High Quality = High Control
I believe that if you want to up the quality of anything you’re doing, you must also up the level of control.
I’m not so much saying that YOU personally have to make all the decisions, but rather that each decision must be carefully thought through.
We have a saying around here that goes: It’s not about getting it done, it’s about getting it right.
Getting it right means focusing on the small decisions that come together to have a big impact.
Here’s a practical application. In our weekend worship experience we’ve made a decision that getting it right is the most important thing behind Godly character. Therefore we cannot include everyone who wants to be a part of the worship team. That doesn’t mean they can’t be involved anywhere, it just means they can’t be involved in this area. High quality = high control. Everybody can’t be good at everything but conversely there’s something everyone is good at and our goal is to get them into that area.
Let me be clear, we don’t pick people because they’re young or beautiful or because they’re really cool, we pick people who love God and love our church and who are gifted to do what they do.
The key here is understanding that you can’t have both. You have to decide, what’s most important to us? Is it having EVERYONE involved, or is it having a high level of quality? The trap is shooting for both. Again, let me stress this doesn’t mean you don’t involve new people or develop people, it just means that some people, no matter how much they try, will ever be able to be a part of THIS particular team. (think American Idol auditions)
This is really just the principle of focus. It’s physically impossible for your eyes to focus on everything at once, so in order to focus on one thing you must by definition eliminate other things from your view. You can’t have both.
So what we’re looking for in a musician or a singer is not someone who wants to show the world their style and talent but rather someone who gets the mission of the whole. People who get their feelings hurt easily or act like divas don’t last long with us because to get better we have to critique everything we do. And that means critiquing you!
Sometimes we’ll try a certain singer on a song and they just can’t pull it together. They may have practiced it for hours but if they can’t do it, we make a change. We’ve pulled musicians right out of rehearsal before because they didn’t come prepared. If that happens more than once we don’t have them back because for us, quality comes before involvement.
We’re not mean about it, we’re serious about it.
Another way we upped our quality was to control the instruments that are used on stage each week. We made a decision some time ago to purchase all the guitars, amps, pedal boards, drums, & keyboard equipment that we use on stage. This may sound excessive but it’s been a great way for us to ensure a consistent sound each week. Players change from time to time but the instruments do not and in the end we save time and sound better.
We were spending so much time trying to dial in a guy’s guitar rig that rehearsals for a weekend lasted 7-8 hours. Now they last 2-4 hours and the quality level has greatly risen.
I would say more here but I’m tired of typing this on my iPhone!
High quality = high control. Thoughts?