Episode 12: The Path and The Pattern - Part 2
In this episode, Jimmy and Patty continue their discussion of the path and the pattern. The Path is the journey to take a group from an unhealthy dynamic to a healthy dynamic.
Almost any team regardless of initial dysfunction can walk this path to becoming a great team. It all begins with someone being willing to admit that there is a problem and committing to walking the path to heal and restore their groups.
Make sure you download The Path Handout so that you can follow along with our discussion.
Summer Reading List
***in case you did not get your summer reading books yet!
The Path and The Pattern
The pathway out of dysfunctional groups and into functional groups begins with trust. This is the most important part of any organization: to create and maintain an environment of trust.
The only true way to build trust is through vulnerability. Vulnerability is an opening up of yourself and exposing parts of yourself to others that could potentially hurt you. Being vulnerable is dangerous and risky, but creating an environment where vulnerability is treasured and protected is where we begin on our journey from dysfunction to health.
A leader and do this by daring to go first, by daring to be vulnerable. Trust is of primary importance because without it everything else is impossible.
- Trust is produced from vulnerability
- Leaders must cultivate this by going first
- People feel like they can be open without repercussions
- Healthy conflict is a manifestation of trust
- Everyone feel free to express their opinions and ideas
- Arguments are about ideas and not personal
- The debate is plentiful and conflict is sought and is seen as a good thing
- Once the group decides on a course of action they act as one
- Presupposes that all disagreements were openly talked about and debated heavily
- Assumes that there is a high level of trust to foster such intense talks
- Individuals feel free to hold each other accountable to what the group decided to commit to
- Also, there is an expectation that others will hold them accountable
- Presupposes that there has been full buy-in from the group (commit), and that issues have been fully discussed (conflict), and that the group trusts each other.
- Results spring naturally and almost inevitably from the levels below it
- The focus is continually on the levels below (especially trust and what an organization chooses to do with that trust)
- Results are simply for results' sake — it gets things done because there is a healthy group that is fulfilling its purpose. After all, it has done the hard work of being a group set aside for a specific purpose.
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Episode 12 C.O.W. (The Path & Pattern - Part 2)
Get your summer reading material below! This summer we will be working on increasing our vulnerability. We are recommending that everyone buy and read the books below.
Book nerds! Below are this episode's book recommendations. If you are interested in purchasing any of these books, then please use these links below.
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Summer Reading List - Book 1
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni is a highly influential book on leadership, and its concepts have timeless truths for churches everywhere. It is told mostly in narrative form, and it is a very easy read.
This is the number one book on our summer reading list, during our season of increasing our vulnerability.
Dare to Lead, by Berne Brown, is a great and sobering look at the need for vulnerability in every area of our lives. This is especially true in our church traditions as well, where all too often we fail to lead with vulnerability.
Good to Great, by Jim Collins, is a great look into what makes a good company great. He argues that in today's fast-paced and competitive market that it is not enough for a company to be simply a good company. To remain competitive they must be a great company.
Okay this section is for deeper dives. Here we will be recommending a variety of resources that we could not fit into the podcast. Some were mentioned on the podcast and some were not mentioned at all. They are videos, other podcasts, online classes, and other ramblings that Patty would not let Jimmy bring onto the podcast otherwise it would be a four hour show.
Also all promised handouts should be found here.
We get it reading is hard. In case you are not going to be able to read some of the books we recommended for this summer here are some video book summaries, so you can track with our discussions for this summer.
Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Dare to Lead
Good to Great