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The # 1 Problem with Meetings (hint: it might Involve YOU)!

Posted by Todd Rhoades in Leadership on Apr 4th, 2013

According to Dan Rockwell, the Leadership Freak (I love that name)…

Here is the #1 problem with meetings:

The Bosses run them.

But that can’t be a problem in the church, right?

Oh, but to the contrary!

Dan says: “Bosses need to run meetings because they need to exercise authority and control. That attitude hinders free, honest involvement by participants. Worse yet, controlling-bosses obstruct ownership. Others won’t own what you own.”

Ouch.  I’ve heard horror stories of this happening in churches all over.

Maybe been in a meeting or two like that myself a time or two.

Here’s Dan’s advice on how to solve the problem

“Sit at the foot of the table, not the head.”

Dave would love to see some comments on this one!  Let's get some healthy debate going. Agree? Disagree? Want to throw something at me? What has been your experience?

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Reader Comments (1)

Another great post Dave. The way a leader runs a meeting can offer significant insights into the leader. Even the meeting's topics reveal a lot about what the leader believes about the organization and how they are leading it.

I am amazed at how much energy, creativity and the resulting benefits of both are lost by leaders who want to control instead of empower and release the people they work with.

An outside observer who understands basic Christian doctrines would imagine that church leadership would understand empowering and releasing people to do impossible tasks. Just a simple understanding of the Trinity and the role of the Holy Spirit would lead someone to think Christian leaders would naturally empower and release folks. My observations of many churches and their leaders is just the opposite. We have great role models through out scripture. Let's recognize the potential resources God has provided and take full advantage of them.

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny Ervin

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