you are able to move beyond comparison and pride, and focus on the future. 
  3. Work Together. Nothing replaces the benefits of working together. It is in a team setting where you can encourage and inspire one another to do your best, be your best and grow. Working in a team will hep you refine and foster good ideas. Working in a team will build trust. Together you and your team can avoid mistakes that are often made when you do not have the benefit of someone else’s perspective. Team work truly can overcome almost all of the enemies of change by guarding against pride, fear, distrust, comparison, ignorance and apathy. In the end, there is much more to be gained by working together. 

Questions Every Growing Leader Must Ask

The mark of a growing leader is the willingness to learn. Growth happens through self-awareness and assessment. I have found, over many years of leading, that there are a few specific questions that leaders must ask themselves in order to grow. 

The answers to each of these questions will help you gauge your potential, discover your barriers and enlighten you to areas of opportunity. And, the best leaders will encourage their team to ask the same questions. As a mater of fact, the healthiest  leaders, teams and organizations will spend time sharing their answers and support each other in the process of growth. 

Take some time to ask yourself the following questions! 

1. What is one thing I do that everyone wishes I would no longer do? Key leaders tend to touch too many aspects of their organization. And, in doing so you can create tension. You also run the risk of hindering someone else's growth and potential by doing their job. And, if we get really honest, that one thing is not your strength. You can have greater wins by letting go! 

2. Am I empowering other people? This is crucial. No one can win alone, you need a team. Sure, there's a risk that when you empower someone else that they might fail. But, if you aren't empowering others, you are securing your own failure. Empowering the people around you will help you build the best team and the best organization possible. 

3. Am I ignoring anything? This can be a hard question for us to answer. The truth is, there is always something we wish wasn't present in ourselves or our organization. But, ignoring the issue may cost you growth, revenue or impede your potential. This may be an issues with budget, a staff change or some other factor that will create discomfort. But, avoiding the discomfort is a sure sign you're unwilling to grow. 

4. Am I looking for leaders? The greatest legacy we can leave as leaders is discovering other leaders. Look around you. Be aware of the people who are leading at every level. Identify those people, recognize those people publicly, empower those people and encourage those people. After all, you won't be the leader forever. Your legacy will be seen in who replaces you in the future. 

Are there other questions you have found to be crucial for the growth of yourself and other leaders? 

Stories Matter

We all have a story, and our story maters! Today I want to share with you one of my favorite stories about forgiveness. This is my friend MiMi and she has a powerful story of forgiveness. I hope this story bring hope to you and inspires you! After meeting MiMI the day we filmed, she has become one of my good friends and a regular in our home. This woman has such a beautiful heart. I have learned so much from doing life with her. (This was one of my highlights of pastoring in Texarkana, Texas in 2016 for a short while!)