Friday, April 08, 2016

Teams That Thrive: The 5 C’s of a Compelling Purpose

Rick Warren’s bestselling book The Purpose Driven Life repeatedly asks, echoing its subtitle, “What on earth are you here for?” He challenges individuals to determine their unique calling that best utilizing their strengths and impacts the world around them.

Teams need to ask the same question: What on earth are we here for? What is it that we must do? What is it that only we, as a senior leadership team, can do for this church?

Ryan has found that great teams coalesce around a 5C purpose. The idea comes from an alliteration he developed from both church and marketplace research. Carl Larson and Frank LeFasto, luminary researchers and authors of the classic book When Teams Work Best, found that great teams held a clear and elevating purpose. Likewise, Harvard research Richard Hackman identified that the best teams pursue a compelling direction that is clear, challenging and consequential. And in faith-based contexts, the best teams don’t ask their members to check their callings at the door; rather, they enable them to pursue calling as part of the team’s work. Pulling these concepts together yields these five Cs.... Read More

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