How do you know when someone is ready to be apart of the change you seek to make?
I’ve been around my kids a lot more in the last two months and the one word that comes to mind when I watch them is TOLERANCE–there is a clear point when they either receive too much (TV, Music) or too little stimulation (alone time) and instantly behave in a manner to change their situation.
A great question to ask as you think about leading change around you is: Who can tolerate the changes I’m trusting God to make?
A helpful way to understand tolerance is the combination of knowledge and experiences.
Here’s my quick and dirty tolerance chart:
Point A describes the “Brute Beast” that has experiences that have prepared him/her for being apart of change, but not a lot of skill to execute that change well.
Point B describes the “Philosopher” who because of a vast amount of knowledge can intellectually grasp where you need to go, but lacks the character and internal fortitude to lead with you.
Point C describes the “Change Agent” who has the right blend of experiences and knowledge to not only lead the changes you want to make but bring people along with them, thus changing the entire culture.
A few reflections from working with A’s, B’s, and C’s:
- A’s often get passed over at first but over time have the greatest potential to become change agents.
- B’s are a huge time and energy drain because they can make leaders feel insecure by their knowledge and aloofness, yet never produce any fruit that leads to redemptive change.
- C’s are less than 10% of most ministries/churches/etc–but if empowered and developed end up setting the tone for the entire group.
- B’s need experiences to become aligned to leading change and a’s need knowledge–there cannot be a one size fits all mentality for developing leaders.
Have you noticed any similar trends in your spheres of influence or ministry context? Any words of wisdom to share?