Give Yourself Away

Inside every organization there is a tendency for employees to try and insulate themselves.

It’s an understandable act of self-preservation, but sometimes we try to make ourselves indispensable by creating systems and processes that are dependent on us, thus insulating ourselves from change. It’s the old CYA principle (if you’re not familiar with CYA, just Google it).

I’ve seen this so many times. Secret processes. Custom codes. Organizational systems that are stored entirely in your mind!

“Well, we can’t fire Randy because he’s the only one who knows _______________.”

And here’s the trouble with it: ultimately this mentality is self-serving because it’s born out of fear and selfishness and seeks only what’s best for ME!

When you’re the ONLY person who knows how to do what you do, you’ve not made yourself indispensable, you’ve made yourself a liability.

Why?

Because it’s organizational suicide to tie your success or failure to ONE person (hello, senior pastors!).

Remember this: life always reproduces more life, and real leadership always produces more leaders. Remember Jesus? And besides, what knowledge and skill you do have WASN’T YOURS in the first place! It was given to you by God.

Why should we hold so tightly to what God has given so generously?

So, instead of making yourself indispensable, seek to make yourself REPEATABLE.

Give yourself away and you will never lose.

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Whitney George
Lead Pastor
Whitney George is the Executive Pastor at Church on the Move, where he oversees the operations and ministries of the church. Whitney is passionate about the local church and loves connecting with other church leaders. He and his wife, Heather, have five children and he loves Notre Dame football.
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