CMTeleSummit – Leading Strategically From Your Strengths – Michael Chanley

cmtelesummit Here is my next installment of notes from the CMTelesummit.

  • Creator of CmConnect.org
  • Discussion of World War II
    • Paraphrase – One who cannot be victorious takes a defensive posture, one who can be victorious attacks – didn’t catch the origin of this, but I liked it
    • Marines’ response after WWII and bombing of Pearl Harbor
    • Marines succeed in building warriors
  • For years, church has borrowed leadership principles from the business world
  • Oftentimes what we’re doing as a church is more like waging war than running a business
  • Strategy and war-fighting tactics of marines can be applied to any situation
  • Battles won by effective deployment of resources at the right time
  • First principle– Targeting critical vulnerabilities
    • Constant search for enemy
    • Forward looking
    • Critical examination
    • Must develop plan of attack
    • Pick one thing within your realm of responsibility that you can affect and write it down

      • The more specific the better
      • The more control you have over it the better
    • Ask these questions (SMEAC)
      • Situation – Defines the vulnerability
        • Where is enemy present?
        • Where do you see a need for change?
        • Write a problem
      • Mission – Develop a mission that solves the situation
        • What will be your focus?
        • How will you attack?
      • Execution – Creating a plan for how we will execute the mission
        • What programs will we implement?
        • Why will you implement?
        • What is the follow through?
        • Smart Goal
          • Specific
          • Measurable
          • Attainable
          • Realistic
          • Timely
      • Admin/Logistics – How will it be carried out?
        • Who will carry it out?
        • How will they be supported?
        • What is cost?
      • Command & Control – How are you going to lead?
        • Create markers to gauge progress.
        • Who will hold you accountable?
  • Second Principal – Boldness
    • Daring to commit resources to achieve results
    • Don’t be afraid to make a mistake
    • Bold action shakes things up
    • Once you make a decision move boldly towards it
    • For the issue you chose ask the following:
      • What action can I take now?
      • What is stopping me from acting?
      • What am I afraid of
  • Third Principle – Surprise
    • Be constantly prepared
    • What would it take to move from apathy to action?
    • For the issue you chose ask the following:
      • What is the one change you need to make to help this to happen?
    • Use change to surprise yourself into action
  • Fourth Principle – Focus
    • Essence of strategy is always have more force at a crucial point than the enemy
    • Every member of your team must be prepared to ask
    • Plenty of tests to discover your personal strengths
    • Why discover your strengths?
      • Helps you to identify who you are – who God created you to be
      • Helps you to lead others
      • A way to think strategically about who to assign to a given task
      • So you better know how to serve God
      • God wants to use you as his tool
      • Discovering our strengths allows us to be good stewards of what God has given us
      • Refines our purposes, maximizes our effectiveness, and can clarify our reason for existence
    • Once you know your strengths, focus on growing in those strengths.
    • Talent times Investment = Strength
    • Also need to know the strengths of those closest to us and those we serve with
    • For the issue you chose ask the following:
      • Designate main effort and what is whim
      • What do you intend to see happen?
      • Under what conditions will you change priorities
    • Also need to focus resources
  • Fifth Principle – Decentralized Decision Making
    • Must communicate clearly
    • What do you value?
    • In absence of further instruction, what should people do?
    • If you’re in charge, make sure your team know the basic biblical foundations
    • Help to communicate intent
      • Begin the planning
      • Arrange for reconnaissance (do the research)
      • Complete the planning
      • Issue the order (communicate the plan)
      • Supervise (make sure you check up on what you’ve put into place)
    • 80% rule
      • Delaying the decision when more than 80% of information is available is hesitation
      • Allow people to make decisions within the framework
    • If look at thing you wrote down ask:
      • How can I allow my team to deal with it
    • A culture that allows mistakes is a culture that encourages innovation
  • Sixth Principle – Tempo
    • Marines OODA Loop
      • Observed other’s behavior
      • Oriented self to issue
      • Decided on best possible course of action
      • Action
    • Break things down into small steps
    • Hard to work with fast tempo in large organization
    • Change is initiated from the top
    • Must be willing to give the order for change
    • Be willing as a subordinate to accept change
  • Seventh Principle – Combined Arms
    • Need to work together with others in our community
    • Need to be creative in our partnerships
    • Cross-train your departments
    • Make sure they’re communicating
    • Every single one of your people is a minister of the gospel
  • Sir William Flynn: “There is only one principle of war and that’s this. Hit the other fellow, as quickly as you can, as hard as you can, where it hurts him most, when he ain’t lookin’.”
  • Be humble
    • Submit
    • Prayer
    • Committed to God’s Word

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