Every leader needs a coach!

Every leader needs a coach!

The problem church planters, pastors & leaders face is understanding the value of having a coach.

  • Read this 2009 article from the Harvard Business Review entitled: “What Can Coaches Do For You?”
  • If you are seeking a coach; this article provides research on the do’s and don’ts of a good coach.
  • CAUTION – don’t get distracted by the context the article is written from, nor with the business-side of coaching.

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#5 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – EVALUATE

#5 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – EVALUATE

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Life-long learners constantly cycle through a developmental process to sharpen their leadership skills. It may be intuitive or it may be intentional. But the 6 steps are real: LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW.  The fifth step in the leadership developmental process is EVALUATE: know how and when to evaluate team member’s performance to ensure the vision, the goals and the team member’s contributions are on track.

Here are 6 things you can do to keep your team on track:

  1. Point out the difference between the present situation and agreed upon expectations
  2. Describe specifically the negative impact of the individual’s performance
  3. Ask the person for their view of the situation
  4. Ask the individual for ideas on how the situation could be corrected, and then add your own if necessary
  5. Agree on action plan for improvement and a date for follow-up
  6. Express confidence that the individual can correct the situation

Evaluating is an important step in the Leadership Development Process. But Evaluating in itself is not enough. In fact, going to a workshop, listening to a podcast or even receiving a degree in leadership does not guarantee a person can lead. I’ve found that many people have knowledge but lack the experience of actually leading a team. Applying the knowledge and learning from success, as well as failure is critical in the developmental process.

InFocus is responding to this need through Live Courses called Collectives.  These “just in time” courses are designed for leaders who are in the trenches of developing the leaders around them.  Each course will engage participants in the 6 Step Leadership Development process above through a combination of group interaction and 1-1 coaching.  Learn more about the 2019 Collectives. 

The next step in the journey to develop as a leader is – Review.  Review occurs on the team as well as the individual performances of it’s members.  This is where we will pick-up next week.

Related Leadership Development Resources:

Effective Leadership Storyboard

 

Leadership Skill Builder

#4 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – DECIDE

#4 Develop Your Leadership Effectiveness – DECIDE

LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW

Life-long learners constantly cycle through a developmental process to sharpen their leadership skills. It may be intuitive or it may be intentional. But the 6 steps are real: LEARN-EMPOWER-ASSESS-DECIDE-EVALUATE-REVIEW.  The fourth step in the leadership developmental process is DECIDE: know how and what to measure to ensure the vision, the goals and the team member’s contributions are on track.

Goals can be measured in four key areas:

  1. Quality
  2. Quantity
  3. Cost
  4. Timeliness

I’ve had very similar conversations in both the business and ministry context. It seems to come down to this – You measure, what matters!  Quantitative data are easier to come by.  For instance, the number of widgets made and sold OR the number of bodies in seats.  Cost and time are concrete.  Qualitative measure are a bit more complicated to track; but can be done.  Bottom line, effective leaders track the measures that are the best indicators of, or lack of, progress against the goal.

In their book “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” the authors introduce Wildly Important Goals (WIGs). From their experience, the challenge comes not to create the goal; but when the team executes the plan to reach the goa! To support leaders, the authors break down Wildly Important Goals (WIGS) into Lead and Lag Measures.

Lead Measures are focused on the outcomes you are aiming for in the WIG – these are:

  • Predictable – if you accomplish this, then you can expect certain results (“this” then “that”). 
  • Influenceable – something you can influence. 
  • A good Lead Measure might be: Double the revenue of our organization.

Lag Measures are focused on one of the following:

  • the goal OR
  • measures a result.
  • A good Lag Measure might be: Quarterly Participator Report.

I’ve found it extremely helpful to distinguish between Lead and Lag Measures when coaching leaders.  The exercise helps clarify what they are aiming at in their WIG and understand the strategic activities a team must execute to reach their goal.  Here are five questions for you to use as you coach and empower the leaders around you!

5 Questions for Your Reflection:

  1. What is your WIG?
  2. Which are Lead Measures? 
  3. Which are Lag Measures?
  4. How will you gather the data?
  5. When was the last time you assessed your team’s Wildly Important Goals (WIGS)?

Deciding is an important step in the Leadership Development Process. But Deciding in itself is not enough. In fact, going to a workshop, listening to a podcast or even receiving a degree in leadership does not guarantee a person can lead. I’ve found that many people have knowledge but lack the experience of actually leading a team. Applying the knowledge and learning from success, as well as failure is critical in the developmental process.

InFocus is responding to the need to help leaders empower their team through Live Courses called Collectives.  These “just in time” courses are designed for leaders who are in the trenches of developing the leaders around them.  Each course will engage participants in the 6 Step Leadership Development process above through a combination of group interaction and 1-1 coaching.  Learn more about the 2019 Collectives

The next step in the journey to develop as a leader is – Evaluate.  Evaluation occurs on the team as well as the individual performances of it’s members.  This is where we will pick-up next week.

Related Leadership Development Resource:

Effective Leadership Storyboard

 

 

 Missional Concept #4 – Church from Gary Reinecke on Vimeo.

Missional Concept #4 – Church from Gary Reinecke on Vimeo.

What image comes to mind when you hear the word “church”?

In a world where the Christian apologetic is under scrutiny, Andy Stanley suggests intriguing insights in his book entitled “Irresistable” on the:

  • New vs. Old Covenant
  • the Resurrection 
  • deeply held theological assumptions.

In the discussion about the church he identifies the first time the term is used in scripture. In Matthew 16:17-18 Jesus says to Peter: “… and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

The author goes on to say this is a future part of the New Covenant.

In 1522, William Tyndale began translating the Greek New Testament into English. The Greek word “ekklesia” is accurately translated as “assembly” or “gathering”. The word “church” is not a translation, but a substitution – and a misleading one at that.

