Facts Are Our Friends October 29, 2015 in Leaders Tips Videos 7 Comments 0 Likes Our friends have a huge influence on us. In today’s LeadersTip, I talk about a unique friend that can make all the difference in the quality of our decision-making.
Amen! So many times in church, especially in the leadership, we tend to gloss over the facts and got straight to feelings, which, important as they are, often muddy the water of what’s really going on in any given situation. Asking tough questions like “Do we have a problem?” And if so, what is the problem? Then, with dogged determination, address the problem and ways to fix it. Most churches need a 12 step program unleashed on their staff! Admitting you have a problem is the first step! Blessings. Keep up the good work God has begun in each of you.
That sounds like the voice of experience! I totally agree.
Amen Scott. As leaders I think we have to invite and encourage our teams to bring us the facts that indicate problems. One approach is to encourage team members, either at a meeting or throughout their week, to bring you one thing that’s not going as well as it could be…Have them bring you a fact they think you might not like (of course, letting them know that bringing a solution is also an expectation is a good idea)…But ensuring your team knows that you expect things won’t always be perfect, and that you want to partner with them to make things better is critical. Our response when those facts are brought to us is perhaps the most critical aspect, in terms of forging a culture that encourages this. Be blessed and be a blessing…
Kevin, I think you nailed it when you said “our response when those facts are brought to us is critical.” That will determine not only what happens this time, but whether people bring things to us in the future.
I agree, facts are critical to make informed decisions. Whose facts are we talking about. It appears that when we go into the market place of facts—- our bias, predisposition may “skew” our seclection/choice and thus invalidate the validity of “our facts”. How can we have confidence in the validity of the choice of facts we select to inform our decision process?
Good point, and good question. The only way I know is to try to get as many of the facts as possible that pertain to the issue at hand. That way we don’t only hear the ones we like. And get them from a wide array of sources, which also makes it more likely we will get a more complete picture.
Good point, and good question. The only way I know is to try to get as many of the facts as possible, from as wide an array of sources as possible, that pertain to the issue at hand. That way we don’t only hear the ones we like.