The organisational health check is a transformational programme that works at the deepest level with individuals and senior teams to promote the thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that are essential to further collaboration and organisational development.
It seeks to clarify and align your team to your vision, stripping away unhelpful agendas, making team members aware of their style of working and how that impacts on others. Whatever your denomination, style of church or purpose, how well you manage your staff and volunteers, how well you communicate throughout your congregation, how well you manage the development and implementation of your strategic plan, will have a big influence on the engagement of your people and ultimately the growth and development of your church or organisation. I have seen barriers come down, people united and become focused in one direction and engaged to deal with the tough challenges necessary to achieve their goals as a result of this programme.
The listening and observational practices that I apply enable me to adopt a role and function similar to many modern day television specialists who concentrate on restoring the fortunes of hotels, shops etc. Essentially, I conduct a full strategic review within agreed parameters and produce a confidential report that sets out my analysis and potential development options. Such reviews have enabled churches to deal with long-term staffing issues, communication and service delivery issues, culture and leadership change, structural change, brand development, Church I see, mission and vision statements and the articulation and implementation of organisational values.
The nature of such a review coming without denominational leverage, organisational alignment and time limitations, enables me to conduct the analysis in a confidential, independent and unhindered manner. This has proved
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Einstein’s infamous statement is of course widely known. The need for change within charitable organisations and churches is often evident. However, the skills to implement that change are sadly often lacking. From poor leadership blundering, to the low emotional intelligence of leaders, much destruction is often unnecessarily unleashed within the organisation.
The second service that I provide after completion of the organisational health check is affording coaching through the option selection and implementation stages of what is essentially a strategic review. Primarily I walk the senior leader and his team through the change and implementation process. In addition to this a behind the scenes dialogue is established with the key strategic actors within the organisation. Training is also given to assist influencers within the church to adopt a positive approach to change using material from Dr Spencer Johnstone author of the book “Who moved my Cheese.”
Establishing a long-term relationship
One of the privileges of engaging with churches and organisations at a strategic level is the natural development of long-term relationship. It has been the evolutionary practice of all bodies that I work with to establish a form of accessible and continuous input. Having an artistic leader like co-opted onto your leadership team for periods of strategic development etc has proven for many to be invaluable.