Stanley says, that the term “church” should not have appeared in the text at all. Tyndale lost his battle over the term, and others; along with his life. For this reason, “ekklesia” is substituted with our word “church” and used in the scriptures more that 100 times after this.

This makes a tremendous difference in the way we coach, teach and disciple. The connotation of church is very different than the term assembly – as in a gathering of people (whether it be a civic gathering, an assembly of soldiers or an assembly of idol manufacturers as in Acts 19:28-29). What Tyndale was attempting to do was set the record straight.

Today, I imagine, if you surveyed 100 Christians and asked them how they would describe the term “church”, that description would include a building or campus, where people gather for worship. They might describe an organization vs. and organism. Or they might think of the cultural interpretation of the church; whatever that might be in their context.

Which leads me to suggest the following 5 exercise of a local church. These are intended to be broad is scope. The question is intended to help you reflect on your gathering of Jesus Followers.

5 Exercise of a Church

Exercise #1: A community of Jesus Followers loving God Together

  • How are you and your community of Jesus Followers expressing your love of God?

Exercise #2: A community of Jesus Followers loving their neighbor together

  • How are you and your community of Jesus Followers loving your neighbor?

Exercise #3: A community of Jesus Followers making Apprentices of Jesus together

  • How are you and your community of Jesus Followers making disciples together?

Exercise #4: A community of Jesus Followers collaborating with other communities to reach their city

  • How are you and your community of Jesus Followers collaborating with other gatherings of Jesus Followers to accomplish the mission of Jesus in your city?

Exercise #5: A community of Jesus Followers stewarding all their resources in God-honoring ways

  • How are you and your community of Jesus Followers stewarding all their resources in God-honoring ways?

Every leader and network of leaders will have their definition of “church”. Reflect on the core exercises Jesus had in mind when he spoke to Peter and his intention for us today. Here are three questions to help you identify how to move forward in your thinking about His community of followers that he has entrusted to your care:

  1. What exercises are you doing well?
  2. What exercises are a challenge?
  3. Which exercises do you need to address now?

Here are a few coaching resources to help you guide leaders.

Church Transition Storyboard

Obedient Discipleship Storyboard

Cultivating Multiplication Movements Coaching Guide with Storyboard

Following are three observations “from the trenches” that are worth paying attention to if you have any interest, or concern over disciple-making movements.  This is real data extracted from reliable resources.  My goal is to clearly state the problem.

I hope you find the information helpful as we continue the mission of Jesus to make disciples…

Globally, the percentage of the world’s population that have become Christian is about the same today as it was 100 years ago

  • Approximately 32% of the global population was Christian in 1910 vs. 35% in 2010. The research also shows there has been a shift regionally, which is interesting to note; lower percentage of Christians in Europe and the Americas vs. an increase in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia Pacific, while the Middle East-North Africa has remained about the same – see Global Christianity – A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian by The Pew Research Center.

Most churches stall-out after the first generation

Few churches plant churches

  • Most disconcerting is that of the new churches planted in 2012; only 22% had started at least one daughter church within 5 years of existence – see Multiplication Today, Movements Tomorrow by Ed Stetzer & Daniel Im (p.14).
    • The 5-year window has been the “best practice” for a healthy church to plant a daughter church – see Multiplication Today, Movements Tomorrow by Ed Stetzer & Daniel Im (p.4).
    • Mac Lake suggest that only 4% of churches ever reproduce
  • Hirsch and Catchim tell us that the church in the US spends over $70 billion every decade on church plants and resources; but even so “we are experiencing decline in adherence and membership at an unprecedented rate” – see Beyond the Local Church by Sam Metcalf (p. 159).
  • This raises an important question: “With the heightened awareness of church planting as the most fruitful, God-given strategy to reach people far from Him, in combination with the resources (conferences, books and service) available; why aren’t churches able to make the shift missionally?”  See Multiplication Today, Movements Tomorrow by Ed Stetzer & Daniel Im.

Here is my attempt to state the problem of the church in the US today:

The current way we make disciples, do church & plant churches has attracted the low-lying fruit therefore,

we must introduce new ways to make disciples, do church & plant churches.

In the upcoming blogs I will reflect a bit more on these three statistics and identify the signs that lead to Movement Drift..  If it were easy, I believe we would have already figured it out with out human ingenuity.  I believe the solution lies not in our capacity to think through the solution but in our reliance on the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit first and foremost.

Please join me on the journey and participate in the conversation.

Collectives will help you Grow as a Coach in Three Easy Steps

Collectives will help you Grow as a Coach in Three Easy Steps

Click here for the video explaining the 3 steps that make-up the Collective.

As my kids return home later this week from their summer internships and get ready for the fall quarter at university, I’m super excited to see them and de-brief their experiences. We’ll have three weeks together to enjoy some camping, hiking, swimming, beach days, and maybe a fire-pit or two. Both of our kids had amazing summers and I love to hear how God used them in their respective areas of focus before they go back to the grind of their studies.

I trust you are finishing your summer on a “high” note and preparing for the fall.

As you’re making your plans for the fall, I wanted to remind you about our two Collectives. Registration ends September 3rd, so if you’ve been waiting to apply, now is the time.

Here are the three easy steps that make-up the Collective:

  1. ACTIVATE your vision through individualized coaching.
  2. ASSESS your process to cultivate leaders using a coach approach.
  3. APPLY principles in your context.

Click here to read more and apply for the Developing Coaching Excellence Collective 

Click here to read more and apply for the Church Planting Coach Collective 

Group discounts of two or more people are available upon request.

If you have any questions, we’re here for you. You can reply to this email or give us a call at (951) 473-4481.

Hope to see you in a few weeks.