I know I’m skating on thin ice with this one. But it should be a fun and I hope rewarding discussion.
Let me preface it all by saying Canada is my home. I love our country. I’m called here. I’m staying here and I love that I get to do what I do.
But I frequently speak and work with leaders in the US, and one of the questions I get all the time is ‘what’s the difference in leadership between Canada and the US?”
For what it’s worth, here’s what I think.
In the US, leaders sit around a table with a new idea and discuss 21 ways to make it happen.
In Canada, leaders sit around a table and think of 21 reasons why the idea can’t happen or shouldn’t happen.
Now there’s a bit of hyperbole in there. But you see the point.
I’m not trying to be unpatriotic but I am frustrated by the seeming lack of progress in the church we see in our country. I am frustrated by the constant stories I hear from church leaders about why they can’t make a difference and why their church can’t grow. I’m baffled by the relative peace some people seem to feel with a status quo that’s far from desirable.
At Connexus, where I serve, our team works hard every day to try to create a culture where great things can happen. I love the heart and attitude of our team. Next week on the blog I’ll share some ways we try to shape that culture.
In the meantime, what do you think? Do you agree? We have readers from both sides of the border on this blog. What do you see? What frustrates you in your culture (Canadian or American)?