Keeping The Main Thing The Main Thing

On April 25, 2012

Keeping The Main Thing The Main Thing

Here are my notes from Jeff Henderson’s breakout at Orange Conference 2012.  He spoke about Priorities.  Jeff is on the team with Preaching Rocket.  Preaching Rocket is one of our organizations that serves churches.

  • Keeping the main thing the main thing is not an easy thing
  • “The role of the leader is to keep the main thing, the main thing” (Dan Cathy)
  • Drift from organizational priorities is natural & normal
  • We never drift toward focus
  • We drift away from purpose
  • The secret to focus is CONSTANT realignment
  •  Staying focused isn’t about motivation & commitment, it’s a systems issue
  • A lot of people equate spirituality with laziness
  • A lot of people that work in churches are just lazy
  • Systems thinking is spiritual
  • Focus is not about motivation; it’s about memory
  • It is very easy to FORGET why we do what we do
  • When you think people are sick of hearing your vision, it is probably just catching on
  • Keep saying the vision over & over & over & over
  • We have to ask this question, “Why are we doing this?”
  • Sometimes we get focused on what & how… If you make decisions on these things, you will lose focus
  • When you get the “why” down, the funding & volunteers is so much easier
  • Do a vision & values tour with new people
  • Ask why every quarter & every week
  • Do quarterly half day meetings with your team
  • Ask, “If I could do the last quarter again, what would I do differently?”
  • Have a weekly system that reminds you “why” you do what you do
  • Invite mentors into your life
  • Isn’t it easy to cancel appointments with yourself?
  • God loves everyone, but we don’t have to spend equal time with everyone
  • My most important ministry is to my wife & kids
  • Create weekly milestones to know what the win is
  • Scrabbling to the last minute on projects is not being artistic – it is poor planning
  • Telling stories is one of the best ways to remember the “why”

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