CNLP 021: 90 Days To Momentum—A 10 Step Process to Regaining Lost Momentum. An Interview With Brian Dodd

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.

Welcome to Episode 21 of the Podcast.


Guest Links


Brian Dodd on Leadership

The 2-Minute Leader [Kindle Edition]

The 2-Minute Leader [Hardcover Edition]

Brian Dodd on Twitter

Brian Dodd on Facebook


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Links Mentioned in this Episode

The Orange Conference 2015

100 Great Leadership Speakers for your Next Conference

Andy Stanley

Jeff Henderson; (Episode 16)

Josh Gagnon; (Episode 17)

Jenni Catron

Perry Noble; (Episode 2)

Terry Skelzetti

Todd Clark

Jud Wilhite

Reggie Joiner

Doug Fields

Jon Acuff

Donald Miller

Casey Graham

The Rocket Company

Derwin Gray in Episode 13

Ron Edmondson

Ken Fryer

Joe Sangl

Michael Lukaszewski

The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks by Bruce Feldman

Louie Giglio at Passion City Church

Chris Tomlin

Kristian Stanfill

Brett Yonker

Why Your Church’s Constitution Might be Killing You by Jeff Brodie

Leading on the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership by Allison Lavigne

Rick Warren

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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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. Count what counts. Establish personal and team goals, measure the metrics that matter, and don’t discount the small things.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Quotes from Brian

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  1. Tarun Stevenson on March 27, 2015 at 5:04 am

    Hi Ps. Carey, I have been getting so much out of your podcast, thank you! In this episode you mentioned that you would post a link that explains how to set up a board for stream line decision making. I saw Ps. Jeff Brodie’s article but am wondering if you have anything more specific to the most effective way of structuring a board and church governance for strategic growth. I realise there are many models for church governance, I would be interested to get your recommendations. Thanks again for all that you provide through your blog and podcast.

  2. John M. Harris on February 10, 2015 at 11:17 am

    The best part of every podcast is the Canadian “the podcast all a-boot…”

  3. Jon Stallings on February 4, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Great interview Carey, probably one of your best. Brian Dodd is a fire hose.

  4. Kelli Espiritu on February 4, 2015 at 1:36 am

    What spoke to me most was the part about dealing with the challenging people. I’m a “D” with some “I” personality traits (referring to the DISC personality assessment) I’m usually described as a type “A”. I felt a bit relived to hear it’s okay to not spend a whole grip of time with the challenging people around me. Leaders move forward. I’m not cold hearted, but realistically I’d rather let the people who are better at caring for the challenging people…care for the challenging people. And the quote about sometimes the answer to a problem is a person. I pray for leaders to have the courage to let go and make a clean break from problematic people. I’ve witnessed bosses, Pastors allow “fear” and being afraid of “not being liked” to influence their decisions.

    • Carey Nieuwhof on February 4, 2015 at 8:37 am

      We sure do Kelli. Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement. 🙂

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