CNLP 028: How To Create High Performing Teams in Any Size Organization—An Interview with Warren Bird

Whether your church or organization is large or small, it needs a team. Better than that, it needs a high performing team.

How do you get one in place? Warren Bird studied some of the best teams around today, and shares his findings.

Welcome to Episode 28 of the podcast.

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Guest Links

Warren Bird on Twitter

Leadership Network

Teams that Thrive: Five Discipline of Collaborative Church Leadership

How to Break Church Growth Barriers: Capturing Overlooked Opportunities for Church Growth

Links Mentioned in this Episode

The Orange Conference 2015

Andy Stanley; Episode 1

Perry Noble; Episode 2

Casey Graham; Episode 3

Kara Powell; Episode 4

Tony Morgan; Episode 6

Rich Birch; Episode 8

Jon Acuff; Episode 9

Pete Wilson;  Episode 11

Frank Bealer; Episode 20

Will Mancini; Episode 23

David Kinnaman; Episode 24

Jenni Catron; Episode 25

The Drive Conference 

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni

Cracking your Church’s Culture Code: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision and Inspiration by Samuel R. Chand

The 7 Practices of Effective Ministry (North Point Resources) by Andy Stanley

3 Things You Can Do Right Away

Your team is one of the biggest assets to leadership, and how you function as a group can either accelerate or kill the growth of your ministry. Warren Bird has worked with multiple churches and compiled a series of research to determine how teams can be more productive and what forwards the church’s mission.

1. Kill church conflict. Replace it with constructive debate. More than anything else, church conflict kills growth. Do whatever you need to do to stop the bickering, fighting and quarrelling that kill far too many churches and organizations.

Instead, replace it with constructive debate.  The way to have a constructive debate is to ensure your team is aligned around a common mission, vision and strategy. When that happens, real discussion is much more constructive and productive. If you’re wondering how to get the right people around the leadership table, I wrote a post on who you can trust in leadership here.

2. Break the lone leader model. Even if you have no team, create one. For example, if you do hospital visitation as a pastor, bring someone with you next time. Never lead alone. Start training, empowering and releasing your team. The first step is to stop leading alone.

3. Decide which level of delegation you’ll assign to your team. Delegation within teams happens in multiple stages:

a. Tell me what you think I ought to do, and then we’ll do it together.

b. Tell me what you’re going to do and then proceed.

cb. Take care of it, but let me know what happened.

d. Take care of it. As the leader, I don’t need to know what happened.

So often, misunderstandings happen because of a miscommunication about delegation. Understanding your level of empowerment is part of the rhythm of a healthy team and a delegated ministry.

People can’t read your mind as a leader. If you’re stalled on making a decision, you’re never going to grow.  If you have to wait every month or every week to make a decision, you can’t respond and be lean enough to make the kind of calls you need to make in the moment as a team.

Want Incredible Training from Today’s Top Leaders?

Then don’t miss the Orange Conference 2015 on April 29-May 1st in Atlanta.

Learn from leaders like Perry Noble, Jeff Henderson, Jud Wilhite, Jon Acuff, Josh Gagnon, and today’s guest, Jenni Catron (and more). I’ll be teaching at the conference as well and have put together a senior leader track designed exclusively for senior pastors, executive pastors and campus pastors.

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Next Episode: John Stickl

At 29, John Stickl became the pastor of a church of 1500.

4 years later, the church is 4500 and is growing with millennials who are anxious to connect with God.

John talks about how his leadership team listens for the voice of God and how this journey has stretched him as a leader.

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