You may remember that Coffman co-wrote First Break All The Rules with Marcus Buckingham when he was still with the Gallup Organization. So that and the subtitle of the book should tell us that this will be a book that is firmly entrenched in strength-based thinking. And it is.
My question is this: Does culture always satisfy it's need for sustenance with the blood, sweat, and tears of leaders who are trying to lead a church or any organization for that matter? If you read the book, which I highly encourage, you will see that the answer to that question is a firm no. Instead, their thesis is that if we are going to lead change we need to carefully address culture. Their thinking is in concert with what I have practiced since 1992 in my ministry and consulting. To illustrate that, I am using a three-legged stool of Cultural Change as follows:
- Develop a long-range Strategic Ministry Plan
- Coach people daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and help them use their strengths
- Annually refresh your direction and strategies
Which of the three legs of this stool work best in your church or organization? What could you do to stop setting a banquet for the strategy eaters?