The 1 Thing Holding You Back From Where You Want to Be

A key perspective that every leader needs to embrace at key moments in your leadership is the familiar adage, “What got you here, won’t get you there.”

And while that concept may be familiar to you, its application can, at times, be natural and seamless, but at other times it can feel frustratingly impossible.

Why is it easy for some leaders and teams to adapt quickly while for others it’s immensely difficult?

Let me answer that with another refrain: what’s already in you is what comes out of you under pressure.

In an organizational context, your culture – the very fabric of who you are as a team –  may be holding you back from adjusting to the changing demands you’re facing.

So, how do you figure out what’s already in you? How do you unearth what’s most true of your team culture?

Everything you’ve had to do this year goes against the fabric of your culture. If you didn’t have a culture that already valued moving quickly, embracing change and innovating, you’re exhausted because you’re exercising new organizational muscles. It’s hard work. You weren’t conditioned for this.

For example, churches aren’t embracing digital because their culture won’t allow it. Their core beliefs are at odds with the shift. Your core beliefs raise questions such as, “Is online really church?”

Deeply held behaviors in the organization reinforce what you’ve always done. We’ve always congregated in person; therefore our core beliefs and behaviors are being challenged.

Recognizing the shift that has taken place, many are choosing to hire for this need. However hiring the “right” Online Pastor or the “right” Communications Director is not going to change it. It’s a culture problem that has to be addressed at a core level.

If you don’t shift your beliefs and behaviors, you will create competing forces within your culture. The historic beliefs and behaviors will be at war with the new perspectives needed to lead through change.

This is why some churches and small businesses are flourishing and others are absolutely floundering. You can believe you need to adjust/pivot/adapt, but if you don’t have a culture that already embodies this, you have to start at this fundamental level first: addressing core behaviors and assumptions that are deeply held philosophies within your organization.

What are the core beliefs that hold the power in your organization? Before you can influence real change, you need to understand the underlying forces that exist in your beliefs and behaviors. You can’t get where you want to go if you don’t know where you already are.

Not sure where to begin?

If you’re ready to get to the root of the cultural forces that are holding you back, check out our new resource Culture Works: Values Course. This course will guide you through the process of defining the values, beliefs and behaviors that are shaping your culture and equip you with the knowledge to lead your team through the perspective shifts needed to embrace change.

Get started today!


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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.

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