Weekly Business Idea

August 31, 2018 – On What Are You Dependent?

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Main Idea:

Are you important to the success of the business?  Does your leadership determine the success of the business?  What happens when you mess up?  What keeps you on track?

Expansion of the Idea:

Most of St Louis is following the red-hot Cardinals.  While they aren’t as strong as the Boston Red Sox or even the Chicago Cubs right now, they have radically turned their season around since the middle of July.  Most people are pointing to the change in managers as the reason for the change in the players performance.  However, there was a second piece that is as important as the change in the manager.  The Cardinals radically changed their lineup.  Some veterans that weren’t producing either are on the disabled list or were traded.  Most of the bullpen was turned over.  There was a shift to youth.  Either one of the changes would not have produced the results without the other change.

Yesterday, I was reminded about the link between leadership and people.  I was at the debrief of the Global Leadership Summit.  Craig Groeschel spoke about how leadership matters and why he got involved with the Summit this year in spite of all of its problems.  Craig is the founding pastor of Lifechurch.tv, a multisite church which has exploded in 25 years.  His church is adding new sites as fast as they can acquire and build out the sites to meet their needs.  He knows leadership and is focused on developing leadership.  He mentioned something that was kind of unusual for someone with that much success.  He said that the real key to the success was not him because he was in the right place at the right time.  He gave the credit to his executive team which has been in place for the last 20 years.  That is unheard of in the church world or the business world.  I think Craig might not be giving himself enough credit.  At the same time, it is obvious that leadership and having the right team are both critical for success and growth.

What does this mean for our businesses?

Sometimes our businesses get stuck and we focus on marketing campaigns or systems.  We can get focused on a lot of different things.  However, we should first critically evaluate our leadership and make sure that we are leading well and continuing to grow as leaders.  Then, we can look at our team and make sure we have the right people doing the right jobs.  It is critical to have the right team beside us that will pick us up when we fall down or tell us when we are making mistakes.  We need to personally insure that we are continually growing our leadership.  This will happen through education, feedback and careful self-analysis.

The only way for our businesses to grow is through our people.  And the only way our people will grow is through our leadership.  Craig Groeschel’s favorite mantra is “Leadership Matters”.

Questions to Ponder

  1. Am I growing as a leader?
  2. Do I have a personal improvement plan?
  3. Have I set the right culture so that people can tell me when I screw up?
  4. Do I have the right team?
  5. Is my team focused on continual improvement?


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