A quick note for leaders transitioning into a new job… When you step into a new role, there is an immediate desire to prove yourself. It’s human nature. However, I have learned the hard way that it makes sense to observe for a bit before jumping in to make big changes.

Long story short, things are the way they are for a reason. It may be a BAD reason, and you may have been brought in specifically to make changes. However, gaining an understanding of what is actually happening and why things work the way they do is critical for coming up with a plan to fix them. 

Watch the day-to-day. See what the true structures and avenues of communication are (regardless of what’s on paper).  Talk to the team members individually. You may feel like you’re wasting time, but it may actually save you many hours (and potential heartache and/or lost employees) in the long run. And don’t forget to have the discussion with whoever you need to in church leadership to come to an agreed upon strategy of what this observation period will look like and how long it will last.

“Don’t tear down a fence until you know why it’s there.” – John Maxwell

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