Leadership: 4 questions to ask when things are not looking up

When things are not looking up and you have to pull out ahead, what are some questions that come to mind? This profoundly hit me with a quote this week that although was meant for personal context, I think institutionally it can be applied:

You cannot pray yourself out of something you behaved yourself into–Andy Stanley

If that’s the case, maybe some questions about what I am doing are in order. Yes, pray. But, praying is also listening to God as you allow Him to speak to as you reflect on the past and present and dream for the future.

  1. In making decisions, do we overly value relationship and status quo over the possibility for greater results?
  2. Is change made because of putting out fires or because of the fire of a dream or vision?
  3. Are there systems in place that create enough margin to dream, plan and evaluate?
  4. What behavior(s) do we need to change in order to grow?

These helpful to you? Any feedback?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

10 comments

  1. I know what you are getting at I think, but the only part I didn’t really like was the wording “do we overly value relationship.” Overvalue status quo, absolutely. But I’m not sure you can ever overly value relationships. Relationship is what life is all about.
    That being said, I would agree that you can’t avoid change cause it might piss someone off. Then their just stupid. 😉

    1. Can our relationships even become idols? In that way, can overvalue a relationships. Sometimes, like Paul and Barnabus, strategic and relational decisions for the greater good have to be made. That might mean leaving one group to start a new church. It might mean allowing someone to move on. Make sense?

  2. I know what you are getting at I think, but the only part I didn’t really like was the wording “do we overly value relationship.” Overvalue status quo, absolutely. But I’m not sure you can ever overly value relationships. Relationship is what life is all about.
    That being said, I would agree that you can’t avoid change cause it might piss someone off. Then their just stupid. 😉

    1. Can our relationships even become idols? In that way, can overvalue a relationships. Sometimes, like Paul and Barnabus, strategic and relational decisions for the greater good have to be made. That might mean leaving one group to start a new church. It might mean allowing someone to move on. Make sense?

  3. I know what you are getting at I think, but the only part I didn’t really like was the wording “do we overly value relationship.” Overvalue status quo, absolutely. But I’m not sure you can ever overly value relationships. Relationship is what life is all about.
    That being said, I would agree that you can’t avoid change cause it might piss someone off. Then their just stupid. 😉

    1. Can our relationships even become idols? In that way, can overvalue a relationships. Sometimes, like Paul and Barnabus, strategic and relational decisions for the greater good have to be made. That might mean leaving one group to start a new church. It might mean allowing someone to move on. Make sense?

  4. I know what you are getting at I think, but the only part I didn’t really like was the wording “do we overly value relationship.” Overvalue status quo, absolutely. But I’m not sure you can ever overly value relationships. Relationship is what life is all about.
    That being said, I would agree that you can’t avoid change cause it might piss someone off. Then their just stupid. 😉

    1. Can our relationships even become idols? In that way, can overvalue a relationships. Sometimes, like Paul and Barnabus, strategic and relational decisions for the greater good have to be made. That might mean leaving one group to start a new church. It might mean allowing someone to move on. Make sense?

  5. I know what you are getting at I think, but the only part I didn’t really like was the wording “do we overly value relationship.” Overvalue status quo, absolutely. But I’m not sure you can ever overly value relationships. Relationship is what life is all about.
    That being said, I would agree that you can’t avoid change cause it might piss someone off. Then their just stupid. 😉

    1. Can our relationships even become idols? In that way, can overvalue a relationships. Sometimes, like Paul and Barnabus, strategic and relational decisions for the greater good have to be made. That might mean leaving one group to start a new church. It might mean allowing someone to move on. Make sense?

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