Here are some leadership and productivity blog posts I have come across recently.
“In those early months, I, along with most of the rest of the country, was using “surge capacity” to operate, as Ann Masten, PhD, a psychologist and professor of child development at the University of Minnesota, calls it. Surge capacity is a collection of adaptive systems — mental and physical — that humans draw on for short-term survival in acutely stressful situations, such as natural disasters. But natural disasters occur over a short period, even if recovery is long. Pandemics are different — the disaster itself stretches out indefinitely. ‘The pandemic has demonstrated both what we can do with surge capacity and the limits of surge capacity,’ says Masten. When it’s depleted, it has to be renewed. But what happens when you struggle to renew it because the emergency phase has now become chronic?”
“More than one church growth expert has suggested that church attendance will remain lower than pre-COVID numbers even after we’re past this situation. Here are some reasons that may well be the case.”
“What I did was brutally simple – I threw away my script, and often even my notes. I forced myself away from ‘the voice’. I had a ‘plot’ for the talk, and it was carefully worked out, but my process for creating it involved paper, pencils, and lots of pacing round the room.”
“Small churches have a tendency to keep us humble, sometimes involuntarily. But that humility is something we should never outgrow.”
“Today…a question all of us face when leading change. What do you actually say when you’re leading change? Say the right thing…and change can happen easily. Say the wrong thing…and plans can unravel in front of you.”