Morning Roundup - April 24, 2012
People in politics talk about the right track/wrong track numbers as an indicator of public mood. This week Gallup had a poll showing only 24% of Americans feel we're on the right track as a nation. That's a historic low. Political professionals tend, understandably, to think it's all about the economy--unemployment, foreclosures, we're going in the wrong direction. I've long thought that public dissatisfaction is about more than the economy, that it's also about our culture, or rather the flat, brute, highly sexualized thing we call our culture.
Some crises require quick decisions by leaders. The hours after a tornado hit are times for bull-horns and unilateral decisions. The months of rebuilding, however, involve a collective vision of the people.
There are times when the ideal is not the ideal. As a leader, you may know best. You may know how to rebuild after a crisis better than anyone else. Don't be tempted by unattainable ideals--ideals become hurdles to the real solution when they are not attainable.
Top-down leadership may feel speedy in a disaster, but it will slow down rebuilding efforts. The priority is to rebuild after a disaster, not rebrand. By focusing on what could be, you may end up neglecting the present reality of rebuilding from the rubble.
The key to coaching missional leaders is relationship.Young, developing leaders are looking for relationship, and they will receive coaching and mentoring from those with whom they have relationship. Dr. Steve Ogne makes the following observations about coaching young leaders effectively:
1. Values are more important than vision.
2. Authenticity is more important than quality.
3. Ministry is personal and not programmatic or institutional.
4. Success is measured by the experience, not the result.
5. Accountability is found in a community of leaders.
6. Bible story is more powerful than management theory.
7. Young and postmodern leaders need holistic support.