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Collaboration?

Collaboration is often a ‘buzz word’ in mission and nonprofit circles. It is another term to describe working together or joining forces to see a project launched and accomplished.  However, we can certainly talk a lot about collaboration without any real collaboration occurring. meusyou

In their insightful article, “What Leadership Shadow Do You Cast?” Larry Senn and Jim Hart describe how many agencies long to live by their guiding principles and ministry framework, and yet consciously give a counter message. They sum up their findings by saying: “The central finding is that, over time, organizations tend to take on the characteristics of their leaders.”

To put it another way, there needs to be a close alignment between what we say we value and what we actually do; how we work and minister. The World Team Ministry Framework has a great graphic attached to it for explanation. However, if the Framework simply stays as a graphic and doesn’t cause some ‘realignment’ in the way we currently work together, then the ‘shadow’ we are casting is one that communicates: “Do as we say, not as we do.”

Working together, joining forces together begins by reaching out to other team members in other parts of the agency to ask for their help and input. We have several good examples of this kind of collaboration recently.  Let’s work towards a whole lot more examples.

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