Momentum is such a difficult thing to gain and such an easy thing to lose.
What happens if you don’t have it? Can you regain it? And can you regain it quickly?
Brian Dodd explains the 10 steps he used to help a flatlined organization get back on track in 90 days and how those principles can help you.
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The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks by Bruce Feldman
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What You Can Do Right Away
Brian Dodd offers 10 steps for gaining, sustaining and creating momentum in 90 days. Here’s what he had to say about how these principles propel growth:
- Recognize and admit momentum is lost. It takes courage to realize that momentum has been lost. Pastors will begin to see negative trends, and feel things intuitively, but they don’t come to terms with lost momentum, making church leaders vulnerable to denial. If momentum is lost, it prompts change, but the admission of reality will create a series of decisions that many senior leaders are not mentally or emotionally ready to handle.
- Plan for a good start. You never have to recover from a good start. Compose a series of things you want to achieve, and feel confident you’ve taken the necessary initiatives to ensure a productive future.
- Improve systems. Brian analyzed systems within the church to find hiccups that could hinder its momentum and proposed a plan that would pave the way for a fruitful future so that the church was enabled to handle the success. Secondly, he evaluated the chain of communication with other churches to guarantee follow-up after initial contact was made.
- Count what counts. Establish personal and team goals, measure the metrics that matter, and don’t discount the small things.
- Organize for success. Make your goals a reality by increasing training where it’s needed and implementing new standards. Brian implements the strategy of “skill to task,” and puts the best people on the most important tasks, especially leaders. When the right people are in leadership positions, they set the pace for carrying momentum.
- Celebrate wins. Anything that shows incremental step in the right direction can be celebrated. For high-capacity leaders, they’re weak on celebration because leaders are always looking forward. To a leader, life is an oval track, not a straight sprint. But whether you’re celebrating the launch of a new group or celebrating a new baptism, if you’re gaining momentum, it’s critical you celebrate wins to advance vision.
- Create new resources. New always generates momentum. Starting a new series or creating a new class? If you’re looking to generate momentum, look at what you can re-launch to create excitement within your ministry.
- Expand your leadership base. Great leaders propel your momentum and have the capacity to carry your ministry into exponential growth. When you get fresh resources on a task, you get new ideas and a fresh approach.
- Remove complexity. Don’t make decision making harder than it has to be. Having multiple levels of decision making impedes momentum, but enabling leaders to make decisions will further the church’s vision.
- Continually improve. The church is changing so fast that it’s essential to keep moving to improve. Brian says that as fast as the church is changing, culture is changing even faster, and if he doesn’t keep up, he knows that he’ll be irrelevant. What worked yesterday won’t work tomorrow, and if you stop changing, you’re susceptible to repeating the same cycle that failed.
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