Balancing the “Big Deals” Within an Organization – A Challenge of Senior Leadership

Ron Edmondson | 4/22/2019 | Ron Edmondson
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I’ll never forget the first time I found out a staff member was disappointed with my leadership. He didn’t think I supported his ministry. I had said no to a budget item for his ministry area, because we needed to do something in another ministry area. I felt horrible. I knew personally I valued his ministry – and him – but my actions had led him to believe otherwise.

I learned a couple of things from this experience.

Decisions

First, I needed to better communicate the “why” behind my decisions.

Second, there are some things we do as senior leaders others on the team can’t understand – and we shouldn’t expect them to.

Leader - Person - Deal - Person - Deal

As a leader, I have to consistently remind myself one person’s big deal may not be another person’s big deal.

As a pastor, those in finance ministry naturally believe their ministry is critical to the success of the church, which may lead them to think attention should be given to finances above everything else. It’s their big deal.

Group - Ministry - Ministry - Success - Church

Those in small group ministry naturally believe their ministry is most critical to the success of the church, which may lead them to think attention should be given to small group ministry above everything else. It’s their big deal.

Those in worship planning ministry naturally believe their ministry is most critical to the success of the church, which may lead them to think attention should be given to worship planning above everything else. It’s their big deal.

Children - Ministry - Ministry - Success - Church

Those in children’s ministry naturally believe their ministry is most critical to the success of the church, which may lead them to think attention should be given to children’s ministry above everything else. It’s their big deal.

You get the point. And it is true in my current nonprofit role also. It was...
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