A short one this morning on team dynamics…

It’s amazing to me how much time and energy on church leadership and creative teams is spent in conflict avoidance. I have actually found that moderate conflict – in the form of passionately held differing opinions – often yields the best end results. Healthy debate helps to identify problem areas and eliminate unneeded roadblocks, rather than just rubber-stamping the opinion of the loudest (or highest-ranking) person in the room…

That being said, the end goal IS unity – Scripture is very straightforward about that. Let’s define our terms to clarify, though. Unity is not everyone having the same opinion. Unity starts with the adult realization that people are different, and have different ideas and ways of looking at the world. It’s then about giving each other a voice in the process, and, in the end, standing behind the final decision – even if you didn’t get your way this time… 

“Easy consensus is the enemy of groundbreaking ideas.” – Daniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soliel 

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