Making Time to Develop People
A couple of weeks ago I posted about choosing involvement or excellence and how that we at Church on the Move have chosen excellence over involvement. To be clear, we’re not against involving new people, but as priorities go, we’re more concerned with being excellent at what we do than involving everyone everywhere. If you’d like to read that post you can catch it here.
Another side of that coin however is the process of developing talented people. Clearly, not everyone can be involved in everything, but I firmly believe that people are our GREATEST resource and if that’s true, then a great deal of my time should be invested in developing people. We’re doing a reasonable job of that now but we could do better.
Jim Collins said in his book “Good to Great” that great companies “get the wrong people off the bus, the right people on the bus, and the right people in the right seats BEFORE deciding which way the bus should go.” If you haven’t taken the time to read his book, you really should, it’s shaped a lot of our thinking around here.
If that whole wrong people off the bus, right people on the bus thing is true, and if that process is necessary to successfully determining which direction you should go then developing the right people becomes HUGE!
One of our challenges and I suspect it’s the same for many of you as well, is making time for developing people. I recently heard Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar talk about his job, which is essentially managing the health and chemistry of the many different teams working at Pixar. You can watch that interview here.
Jack Welch said this, “My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull up some weeds too.”
I love this because time and time again we have seen this to be true. Surrounding yourself with the right people is paramount to finding success in whatever field you work in. So people really are our greatest resource. The challenge is lifting up your head long enough from the “doing” of church work to begin developing the up and comers around you.
I’ve got much to chew on.