“The value of experimentation is not the trying. It’s the trying again after the experiment fails.” Simon Sinek
I don’t know about you, but I love this line from Simon Sinek.
I’ve said before that one of my proudest moments was when my prospective boss at Parkview was told “if you’re okay with a mad scientist…Mark will be a good hire.”
Let me say this to you. Sticking with the same design year after year guarantees you will not escape the gravitational pull of the status quo. Breaking free of the status quo requires experimentation and that means trying again when the experiment fails.
See also, 5 Ideas You Ought to Be Testing This Fall.
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“A leadership development plan has to address these three phases: Identifying emerging leaders. Investing in the development of emerging leaders. Entrusting responsibility to emerging leaders.” Courageous Leadership, Bill Hybels
The most important role of our Groups Team is to identify, recruit and develop high capacity leaders of leaders.
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“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein
As the next ministry season approaches, are you preparing to do the same thing you did last season but expecting different results?
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“As leaders, we are never responsible for filling anyone else’s cup. Our responsibility is to empty ours.” Andy Stanley
This clip from Leadercast 2014 is very helpful in understanding this concept.
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“There are no problem-free systems, models, or strategies. Every system, model and strategy comes with a set of problems. Wise leaders simply choose the set of problems they’d rather have.”
I refer to this “quote” in almost every consultation, coaching call, workshop, and seminar I give. I believe this line is a version of something Niccolò Machiavelli wrote in The Prince, but I’ve never confirmed it.
Regardless, I believe the pursuit of problem-free delays more ministry than almost anything else. I also believe there are no problem free small group ministry systems, models or strategies.