I’m Creating a Crisis
Today our staff met for our all-day all-staff planning meeting. I love these scheduled opportunities to get out of the rigor of the immediate needs and look ahead into the new year.
We do some practical stuff like working through the calendar and talking about some of the big initiatives on the horizon, but the best thing we do is…
Create a Crisis.
We’re fortunate that Cross Point is experiencing some tremendous growth. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to be excited about, but we still need to create a crisis.
I’m sure that sounds a bit crazy, so let me explain:
A couple of years ago I read Silos, Politics & Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni and quickly adopted his idea of the “Thematic Goal”. His point is that oftentimes you see organizations most unified during times of crisis. When something goes wrong everyone, across all departments, has to come together to pull through it. When things are going well, territorialism and silos begin to creep into the organization. He suggests that every organization should “create a crisis” – a rallying cry for the entire organization. It’s a goal that everyone across all departments, ministry areas, etc. can join together and share.
I absolutely love this concept because one of the things that I fear the most for our team is the issue of silos; employees becoming too caught up or concerned with their own area of responsibility that they become disconnected from the overarching mission. When this creeps in it’s disaster for the organization.
So today we created a crisis… and we had some great discussion doing it.
How about you? Are you facing a crisis? If so, don’t underestimate the power that this unfortunate event can be in unifying your team.
If you aren’t currently facing a crisis, do you need to create one? Does your team need a crisis – a thematic goal – to unify them?