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Often times, slow is fast. And interestingly, I’m starting to discover that slow and intentional is really fast. We’ve just launched a new church congregation, and thanks to the many amazing people working together on this project, it’s been a great start so far. We’re passionate about making this into something great, which means we’re busy tinkering with a lot of things, ironing out small problems, and trying to grow a culture that is going to make what we have now even better in the future.

When you’re busy establishing a culture, you’re really digging down into ‘the way things get done around here’ in order to change and improve certain group habits. And that can be pretty difficult. Old habits die hard. And new ones are fickle and often don’t make it out of their cocoons alive.

So how do you do it successfully? How do you implement a bunch of good habits and behaviours that are going to ensure that your church or business or organisation really becomes everything that you’ve dreamed it to be in your heart? You need to engage your leaders in the process of change.

Andy Stanley notes that when it comes to changing the behaviour of a group, quick fixes are very easy. You can simply “get it done” and draw up a list of values that people stick on a post-it above their desks. But this “get it done” approach doesn’t really get anything done does it? Having a flashy list of values on a piece of paper doesn’t mean that any of those things are going to get put into practice.

So if you want change to really soak down into every level of your organisation, then you need to make sure your leaders are involved in the process. This takes time, and lots of coaching and on-the-job conversations, but it’s worth it. It’s about engaging your leaders, working with them, taking time to persuade them of the importance of what you’re doing, and not just giving them orders and walking away.

If you’re intentional and deliberate about making sure that your leaders have caught the vision, they will pass it on to every team and individual they’re involved with. That will not only save you a mountain of work yourself, it will create the kind of momentum that leads to exponential change.

Slow and intentional will turn into fast, really fast.

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