Your or Your Organization May Be Plateaued If… (Part 8)

You or your organization may be plateaued if… If you or your coworkers have ever said, “that’s not my job.” Imagine you’re playing football (or watching your favorite team) and your opponent fumbles the ball right in front of one of your teammates. But, rather than pounce on that loose ball, your player just stands

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Your Organization May Be Plateaued If… (Part 7)

You or your organization may be plateaued if… If you lead primarily through processes and policies. Organizations that are driving forward with great success tend to do so because they are principally driven by vision and by the new relationships that are forged through that vision. Along the way, various organizational decisions must be made,

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You or Your Organization May Be Plateaued, If… (Part 6)

You or your organization may be plateaued… If departments and people blame others for lack of organization’s results. There’s a significant environmental difference between growing organizations and those that have plateaued or begun to decline. It just feels different… When organizations are growing, there is an aggressiveness that marks its culture. People feel like winners

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Your Organization May Be Plateaued If… (Part 5)

You or your organization may be plateaued… If you say “no” more easily than you say “yes.” Organizations on the rise are always looking for ways to climb higher. Organizations that are plateaued think differently. Most will either look for ways to solidify the height they have climbed or be certain that no decision will

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You or Your Organization May Be Plateaued, If… (Part 4)

You or your organization may be plateaued… If your people have different ideas of why you do what you do. In the world of the local church, we have easily observed that the primary cause of plateau is “lost vision,” particularly in the pew. Likely results are similar when those within any organization lose track

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You or Your Organization May Be Plateaued If… (Part 3)

You or your organization may be plateaued… If you’re trusting your programs to drive your growth. If you’re like a lot of leaders, you’re getting a bit weary of words like vision or mission. After all, what are words when you actually need to produce something. High-minded talk is just that…talk. Still, there’s no denying

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You or your organization may be plateaued if… (Part 2)

You or your organization may be plateaued If you’re better at why we can’t than how we could. A common characteristic in plateaued and declining congregations is the ease with which they reject new thinking, new ideas, new vision, and just about any other “new” mindset that presents itself. A culture of “no” often arises

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You or Your Organization May Be Plateaued if… (Part 1)

“So…you’ve plateaued…” Actually, it’s quite unlikely that anyone will actually tell you that, at least not in a timely manner. In truth, we don’t usually realize that we’ve plateaued in our careers, our personal growth, our marriages, or in the ministries we lead until signs of the more dreaded “decline” are in evidence. To plateau

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Subject to Change – 14

This 14-part series of blogs–Subject to Change–is taken from the first three chapters of a new book by the same name that I hope to release in 2019. Believe me, there’s a lot more thirst-quenching truth to draw from the well of things people wish their pastor knew about leading them in change. I welcome your comments on what

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Subject to Change – 13

Welcome back to our ongoing discussion of the things people wish their pastor knew before leading them in a journey of change. A second fact many pastors will discover when they look into the congregational past is that we’ve got our share of dysfunction. No congregational journey can be reviewed without discovering a fair number

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