Archive for May, 2007


Posted in leadership on May 23, 2007 by velocityvortx

Vision is the big picture of the preferable future you are painting for your organization or team. But vision evaporates. People simply have so much on their individual platters that here is no way or them to keep the important things constantly in the forefront of their minds. That is the job of leadership. One organization when compiling all forms of communication with their employees for the last year found that only 1% of it was about the visionary company-wide change initiative they were about to undertake. Huge stop sign there, uh?

I am working with a church in South Bend right now that has just gone through the challenging process of crafting a clear and articulate vision statement.  No one would have ever calculated the important ripple this would have throughout the ranks for leadership into the congregation.  The excitement and ethos this is creating is nothing short of remarkable. But without this great vision being spread around, talked about, hired to, and the tape measure of success it will simply evaporate like the morning dew.

What is the cumulative exposure your team has had to the mission and vision? Never minimize the now famous trickle-down effect.

How often do you assess mission drift in your area? Here is a crucial leadership task. Ruthless, frequent evaluation keeps the troops from wheel-spinning frustration and precious time waste.  How often are you evaluating what you do in your ministry areas and initiatives against whether it advances the cause of vision accomplishment?

How often do you point the way for your team? Vision evaporates and without constant vigilance here, fuzzy thinking will set in. Many will tell you vision casting is THE fundamental leadership necessity.

How often do you make others on the team cast the vision? This is forced 3rd party learning. This shows how well you are pushing vision out into the rippling concentric circles of your team and organism.


New Discourse for Our Day

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2007 by velocityvortx

Realize that old communication patterns are less and less effective in the new (postmodern) world, and discover new, appropriate models of discourse.
Brian McLaren
The tectonic plates shifting beneath our feet are not only signs of subterranean movement but of a new emerging landscape that will require new maps. Every quadrant on both sides of the sacred/secular line, a line that shouldn’t even exist,  tells us “story” is THE postmodern way to communicate. Points and principles aren’t as effective as they used to be. Experience wins the day and story is experience.

Of course, Jesus is the master storyteller captivating the masses with parables, allegories, and illustrations. Here are five pointers toward a new rhetoric for post modernity:

1.    Words will have to be authenticated with a life-story. Authenticity is necessary in the crucible of the experiential 21st century. Practical transformation is “story” proof.
2.    Truth will be just as important but it will be clean, simple and with an earthiness often illusive in today’s cumber-some techno-babble and christianese.
3.    Our new narrative will allow others to enter in and tell their own story and see how they are part of God’s overarching story. This will allow a left brain/right brain balance and be more inclusive, compelling and creative.
4.    We will seek to move away from the propositionalizing tendency that reduces the biblical story to a bunch of biblical stories with the same weight as Bill Bennett’s Book of Virtues or Aesop’s Fables.
5.    We will recognize the power of the biblical narrative is to invite us to constantly reinterpret our life story, with all it’s brokenness, pain and incompleteness against the wholeness and hope bringing narrative of the biblical story.  It is this that makes Christianity unique.