Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Leading Change

       I am taking a very informative and enlightening class through Asbury Theological Seminary entitled "Leading Change."
Some basics from the class thus far include:
  • Pray and pray again!
  • Everyone needs to be on the same page.
  • Preparation is critical and crucial to the effective transformation process.
  • Formulate precise, simple goals
  • A great deal of flexibility and team coordination is critical.
  • To get more successes, you have to be willing to risk more failures.
  • Tight controls strangle innovation.
  • Action without a clear and uniting vision may become a nightmare.
  • Leading change means over-communicating.
  • It is crucial to change the behavior of people.
An excellent group of principles for the leader is this: 1) Be a servant of the people (Matthew 20:26), and 2) Have the ability to give (Luke 6:38).
Innovation involves ideas that create the future. Major research shows that anyone with normal intelligence is capable of doing some degree of creative work. People are most creative when they care about their work and they are stretching their skills.

Hockey great Wayne Gretzky once said, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take." And Thomas Edison, the prolific inventor, said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that don't work." If you don't take care of the customer, someone else will.

Diffusion of Innovations
by Everett M. Rogers
Leading Congregational Change by Jim Herrington, Mike Bonem, and James H. Furr
Leading Change by John P. Kotter
Managing Transitions:Making The Most of Change by William Bridges
Simple Church by Thom S. Rainer & Eric Geiger

thanks!  Jabe