I once heard Seth Godin say that it’s not that we don’t like change. It’s that we don’t like what change does to us – it pushes us to a place of incompetence for a season.
None of us like to feel incompetent. We don’t like to not know how to do something.
But let’s face it, none of us know how to do a pandemic. We’re in new territory. It’s uncharted and uncertain.
These last 6 weeks have pushed all of us to a place of incompetence… into changes of entirely new proportion.
What I do know about times of change historically, is that they always produce something good in me. It might not be something easy, but it will be something good.
I will learn more. I will grow more. I will change too.
One of the little tools that I use in seasons of doubt, when uncertainty and complexity are swirling, is the simple question: What’s good?
That’s it. Two simple words to shift my perspective toward hope and possibility.
What’s good right now? What’s good in the whirlwind of the unknown? What’s good in our “new normal” or “temporary normal”… or whatever we call this?
I’ve been asking this question of the leaders we serve, and here is what is good:
We are seeing people again.
We aren’t seeing crowds.
We aren’t seeing databases.
We aren’t seeing email list numbers.
We are seeing people.
- Church leaders are picking up the phone and calling their congregants.
- Businesses are making personal calls to clients.
- Neighbors are waving to neighbors.
- Families are looking one another in the eye across the dinner table.
We are seeing people.
As leaders we become accustomed to “the curse of the crowd.” In our ambition to grow and scale, we have to think crowds. We typically are required to think and strategize at scale, and we’ve become remarkably effective at creating the illusion of personalization with smart databases and email automation systems.
But what’s good about this season of incompetence is that it’s forced us back to something fundamental and of extreme importance. Seeing and serving the individual.
At our core, we know what it means to connect. To see people.
As you continue to lead through this season, slow down to see people. Listen to them. Check on them. Engage them. Communicate your belief in them. Acknowledge all that they are feeling and managing right now. Be human. Be visible. Be present. Lead!
Additional Resources from 4Sight
Women In Leadership Intensive
Create connection while pursuing development. This cohort provides both coaching and community! Alli Worthington and I have personally coached leaders from large churches, non-profits, and companies like Disney and Intel.
We are bringing our experience to female leaders by building a group coaching intensive to bring out the best despite the uncertainty of the world right now.
Now we know that not all of you are women, but we’re certain that you all KNOW women who could benefit from an experience like this. We invite you to share this opportunity with them.
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CHURCH DISRUPT ONLINE CONFERENCE
Fuel the Vision.
Church leaders, I’m humbled and honored to serve as part of this incredible lineup of speakers for Church Disrupt, a FREE online, interactive conference experience presented by Pushpay.
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Keep leading well!
Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group
Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.
Jenni is the author of several books, including Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence and The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership.