One of Jim Collins' most profound insights is that as important as a to-do list might be, organizations also need to "create a “stop doing” list and systematically unplug anything extraneous." A corollary is that for every major ‘to-do’ on your list, you should have a corresponding item that you will stop doing.
One of Jim Collins' most profound insights is that as important as a to-do list might be, organizations also need to create a stop doing list and systematically unplug anything extraneous. Click To Tweet
Can you spot the looming question?
"What is on your stop doing list?
I can tell you a few things that have been on my stop doing list over the years:
- Providing group members for unsolicited volunteer "leaders."
- Sending new members to groups who continually need a few more.
- Providing a matchmaking service for people looking for the perfect group.
- Allowing my senior pastor to delegate the small group champion role.
- Accepting warm bodies willing (or clamoring) to be coaches.
I can also tell you a few things that are currently on my stop doing list:
- Adding a new menu item without removing an old menu item.
- Assigning new leaders to coaches without ongoing inspection. "People do what you inspect, not what you expect."
- Procrastinating discipleship conversations with ministry leaders.
What would be on your "stop doing" list? Have a question? Want to argue? You can click here to jump into the conversation.
- 5 Compromises that Derail Small Group Ministry
- 5 Main Causes of "Failure to Thrive" in Small Group Ministries
- 5 Strategic Flaws that Limit Ministry Impact
- 5 Terrible Small Group Ministry Ideas to Avoid at All Costs
Image by Marlon Malabanan